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Monday, August 2, 2010

Tragedy Averted!

I was awakened this morning by a tremndous noise and concussion which shook the house.  "What was that?" I yelled.  No response.  A quick look from the bathroom window into the backyard showed nothing. I then heard rapid knocking on the front door just as my DH burst in through the back door.  "Are you OK?" I heard our neighbor Liza ask.  She'd heard the noise and rushed here from four houses away.

My DH and Numa, our grandpuppy, had been in the garden when Bill suddenly heard a loud pop/crack.  He looked up just in time to see a 60', 24" diameter portion of the neighbor's giant oak tree heading straight for him - fast!  He and Numa took off on a dead run, narrowly escaping the crush.  The tree reached half-way into our garden, where my DH spends much time.  He and a young couple had been standing just under the tree late yesterday, searching for their lost dog.  If the limb had fallen then, all three might have been killed.

The limb - so big I literally thought it was a whole tree at first glance - fell across power lines, disconnecting electricity, phone and cable.  It also knocked out a window and crashed through a corner of the garage next door as well as damaging my DH's car.

What happened this morning was yet another reminder of how precious each moment is.  Had my husband not been fleet of foot, well...............I don't even want to go there.  He said "It was literally like running for a bunker in Vietnam and hoping I'd make it."  He's safe.  Numa is safe.  The other stuff is just that - stuff.

Duke Energy was here within 30 minutes to pull a new line.  The cable is being repaired as I write.  The phone?  "We'll try to get someone out there by 6 p.m. FRIDAY!"  FRIDAY????? How can they be that busy, when almost no one has land lines now?  They've probably had to lay off their repair crews due to lack of business.

I'm posting from my DH's wireless laptop.  My computer is DSL - so no internet for days unless I get a tv crew out here for an "Action 9" report from the back yard.  I'll post photos after phone service is repaired.

We had a very close call this morning and know how very blessed we are.  Be safe, everyone.

Update:  All systems are up and running.  The phone guy (Scott, who was wonderful) arrived after 5 and spent nearly two hours rigging a temporary fix.  We now have both phone lines and DSL operating.  We're not sure whether my DH's threat to call action 9 or have a press conference at corporate headquarters five blocks from here was what did the trick, but our file had been marked "highest priority."  If you want action, you have to make some noise.

As the day has passed, I've felt more and more emotional about this morning's event.  That tree came down in probably less than three seconds, and yet my DH and our grandpuppy escaped.  I've just had an "adult beverage." 


Rosemary@semo.net said...

Wow, Ellen! That is scary! You and your family are blessed. We had an ice storm a couple of years ago that did enormous damage to trees here. The limbs continue to fall, often with no evident reason, and without warning. Your description reminds me of how fast it can happen. I'm glad you are all OK.

Ellen Guerrant said...

Thanks so much, Rosemary.

Dawn said...

{{{Ellen!}}} I'm so glad you are all safe! We never know what's headed our way, that's for sure! Good luck with the phone.

Ellen Guerrant said...

Thanks, Dawn. True words, indeed.

The Quilted Librarian said...

Oh, Ellen, how frightening. I'm so happy that everyone is safe.
Warm regards,
Dana Fisher

Ellen Guerrant said...

Thanks, Dana. I'm feeling a bit shaky still - thinking how close we came to tragedy.

O'Quilts said...

wow...that is life..hangs by a slender thread. Glad you are ok.

Deb said...

Oh my Ellen! I'm so shocked to hear or that horrible almost tragedy! God's hand is certainly on your lives protecting you all! I'm so blessed to know both you and your husband and I shutter myself to think what could have... like you, it's best not to go there, but my goodness, what a horrible shock to the system for sure!

Ellen Guerrant said...

Deb - You are so right. It was impossible for my DH and Numa to get out of the way in time. The distance was too long. But they did. Guardian angels flapping their wings extra hard around us today. xoxox

Ellen Guerrant said...

Deb - Thank you for your kind words. Yes, God definitely had a hand in protecting DH and puppy. I looked at the garden again this afternoon... Numa won't go anywhere near it, she was so traumatized yesterday. Trucks and strange people high in buckets were here much of the day. She's calmed down a little, and we're beginning to.
cya soon. xoxox