Well, today was one of those first gorgeous days I've been dreaming about...The bright sun was glowing, little yellow and purple flowers were showing their faces, and there were people walking and biking happily down the street. It was just warm enough to open a few windows and let the "ick" of winter out. Ahh..absolutely fantastic.
We went outside long enough to pick up some trash and branches that had been strewn about during our very windy winter. We had a super-strong windstorm at the beginning of December. It was so serious that semi- trucks on the highway had tipped over. The university lost a glass wall. Businesses had their signs blown off, light posts were bent and homeowners lost roofs, trampolines and fences. I had never seen so many decades-old pine trees ripped out of the ground. The pine in our own front yard teased us for days as it constantly swayed back and forth. The soggy ground beneath the tree looked like it was trying to spit the whole thing out. The roots must have been holding on for dear life. It is still standing, though we're contemplating having it removed. If that tree does fall, it's not going to end well...
Our family was blessed to end up with most of our trees still standing. Our roof will eventually need replacing, but that's more due to its age than the storm. In a nutshell, compared to many others, we were very lucky...
We did however, lose our fence. It blew over and landed like pick-up sticks all through the yard. The side gate was ripped off our brick house. Looking around today, I still can't believe what the wind chose to take and what to leave.
Spring cleaning will mean a lot of extra work this year, but starting out with beautiful days like this, I am ready for all of it. I really, really am.
One of the semis that tipped over.
Our back fence :(
Another view. Our poor neighbor lost twice as much fencing as we did :(
This was the gate on the side of the house. It ripped completely off the brick, but remained on its frame.
Anyone need some pre-treated wood? Anyone?
Enjoy that Spring-Forward, friends.