Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Big Chill!

Storm of the decade, right here in my front yard!!! The first picture is my car sitting beside evergreen trees that lined our yard on the north. Second is Queenie P's house--see all the broken limbs? Next is Queenie's next door neighbor--no difference! The fourth picture is of our back yard & a car we had parked waiting for spring to sell--ok, I won't tell you that I TOLD him we should go ahead & get rid of it!!! The next picture is my pretty redbud trees, the ones I love to watch bloom in the spring. And the next picture is looking out my front towards a neighbor's home. Every stinkin tree in my yard is broken, along with every stinkin tree in the neighborhood! But, you know what? No homes were damaged on the block. And I did hear about tree limbs crashing into kitchens, dens, etc. So we were indeed fortunate!
The town is still mostly without electric. Did I mention my parents are here? They don't have electric as the meter box was torn down by limbs, the limbs have to be removed & box reattached before they can be reconnected! Now, have I mentioned the patience my mother has????? She is certain this is a direct insult to her personally! She keeps wanting my dad to call city hall & find out exactly when they will have her electric on---and she wants an electrician NOW (doesn't everyone in town????), AND FIND SOMEONE TODAY to take those limbs down!!! Forget that people have been called in from other towns to help city & rural electric with restoration---forget that the Baptist Relief team is here volunteering their services & 2000 people are begging!!! Forget that no one else has their Christmas shopping done, decorations up, etc., etc., etc., NO this is a problem designed to make HER mad---and we all get to listen to this on a MOMENT BY MOMENT BASIS!!!!! There isn't enough Lexapro in the world to make us calm!!! But we are all biting our tongues, enduring headaches, etc.!!!!!
On the other hand!!! My kids (especially daughter with 20 month old son who is 1 1/2 hours from home) are patiently waiting for nature take it's course, and people to work at their own break neck pace. They are so gracious and good to have around!
Well, don't I sound like a pleasant person????? Well, let me tell you, Queenie P has her story too-----I hope she doesn't disable her hubby before power is back on!!! She just might. Especially if she has to attend her son's college graduation after showering at the university!!! Which is what her hubby suggested!! Don't you just feel the love and goodwill flowing around here???? Does the term "cabin fever" bring to mind any images????
Ok, well now it's time for me to fix supper--I'm going to fill their bellies with chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes & gravy, rolls, etc. Maybe that will soothe some ragged nerves!!!
You all just keep those good thoughts headed this way!!!
From the North Pole, Oklahoma, I'll see ya later!!!


tommie said...

That looks so horrible....I do hope the good food warms some bellies and makes everyone a bit happier!

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

I'm getting all warm and fuzzy just thinking about your dinnertime conversations with Mom! lol

I know a lot of people who would be stomping around just like your mother. And yeah, it doesn't make it pleasant, now does it? But you'll get's too late now to dig a hole to throw her in, the ground's already frozen.

(Just kidding...I'm going to a warm, dark, flaming place for that comment, aren't I?)

Hope EVERYBODY (but especially Mom) gets power back on soon!


Inland Empire Girl said...

Hang in there... I know this can be rough. We had a storm like this about ten years ago.