I know, that isn't a word. But, it seemed to best describe my thought. This afternoon (Thursday) a big storm rolled in and it started raining HARD very suddenly. There was lots of lightening and thunder and then the loudest thunder crack I think I've heard in a very long time. But, I just kept putting laundry away - the lights were blinking on and off every minute or two. And, in the end we were without electricity for about five hours. (Yes, and it was 101 today!)
While putting the laundry away, I happened to peek outside and see that a huge tree had been hit by lightening right across the street from our house and a second tree had been hit as well and had partially fallen. Oh, how thankful I was that they fell into the street and not on our neighbors houses!
Look at this tree, though. It has been standing tall and beautiful getting green in proper season as long as we've lived in this house. Yet, when split at the base - you can see that the center of the base was rotten. David said, "Funny how something can look so alive and yet be so dead inside." Indeed - and that's a thought provoking statement if you really think about how many things that could apply to.
Anyway, we enjoyed a candlelight dinner of sandwiches, chips and a can of fruit cocktail. I didn't want to open the fridge too much and couldn't cook anything - so this was a good solution.
Our after dinner entertainment was not very pioneerish - but while David got called out to work, the rest of us piled on the couch and watched the neighbors and firemen saw up those huge trees just so people could get to their driveways. I mentioned to the little ladies how it was great to see the neighbors out there working together and helping one another.
When David came home, I mixed up a cooler of lemonade and took it out to those working on the trees. When something like this happens - don't you just want to DO something? I know I did.
After all our littles were in bed, boy was it warm in here. We decided to have a bowl of ice cream! I figured it may melt into oblivion by morning, so we might as well enjoy some and cool off! I think it will be fine since the power came back on before I went to bed. And, boy did that air conditioning feel divine!
Hmmm, maybe I don't want to be a pioneer after all ...