Wednesday, February 06, 2008

We Were Lucky

The weatherman had a long night last night and so did we. The storms that created havoc in Mississippi and Tennessee made its way to Alabama early this morning. We had dozed off when it looked like the storms may be headed north of us, but the dogs started acting squirrelly just before daylight. When I looked out the window, all I could see was constant lightening. Our big ol' wussy dog Astro tried his best to get up in the bed with us. He weighs about a hundred pounds.
When I turned on the TV, the weatherman was hoarse from talking all night and the scrolling text at the bottom of the screen said that Patton Hill had been hit. I jumped out of the chair and grabbed for the phone. Patton Hill is where my nephew and niece Haven and Alesha live.
The phone rang but no answer. I was about to put on my pants, grab Jilda and head south to Oakman when the phone rang. Haven had been on the phone with his mom letting them know they were OK.
In looking at the news coverage today, it was obvious that we were lucky that more people were not hurt or killed.
A couple of positive things came from the storm - the air was as clear as crystal today and four dead pine trees in my yard blew down making it much easier to dispose of them.

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