a few days ago, could have been a tornado
skipping over, but others just say strong
winds, all i know is that it's not every
day you look out and realize the neighbor's
garage is gone. i've been through times
where the house was shaking before from
strong winds, but this time it was just wind
and rain from all directions at once (and a
calm eye for a moment), but no pressure change
so we were either off to one side or it didn't
form up until it was further north of us.
turns out it was two garages gone, other
another neighbor lost a bit of their roof,
one a few houses further down has a large tree
on top of it (a two and a half story house with
a large pine tree on top of it). more damage
to trees, tree lots, house with a brick wall
partially gone, another tree smashed someone's
car, garage door blown outwards, hmm... the
road to the north of us which runs EW looks
like a few hundred trees down.
our place, no damage other than a few small
things tipped over, but i'd just finished
24.5 pints of freezer jam that needed to go
in the fridge/freezer and it couldn't because
the power was out. so it's soupy freezer jam
now known as tornado jam.
the roof did not leak. i think.
Sounds like a "skipper," a tornado that doesn't touch the ground. We had
one drop the top of an oak tree on our roof many years ago. Scared the
hell out of us, including the dog. My folks home got hit by one in the
early seventies, just banged up the roof a bit. Skippers are fairly
common in the south. Glad your home didn't get hit.
Seen it happen here too in Delaware.
Also saw a tornado here. Son was driving us home and 2 miles from home
a tornado was taking out a school gym. Looked like the Wizard of Oz
with stuff flying through the air. We were only 200 yards away and it
was coming our way. I told my son to floor it and it never bothered us.
Besides the school gym, 6 houses lost roofs and siding. Police kept
cars out of the neighborhoods but the houses were not all together and
one I saw with out a roof while neighbors on half acre lots were untouched.
Saw a skipper too. Neighborhood a couple of miles away had many trees
felled and one house demolished but they did not call it a tornado.
I won't grow trees next to the house that will hurt the house if they
come down in a big wind.
On Friday, June 13, 2014 2:36:11 PM UTC-4, Frank wrote:
Straight line winds are crazy too. We had a Rubber Maid Shed blow completel
y apart at 2 am one time. Of course it was full of crap we had to put somew
here so it didn't all blow away. We had a tree come down on the house in Hu
rricane Fran and now will not have a tree close enough to hit. We have even
talked the neighbors to cut down some of theirs. They probably wouldn't hi
t the house but if they were willing........
On 6/13/2014 3:14 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Neighborhood that got hit is full of huge tulip poplars. The house
destroyed had a garage containing 2 Cadillacs crushed. A Cadillac parked
in the driveway was unscathed.
Guy in neighborhood tells me he's always discovering large branches
Many years ago I was in the U.S. Navy, sailed on old WWII destroyers
that were still in use in the late fifties. Not uncommon to be sailing
the Caribbean Sea and see water spouts, often two or three in a row,
basically a tornado over water. Nice to see but didn't want to drive
Lived on the Gulf Coast most of my life and have seen many hurricanes,
lots of tornadoes spun off the front of the hurricane. Scary to see and
to be in. Got old and started running north to get away. Don't like big
storms of any kind anymore, to old to run and hide. Plus they mess up
our gardens. In Rita we lost a 400 year old white oak that was in the
front yard, luckily it hit the power line feeding our house when it went
down and that threw it in the front yard instead of on the house. Pretty
sure if it had hit the house dead on we would have gotten a new house
from Allstate. Lady down the street had a very large pine tree fall just
behind the peak of her roof, house looked fine from the street but the
back half was crushed completely.
Yeah, we try to avoid storms of any kind anymore and are careful to keep
our home and vehicle insurance at true value. Bought this house eighteen
months ago and just got the latest appraisal, had to up our homeowners
insurance quite a bit. The new ExxonMobil campus is going in a few miles
east of us, reckon that's what did it. 10,000 employees moving into the
area, buying houses, etc.
Gah! I know the feeling. We had a "microburst" here that took out at
least 7 trees, 5 of which were very large white oaks. We cut up the
single tree that was in the backyard and split it for firewood and
will try to work on the others on the front of the property tomorrow.
We thought there were 3 trees in the front but after we actually got
to them, we found that there were 4 trees downed and they took out at
least 2 surrounding trees. Who knows what we'll find when we start
cutting them up tomorrow.
I love trees until the wind gets wild. Then I get scared watching
them whip back and forth. I don't blame you for getting rid of trees
nearby. Thank goodness you and your house were spared.
when i was a kid, we lived in another town which
gets a fair number of tornado activity (Grand
Rapids MI), my earliest memories are of staying in
the basement, being held up to the small window
to see the funnel clouds going over (not ones that
had actually touched down) and feeling my ears pop.
we might have warnings a few times a year, but
nothing has hit us this directly in a long time.
there's way too many trees down. my sister got
pictures and will eventually get them to me, and
i'm sure there are pictures on the news sites, but
i've not had enough time to look using this slow
i've actually felt more scared when the house has
been shaking, this didn't seem as bad as other times,
until i looked out and saw the missing garage and the
damage to the neighbor's place out back.
the hexagon shape of the house and the large central
split stone fireplace and the heavy split stone wall
to the west along with the low sheltering cedar trees
(break up the winds coming across the open fields) make
this a tough nut to crack. most vulnerable spaces
would be the garage and this room off two of the facets.
when it gets bad i will duck into the small bathroom
with a blanket wrapped around me that is next to the
fireplace which is a fairly strong room on it's own -
if i'm in there i'd likely be safe from almost anything
short of a direct hit by a bigger tornado.
ok, well enough dew should be dried off now and i can
get out and pick strawberries. we'll see how that goes
and if i'll have enough for a second large batch. i'll
pick all day, clean them up tonight and make jam
tomorrow. my lower back needs a few hours rests between
bouts of picking, standing, etc (but it is doing pretty
good which is why i know when to take a break : ) ).
I can sympathize. Dewberry picking is much the same, plus dealing
with thorns. At least with blackberries, it's mostly standing and
moving instead of kneeling and crouching. That can kill your back and
knees. Hope you had good luck with the strawberry picking and that
you had enough for a double batch.
Some years ago my daughter, seeing me rub my back from stoop picking,
bought me an Ames Garden Buddy. It is a little plastic wagon for hauling
and the handle folds down into a nice seat. I put it alongside the
raised beds (used to just put it between the rows in the in ground
garden) and scoot it along with my feet while I pick, pull weeds, or
just generally mess with the garden. Really helps with a bad back. I
have also seen one that is basically a tractor seat on four wheels,
haven't tried that one.
The Garden Buddy lives on the back porch close to the garden. May have
to get one for my Lady Wife as she keeps swiping mine.
George, who picked a peck of peppers yesterday and today.
i filled up another sink in an hour and a half
of picking (larger berries make things go much
faster). set aside enough mashed berries for
eight batches of jam and had enough sugar and
jars to do four batches later on. those 12 pints
set up perfectly and are safely frozen by now.
the other four batches i'll do later today when
Ma returns from town.
i've called in reinforcements for picking there's
a lot still out there that i'm not going to use.
many gallons worth. in previous years i've been
done with planting by now and could go out and
pick and process berries to give them away to
others for shortcake, etc. but this year, nope,
they're going to have to pick if they want them.
there's some newer neighbors i've not met yet
that i might pop over today and invite them to
when that young you don't know enough to be
scared, i was facinated, plus it was fun to live
in the basement.
i'll agree with that!
i'm not fond of them either, but they do facinate
me, i much prefer watching them on tv than the live
:) good picking, i was in a different
patch which had larger berries, makes things
go much faster.
even when standing at the sink or counter
working on something i'll often still shift
my weight back and forth to keep moving as
otherwise my lower back can lock up a bit.
You might find these useful:
I've recommended these to a couple of USians I've met online and they've
said they worked well to relieve pain and enable comfortable movements
again. My husband and I both use these exercises when we need to do so
and found them helpful.
Yep, you were busy! Glad you got all that done. I had to quit after
one batch since I didn't have enough sugar. Could have sworn I had
another 5 lbs in the pantry. Must have grown legs and taken a walk.
:) At least I can rest up tonight and do another batch or two
tomorrow. I re-measured after last night's processing. Even after
today's batch of jelly was done I still have over 10 cups of juice!
Gah! I don't want to see another blackberry this season.
Amen to that! Everyone wants my jelly after all that work. Just me
and DH doing the picking while braving heat, mosquitoes and ticks.
Yep, they're hiding in the blackberry bushes - we've seen 4 of the
vile things either on us or in the sink after rinsing the berries. I'm
now more worried about ticks than I am snakes. But enough of those
grabby hands wanting the finished product. They can pick the berries
if they want 'em. We've invited everyone over to pick but surprise!
They won't do it.
I hope you have better luck than we've had, trying to get people to
pick. I hate to have fruit rot on the plant or go 100% to the birds
and bugs. Seems wasteful, but one can only pick and process so much
before it gets to be too big an ordeal.
To bad you're not nearby, we love picking FREE fruit. Around here we
have to go to a berry farm and pay to pick, still cheaper than
supermarket prices. We miss all the nice people in Louisiana who allowed
us to pick muscadines, pears, persimmons, oranges, grapefruit, and other
fruits for free. They got rewarded with jellies, jams, and multiple
goodies for their generosity. We will probably go back there this fall
and pick a hundred lbs of canning pears and stay with friends while we
do it. Nice folks those Cajuns.
thanks, i'm familiar with both of those in
various forms. i don't tend to exercise in
the summer as much as i need to stretch once
in a while to offset tired muscles from
yes, when i had a middle back trouble many
years ago similar back exercises helped a
great deal to relieve the problem. after
months of trouble and pain, once i started
exercises it moderated the pain enough that
i could start sleeping again within just a
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