Silly me. I moved back to Kentucky in 1989 just thinking I had left the coastal weather in Texas. After all, I moved back home to raise my son.
I woke up Sunday morning to no electricity. I wasn't sure what was going on at first but quickly learned after I drug myself out of bed. Ike was in Kentucky.
We lost electricity about 9am on Sunday. The winds were fierce and mighty. I heard today that some parts of our area got winds as high as 81mph. Uh, excuse me but hurricane winds start at 74mph the last time I looked. We waited in the living room for the storm to pass. It seemed like it lasted forever but eventually the winds died down and it was safe to venture outside.
Joe drove his truck down to our road to survey the damage. I took the golfcart. We both quickly found the damage. In fact, several trees down on our road.
Joe drug a huge tree down the road w/his truck. He got as far as our driveway and didn't have enough room to put the tree in the ditch. We decided to both hop on the golfcart and go around the long way. We saw some of the damage in our neighbor's yard.
As we rounded the turn we saw our neighbors, Mr and Mrs Cannon already on the job, taking care of business, getting the trees out of the roads before someone got hurt.
You see, this tree could have really hurt someone if they topped the hill and ran into it. Coming from the west a body wouldn't see it and that would not be good. Our wonderful neighbors were not concerned about the trees down in their yard, just the ones in the road that could hurt someone else.
After that one was cleared there were 4 or 5 more to take care of.
None of the ruckus disturbed the cows!
The leaves on the roads were abundant.
Finally we finished getting all of the trees that had fallen during the storm out of the way. Since we had no electricity and since we have the most wonderful neighbors anyone could ask for, we went to Mr and Mrs Cannon's house for lunch. Mrs Cannon had made tons of food for a reunion they had at their house Saturday. We sat down to a wonderful meal. Ham, chicken, fresh corn, fresh green beans, sweet potato praline, deviled eggs, homemade rolls and German Chocolate cake for dessert. Oh my! We filled our bellies way too full. Afterwards the girls went exploring on the Texas Longhorn Ranch.
They liked the chickens but Stephanie had the most fun with the barn cats.
The cows were enjoying the leaves off of a tree that had fallen.
Mom, can we go now?
She didn't actually say that. In fact I came on home to see if we had power yet and they came later on with their Dad.
We didn't get power until about 3am the next morning. What we did get was a beautiful sunset.
Look! Ole Glory made it through the storm.
God bless America!