Monday, August 29, 2011

clean up from Irene

I just love my little piece of mother earth that I call home. I have the best of both worlds. I live in the woods but only 4 minutes to the highway and 5 minutes to the mall. It was a great place for my children to grow up. A family friendly neighborhood, where everyone knows our name. The one downfall about living here is our road. I live at the bottom of 2 dirt hills, and when it rains the rain washes the road in my driveway and creates craters in the road, which in winter is brutal.  
after the hurricane, my husband shoveled by hand and wheeled a good 10-15 full loads of dirt up the hill using the wheel barrow in the above photo.
This puddle of water is runoff from the pond across the street, which will continue to dribble water for a few days after the torrential rains from the hurricane.

Our neighbor has a friend that let him borrow his machinery to fix the road. I am ever so thankful. If you click on the photo you will see some craters in the road.

This is the dead tree that snapped and fell in the woods. We have been watching this tree for some time now, and with each storm we would pray it didn't land on the house.

Now our road is smooth until the next heavy rain, and all is good once again. I pray that the rest of Irene's victims get back to normal, and my sympathy to those that lost their life in the storm.


Shirley said...

How nice of your neighbor to do the hill..did he do both hills? I know how scary tree's can be when they need to come down. Let's pray that this is our last major wind storm in our area...

WhineNRoses said...

Thank God there wasn't any serious damage, Ellen!!
Enjoy your smooth road again!!!

lvroftiques said...

Glad to see your road back to normal. Those were some BIG holes! And also glad that the dead tree didn't end up falling on your house *swipes brow* That little cat is one handy dandy tool to have! Could've saved your hubbs about 14 of those trips with the wheelbarrow huh? *winks* Oh well chalk it up to good exercise?
You do really have the best of both worlds because your property seems so vast peaceful and serene and yet you're very close to all you need to be...Color me green *winks*
And thank you so much for your sweet note. I really look forward to reading more from you too! Vanna

Ann said...

So glad that you "weathered" the storm with no loss of life!! So tragic for so many. It looks like you live in such a beautiful area!! Glad the tree missed your house!!! thanks for your kind words on my blog!!! thanks for "listening" and offering your thoughts!! i just knew that my blog friends would have the words to help me through this!! bless you!!!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Interesting pictures of storm clean-up. I am glad you are safe!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Thank you for sharing the pics of the storm clean-up. I am glad you are safe and sound!

Brandi said...

What a week you must have had. Glad you and your family are okay. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

d e l i g h t said...

Hello, Thank you for visiting my blog and introducing me to yours! I am so so glad you still have your home and also that the tree didn't fall on it! We have a huge tree in our front yard and I've worried about that also. Our neighbor had a 20 yr old pine uprooted a couple of weeks ago when we had heavy winds. Luckily it didn't fall on his home, but blocked the road! Thank goodness for friends that help out in these times. Glad you have a driveable road again! Take Care.

Tanya@takesix said...

Wow, you did have some cleaning up to do. The big machinery sure comes in handy sometimes. Hubby has a small tractor that comes in handy at the cottage, and then home to plow the driveway in the winter. Thanks so much for visiting "Take Six".

Jenny said...

Hi there. Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comment! I have enjoyed reading your blog and am so glad Irene didn't do serious damage. My relatives in the US also had some damage and were without power for some time. Scary how nature can be! Hope you are well and thanks again.

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Actress, Journalist. Despite a 23 year career that encompassed over 120 motion picture appearances and chorus girl roles on Broadway to motion pictures, she is best remembered for her newspaper column and radio show that focused exclusively on Hollywood gossip, a subject she was able to tell more about to her audience due to her Hollywood insider status. Born Elda Furry in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania, she left school to act on Broadway. In 1913 she married marquee star William DeWolfe, a man who was 32 years her senior. They had one son, and divorced in 1922, but she kept his name for the rest of her life (and changed her name to Hedda on the advice of a numerologist). In 1931 she began “The Hedda Hopper Show”, which initially ran as a 15 minute gossip show mostly devoted to Hollywood marriages and divorces. Enormously popular, it ran until 1951, and on the strength of its popularity she started the “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood” column in the Los Angeles Times in 1938. She steadily gained a reputation for exposing tidbits about the lives of Hollywood figures, and created a character of herself in her own right, especially in regard to her vast collection of sometimes outrageous hats, and a long standing feud with rival gossip columnist Louella Parsons. With the advent of television’s popularity in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he radio show waned, but she herself became a staple of television programs and game shows, being a frequent panelist on “What’s My Line?’, and appear on shows like “I Love Lucy”, “The Colgate Variety Hour” and “The Beverly Hillbillies”. In 1960 she received the Journalistic Merit award, and published her autobiography “The Whole Truth and Nothing But!”, which recapped her over 20 years or being an Hollywood insider. She died in Los Angeles of double pneumonia in 1966, working right up until her passing. As a Hollywood icon, she created a number of friends and enemies; she gave harsh advice to actress Ida Lupino, which helped her gain recognizable part, but was despised by actress Joan Bennett, who once sent her a skunk. In 1985 a movie about the feud between her and Parsons was released as “Malice in Wonderland”, which Jane Alexander as Hedda Hopper and Elizabeth Taylor as Louella Parsons