Wind gusts blowing! Trees crashing! No power…

Welcome to our day

Ladies and gentlemen, I am typing fast.  I am typing so fast my fingers are smoking and the thoughts won’t keep up with the typing fingers!

We have to hurry, you see. 

It’s the barometer’s fault.  Apparently it dropped below 28.  I don’t know what that means, but the weather is certainly acting crazy.  One minute it’s raining and the next minute it’s sunny.  One minute the wind is blowing 50 miles another and the next minute it’s still.

Sparkly raindrops in woods

Right now the wind is blowing like crazy!  The trees are falling everywhere in the woods!  The trees are falling on the power lines!  Power is going out whenever those unfortunate trees fall on the power lines!

And we folks who are connected to that electrical line…well, our days do not proceed anything as originally planned.

Owly reflection on one of our upper windows

I was writing a blog around noon.  Not this blog.  Another blog.  Which perhaps you shall someday see. 

When suddenly–crash! crash!  crash!  The trees were falling in the woods all around our house.  I counted maybe eight crashes.  I stopped typing furiously and listened to the wind for five seconds before running to the bathroom to fill the emergency buckets with water.  Filled the sink with dish water, tossing in unwashed dishes. 

Scurried back to finish the blog when—

Nothing.  Silence. 

The house had gone dead silent.  (I would think of better metaphors but I am typing too fast to be more creative.)

Tree falls on power line and robs us of our (sob!) electricity

I later discerned that a tree had fallen on our wire, maybe a quarter-mile up the road.  Sigh.

What to do, what to do?

First one sits on the couch and Ponders Life.  Then one takes out a book and reads and reads and reads.  Then one reads a magazine.  Then one…what does one do without electricity?

There was plenty that needed doing.   Vacuuming.  But, no power to use the vacuum cleaner.  Laundry.  But no electricity to run the washer.  I could do some township work…but, no.  That required the computer.  What to do, what to do?

I meditated.  Washed windows.  Washed windows, can you imagine!  And then got bored…didn’t want to read any more.  Already did yoga.  You couldn’t walk outside due to possible death by crashing trees.

Wow! This camera & lens is worth it. Look at this view down our road...

And it was also raining too hard to attempt photography without ruining new camera and lens.


I know…we must find a computer somewhere so I can write my blog!  But where to find a computer than has electricity?

You will be happy to know I found a computer.  Thank goodness!

But must still type at the speed of lightning because the wind is still howling outside and you never know where the next tree might drop…

Behind every power outage is a rainbow just waiting to happen...right?

Just heard on the weather forecast:  possibility of SNOW tonight in this crazy low-barometer weather.  Up to 60 mile an hour wind gusts tomorrow.

Hope to see you tomorrow.  Really hope to see you tomorrow…

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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35 Responses to Wind gusts blowing! Trees crashing! No power…

  1. Karma says:

    Crazy, crazy weather happenings! I hope all is well out where you are and your power is restored soon. We’re having a bit of crazy here too, but good crazy – 70 degrees at the end of October crazy! Loving it.
    I posted a picture of a rainbow yesterday! The blog karma is appearing again.

  2. Robin says:

    I’ve only gotten as far as the photo where the trees fell on the power line and want to say, “But! But! There’s a rainbow back there! Who cares about the power lines??” Even if I know darn well I would care since power outages here, as it would seem there, mean no water. Plus we lost a lot of the harvest one year when Hurricane Ike came by and shut us down for a week. A full chest freezer full of summer harvest gone.

    Love that last rainbow shot. You and your new lens and camera appear to be getting along famously.

    The winds are whistling and howling here, too. The barometer and temperature have dropped, rain has fallen like crazy, and I expect there will no leaves left on the trees by daylight tomorrow. Thankfully the tornado watches and warnings have been dropped. It gets wild when the seasons decide to fight it out.

  3. Dawn says:

    We have wind, but so far no power outage. And no snow tomorrow either, as far as I know! Hope you are all safe and sound up there tonight!

  4. Lona says:

    We’re having wild weather downstate, too. Though I haven’t heard any trees crashing, my dh’s fire monitor has been squawking pretty consistently with reports of arcing and sparking, smoke smell in several basements, and at least one residential fire. Stay safe!

  5. Snow AND 60 mph winds! Goodness Kathy – living vicariously through you is one adventure after another.

    Your rainbow shot is AMAZING!

  6. Elisa's Spot says:

    Wind Shifters gathering over Lake Erie! Not felt anything like it before! I had an owl nearly hit my windshield this morning at the tree place!

  7. truels says:

    It seems that the weather turns from the harsh side “over there” – I’m glad you found a computer and some power, I hope the rainbow brings some luck and fine weather soon 😉

  8. wow those are some wonderful pictures :). I wish we had that type of weather here in California!

  9. Susan D says:

    Gorgeous shots in the midst of the windy war zone, Brave Friend! So far, so good with power over on this side of the bay but the wind, she is a howlin’. You know me. I LOVE it! Stay safe and cozy….

  10. gigi says:

    Mostly Snow here and I stayed in all day reading. Hope you had time to enjoy the weather!

  11. No Kathy yet. My guess she is still without electricity.

    This happens to us every winter at least three times – but without the snow. I have a hard connected emergency telephone so I usually phone and tell my mom that we are fine. They patiently say things like “that’s good dear.” You see they never have electricity. Haven’t had since they moved to the farm in about 1972. There is a generator that is run to fill the water reservoir and water the cows. Batteries for other things are charged at the same time. The cook stove, fridge and hot water tank are propane. The heat is a big wood stove at the heart of the house. Wind, -40 degrees, snow, rain, sun it makes no difference. They are set!

    See you soon Kathy and unless I hear differently, I am going to trust that all is well.

  12. Carol says:

    We lose power periodically, not always because of bad weather. When it goes out when the weather is fine, we just shrug shoulders. My netbook has long battery life, which is nice, but. . . no internet, so we’re back to “what do I do?” Life seems to just stop when the power goes out. Is your house safe from falling trees? Good luck!

  13. I am with “aurie!

    The Rainbow Shot is AMAZING….

  14. bearyweather says:

    That same storm with 60 mph winds and 4-6 inches of snow is suppose to hit me starting about 11pm tonight … so far, just rain. But, i am prepared .. my bathroom has buckets of water, the dishes are done, tea pot full of water … my electric will probably be out, too. A lot of trees fell down last week and the wind was less than 60 mph. According to our school’s science teacher the barometric pressure was never as low as it was this afternoon … I am afraid that scary things are on their way.

  15. Kathy, all I can do here is post a totally boring comment, after all of your friends sharing their exciting stories of wind gusts, falling trees and no electricity – we have sunshine, twenty five degrees celcius temperature and I had a walk along the beach this morning. What bigger contrast in weather could you get than that? And here we all are, living on the same planet…who would have thought?!

    I hope your power is back on again soon. Creativepotager’s parents seem to have it all worked out. You need a generator like they do!

    Hopefully you will survive the low barometre weather okay and you’ll be back to tell us all about it tomorrow. 🙂

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  17. Colleen says:

    Kathy, we’ve been hearing about your storm all day. They’re calling it a monster storm….an unprecedented storm. The weather people are getting quite worked up with their descriptions of it. I’m hoping all is well and that you are warm and dry, sitting by your fire. Or maybe fast asleep at this late hour. Stay safe.
    Thinking about you.

  18. I was just checking back in to see if our Kathy had surfaced yet. The weather warning doesn’t sound good.

    Hum, I too am going imagine everyone safely tucked by the fire – even if she is slightly bored.

  19. Ah, here is what I was hoping to find… the tornado watch has been lifted

  20. Reggie says:

    That weather warning sounds seriously hectic. I hope all is well with you, Kathy, and that you are safe and sound, just waiting for the power to come back on so that you can blog all about it?

    Gentle hugs and loving thoughts to you and your family and your home and your surrounding forest, which has lost so many beings to the storm.

  21. OM says:

    Knowing you and your house are safe and sound, Kathy, even if you are bored or inconvenienced. Me, I am never bored, even without electricity, partly because I can read forever, and love naps and meditating, and straightening up the house and filing papers (well, I don’t love THOSE, which is why there would be so much to do, hahahaha!)

    But yikes, yes, quite the drama. I heard on the radio here in Seattle about the all-time anywhere on Earth record low barometric pressure reading associated with that weather pattern!

    Eight trees. Do you have to clean them all up, LOL????

    I can imagine using a computer with a battery, but how would one access the internet without electricity????

    Enjoyed reading the other comments. Will subscribe to comments on this blog entry to catch that you are back OK!

  22. Kathy says:

    Good morning, everyone. Wow~~looks like the power came on about 12:30 in the morning. It was out about twelve hours. The wind is still blowing wildly. You could hear the trees crashing in the woods all night. It’s not light yet so you can’t see what it looks like outside. Don’t think it snowed although the weather forecast calls for a possible snow/rain mix today.

    Like Terrill, we often lose our electricity here in the Upper Peninsula, although not as often as in the “old days”. We also often hear trees crashing in the wind, but usually they don’t fall on our lawn, thank goodness. It’s one of the challenges living surrounded by so many trees.

    We do have a generator out in the shed. It’s hard to hook up and get going so we don’t until the power has been out for a long period of time. We would have had to hook it up this morning if they hadn’t fixed the wire.

    Last night–after writing the blog–Barry and I drove into town and ate dinner at a local restaurant. Then came home and lit our two gas lamps (for emergencies) and sat and talked. I did try to read under the lamplight for a while, but the light wasn’t strong enough for long-term reading. so mostly sat, meditated, sat some more. It was quiet and cozy and not boring at all.

    Hopefully our power will stay on~~hope everyone else in the community (and country!) is safe. Going to read the news now and see what they say about this low-barometer drop. Was it really a record-breaker??

    Thank you all for your wonderful caring and concern! You guys are very special, every one of you.

  23. Kathy says:

    Oh I forgot to tell you something else of a serendipitous nature! Last Saturday the Credit Union called to say I had won a prize in their raffle. What could that be?? Turned out it was a special battery-lamp that would light up a room for 1 1/2 months–yes, you heard that right!–if one needed power. So guess what we used last night? (I guess we should have known this storm was coming when I picked up the prize, right?)

  24. Cindy Lou says:

    We had the crazy winds over here, too – walking the dogs was actually a but scary! It’s not too bad today and I’m with you, Miss Susan D – I love a good storm 🙂 Glad you’re tucked in cozy over there, Kathy! Great photos today 🙂

  25. sonali says:

    oh gosh!! I can completely imagine what you have written down. Reminds me of a cyclone that had hit our place in 1997. Oh, it was just…… an adventure! 🙂
    well composed!

  26. sonali says:

    Yes Kathy, that was the biggest one that hit our place in its history, in 1997. Huge trees collapsed by the roadside, there were no currents for some 4 to 5 days. I was 8 yrs old, my mum and me were on our way back from her mothers place as the following day it was my school re open after summer vacations in the 3rd std, June 1997. Long forgotten story. hope i did’nt bore you down 😉

    • Kathy says:

      You didn’t bore at all, Sonali. Thank you for sharing your story! Where are you from by the way? That must have been very scary for an eight year old…

      • sonali says:

        I am from Goa, the smallest state of India, famous for the beautiful beaches and lots of greenery around! yea, it was scary at that time, an experience never to be forgotten.

  27. sonali says:

    Oh Kathy, feels great to know you sponsored a child. I too sponsor one 🙂 You’re welcome to India anytime! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Gosh, Sonali, how did I miss responding to your comment? (Maybe the electricity was out and I couldn’t use the computer! **grin**)

  28. tea cozy says:

    wow those are some wonderful pictures 🙂 . I wish we had that type of weather here in California!

    • Kathy says:

      Well, you do have those Santa Ana winds and wildfires out there in California, tea cozy. (My son lives in San Diego so I hear stories of your West Coast weather…)

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