Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mother and a Dreadful Storm

Wordless Wednesday is hosted by Dixie at http://frenchlique.blogspot.com/. Today's theme is "Mother" and I need not say more except for you to go visit Dixie and check out all about moms awesome posts for today.










Thank you , Dixie for taking your precious time to host this event.
It's also Outdoor Wed. and this is not wordless so I can talk. Yipee! Outdoor Wed. is hosted by Susan at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/. Let's all go visit her and see all the awesome outdoor posts.
Last Sunday while in the shower to get ready for church, the light in the shower started flickering and finally blacked out. I stepped out of the shower and immediately put on some clothes and looked outside. It was 9:45 AM but there was total darkness. ...really freaky! Luckily, we have a centralized generator that kicks in 5 seconds after power goes off. I looked out and the wind was howling and rain started coming really hard. I grabbed my camera and started taking a video but stopped after I got too scared. The wind started blowing so hard towards the house vertically at about 70 MPH. I was pretty sure one or more of the tall trees in the backyard will topple over and hit the house. You can watch the video at the bottom and you will notice that I started praying as I was shutting the camera off. I immediately went to the middle of the house in the hall to avoid getting hit in case any windows break. Then the phone rang and it was John who told me to stay in the house, possibly inside a closet. He had just left to make rounds and he said he was soaking wet.

Just look at the pea size hail.
This is one of the houses in our neighborhood. I knew that wind was dangerous.
another one in our neighborhood
This is our next door neighbor's house.
Luckily my prayers were answered and this is the extent of our damage. The wind blew our chimney covers. One fell all the way to the ground.
The other one came off but stayed on the roof and the other one was still in place but ready to come off. And a tree branch fell off a tree but it was not big enough to cause any damage. And wouldn't you know it that before we could put the chimney covers back, chimney swifts already took over the chimney and you can hear them chittering so loud in the morning and at dusk. Now, we'll have to wait until after the baby birds fly out before we can put the covers back so the mom can feed them.
Please watch the video. Sorry I had to turn it off when the wind started blowing really hard cause I had to take cover.
video
Thanks Susan for taking the effort of hosting this event and thanks everyone for coming for a visit. I hope you enjoyed your visit cause I surely enjoyed having you.

58 comments:

prof en retraite said...

Hi Christine! Your "mother" pics are wonderful! I'm sorry you had such a bad storm. We had one, too, about a month ago with quarter sized hail. I have damage to my roof and siding. It's been a rough Spring, huh? have a great week, at least! Glad you are safe and sound!...hugs...Debbie

mbkatc230 said...

I love your mother pictures. What a horrible storm, I'm sure you were terrified. I'm glad you had only minor damage and that you were safe. Hugs, Kathy

Angela said...

What a beautiful big family you have! It is so great that you have a picture of all that attended the party!

So sorry about the storm that came through you neighborhood. Praise the Lord your home was spared! Be sure to keep the doors shut or the birdies will fly into your house!
We didn't get a hail or windy storm we are getting a lot of rain that is flooding a lot of the fields and roads here in WV and some home but not close to my house this time! Looks like we might get flooded in again tomorrow!

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imjacobsmom said...

Boy Christine that was some storm. Thank God you only had minor damage. I feel sorry for your neighbors. Growing up our neighborhood was hit by a tornado and the houses at the end of the block were flattened. It's awful and scary. But thank goodness you have the ultimate Mother to watch over you! You have lots of sweet Mother decor...If I don't get a chance to tell you beforehand I wand to wish for you a very Happy Mother's Day. ~ Robyn

ellen b. said...

Oh my Christine. I'm so glad you didn't suffer any further damage. Yikes that tree in your neighbors roof is horrible! Stay safe!

dana said...

I so loved your family photo---and am so sorry about the terrible storm!! So far (knocking real hard on the wood table right now!) we've had a pretty calm spring, but we live in Tornado Ally, so it's not over yet!!

Happy Wednesday! dana

Carrie said...

What a storm!!! Glad your damage was minimal.

Happy Mother's Day!

KBeau said...

Loved your "mother" pictures. That storm must be the same one that blew through here. I didn't know until the next day that we had had a small tornado at the entrance to our subdivision. We got lots of hail too. Scary.

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! I love your mother pictures! You have so many beautiful ones!
Wow! You had a hum dinger of a storm! Glad you're safe.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Candy said...

Lovely mother pictures...they are the calm in the storm.
WOW! What a storm. Glad you all made out fine. Will say a little prayer for the neighbors.

Happy MOM day to you,
Candy

Dixie said...

Christine... I love all your Mother photos... and your outdoor photos... My sister told me you guys had some bad weather in that part of the world...

now I have to be the Grinch... in the future, you should make this two separate posts... Wordless Wednesday needs to be completely wordless... I won't remove you this week.. but...

have a beautiful and sunny Wednesday...

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE the mother and child art work

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Oh my goodness! I cannot believe the damage! I really love the mother child plates and art....they really are quite special. Thanks for stopping by!. Lu

Maryrose said...

Oh my gosh, that storm makes our earthquakes look tame. Your video was intense. I hope everything turns out ok. Happy Wednesday
Maryrose

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

thank god that you & family are fine.. hope all will be back to norm soon. btw I really like your plates.. love all the four of them.. happy WW and have a great day!

Florida Sue said...

You must have been so frightened. Thank goodness you escaped the horrific damage. I always have hurricanes in the back of my my mind, as we prepare for another season of watching and preparedness. Your Mother images are so lovely. Soon Your lovely little mother will be joining you right?

Sue.

Volunteer Honeymoon said...

Lovely mother picture,Will say a little prayer for the neighbors.

Chandy said...

Great mom pictures and wow, that is some hail! We've been pelted with thunder and bursts of rain over here!

Hope you have a better day today!

Bellamere Cottage said...

I'm so glad you made it through the storm with little damage. I visited a friend in Kansas several years ago when they were having tornado warnings......I was SO scared. We don't generally get big winds here in the NW........however we do "shake" from time to time! :-)

Blessings,
Spencer

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Hi Christine,
I love your plate collection, but especially the family picture. Wow, what a storm. We never see the likes of that in California! I'm glad you're ok.

Light and Voices said...

Hi!
Oh my goodness! That was a terrible storm. I am glad to hear that you are ok.
Joyce M

Deb said...

love you Mom photos...glad you are okay...we have been having alot of spring storms here in Texas also..ready for the sun to come back...

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Holy cow, woman! Did a small tornado come through? At first, as I was watching the video, I was thinking, why was she so scared? Looks like every summer thunderstorm we get here in FL. Then I saw that wall of rain and wind coming your way. Egads!!!!!!!!

Justine :o )

Joyce said...

We just had to put on a new roof due to a bad storm. Very scary to see this happen to you. I like your plates and your double post. Stay safe from the storms my friend.
Joyce

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Christine! I am glad you didn't have more damage! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Sue said...

Hi Christine, I like your plate collection. And the picture of your Mom on the nightstand is a nice tribute. Glad you suffered only minor damage in the recent storm. Take care and stay safe out of the storms! Sue

ClassyChassy said...

Great MOTHER pics! happy mothers day to you!

The Raggedy Girl said...

Really lovely pictures
and
Happy Wordless Wednesday to You

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Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful mother pictures, Christine.

The storm photos are amazing!

Marie said...

Hi Christine-
So sorry to hear about that storm...I can't even imagine. You're a trooper though, taking photos and everything...if anything good for insurance purposes. Take good care!
-marie

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Wow what a storm. Lovely pictures and great outdoor pic's even the damage is quite a picture! Hope you have a better week.
Blessings,
Debbie

ann said...

i adore your Mothers day pics.your mom is lovely and the one of 4 on the wall is awesome.
that storm looks like Texas.we've had storms for days and days now.Thank God they have been "noce"ones.but west Texas not so lucky.tornados,thank God no one hurt .
happy mothers day dear...ann

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Wow, what a storm! After seeing the pics and video I almost forgot about the pics or mom! Glad you are safe. Thanks for all the pics - the storm and your mom!

raxx a day in the life said...

The video got really scary in the end!! I would have high-tailed it out of there too!!

I've never seen hail, I always wondered what it looked like, thanks for hte pic.

Happy O.W.!

Terry said...

Have a blessed Mothers Day !
Loved your pictures for your Mom post.
I am so thankful storm season is just that only a season and not everyday!

The Muse said...

I am so happy to have wandered here! I have enjoyed your post immensely. (certainly glad you are safe!!)

Sares said...

That must have been some storm. Were you anywhere near the storm that took the roof off the Dallas Cowboy's Practice field? There has been some wild weather this spring. Thank goodness you and your home made it through alright. It's too bad about a couple of your neighbors though. Storms can be so hit and miss it's strange.

I like the Mother pillow you showed, very pretty, have a terrific day!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Christine, love all your wonderful pictures!!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

Barb

Carla said...

Goodness gracious!!! I'm glad you guys are ok! I think this was probably the same system that killed my computer. We feel very fortunite that was all that happened. LOVE your mom photos!! 90 years? WOW!

Barbara said...

Christine Your WW post was awesome.Thanks for sharing with us.

My daughter also lives in MS, but did not have any damage, sorry for your misfortune.

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Christine,
What a beautiful collection of mother plates,I am so thankful you all made it through the storm,they can be very frightening, we have been having terrible storms round here too. Thank you for sharing.
Sue

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

The mothers day tribute was wonderful. Did I read right that your mom is 90 years old?

That video of the wind and rain storm was frightening. Mother nature can be pretty intense sometimes.
It was very fortunate that no one was hurt. I hope you've all recouped from the storm.

Your porch tablescape (on the previous post) is the perfect spring setting. It looked so inviting. The new arbor looked cushy as well with the seats. Yup, I could see some time spent reading in that spot.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You have some great "Mother pictures!"

I'm glad you didn't have any serious storm damage.

Katherine

Suesue said...

Hey X! I've had you on my mind so thought I'd pop over and I must say again your entire family is beautiful. Great generational picture. And after looking at the video all I can say is I'd be praying big time! That wind sounded wicked but I'm glad you are all okay. Have a blessed Mother's Day friend!
Sue

xinex said...

Glad you stopped by, Suesue. You always brighten my day (actually evening now) when you do. How are you, my friend? You should start blogging, I know you like to write and I know you're a good writer. Happy Mother's Day to you too and come back again again!...Christine

Chandy said...

Christine, count me in for Saturday! I can't wait! And yes, the hubby did enjoy the dinner very much and he even said the plates are lovely!

We had so much fun laughing and eating last Tuesday night. I'm so glad I did it!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Christine, what a horrible storm. So glad you didn't have a tree through your house! All of your "mother" pictures are so pretty. Those plates and that plate rack tghey are on are wonderful. laurie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Love seeing your family pics and the pretty plates, Christine. And I'm so, so, SO glad you are okay from that storm!

Sending much love to you...

XO,

Sheila :-)

"Blossom" said...

Mothers photos. How I wish that my mother was still here with me.
Mothers are wonderful, aren't they.
Wow, I hate storms, glad that you guys are ok.

Blessings of Health and Prosperity said...

What a horrible storm! I'm so glad you had only minor damage and no one was injured! Your Wordless Wednesday tribute to mothers was great! Blessings, Celene

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Love all your mother/child pictures. Goodness, glad you are safe from that horrid storm!

Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

SILVIA said...

beautiful family xinex, so nice to be able to get together like that...i'm so glad to know you guys are ok after that horrible storm i feel bad for your neighbors tho, i hope they rebuild pretty soon...have a great day....
silvia.

Linda said...

Beautiful collection of pictures. So glad you were safe through the storm. We had some ferocious winds here a few weeks ago and were without power for 3 days in a large metropolitan city! Linda

marty39 said...

Christine, I almost cried at the beauty of all your mother pictures. They are all so precious. I so miss my mom.

Your storm was so scary. It just about scared me just watching it. You are so lucky and yes your prayers were answered. I am so glad you are ok. Hugs, Marty

Kelly said...

Wow, that was quite a storm!! Good to hear that your house wasn't damaged. Too bad other people in your neighbourhood weren't so lucky :-(

On the bright side, I'm sure the chimney swifts are happy the covers blew off your chimneys!! ;-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

wow, that was some storm. It has rained her for 2 weeks and more coming. We needed the rain, but enough is enough. thanks for visiting.

Beth at Aunties said...

Whew...I am so glad your family was safe with miminal damage. Prayers were answered!
Your family is beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful Mothers day!

Nicole ~ said...

I love all of your sweet mother items, but my favorite is your mother’s 90th birthday celebration. It is amazing to think of all the experiences she has had in those 90 years. And, the blessing of such a big family is just wonderful.

That was quite a storm you witnessed. I am so sorry for all of your neighbor’s damage to their homes. Thank goodness you were kept safe. Nicole

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