Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Well the "cold" (I use that term loosely because the high today is supposed to be 90) front came through last night with a bang.

It was the WORST storm I've ever been through in my life.

This morning we surveyed the damage.

This is the view from the top of my steps of my pot garden normally.


This was the view this morning.


Notice anything different? Like that tree-age in the front yard?

That would be from where a large branch took out Zorba's the landlord's front porch overhang and his wheelchair ramp.


Until those trees get cleared, he's pretty much trapped inside. He doesn't get along well without a wheelchair or walker. He could go out the other two doors...but it would be a real chore for him and his nurse.

It was basically the one maple tree in the side yard that snapped all over.





Pretty awful, but kind of cool in a only-the-porch-got-hurt sort of way.

Like I said though that was the worst storm I've ever been through. I guess that says a lot given the places I've lived.

There was one in Waco, TX when we drove to Texas that was pretty bad. But this one had all the right elements: thunder, lightning, high wind, hail, and rain.

And of course Dr. Mad Scientist was coming home from his AA meeting at exactly the time it hit. But he said people were pretty good about driving really slow with their hazzards on and the fire department was already out and about directing people around fallen trees in the road.

Lucky him--his train line isn't operating this morning so he doesn't have to go to work until this afternoon when hopefully the trains start running again. I want to sleep in!

But hey, now that it's "cooler" I might start knitting again!



Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

I'm glad your pot garden survived! We had a bunch of trees down in our neighborhood too (in MA). Enjoy the "cool" weather!

6:04 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

At first I was like "Hey the pot garden just grew more! Yay storm!" But then I saw the tree laying down in the background. Wow. Poor Zorba. Hope they get that cleared up soon!

6:19 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Bezzie, something about your comment on my blog tickled my funny bone - I think it was the part where you said "I don't know how big your balls are". [yes, she really wrote that on my knitting blog]

They're ovaries, dear, not balls, and they're average-sized - does that help?

6:41 AM  
Blogger Disco said...

Phew, I'm glad your pot-socks survived.

I'm eagerly waiting to see what you craft from those FREE fallen branches ;0)

7:03 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Funny....Doesn't seem like I was hit at all. And honestly, it didn't look like it rained. Hmmm.

I did, however, notice that there were about a zillion more people at Liberty State this morning taking the Light Rail to catch the PATH to the city....must have been because of the NJ Transit outages.

7:35 AM  
Blogger ZantiMissKnit said...

I have no idea if that storm came through my corner of Boston. If it did, I slept straight through it! Of course, we had a noise machine, CPAP, air conditioner and ceiling fan on (they do a good job of drowning out the next door neighbors' all-night salsa parties), so maybe the sound never penetrated our bedroom oasis.

8:08 AM  
Blogger buttercup said...

YIKES! Poor Zorba. I hope the branches get cleared out quickly. Lucky your car didn't get hit too.

We had some thunder and lightening and heavy rain, but nothing like what you had.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! Wow! Hope your landlord is OK, and they get his ramp and the limbs cleared. Glad that no one was hurt. I'll take AK and the occasional E-quake. Love, Mom

9:55 AM  
Blogger Nell said...

Glad everyone is OK! That's pretty crazy.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

We got very little storm (after an afternoon of intense buildup from the weather folks). Some counties in PA got hit hard but we escaped with some rain, not a lot and no wind. A little thunder and lightning but nothing scarey. But oh the gloriously dry air today!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Wow, that's really something that the storm ripped that big tree out, but left your pots intact! At least that's one good thing. That's too bad though about your neighbor being stuck in the house. Hopefully the tree can be removed soon.

We've had a lot of rain and horrendous thunder and lightening here in Cleveland the past few days too. The wind hasn't been too terrible though. My kids have been coming downstairs in the middle of the night to lie in my bed with me, because the thunder scares them.

The worst summer storm we had in Cleveland that I can remember was in 1994 - we had a small tornado that left hundreds of people without power for a week, damaged a lot of houses and cars, and nearly ripped some of the steel balconies off the high-rise apartment complex across the street from where I now live.

I was a teenager was working at Burger King during the storm, and it was a bright, sunny, clear day, and then all of a sudden the sky turned pitch black, the lights went out, and the the wind pulled all of the doors open. The place had a problem with employee theft, so as soon as it got dark, my boss zoomed up front, grabbed the cash drawers from the registers, and locked them in the office. I never saw him move so fast before, LOL!

BK got its power back in a day or two, but the McDonald's down the street had no power for a week, so they actually had employees outside cooking hamburgers on a portable grill, and selling them to customers, ha, ha!

12:42 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Yikes! I hope Zorba has food and water...

And...did the petunias survive?

1:47 PM  
Blogger Starfish said...

Yeesh! We haven't had one of those blow through in a while...we were driving home from CT in that mess - what a nightmare! Glad the pots survived!

2:10 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Wow - it wasn't nearly that bad here - just lightning everywhere. Hope it all gets cleared up soon. I'm glad your patio garden survived ;)

2:22 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I think "less hot front" is more descriptive. Good thing the tree didn't hit the main house. That could have been nasty.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Yikes! Glad you guys are ok! Interesting how the branch like peeled off!

5:48 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Wow, that's some crazy damage! We got the storm too but not nearly so strong. Glad your potted garden survived!

6:03 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I hope its cleared up soon- seems I have transferred trees down to you...

6:04 PM  
Blogger janna said...

What? No tornado? What a wimpy storm! ;-) But I'm really glad that tree only hit the porch!

6:27 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

We're supposed to be getting those here! Looks like Zorba's getting exercise he doesn't need, that's a shame. Hope this diminishes your odds of getting another like it.

8:42 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Poor Zorba! But thank goodness the pot garden survived. That is one sturdy garden :)

11:50 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Holy CRAP Bezzie, I'm glad you didn't get killed! (It's amazing your pots survived, too...) Some weird and freaky weather is going on in the States right now. I hope it passes soon.

12:23 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

I'm glad no one was hurt, not even the pots! We got pretty much the same here, except without tree fall, with power failure. If Zorba tells the township and/or tree service he's wheelchair bound and his ramp is blocked, that should get quick attention.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Kay aka dkswife said...

I'm glad you and your family, along with Zorba didn't get hurt!

11:35 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

Wow, I am shocked the sockpots survived all that. Nasty storms, I seem a few.

Hey Bezzie! Have you ever seen this?

Pretty damn funny, huh?

I googled 'Bezzie' to find your blog, (as I am not tracking any blogs anymore) because I wanted to tell you how proud I was to have finally learned how to use the self check-out at the grocery with my canvas shopping bags. A live body has to be present to zero out the scales with the bags on them prior to starting the transaction. So it takes one element out of the do-it-yourself part, but it does eliminate the nasty plastic bags. (As long as a live body is present when I am ready to check out!)
Before I had this 'duh' moment, I used to just give up and start over using plastic. A nice manager person explained it all to me yesterday. Who says good customer service is dead?

12:49 PM  
Blogger Mother Necessity said...

Wow - we only got a portion of that storm in Westchester, and it was indeed scary. I've never seen the wind whip things around like that. Glad everyone's ok.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Good grief, the storms have been awful this season. I'm glad nobody got hurt, and your garden survived!

2:05 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

I drove through a town that had a twister go through a week before and it was so humbling to see all the destruction. So freaky the way one building was torn to shreds and the one next to it was untouched. Love what Disco said-ha ha ha.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

We have had some big branches down from our trees and many around the area. We have had thunder storms every night his week. Crazy.

11:43 AM  

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