This was the sight in our back yard when we came home from church yesterday. Thankfully, nothing was severly damaged, save a small awning above the window. There just happened to be a really big tree in the back yard!
We had a nice wind storm which was the remnants of Hurrican Ike. If this is what we got in Louisville with 70 mph winds, I can not imagine what the folks in the islands and Texas got who bore the full brunt of the storm. I’ll save you all of the gorey details of our day (except to say that as we were driving home there were trees falling and roofing paneling flying through the air!) But we did have one amazing show of community that I wanted to share.
This tree in our backyard was not something that Brandon and I could have taken care. Our neighbor (who we share the yard with) had called the landscaper who usually cuts the grass, but he was not there. We were not sure how long this thing was going to be in our yard. We didn’t have any power, and we knew it wasn’t likely to be on by dark, so we decided to clean the house and get out all of our candles. Not long after that, I heard a chain saw fire up. I looked out the kitchen window, and saw our neighbor from across the alley cutting up the tree! No one had even told him about the tree; he just saw that it was down and knew that we could not have done anything about it. He cut up into pieces that were managable, and then he and his son, along with Brandon and I, carried every limb of that tree to the curb so it could be picked up this week! It took a little over an hour in total to clear away, and I have to admit that I had a lot of fun. I may be skinny, but I can sure carry some tree branches!
I know that for our other neighbors this was a huge help as well. They are both sick right now, and could not have done anything about the tree. However, with the tree there, their car was blocked and they were stuck in the house (not a good thing when you are sick!) It was so nice of our other neighbor to just know that there was a problem, and take time out of his day to come help us!
We still do not have power (and may not for up to a week), but we are having an adventure. Last night we lit the candles and played Yahtzee (I won!). Our stove works, so I made a barley pilaf for dinner out of items from the cabinet since we didn’t want to open the frig. I do have power in the office, so I am going to head home soon and see if I can salvage any freezer food and bring it down here for safe keeping.
I hope everyone else is doing well, and my prayers are certainly with those of you down in and around Texas.