Friday, July 15, 2011
The Storm from Hell Meant No Cooking for This Week!
HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! We’re back on line in more ways than one!!!! If it had to happen, fortunately it was the day after the cookout for Bill’s birthday!
Our power is finally on after being off for 103.5 hours. It all started Monday morning during a fierce thunderstorm that ripped through here and left us without power at 7:45 a.m. The power came back on this morning at 10:45 ~~~ 98 hours later, only to go out an hour later. Thankfully, it came back on a while ago at 3:00 p.m.!
The thunderstorms ripped through Northern Illinois Monday with wind gusts up to 70+ MPH. It lingered around for a while and left our neighborhood with incredible damage. Trees uprooted, roofs ripped off and fencing blown over. We lost part of one of our 50-foot maple trees. Luckily, it didn’t hit the house. A 24-foot section of fencing in our backyard had 4x4 posts sheared to ground level. All in all, our damages were minimal compared to a lot of people involved in the storm.
Our entire town was not without power, the homes one road over were fine. But, most of our town and the counties south of us toward Chicago were in the same boat: Food thawed out in freezers, restaurants that were opened were packed, surrounding hotels booked solid and no bags of ice available for miles. Thanks to Bubba ~ he helped stock our ice supply by schlepping ice from his town. On top of all of this, of course our land-line phones were dead but our cell phones had no service from the carrier, making it an adventure to contact our family.
So, this has been my week… I’m sorry I was not able to visit all your great blogs but, I will be playing catch-up soon. Here’s hoping you’ve all had a much better week!
Praise the Lord for electricity and air conditioning!
Have a great weekend!