"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The serious side...





Snow, falling gently, silently whispering your name, so soft and beautiful, a moment to slow down.  Then the ice storm, violent and freezing rains covering everything in their path with a layer so thick that the sounds in the distance of breaking branches is like gunshots.  Then, no power.  And a little warm up to raise all the rivers and streams to overflowing.  

For the most part we have done well.  Our power is back on and the roads are now a slushy, dirty, mud ridden mess.  It looks as if we may have lost a few of our Maple trees.  The ice storm just too much for their branches.  So pretty but so much now to clean up. 

We are the fortunate ones, we have power and heat, food to eat, and gas in the car.  So many of those areas around us do not...they are heading into their seventh day in the cold and dark.  The grocery stores are on generators so you must use cash, the ATM is out of cash, and the gas station is our of fuel.  When we were at the store the police had to intervene several fights at the pumps.  If there is no gas then what is it that they are fighting about. 

This weather brings out the worst and the best in people.  Thank God it is only a once or twice occurrence every year.  Hoping that soon our friends can go check on their homes and find all is safe and well.   Thaw out, dig out..what ever it takes.

24 comments:

  1. Very serious! We are so lucky here to not have ice storms but once in awhile. It shuts us down since we aren't prepared. Here at our house, we have alternate heat and keep food we can eat in the winter if we get iced in. Hope things improve soon! hugs, Linda

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  2. Oh, sweet JoJo I am so sorry that you have been through so much with the weather. I have been thinking a lot about everyone that is having all that ice to deal with. I am happy you all are safe. Praying everyone has their power back on very soon and there will be lots of people come forward to help each and everyone that has a lot of cleaning up to do. Ice storms can do a lot of damage and it takes time to do a cleanup. Sorry about your trees. Sure hope to hear things are a lot better for all of you there very soon. Hugs

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  3. So glad you are ok with the weather you have been having. winter is such a terrible time to be without electricity with the cold. So sorry about your trees. The one positive thing is the great beauty with the whole world being engulfed in ice- it truly is beautiful but with all the other things it is sometimes hard to see!

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  4. I did a little growing up and military service in Tacoma. (100 years ago) I also have family in Mt. Vernon and a friend, in Bellingham, who grew up in Sumner. Go figure. Y'all have definitely had some bad winds and snow. Hope its over. Take care.

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  5. I am glad to hear you are safe and warm. So sorry to hear of the others. We had an ice storm like that a few years ago. I hope not to see another one like it.

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  6. Glad to hear you are all safe, Jojo. Hope and pray sanity and security will return to your friends, soon, too.
    *hugs* ♥

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  7. So glad you all are okay! Now if I could just get my hands on that baby....

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  8. Have sure been wondering about you there. I am glad you are OK, and can only imagine how bad it has been there. We haven't had any snow to speak of here, which is very unusual for us. I am waiting for the other shoe to fall. At least you have your sweet baby to give you a smile!!!

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  9. I think the serious side of our grandbabies is such a hoot! I get photos just like that too, at times!!

    Take care...stay warm and safe!

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  10. My goodness! I'm also glad you are okay...

    I'm seriously starting to think about a grandbaby...so precious!!

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  11. Jojo, glad you weren't directly affected for a long period. Nothing is worse than a 'natural' disaster that goes on for days. Hurricane Juan in 2003 caused havoc here. Stay safe and I hope your friends find relief soon.

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  12. What beautiful photos of your grand baby. She is such a serious little child. I think she must be an "old soul". She looks like she is in control of her own destiny.
    Glad you are all right. We have seen some awful things on the TV. Take care and stay warm.

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  13. I am familiar with ice storms....some time ago, I used to live in Chilliwack British Columbia. Yup, I know ice storms. They are powerful.
    I makes us mindful ....to be prepared.
    have extra food. blankets....stuff, the stuff you need when STUFF is not available

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  14. I love that you have those wonderful pictures to see as we think about what you have written. I try not to get myself wound up about the weather--the tropical storm followed by our blizzard in October. Yesterday almost 50 degrees F, the day before 8 degrees. I choose to stay in this climate... and partly BECAUSE of its wildness in a state known for "steadiness" (Connecticut) But the two bouts of no electricity were a little rugged. And instead of snowbanks, our blizzard yields 5 foot banks of fallen limbs.

    Beautiful child, wonderful words.

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  15. We have had such a mild winter this year. I certainly don't miss the ice and snow storms! Linda

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  16. Jojo I am glad you are alright. Love the baby pictures she is a dolly. We are havning spring weather including early blooms. Go figure.
    People worry when they have no God who supplies their needs.

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  17. I didn't realize you got hit so bad. Awful, just awful but I'm glad you are one of the lucky families with power and fuel. We've had flooding and evacuations around here by the river but nothing that affected us or our little creek that's close by. Just rain, and not our usual off and on again, but nonstop pelting rain. Our poor husky/collie gets soaked every time she has to potty.

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  18. A crisis, be it lack of food, fuel, or simply the ability to use the electric power in your home,sure does bring out our true character qualities, doesn't it? This is when people of character, quiet character, stand out.

    Although I can understand the panic a lack of gas to get to work, or lack of food & water in your home may cause, there is no benefit to fighting for it.

    I love the serious look of your little one..very apropos given the ice storm we just had around here.( very cute too! )

    I guess the loss of our trees just gives us another opportunity to make a whole new landscape and garden.Break out the seed and garden catalogs and magazines!Clean up will be a bear, but we will get through it. The blessing is our homes themselves, and our families, are safe .

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  19. So glad to hear you've survived the ice storm. That POP and CRACKing noise is all too familiar in the midwest USA!

    Stay warm, take care, and give that precious baby a giggle-inducing tickle for me! ♥

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  20. How precious are those cute little serious looks!!!

    I'm so happy to hear you've come through the storm with flyin' colors. We get our share of dreaded ice storms here in the Ozark that put us outta power for weeks sometimes.

    I know how hard it is.

    God bless ya and have a glorious day sweetie.

    Enjoy the power!!!

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  21. Yikes, things have really gone amuck south of us! Sorry it's been so miserable. We fared much better up North. What precious pictures...she's growing like a weed!

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