Monday, September 15, 2008

Ike Ike go Away and don't you Dare come Back Another Day

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!


Lou said...

My daughter in Louisville still does not have power. And Meijer is rationing the water & dry ice! But it could have been a lot worse--she got out of two big exams at the Univ of Louisville because they have no power either!

Jen said...

I loved this. It was like watching a movie...great pics....I'm glad we both weathered this nasty storm.

Pam said...

Thanks for all your concern and prayers. We could all start up a mighty big wood pile.

Anonymous said...

I was surprised too. My town looks like a war zone, still people without power,trees down all over! We were very lucky and no damage at our place.

kdwhorses said...

I agree amen! We are all very fortunate!

Loved the pics! What a great neighbor and you guys for taking care of it.

We cleaned our yard up yesterday and burned the branches, limbs, etc. We can not do anything with the barn yet. They went back to school this morning. There are still areas in Troup without power. I still can not believe the devasation that Ike left. Praying for all those families.

Syd said...

Great photo story of your day. It's great to have such good neighbors. But that's what country life is about.

Scott W said...

Ah, now your power is back. Mine still isn't, but there are plenty of places for me to go.

Trailboss said...

So, any word on when your power might be back on?

Jan Blawat said...

From out here in California, I'm wondering what kind of trees those are in your pictures (the blown-down trees). The leaves don't look familiar to my Mediterranean-climate eyes. Glad you're all safe and sound.

I have ordered the camera you recommended and can't wait for it to get here. Thanks!

Trailboss said...

Oh goody jan, you will love the camera! As far as the tree goes, it looks like a big bush doesn't it? I'm not sure the exact name but it is come type of willow.

Karen said...

Beautiful picture story, Lisa. It is so incredible how widespread this storm was. And heartwarming to see the good that can be found in bad situations -- good neighbors and beautiful sunrises.

AlkySeltzer said...

Glad I dropped by--late, though. Got to see all the interesting photos, read the comments, and hear some of the late after-storm news...all right here on your horsie blog, "Boss of the Trail". Thanks!

The Wades said...

God bless America, indeed!

I know things look messy to you, but wow!, how beautiful it is where you live w/ all those trees and green!

Glad you guys are safe. Love those sunrise pix.

Andrea said...

I know, that was so crazy!! And every one was worried about the southerners!! I am glad you made it out alright!! Those winds were crazy and Ike just flew up to the north like it was nobodies business!! My friend is in southern Ohio and she said she lost power and had a lot of trees down too. Ike was a horrible wind storm. We had 80-90 mph winds.
Glad you all were alright.