Monday, December 15, 2008

Ice Storm

As you know, New England was hit by a severe ice storm Thursday night into Friday morning We've lived here for 6 years and have never seen an ice storm like this. The news said that it's the worst one to hit in 20 years! 

We live in the woods, and our house is surrounded by lodgepole pines. They are beautiful trees, but do not hold up well under ice. All night long, we heard the snapping of branches. A few times, we heard and felt large crashes. We feared that a tree had fallen on our house or cars. At sunrise, we were relieved to discover that the large trees that fell did so across the driveway and did not cause any property damage. Amen! 

We lost power at 4 am on Friday. It was a long, cold day. We huddled by the fireplace. By 4 pm, the house was down to 56 degrees. It may not sound cold, but it is! Praise God that our power was restored at 4:30. Many people in our town are still without power. The fallen trees took out their power lines (our street is the only one in town with underground lines), making the streets dangerous to travel. Because we are all on our own water wells and sewers, the loss of power means no water, no toilets, etc. You don't truly appreciate your utilities until you have to live without them! Our cable and internet service was out until earlier this afternoon. I did have my iPhone, but reserved its battery in case we lost phone service. I felt so cut off without internet, blogging, or email. I discovered that I am a technology geek. LOL

Here a few photos of our backyard. It is amazing how something like an ice storm can be so destructive yet so beautiful at the same time.
 



8 comments:

Christi said...

Wow Vicki! I am so sorry that you guys had to go through that. :( The pictures are gorgeous though. We never see snow in Texas...

Margie said...

Gorgeous pics! So sorry you had to endure all of that! Hope that all get back on track soon!

Jamie Hurley said...

Glad you are all alright. We had a massive ice storm a year ago and most were without power for a week or more. It is an "awesome" sight.
Prayers to all that had it worse.

Lori said...

Wow. That is really something. I have never seen pictures of an ice storm. Thanks for sharing. So, glad that you are back online again.
Hugs,
Me

Lorie said...

Oh, gosh! I'm so glad you are safe! The pictures are pretty but that truly must have been terrifying! May God bless your clean up! :o)

Laurel said...

Wow, I am glad you are safe, and those pictures are beautiful!

Janet said...

SOOOOO glad that you and your house are ok!! I was thinking of all my friends that way, and so glad everyone is ok!! glad to have ya back, we missed ya:)
hugs

Chrissy D said...

Beautiful pictures- but hard to go through. I am glad you are all right - hope the clean up is going well!