Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The (unofficial) Start to Summer

Hope you all had a lovely start to your summer with plenty of Memorial Day festivities. We were supposed to head to the beach for the weekend, but a massive storm ripped through here last Thursday night and changed everything. It was the scariest storm I had ever experienced in this house. The wind was whirling around in every direction, and all we could hear were trees cracking and glass breaking. My patio umbrella and table went flying across the lawn, smashing all my glass candle holders along the way. In the flashes of lightening, I could see that the huge tree behind our chicken coop was no longer there, but we couldn't see if the coop was damaged. I woke my daughter and brought her downstairs, because the sound of tree branches scraping against her window was too much for me. Soon after, the winds calmed and we could see through the bright strikes of lightening that our Memorial Day would consist of a lot of clean up and little relaxation. We had no power or Internet access for the following two days, so today I'm playing catch up with work, plus I'm pretty exhausted from hauling tree limbs. The good news is the tree just missed the coop, but did damage the run. I'm still in shock, and even today, I could see the sky turn black again, so I ran out to salvage some of my peonies. They're just blooming, and I knew a hard rain would destroy them. I'm so thankful everyone is OK. I would like a do-over though on this whole long-weekend thing, 'cause I sure could use that beach break.


Robin said...

Storms always scare me, even small ones. So glad to hear no one was hurt, and the trees picked good places to fall.

Bevy said...

I love thunderstorms, rain... etc. But. That sounded too close to home. So glad to hear that you all are safe.

Beautiful peonies in front of the old teal mirror. Love the color combination.

Fern Valley Farm said...

Your peonies are gorgeous. Glad to hear their was no major damage from your storm!

Jo said...

Hmmm ... I wonder if the storm we had today is one in the same. We just got power back. It was very scary.

Love the peonies! They are my favorite flower. I have cut a few from my yard but still have a nice amount that haven't bloomed ~ I'm enjoying their show.


Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

My peonies bloomed the day before we left for Ohio. We returned last night to find them all smooshed to the ground, looking a fright! Sniff sniff.

Cindy said...

I'm sorry for your storm damage. Praise God ya'll were alright.
I love the Peonies. My daughters wedding was this past weekend. We used Peonies in the flower arrangements and her bouquet. They were so easy to work with!! I love them. I hate we can't grow them here.

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham