Survived Ike

Hi Friends.  Huge thanks to Emily and Jared who have power and internet and are kindly sharing with us (and saving the Little Venice sauce from a premature demise!).

I will write a more detailed account a bit later, since I used good old-fashioned pen and paper to keep notes throughout the last couple of days, but for now, I will provide pictures and a brief commentary.

Nice counter point to the move in picture - but its only limbs!
Nice counter point to the move in picture - but its only limbs!
Thankfully across the road and not on the houses! Direction makes all the difference in the world.
Thankfully across the road and not on the houses! Direction makes all the difference in the world.
Our driveway is on the left...we had trees down on two of three sides - this is one of them.
Our driveway is on the left...we had trees down on two of three sides - this is one of them.
Looking at our trees down from across the street. Our biggest challenge is that our limbs down are still largely attached, so we will need to have the tree removed forth with.
Looking at our trees down from across the street. Our biggest challenge is that our limbs down are still largely attached, so we will need to have the tree removed forth with.
A view of the back yard where the fence and gate are down.
A view of the back yard where the fence and gate are down.
Another view of the back year - lots of debris to clean up front, side, and back.
Another view of the back year - lots of debris to clean up front, side, and back.
This is where we spent Friday night, not sleeping, listening to the radio, and playing solitaire while Chris tried to sleep.  (I won 5 hands w/o cheating which tells you how many I played.)
This is where we spent Friday night, not sleeping, listening to the radio, and playing solitaire while Chris tried to sleep. (I won 5 hands w/o cheating which tells you how many I played.)

Chris and I are very VERY grateful.  We, obviously, have some damage and a lot of work ahead of us to clean up but we are safe, the house is fine (with very minor in the grand scheme issues) and the yard will regrow after some necessary maintenance and a new fence.  We are also meeting many sweet neighbors and everyone is really pulling together — which is nice to see.

Lastly, we are hoping to get the power back as soon as possible.  We have heard it could be up to six weeks, but we have had two power surges post-storm which give us hope.  Our line to the house is still connected and we think the neighborhood line is still up to, so we’ll see. Oh, and there is a “cold front” coming which should keep temps around 80/day and 70/night – Thank God!

So from southwest Houston near Myerland, we are well and in recovering mode.  As I said, more details will follow.  Thanks for all your well wishes!

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5 thoughts on “Survived Ike

  1. Mom September 14, 2008 / 4:48 pm

    Oh, WOW! And it had looked so pretty B U T you are so right as it could have been a whole lot worse. The pictures of the areas surrounding you are devastating. So, thank God indeed, over and over again!!! Yards grow back! 🙂
    Hang in. Love you much, Mom

  2. susan September 14, 2008 / 6:01 pm

    I’ve been checking all weekend, waiting to hear ‘from the horse’s mouth’ , so to speak. The pictures show a lot of work ahead, but thinking about what could’ve been…gotta be grateful!! Hang in…and glad to hear from you! Susan

  3. common loon September 15, 2008 / 9:37 am

    Very thankful that all went relatively well!

    OK, a not-so-correct post…Chris blogged about his attempts to save the beer – could that have anything to do with your card victories or his attempts to sleep? 🙂

    Very happy that you have some friends w/ electricity!!!

  4. Sionna September 15, 2008 / 10:12 am

    What a mess! But messes can be cleaned up, fences can be repaired and homes can be fixed. And thank GOD the Little Venice sauce was saved!

    I am grateful that you and Chris came through unscathed (and perhaps a bit hungover if all the beer was consumed to save it from an untimely death-by-defrigeration, haha). That’s what is really important.

    We are now getting the tropical heat and humidity along with a healthy “breeze” of 25-30mph as what’s left of Ike meanders to the north of us into Canada. Instead of working, I am watching the clouds speed through the sky…fascinating!

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