Yikes! How has it been three months since I've posted? What happened to summer?
Honestly, I've been struggling. I push myself to keep going and keep up with everything, but anxiety is contributing to a continuous migraine that I haven't been able to break.
My area, along with many other areas in the midwest, had severe weather on Monday, August 10. This photo was taken from my front window just as the storm was ending.
I had the most terrifying experience during this storm as I was walking home when it hit. I was about halfway home and decided to run for home instead of turning around. Tree limbs were flying and falling everywhere and I struggled to stay upright in the strong wind. I got hit with one limb and fell, but was able to narrowly dodge a falling tree. It occurred to me that I might not make it home. That one block felt like it was the longest block in the world. The scariest thing wasn't the flying and falling trees and limbs or the wind; it was the sound. I have never heard such a sound in my life and I can only describe it as a large, loud train being whirled and whipped around in the sky above me. It took hours for me to stop shaking.
After the storm ended and we all emerged from our houses, we discovered just how bad we were hit. Shingles and debris everywhere, twisted trees toppled every which way, damaged vehicles, and many houses with roof damage or trees on top of them.
We haven't had any weather service surveys done here, but trained spotters who live in town or have relatives that live in town, have said the twisted trees are indicative of a tornado. We were without power for over 72 hours and our village water system was down for over 24 hours.
Almost two months later, our area is still recovering from the damage and we still have utility poles and wires down. Remarkably, there were no serious injuries in our area.
The pups love the new fan we bought for our deck. It is amazing how much air it moves and how well it keeps the evening mosquitoes away.