Monday, April 14, 2008

Texas Storms

We were hit with terrible storms this past weekend and many around us are still without power. Ours is on, thank goodness! We had neighbors all around us with much worse damages than we had, so we were very thankful. Below are some small photos of what it looked like and also a few that show how life goes on and that Springtime is still wonderful here...

Amazing how strong the winds are to uproot huge trees, roots and all!

This is one side of our home and what it did to some of our fencing.

This is in the middle of trying to temporarily put one side of our fence back up to keep our dogs in.

In the cul de sac down our street, a neighbors whole tree fell through their fence and blocked the whole street, which prevented anyone there from driving to work or wherever they needed to go.

This is the back view of the Farmer's Market building near our home. It's roof was blown off, along with many bricks and in front where you can't see, a huge sign toppled over and the traffic lights at the intersection here were left as bits of wire blowing in the breeze.

My daughter and I drove around the neighboring streets to survey damages and already, people were busy with chainsaws getting debris out of the way. A lot of people could not do anything until their insurance adjusters came to look at the damages. Still others were talked to by the Red Cross trying to determine who needed immediate attention. Did I say that we were lucky? I said, life goes on and I still have my purple irises blooming in my antique tub in the backyard :)

And my stubby banana tree is sprouting up again :)

And the peach tree hanging over our fence (wink) from the neighbor next to us is full of little peaches, just waiting for the darn squirrels to pluck them if we don't watch out for them! ;)
It will be awhile before everything is back to normal for some of us, but gosh, we were so fortunate!


CraBBy GaBBy said...

Thank God you guys are allright! I know what it feels like!
The power of the storms is so AWESOME in a bad way..amazing...such force wind can have as if the trees were merely weeds plucked up by a thumb and index finger.
Again, so happy you guys are doing well..

tattered 'n torn prims said...

Oh I'm so glad that no one was hurt....the pix of the damage is shocking!! Take care!!

Prim and Proper Folks said...

Thank the Lord you are all alright! I am always amazed at the strength and power of the wind!! I will continue to keep you and the fam in my prayers. S

Cookie said...

Greenie - I'm awestruck at the damage witnessed all around you! Thank the good Lord you were safe from the massive destruction. I'm so sorry to see this, it's so horrible - but hope that now, a couple of weeks later things are starting to get picked up and mended with power restored.
In the midst of this season, we keep the tv on anytime a bad storm is heading our way.
Take good care sister!

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Greenie!! Thank the Lord you are all okay! I didn't realize your area got hit like this.
High winds scare the bejeepers out of me.

softinthehead said...

OH My Greenie! I am so thankful you and yours are okay but how awful for those around you. I remember when the big earthquake hit the Bay area in 1989, for some reason our home was the only one that still had gas and electric and no damage so everyone came over for dinner and use of the phone and bathroom. What's funny is in the wake of this disaster neighbors that had NEVER said hi became our friends! Take care, Pam

Doreen said...

Wow scarey...thank God you are all alright.

Blessings to you,

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

Hi Greenie!
How blessed you must truly feel! I am so thankful that you are all okay!
You are surrounded by big angels.

Dixie Redmond said...

I keep checking back for an update. I hope all is well with you, Greenie!

Jo James said...

Thank goodness you're all OK!
Keep us updated.

Big hugs- Joee