Sunday, March 27, 2011

TERRIFIC STORM AFTERMATH!

I haven't been able to catch up with everyone this past week.  In case you haven't heard, Santa Cruz got SLAMMED with this latest storm.  First the tsunami hit the harbor worse than any other area on the shores of the US.  They are still digging around for sunken boats.  Then a week later the storm that just dumped amazing amounts of water for days on end reeked havoc with our quaint little community.  A huge pipe broke in a mobil home park and it flooded the entire little sea  side village of Capitola...I mean the entire village under two/three feet of water.  All the lovely beach homes and vacation rentals had to be evacuated, for the second time in one week.  All the merchants and restaurants are closed, it's devastating to say the least.
We, ourselves, had several large evergreen trees fall.  One that blocked our driveway and took out all of our power lines for 150ft.  No water, heat, phones or electricity for several days.  Then the other big one landed on my car!  That's right, I said my car.  We couldn't pull into our driveway because of the big tree and parked my car down further towards the road...I didn't feel good about leaving it there either, but at least it was away from live dangling power wires....but alas, a tree from the opposite side of the canyon that borders our 1/4 mile drive into the forest, decided to fall, through all odds and about thirty other trees, and land on our side.  Thank god it was just the upper part of the tree so it was only a foot in diameter, as opposed to the two/three foot base. But damage it did anyway.  I will find out tomorrow if they are really going to total my car...very sad for me...I really love my car.  
So bare with me another week while I get some things together and can catch up with the rest of you on my list and share the art projects I've been working on.  It's amazing how much work you can get done when you have no electricity and it's pouring outside.  I just set up my easel by a big window, bundled up with sweaters, gloves and blankets on my lap, and worked on Rod.  
Hope all  is well with everyone else.  Keep dry....and find a way to create no matter what, 
trust me, it can be done if you have the mind too...xx, juner

IF YOU CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT AND GO DOWN THE CANYON TO THE WATER LOOK PAST THE TALL DARK STANDING TREE IN THE MIDDLE TO IT'S LOWER LEFT.  THERE IS THE BASE OF THE TREE THAT FELL.  THE ROOTS CAN BE SEEN ON THE LOWER RIGHT OF THE BROWN STANDING TREE.  FOLLOW UP THE SIDE OF THE HILL AND IT KEEPS GOING FOR ANOTHER FIFTY FEET OR MORE TO REACH OUR DRIVE.  I GUESS IT WAS MEANT TO BE!

A PIECE OF THE BIG TREE THAT LANDED ACROSS OUR DRIVE...HUGE ROOTS

THE MIDDLE PART OF THE TREE WE HAD TO SAW TO CLEAR FROM THE DRIVE TO PASS. THIS COMES UP TO MY TORSO...WE HAD TO CLIMB OVER IT TO GET INTO THE HOUSE.


MY PASSENGER DOOR, NO WINDOW AT ALL, NO MIRROR, NO ANTENA.  THEN THE DOOR MOUNT TO THE WINDSHIELD IS THE WORSE.  THE FRONT FENDER IS DAMAGED, THE HOOD, THE HEADLITE, THE BUMMPER...I BELIEVE THAT'S IT.....IT'S ENOUGH!

2 comments:

Sher from Tx said...

Sounds like you made lemonade out of some big lemons!! As devastating as that is doesn't it help to put things in perspective? Inconvenienced ALOT but still really OK. I know I did after going thru Hurricane Ike here in Houston a few years ago.
Stay safe and positive and I look forward to seeing what you've been working on!

Rusted Wings said...

so glad you are all alright, but sad to hear of all the effects at home....hope you got your car fixed, or another good replacement! i know what that's like...when we lived in TN. we had a tree totally crunch our truck, greenhouse, one went thru the roof, large hundred year old trees were uprooted along the driveway (about 6 of them!), and the debris was it seemed endless. but it always could be worse, right!?
love to ya'll!!
abigail

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