Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Irene cleanup ...........

We've been busy the last few days cleaning up after Irene. We were very lucky. We had no major wind damage, no flooding, and we had electricity except for two hours on Saturday. Our yard was covered in sticks, leaves, and branches. Our neighbors lost a tree and several large limbs, but all we had was small stuff. We went over the yard with the bagger on the mower and got up most of the debris. I raked up the rest.

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The pool was full of leaves and I spent a couple of afternoons getting it cleaned out. It won't be long before it will be time to close it for the winter. I hope we have a few more hot days so we can enjoy the water a bit longer.

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We seemed to be just on the edge of the strong winds. Just thirty miles to the east of us there was extensive tree damage and even a death from a tree which fell on a house. There are still many areas without electricity. Luckily, we are not in an area that floods.

We have much to be thankful for. I hope everyone was as lucky as we were. The east coast had a rough week - first an earthquake, then a hurricane. This week the weather has been beautiful.

13 comments:

MountainBlessings said...

Great News! I am so glad you made it through with no major damage! I was sure thinking about my bloggy friends on the east coast!

I hope this next hurricane just stays out in the ocean or skips over to the gulf of mexico so poor Texas can have some moisture!

This has been a crazy summer for weather, we are having a thunder storm right now, but the breeze feels so nice coming in the window.

My doctor went to Phoenix over the weekend and had a heat stroke! It was 117 degrees. So glad I live in the mountains!

take care, thanks for the update!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Did you feel the earthquake aftershocks this morning? Weird stuff.

We just had wind and clouds, and our electricity went out 3 different times on Saturday. Could've been much worse!

Arkansas Patti said...

Pick up sticks is never fun but I agree and am pleased that you were so lucky. Having power is a huge bonus.

KathyA said...

I bet you got a work out sieving the leaves from that pool! Great for your upper arms.

schmidleysscribblins,wordpress.com said...

Our yard looked like your yard. I don't have any trees to speak of, but the neighbor's trees shed a lot. Thank goodness Vepco trimmed the trees two weeks ago. We too were at the edge of the storm, but then we usually are.

Enjoy these lovely days. Dianne

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Oh Gezzzz -- our deck was full of pine needles...LOL I'm grateful for no damage.

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Glad to hear that you are all safe. Maybe the one occasion that you don't mind tidying the mess up ! Thanks for letting us know. Have a good weekend.

Gilly said...

So pleased you are safe and suffered no bad effects from trees blowing down, etc. But from the pictures on TV here it looks as though some people had it really bad.

And it looks like you had better get sweeping up!

TheBookGirl said...

So glad you made it through with minimal damage. Hope you get a few more sweltering days to enjoy the pool :)

NitWit1 said...

You were fortunate...great news. The most surprising is the flood damage in Vermont. October is the beginning of their heaviest tourist season with leaves and later snow skiing.

But the are not alone, just not expected to be so damaging.

CountryDew said...

I'm glad the damage was not more extensive for you.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

I am glad it wasn't worse for you. This weather has been so strange lately, hasn't it?

Kym McNabney said...

Wow, my husband would have had a fit about the pool.