Ice Storm of 2014
Early Wednesday morning our power went out. That was the beginning. When Zoey and I looked out in the morning there were a few small branches on the ground that fell due to the ice in the night. I thought it was no big deal; we have several very tall hard pines in our yard that often fall when they get ice on them.
|What we saw when we woke up. Not to bad.|
It sounded like a gun shot going off right next to you. Your ears perked up as you anticipated the impact. A few seconds later came the earth shattering crash as the frozen pine branch shattered to the ground.
This happened all day. There would be several crack and crash at once, but then it would be almost half an hour and out of no where you would hear this heart wrenching "POW" as the branch ripped away from the trunk and plummeted toward the earth. The broken, shattered branches, most of them taller than I am, littered our entire yard. It even bent the fence separated our yard from the neighbors in half the full four feet to the ground. It was incredible the amount of damage the falling debris could cause.
|The broken fence. The tree branch is almost resting on the ground.|
|Our entire back yard was full of tree debris.|
|Zoey and Zeus (black lab) racing trains.|
It was a day of cold and stress and it wasn't just me. Our entire town looked dark and abandoned. Even the massive strip malls and largest stores were closed and without power. It appeared to be a ghost town on this dreary Wednesday in February.
Stephen had gone to work because twenty miles east there was little acknowledgment of the chaos that was happening to our homes and our lives. Their day went fairly normal, if not a little cold. Thankfully, the roads were mostly free of ice and many without power could find somewhere with electricity to at the very least warm up.
We decided to hunker down with our friends. We were still completely without power or heat, but we made the best of it. It was actually a lovely evening, if not a little cold. We had all of our camping equipment out so we made us some stew and hot chocolate, just like we would camping in our tents.
|My little reading corner, complete with candles and soup.|
|This is the same as the previous picture, but I love the captured ambiance.|
It turns out reading by candlelight is not as romantic as it sounds.
That night we huddled in sleeping bags and blankets and tried not to move much because it was below freezing outside of your own personal cocoon. Nonetheless, we survived! Our power came on the next day. We were without power for a little over 24 hours. However, our friends and many others were without for three days.
|Getting ready to start clean up with a very cute onlooker/supervisor.|
|Zoey made sure she and Benji (cat) were good and warm.|
|The stacked piles of wood.|
|Our two dogs were very glad to be back outside after the attack of the trees!|
|Look at those eyes!|
|Ice brings destruction, but also beauty.|
Romans 8:31 -- "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"