And not from playing the guitar, either.
On Thursday morning, all the big news was about the London bombings. But a much, much smaller scale disaster occured at Casa Rhubarb. Around 9:00 AM, we had a brief thunderstorm. The rain and cool temperatures were extremely welcome. It hasn’t rained here in over a month and the average high temperature has been about 97 °F (36 °C). What was less than welcome was the discovery that the storm had downed my Bradford pear in the backyard. This was a sizeable tree, about 25 ft. tall and 60 ft. in diameter. Apparently, the extra weight of the water on the leaves and a gusty wind were all it took to split the tree at it’s major junction. The falling branches took out a portion of my (brand new) back fence and a redbud tree growing in the alley.
I spent all of yesterday and quite a bit of today cutting the debris into manageable pieces, bundling them and stacking them on the curb for Monday’s trash pickup. They’re going to love me. I’ve decided to save about half of the branches for Thursday’s pickup, but there’s still a huge pile out there.
Now the major news is on Pensacola and Hurricane Dennis. I can’t even imagine the task facing them to clean up afterwards. I lost one tree and it’s destroyed my weekend and blistered my fingers. How much more difficult would this have been without electricity, air conditioning and cold Gatorade? My sympathies are with everyone in the path of that storm.
So, how has your weekend been going?