Yesterday, as the rain from Hurricane Irene began, I settled into my bead room to work on my piece for the Bead Soup Blog Party. The rain came steadily, but we weren't too impressed. I watched five episodes of Grey's (I'm almost done with the 6th season!) which totaled nearly 4 hours of beading! And I'm very happy with my progress so far!
And after careful consideration yesterday, I think I'm definitely going to be doing two pieces with this soup! This soup is so tasty and today I came across some beads I've been sitting on for over 12 years and I can't wait to incorporate them into this piece!
After my beading marathon it was time for dinner. We had some delicious ground turkey tacos. I knew the dog needed to go out, but the winds were picking up and she refused. I took her out on a leash at 7:30 and she did her business. A couple hours later, at 10:00, I was getting ready for bed. I always take the dog out right before so she can have a chance to relieve herself and tried again at 10:00 last night. I went out into the middle of the yard with her, but she was nervous and didn't want to go. Suddenly the winds became so fierce I literally ran inside. If you will recall my view from the bead room:
....those big trees in my yard, combined with the wicked winds were making me nervous. So the pooch was going to be out of luck if she had to go, but she didn't seem to mind!
And so...I went to bed feeling a little nervous about the wind and those trees. I was reading my book (Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - loved it), and began to have such an anxious feeling I got out of bed and went into my husband's den:
Me: I'm nervous about the trees. Do you think we should sleep in the basement?
Hubs: Nah, it'll be fine, they are just hyping up this storm
Me: I don't know. When I was just outside with Molly, I got so scared of the wind, I literally ran back in the house. It's really, really, really, windy. Like, a lot.
Hubs: Don't worry, the trees won't fall in this direction.
Me: That doesn't make me feel better. You don't know what direction they'll fall if they fall.
Hubs: Well, if you feel more comfortable, we can all sleep downstairs.
Me: (pause) That bed's not made up.
Both of us chuckle because I'm too lazy to make up a bed even though I fear my safety.
Fast forward to the middle of the night....I was woken from my slumber at least 6 times through the night with things going bump outside. At one point I heard something bang around so loudly I became quite nervous. But I figured it was maybe the picnic table being lifted by the wind and dropped down again. I considered moving down to the basement but was too sleepy to get up. I slept fitfully the rest of the night.
This morning - both my husband and I woke at about the same time but it was so dark in our room I thought maybe we should go back to sleep.
Me: Hey - what time is it?
Me: Wow - it's still really really dark, do you think the storm is still over us?
Hubs: I don't know but I can't beleive how much noise there was overnight.
(Hubs opens blinds in our bedroom window as I have my back to him finding my glasses)
Hubs: Uh....that wasn't there yesterday.....
Me: Oh ..... my ..... goodness
Shocked to find a large branch in the bedroom window, we both dressed quickly and headed out the back door...but we didn't get very far into the back yard because it was blocked by a tree from our neighbors yard that had been uprooted into ours.
And might I add, narrowly missed falling on our heads!
It was a big tree.
So it's no wonder I woke to sound of it falling!
I'm still a bit unsettled that this tree came so darn close to falling on our house into our bedroom while we slept!!!! I get excited about big weather events, and find myself in awe of what Mother Nature can do. I don't take her lightly, I just find myself amazed. So I was amazed this morning that she did a little trick in my own back yard. Then I was flippin' freaked out that it came so close to our house, to our bedroom. I can't lie - at 7am when I was finally preparing my cup of tea, I really felt more like pouring myself a glass of wine!!!
Another emotion I feel is LUCKY and BLESSED that what could have been a tragedy was not!! Of course I don't know if this tree fell hard enough that it would have gone through the house had the fall been about a foot more to the left...but still!!! Things that make you go hmmmmmm.
For the time being, here is the new view from my bead room!