Thursday, September 18, 2008


Well Ike did come get us.

I found this note scrawled on a flagstone in our

cul-de-sac island.

The "calm before the storm" ~ Some neighbors gathered in the cul-de-sac to visit before the Ike came. Ike came in during the night on Friday night. We lost power around 6:00 am Saturday. Orginally it was tracking to the west of our area, but the eye ended up passing about 20 miles to the east of where we are.

Below I'm posting some pictures of the mess from Hurricane Ike. These are pictures of my yard. We faired extremely well compare to some neighbors. Our house has no damage that we know of. At least 5-6 trees fell on houses in our neighborhood alone of about 50 houses.

This is what we found the next morning:

A top from a tree down in the back yard.

That big blob of green between the two flower beds doesn't belong there. It belongs in the top of a tree in our front yard.

This is a picture from our local park:

Times like these provide (force) opportunities to do some deep cleaning.

But the Hero was......

Yes, this beautiful generator came through for us. Buster went to Home Depot on Friday morning at 5:30a.m. and stood there for 2.5 hours and came home with this beautiful designer color lime-green generator. It truly was worth it. It kept our 2nd refrigerator going for the 4 days we did not have power.

God in his mercy blessed us with natural air conditioning so the temperature was very comfortable. We spent lots of time with neighbors eating together, helping each other out. There was no TV or video games so there were lots of kids out riding bikes and playing outside.

Those are the good things hurricane Ike brought to us.

Also, can you guess if this is Paige's room BEFORE Hurricane Ike or AFTER Hurricane Ike????

Your guess is as good as mine.



Ridd Rants & Raves said...

Love Paige's bedroom shot - that's a classic! Glad that you guys and your home are ok. We are about the same - a big tree down & lots of cleanup, but home and family are just fine. Love reading your blog! I've got to catch up on mine...

Rela Pantaleon-Manigsaca said...

You've got plenty in the garden to keep you busy in the next few days! I hope your beans survived!

HOPE said...

Thanks Joy for stopping by my blog(s). By the way...I only manage 2 watering wells of hope is a finished memorial. But 2 is plenty!!

Love the photo to guess before or after! too funny!

Glad to meet you and know that God watched over you with IKE. We live on the East Coast and know what you deal with EACH Summer..FUN!