Our Version of "Irene" - Livin' the Good Life
Aug. 29th, 2011
09:50 am - Our Version of "Irene"
Yesterday, our little homestead endured a furious storm. I don't know if I've ever seen so much driving rain here before. The wind seemed to be coming from all directions at once, with marble-sized hail pummeling our windows and bouncing off the sand. Part of our wooden property-line fence came down, the carport roof of our rental next door blew off, tree limbs were found strewn about, our sheets drying on the line were later found barely recognizable in mud puddles, and it all came on so fast, we didn't have time to prepare. Our electricity was off for 9 hours, so after the first 6, Steve brought the motorhome up next to the house and turned on the generator so we could get power to our refrigerator. We heard that power might not be restored for another 18 hours, so we thought we'd better take action and save our freezer-full of meat. Thanks to my extremely resourceful husband, we were able to get things up and working in a timely manner.
I took a long walk around the neighborhood this morning, and I saw no apparent damage to roofs, fences, or property, so I believe the storm was centered around our house! It was all pretty exciting, but the main fun was after the storm. We went out to inspect our swale and were in for a surprise. (Nathen dug this swale a few years ago to trap storm water on our property instead of letting it all run off into the wash.) It was full! We jokingly said, "Let's go swimming!" because it had been a hot muggy day, and we were yearning for some relief. I got out my rubber raft, and Gabe jumped into the muddy water without hesitation. Thanks, Maya, for the record.