My Mundane Musings

Growing up I longed for the fast paced life of big city life and corporate America. Now I’m a stay at home mom of 4 in a small rural community! And I wouldn’t have it any other way! (At least for now).

Tuesday November 8, 2005 November 8, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized,weather — Rebekah Sanders @ 12:19 pm

Sorry I didn’t get any pictures up on Sunday.  We got out to look at the damage and we are very thankful that there wasn’t extensive damage.  They were saying at first that we just had straightline winds, but I knew better than that!  Others in town have heard that it was downdrafts (which was my guess) and that a tornado is rumored to have set down east of us somewhere between here and Champaign.

We spent the better part of Sunday afternoon cleaning up.  As for damage, we lost most of the huge maple tree behind the house – we cut it back all the way and we’ll see if it comes back.  We’ve heard that it could.  We lost one of the peach trees in the back yard.  Several branches from other trees were down.  It blew out the two storm windows on the front porch and threw them towards the neighbors house, littering glass through our front yard. It ripped our flag pole on the porch in half and sent it flying into the neighbors yard and shredded the flag.  The front porch light still works, but it’s hanging by the wires – as is the security light on the side of the church.  The carpet on the church ramp is absolutely shredded where it was ripped up.  Just amazing.

We got the big tree taken care of on Sunday afternoon in about two hours.  We never had to make one phone call but had plenty of people show up to help.  Chip’s mom brought jeans with her because she knew we’d need help.  Charlie came with his lift to work in the tree and yet another couple from the church showed up with a heavy duty wet-dry vac to vacuum up the glass in the yard.  A neighbor came over and helped after he was done with his yard.  Other neighbors came to make sure we were ok.  We got the trees out in about 2 hours and a lot of the raking done.  Chip and I worked yesterday to get the rest of it raked up and his parents came up to help after work.

The good that came out of all of it was that now we have a place to put a firepit.  We’ve been wanting to be able to put on in the yard somewhere, but with all the trees we just didn’t have a spot.  Well, that’s not an issue anymore.  So, after all our hard work yesterday, Chip built up a makeshift firepit and we roasted hot dogs for dinner and marshmallows for dessert with his parents and sat around the fire.  We had another big fire going in the garden too as we burned off all the leaves and little sticks.  The big stuff we hauled out to the curb for the city to pick up later this week.

Ok, now for some pictures…

This is a picture of our backyard where the tree fell…

A picture of where the tree used to be.  I outlined what was left of the tree (and really it was just one sickly little branch that needed to be cut down because it was over the breezeway roof) in red.  The tree used to stand as tall as the one behind it…

What was left of the peach tree (it’s not there anymore, we just cut it down.  That’s Daisy in front of the tree)…

Remnants of the front windows…

The majority of it was in the front yard…

Cleaning up the glass – they did an amazing job getting all that glass up.  There are very few pieces left out there and you really have to search to find them.  (Chip’s mom and our friend Evelyn)…

What was left standing of the tree when it was all said and done (isn’t that pitiful?)…

Elijah was really a big help and really worked hard all day.  Here he is dragging branches…

Noah helped a lot too.  He emptied wheelbarrows and carried logs as big as he was.  He’s such a big guy for only being three…

Kait was a big help and helped with Seth so I could pick up glass…

And finally, the big pile of “tree” that we left for the city to come haul away (thankfully it’s something the city does and we don’t have to pay for it!)…

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One Response to “Tuesday November 8, 2005”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I know from looking at your pics that you suffered some destruction.  I can only imagine the hard work for the clean up.

    Our daughter-in-law is from the Boonville, IN, area that seemed to really get hit the same night that you did.  She and our son now live in Columbus, IN.  She is a teacher and returned home yesterday to Boonville to help with clean up in the area.  The pictures of total destruction that she sent to us is just so sad.  The last count I heard was 24 deaths in the area, including a girl she had attended high school with, her husband, 5 yr. old son, and she was 8 months pregnant I believe.  Our daughter-in-law sent a picture of what was left of their home and it is nothing but part of the deck.  On the deck you can see the headboard of the baby’s crib.  This family was all found dead in a field close by.  The children did not even return to school until on Wednesday.  So sad, so sad.  The tornato that hit this area was on the ground for 20 miles.  A church built in 1903 was also destroyed.  We can always count our blessing, can’t we.


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