|Yard Damage after our Ice Storm on 2/21/15|
|That first cup of HOT TEA was fabulous...|
On our 2nd day without power, George was able to get to our grill on the deck and make us a pot of hot water for some HOT TEA. Oh My Heart---that was so delicious. I think I missed coffee and hot tea (ANYTHING hot) the most. He also heated up a pot of homemade Chili leftovers for us in a pan on the grill --and we ate that meal on Sunday night (Feb. 22). DELICIOUS!
|Looking toward one of our Rose Beds; I can't believe it but in 2-3 months, our Roses hopefully will be blooming, if they make it through this weather this year.|
|This is what our sidewalk looked like next to the garage.|
|Coolers on our front porch--trying to save fridge/freeze items|
|Tree Damage in our Yard|
|One of about 8 'dangling' branches in our yard|
|Back Yard; Note the ICE buildup on the deck rail;|
|Tree down in Neighborhood|
-That God was with us and we knew that, through Him, we were loved and cared for;
-That we bought a new gas-log fireplace not long ago --which kept us WARM;
-That we had had quite a bit of tree trimming done a few months ago (to get the tree limbs away from our home); (If we hadn't have done that, we most likely would have had damage to our home.)
-That both George and I kept a good attitude the entire time, trying to count our blessings, and make the best from the situation;
-That we could stay connected with our friends and family (through our iPhone, iPad and my laptop); Even without power, we could charge the batteries of the iPhone and iPad in the car --in our garage; Had to use my laptop sparingly since I couldn't charge its battery;
-That our FACEBOOK friends and family (LOTS of them) were there for us --praying and commenting and giving good suggestions, etc. I felt as if God was with us through all of these friends. (I know that many people don't like Facebook---but for us, it was truly a life-saver for that 50 hours. I'm not sure what I would have done without them.)
WHAT WE LEARNED:
-That we might get a small portable generator (to run our two fridge/freezers) under similar situations when no power is available;
-That we need (and will buy) a small camping stove so that we can cook some HOT food/drink; OH--how I missed my coffee!!!! It was nice having the grill --but there may be another time when George wouldn't have access to the grill....
-That someone's suggestion about filling coolers with food and then adding ice/snow from outside to them was very helpful--since the temperatures outside were still very cold; (That would not work if the power was out during the summer for long periods of time.)
-Purchased an adapter to use in the car so that I can also charge the battery in my laptop when there is a power outage; (Already have adaptors for the iPhone and iPad)
-That Mother Nature can be wicked ---so we always need to be prepared!
As I'm sure I said, neither George nor I have ever gone through anything like this. BUT---we do know, that as hard as it was for us, our situation was not nearly as bad as many others go through due to Mother Nature. Life can be hard at times for ALL of us, but with a good attitude and the love of family/friends and each other, we can make it through these rough times... God be with us ALL.
Thanks for listening to my thoughts on the Wicked Ice Storm of 2015. Believe it or not though, there are still TWO more storms to come... Luckily, the 4th one missed us--but I'll show photos from the SNOW Storm on 2/26 soon.