Tuesday, September 02, 2008


I got the crap scared out of me today. I worked from home and was out on my screen porch. I have a wireless router and so my desk on the porch works as well as the desk in my office. The porch offers features that are not available in my office. I can watch squirrels, doves, hummingbirds and butterflies. I can watch the light changing and feel the breeze on my face. I know when my chickens lay an egg and when the mail lady delivers the mail.
It's a pretty good office.
Today, Jilda had to run to the store to pick up some things and when she returned, I stepped off the porch and over to her car to help lug the groceries inside. Just then I heard a very loud crack which I knew with certainty that it was a large limb falling. When I looked over the roof of the house, I saw smoke. I FREAKED!!! I threw the groceries back on the car seat and ran to the other side of the house. As it turns out, it was a section of limb that was about 25 feet long and the base, where the limb broke off, was bigger than my thigh...and I've got a pretty big thigh. The limb had fallen on the open wires that servers electricity to my barn.
My power was still on so that meant the lines were still energized. I did not dare try to move the limb for fear of one of the wires breaking and turning me into a crispy critter.
I called Alabama Power to report a dangerous condition and they were out here in a hurry.
They turned the power off in the house while they removed the limb and cut others that were in danger of falling.
There is nothing like getting your adrenalin cranking in the morning. I've had a buzz all day.

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