It's time for
Today we spent the afternoon trimming trees
here on the farm that had been damaged
a few years back by a severe ice storm.
This brought back a lot of memories for us
and so I thought I would post about it.
This winter has been a tough one for most of us
here in the USA and Canada and overseas.
Some places have been hit heavy by snow storms
that just keep coming and I'm sure we
wonder if it will ever end.
So far here in Kansas we have had our share
of snow and storms and even
a little ice....
but nothing compares to the winter of 2005.
This is what I saw around 9pm out our French doors.
It started around 4pm with rain turning to
By 8pm it started to sound like a war zone.
At first I heard what sounded like a loud crack
somewhere near the house.
Then there was another and another right
outside the window.
This was no little branch breaking...these were limbs!
My hubby had left for work around 3:00 pm so I was
alone ...and I was scared and I was worried for him.
We lived in the city at the time and we had HUGE
elm tree's on our 1 1/2 acres.
One very huge tree grew very close to the house
with HUGE limbs that grew out OVER the house.
I figured it was only a matter of time before
one of those limbs would come crashing
through the roof.
Thank heavens that didn't happen...but the aftermath
looked like a war zone.
Hubby made it home safely but it was slow going
as the roads were treacherous.
The next morning we were shocked to see just
how much damage the storm had done...everywhere
you looked there were huge limbs either down or
hanging broken from the trees.
I couldn't hold back the tears.
Those beautiful old trees!
That whole day was spent talking to neighbors and
surveying the damage but thank goodness no
one was hurt or had their homes severely damaged.
The next day it was a whole different scene...the sun
came out and the damage was transformed into
a glittering world of sparkling crystals.
This tree above is a Chinese Elm and was right out front of the house.
Not one limb was broken...the limbs and branches bent instead of breaking!
The other elms were American Elms that grow more upright.
This last photo is of the most severe damage
we received to the house other than bent gutters,
bent fencing, bent BBQ shelf and chair.
All in all we were pretty fortunate.
Now we just hope and pray that this winter
goes out like a lamb.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend
(with NO snow) and for
those of you who haven't entered my
I will draw a winner on Monday Feb 28th.