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Monday, December 15, 2008

Trees Sparkling in the Sun -- Almost Like Christmas Lights, Only Not!

Things are slowly getting back to normal here after the big ice storm that left us without heat, water and electricity for 3 days. Many, many people in the area are still without power and probably will remain so for days and weeks to come. We got off easy!

Yesterday we spent all afternoon outside with the chain saw. My husband cut and I hauled limbs and logs from all around our house. It was a balmy 60 degrees outside but we are due for some snow later in the week, so it was good that we got it done so quickly.

Here are a few pictures of the results of a little cold rain, wind and very low temperatures. Quite pretty actually.

Christmas Time SparkleThis is the top of a very tall tree that I never liked anyway, but I was told that it was some rare expensive tree that no tree service would cut down as long as it was healthy. I almost feel bad about having had bad feeling towards it now that it is down. But if you look closely, you can see the swing set peeking out from under the tree limbs. It's there still and not damaged at all! Unbelievable!

Christmas Time SparkleTrees snapped in half and limbs everywhere.

Christmas Time SparkleOur huge oak tree in front lost some very large limbs and lots of smaller branches.

Christmas Time SparkleThis is the base of the tree that landed on the swing set. I guess we won't have quite as much shade next summer as we've been used to.

Christmas Time SparkleThe sun came out and made all the ice sparkle like diamonds all over everything. It looks so pretty, but was so devastating for so many people. We were able to get most of that tree cut up and hauled down to the pile of limbs or the log pile for burning. At least we will have some nice firewood next year!

Christmas Time SparkleHere you can see all the trees bent over and still covered in ice. Between the basketball hoop and the white truck in our neighbor's driveway, there is a Japanese Maple that you can't see too well, but it was such a beautiful tree. All of its large limbs snapped off under the weight of the ice. They will try to save it by cutting it back, so we're hoping it will survive.

Christmas Time SparkleYou can see the Birch tree bent right over. This one was lucky. It will probably survive but will never stand straight again. There are a few other trees in this picture that lost their tops and some that snapped right in half. We cut all the hanging limbs we could safely reach and will cut down the remainder of the badly damaged trees in the spring.

I am hoping to be able to spend some regular time after tomorrow posting relevant articles here, so thank you for being patient and sticking with me.

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Happy Stitching!

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  • Glad that you and your home are safe and sound. Snow is beautiful but it can sure be trecherous. In spite of the devestation, the photos are pretty.

    By Blogger Annette, At December 16, 2008 at 7:10 PM  

  • The pictures look almost surreal - there's no snow, but the devastation from the ice is massive! Hard to believe that something so beautiful, could be so destructive!

    By Blogger Sandra :), At December 19, 2008 at 11:23 AM  

  • Holy Dina what damage done!!! Unreal!! That is a whole lot of ice!!!
    So I gather you were very glad that you had a fireplace to help keep most of the chill out when you were without power...
    I hope the roadways aren't so icy anymore!

    By Blogger Myra, At December 20, 2008 at 10:30 PM  

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