Yesterday, after picking my daughter up from work, the girls and I went straight to visit my awesome, amazing older brother and his wife for the evening.
The storm warnings had returned, but the skies were clear at the time, if incredibly windy all day. The winds died down enough that we were able to eat outside, then have a fire going to toast marshmallows. It was so wonderful to just sit outside together, talking and enjoying each others’ company. I just wish my husband had been able to come out, too, but if he had, he would never have been able to handle the length of the visit.
Chronic pain really sucks.
While we were outside, we did see some pretty dramatic skies!
The clouds were moving fast, so we saw all sorts of interesting shapes passing by. When it first started to rain, though, the sky above us was clear! 😀 After a while, though, it started to come down a bit harder, so we packed up and went in. By then it was late enough to start heading home, which was about an hour and a half’s drive.
While we were away, my husband sent us some updates to let us know it was coming down pretty hard at home. It was all done by the time we made the drive, but as soon as we turned off the highway onto the gravel road, we drove through a bit patch where the road was covered with twigs and branches from someone’s willow. Some smaller trees along the road were downed. (Interestingly, I later found out the my husband’s dead CPAP machine, which he has left plugged in, actually flickered to life during the storm. Just a flicker. Odd.)
When we got home, we decided to park in the yard by the house, instead of the garage. As I drove in, the first thing I saw in my headlights was a branch on the ground. So while the girls brought things into the house, I grabbed a flashlight and did a circuit around the house. Nothing major, but it was clear it was going to be another day needing a wheelbarrow to clear up everything that came down.
Then this morning, as I glance out the north facing bedroom window, I see this.
One of the apple trees had come down, too.
I don’t think this one was doing very well this year. It never really bloomed, and I couldn’t see any apples on it when I checked it out. Most of it had already been pruned away, before we moved out here. I’m not surprised that this one came down. I’m more surprised it was the only one.
Thanks to my brother, though, I have chain oil for my birthday gift – summer and winter oil, even, and enough to last a very long time! – so later today I will break it down and haul away the pieces. When making plans to visit, I’d asked about what stores were near their place, after entertaining them about why I needed more oil so quickly (see link above), and my brother was sweet enough to pick some up before we got out there. 🙂 That meant we didn’t have to rush to any stores before they closed, and could go straight to visiting.
I have awesome family!
Since it’s an apple tree, I will keep the pieces separate, so I can use the wood for crafting purposes. 🙂
I will be sticking to just the necessary clean up for today, though, since I do try to keep Sunday as a day of rest, even if we haven’t found a church yet out here. There will be more than enough to catch up on, later! Things are supposed to cool down for the next week, so I’m hoping to be able to continue clearing out the rest of the maple grove and not risk heat stroke! 😀