The large Birch tree behind the Cavenderian manor decided that the weight of so much ice on it's large southern branch was too much to bear and let loose of the limb at 9:00 p.m. E.S.T. last night, while yours truly was surfing on the Internet in our back room. What an awe inspiring sound a crashing tree limb full of ice makes. Crack, creak, crack, crack, snap then whoosh, then darkness as the branch successfully separated the electrical cable from our home. As we ventured out there was a succession of limbs falling throughout the valley, neighbors gathered in the street to comfort each other and ascertain the damage. Even without power our house maintained 52 degrees throughout the night while our goose down comforters kept us comfortable.
We have been informed that we may not have power until Sunday February 1, 2009, disappointing but not unbearable. I am currently at my father-in-laws house, warm and well fed. Painting will be on hold for a few days until the power is repaired.
Now for the good news, I took several pictures of our newly arrived ambassador from Beerstein and will be posting them soon. Our last house had an entire tree fall down during a wind storm and took out our power box so we are batting 0.100 on trees taking out our power, however we are very lucky as neither tree destroyed our homes or hurt anyone. I am sure that there are people all over the east coast right now that are not nearly as fortunate. Hope you all are warm and safe out there.