15 December 2007

Five Words No Wife Wants to Hear

That would be: "Oh my God! Get down!"
Early this morning, Travis and I had been up for about 10 minutes and were tooling around the kitchen. I was getting the coffee pot started up, and he was looking outside the kitchen door asking me why all the animals were sitting there looking up at him like they wanted to come in. There was a thunderstorm outside, and we had seen flashing from lightening and heard the thunder roll, but suddenly the sound and the lighting outside changed. Travis yelled for me to get Kullen in the hallway rightnow!
The girls were sleeping over at a friend's house in another town after the co-op's high school Christmas party.
We got in the hallway, where I wrapped both arms and legs around Kullen and held on for dear life. The whole house rattled, and you could hear things snapping outside. I kept begging Travis to let the animals in but he said it was too dangerous to open the door.
After about five minutes, it quieted down. It was unbelievable. Our trampoline was bent up, our neighbor's light pole was snapped in half like a twig, there were branches and limbs down everywhere, and our power had gone out. A quick survey of the neighborhood showed a roof ripped off of a garage apartment, a fence down, but generally speaking, everything was okay. Nobody appeared to be hurt, and the damage was minor. All day long we heard more reports about horse trailers flipping over on cars, and all kinds of property damage. My super hubby spend the day re-installing a light pole for our handicapped neighbor. It took all day long to get our power back on.
I know tornadoes happen all the time, but it is a little scary when it touches your little corner of the world. Our house is fine. The only damage we suffered were a lot of downed limbs (some too big for me to carry), a hole through our trampoline netting, and a piece of tree bark which got plunged into the grill of Travis' truck!
In a strange way - I feel like I earned some sort of a "Texas badge" that reads, I survived a tornado!

I have some especially good stuff to share too - I've been reunited - due in large part to this blog with some family members that are really precious to me. I can't wait to share the whole story with you.

10 comments:

  1. Wow, scary stuff! Thank goodness it wasn't more serious though.

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  2. Oh scary! I know just how that feels as I have been through 2 bad ones. You mentioned your animals but you didn't say they got in safely. I'm assuming they did. I'm glad everyone is safe.

    BTW- I love reading your blog, your writing always captures me. You can tell a story very well!

    Chelle

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  3. whoa, whoa, whoa.

    So happy that you guys are fine. Plus, having just your boy to worry about must have been nice.

    and on with the good story!

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  4. Yikes, I can't say that I have ever been in a tornado- I can't say that I ever want to be either! Glad all was ok. We will be waiting for more info after that teaser at the end!

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  5. Wow! I'm so glad no one was hurt!

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  6. Sounds scary. Glad you are OK. Never a dull moment!

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  7. Glad to know you are all safe and well!

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  8. How scary. Glad everyone is okay--and I'm assuming the animals made it through okay too?

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  9. OH MY GOSH! I am glad you are safe. In PA we had a tornado touch down right behind our house, it wipes out a row of trees and took the roof off of a silo and kept going. Too close for comfort, I know that feeling well. Who knew PA got tornadoes? Not I, we spent many times in the basement when the warnings were out.
    No basement here in TN though, so far so good :)

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  10. OH MAN. I have been NEAR a Tornado, but never IN one. The one that I saw driving down the road (which really freaked us out - we didn't know which way to go) damaged the roof at the grocery store near my inlaw's house. My FIL was inside the store keeping people calm when it hit.

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