Damn You Harvey!

I know I have no place to complain with the many thousands homeless, many missing, and several dead already with this storm. The tragedy of its entirety has yet to be understood. I am sure it will be historic when it all gets sorted out. Probably already is. My heart goes out to all affected by this storm.

And we were just affected. Not to the extreme of most, we just got the remnants of the hurricane, but wow what a ride we had last night. Heavy downpours, tornados to our east, and the wind was really whipping. I slept as best I could through it, but about the time you thought it would ease up it came back just as ferocious as before. We could hear things banging and clanging and the occaisional snapping of wood out there, no one dared go look in the dark. The power predictably went out. (just got it back maybe 30 min ago)

First thing I saw this morning a tree across the street was down. But our damage was limited to a few shingles, a lot of tree debris, and then one of the boys had me go look at the shop. A tree lost a large limb that caved the roof of the shop in. Damn. (And my homeowners ins, does not cover outbuildings)

I got busy with getting the coffee on, which means digging around for the little propane camp stove and getting it going. Also forgot to fill a few buckets with water before the storm, when you lose power out in the country you need water on standby to flush a toilet because the well runs off of electricity. So I had one of the boys help me gather 4 buckets of water from the now swollen pond. Then I stretched out an extension cord from the car to the house. I have a small inverter that makes a little bit of 110 power from the car battery, so we could get television enough to see what was going on in the world.

Then about that time Vanderbilt called, we had an appointment to make today, they called to let us know that they were flooded. So no taking the wife to the neurologist. We were about to call them and cancel anyway, but it’s just freaky when they call you, because they were flooded…

Well as I mentioned the power is back. The wife is pleased that she can get a shower. So am I actually. We can only be thankful that things are manageable. We will get through this with little difficulty. I only wish the same could be said for all those from Houston to Nashville and beyond.

Hope all is well with all of you.