Friday, January 30, 2009

We're Alive! ***Edited***

Well, I had a post almost done and the power went off again, so I lost my post before I could hit save. Sorry about that.

After losing power on Tuesday evening, our power came back on just before midnight last night, and my internet just came back on at 8 am. It's really bad here and we're the exception in having power. Only like 5% have power and there are lots of people in shelters. We stuck it out here but we did have water. No heat, no refrigeration of course, no hot water, no lights, etc. but we bundled up and made it through. Everything I could save from my fridge and freezer is outside on my front sidewalk. It hasn't been above freezing here since Monday so most stuff is okay out there. I had to throw out some frozen veggies that got too mushy, etc. Hopefully I can get to town today to stock up on fresh food again.

It's going to be at least a month before all the downed trees and power lines, etc. are cleaned up and repaired and I just heard that a second man I know was killed by a falling tree. We have snow flurries and freezing fog right now but it's supposed to warm up a little more today.

As I type this the sun is trying to burn off the fog and the ice is beginning to melt off the trees and power lines. Our power has already been off several more times today, once for over an hour, a couple of times it's just flickered, but enough to cause my computer to have to reboot and my cordless phones, microwave and VCR to reset.
It's annoying but not nearly as inconvenient as having no power for 3 days!

Last time I talked with JESSICA a few hours ago they still had electricity, but we both know that as they work on the lines and more limbs, trees and power lines come down that our power will be off and on.

We're blessed, because they're telling some people in the mountains and in more rural areas that it may be at least 3 weeks before they get electricity again.

I'll post a few pics here for now until I can get more time to write a longer post and add more pictures. I just wanted to let all my friends and readers know that I'm okay. Just understand that my electricity and internet access is really iffy right now, so my posting depends on that.
Also, we're supposed to get more cold weather and snow for Sunday night into Monday.


I'll be back when I can, folks.


RennyBA said...

Good to hear - thanks for keeping us posted!

Hope you'll have a good end to your week then :-)

Love & Hugs,


Bev said...

It was so good to hear from you, glad to know youre safe and warm, even if you do have a mess with the food. Spring, oh spring, come on already!

Pug1 said...

I don't like being without electric....ugh!!!!

Barb said...

Glad to hear you're all OK, Diane, but I sure don't envy you what you've been through for the past several days. Imagine all those people who may not get their power back for three weeks.

Stay in and stay safe - looks like it's going to be a mess there for a while longer.


Brenda said...

OMGosh, Diane, those pictures look scary! Glad you and your family are ok. I've only been in one ice storm when we lived in TX so I know how treacherous they are.
Be safe!

Nancy said...

Hello dear Friend!!!

I am so glad that you finally got power again! I know you are relieved!!! We don't know how much we rely on things until we don't have them, do we?

As they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words." The trees are laying right over! Pretty pics but not so pretty if your power is out, huh? I never thought about putting your food outside!

I was thinking of you having internet withdrawal symptoms! LOL Glad to see that you're back with us once again!!!

How is Lamar feeling? Hope he got over whatever he had. Must have been a miserable time for him to be sick and also frozen with no heat. I was thinking about you, though!!! Love ya!

((( HUGS )))

Dawn said...

Give me a good old snow storm any day! That looks absolutely brutal. I'm thankful you got enough time in to let us know you're alive, if not kicking!

kkryno said...

Thank goodness all of you are well! I hope the storms are over, so your lives can return to normal

Sorry about your friend passing in such a tragic way. While he has moved on to a better place, I'll be sure to keep his family in my prayers.

Please take care and stay safe!

And warm!


Lynne said...

I'm so glad to hear that you're OK. Hopefully, all the power will be restored to everyone soon.

Stay safe and warm.

Kelli said...

Hi, Diane!

I'm so glad you're all right! My dad had to go get my grandparents yesterday afternoon because, well, they are in their 80s and they weren't coping well. They are not in very good health, either of them, and they were losing the ability to figure out how to cook, etc. I don't know if that's because they were so cold and had been cold for so long or what, but it was scary! They are in LR now with my mom and hopefully they will be able to go home this weekend, although I don't know that the power in Trumann is completely back on yet.

I've been saying a prayer for you guys and Jess and her family so I'm glad to know that the Lord was good!
Take care!

nancy said...

I can see by your photos that you got WAAAAy more ice than we did. And the sun did thaw a lot of it off the trees today. You could watch them slowly lift back into more normal positions. I praise God for his answered prayers.

Wander said...

I'm glad that y'all are hanging in there. This has been brutal! Let's keep praying that this next round doesn't turn into another event.
I'm sending big warm hugs your way!

Anonymous said...

I have been reading about this terrible ice storm and wondering how it was affecting you. Thank you for updating. Take care. V from Idaho

SaoirseDaily2 said...

I remember living back there and losing power alot. Sorry the weather has been so sucky. Your weather thingee says you will be up in the fifties this weekend. That should help a bit. Ice storms are wicked. Good luck Diane. Keep us posted when you can.

Anonymous said...

SO happy to hear your all safe and things are coming around down/over there , wish you to stay warm dry and safe ,God Bless you ,love you Sister FRIEND

and bucket upon bucket of sugar for princess Emmy , hope the little mite doesnt catch a cold in that yucky weather ,

Gigi said...

Diane, I'm glad you're safe and sound...albeit a little chilly and minus a few bags of frozen veggies! You're all in my prayers as you prepare for more winter weather.

Rachel said...

I'm glad you are okay Diane! They say KY was hit the hardest but we were blessed and it went just north of our county! Praise the Lord!! My brothers still don't have electricity where they live. I heard on TV today that KY had 6 deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning from people using generators just in the past couple of days. Those things are dangerous if people aren't careful!

So glad your electricity is back on!! Keep safe and warm!! I've been thinking about you! That ice is sure pretty but so destructive.

Love and hugs,

Aunt Jenny said...

I am so glad to hear you are doing okay Diane!!
I am sure keeping you guys in my prayers through this!!
Stay safe!!!!

thislittlepiggy said...

Your pictures look just like mine! Glad that you are all okay! :o)

We're expecting a BIG snow at the beginning of the new week. SIGH.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Hey Diane. I'm glad you're okay...sounds like it was a terrible, terrible storm.

So...wanna thaw out with some Starbucks? You won my giveaway. Email your info to me and I'll mail it out asap.

Betty said...

I'm glad you are okay, Diane. Boy, you all really got an ice storm didn't you? The only time I saw an ice storm like that was when I was about 12 or 15 years old. Can't remember just how old I was, but I can definitely remember the ice storm.

moreofhim said...

Hey, Diane!

I'm so glad to hear you're okay! That is one wicked storm! Sorry to hear about the man who got killed - how sad. I hope you all stay warm and bundled up and are able to get out and get some fresh provisions! Praying for you!!

Love ya ~ Julie

Miss G ;-) said...

Hi There ,
When I looked at your live feed reader it looked as though I had a bad case of ADD and OSD
or a clapper for my comp , clap on clap off ! I guess it read everytime when I enlarged your pics ??
I am so happy to know you are ok and have been at least getting some food into you , your pics I know it is alot of damage but the ice is so pretty on the trees , your pics are great , one of the trees looks like a themometer , haha funny , freezing and , uh never mind !;-)
I am glad your all safe and I pray any danger is gone and stays away .
You get some rest and those items staring at you from your shopping bag , tell em you'll cook and eat em if they dont stop LOL sending you warming hugs BSH's , sprinkled with lots of powdered suager for Emmy , ME NEEDS ME SOME NEW UPDATES ON ME LITTLE MUNCHIN PRINCESS LOL when you get the chance .
Take care and God Bless and keep you all safe and warm .
Love you Sister friend
Miss G xoxoxoxox

Anonymous said...

Sweet Dear Firend , please excuse my typos as it is 2:45 am here and I am a little knackered , TARD as you would say in your lovely accent :-)
miss G

Minx's Den said...

Oh my land, Diane!

those trees are bending almost completely over! I am so glad you stuck it out....I heard your hubby was real sick, is your "honey bunches" doing any better? I pray that you and your family make it through all of the clean up, and not to mention, the mad rush to the grocery to restock on food! Love ya sweet friend!



Angela (Gran) said...

Hi Diane....It is so good to visit your place. Sorry that you have had such a difficult time with the weather. I am so thankful that you were safe while braving the storm.

The photo of Emmy is beautiful. I know that you are enjoying every moment that you spend with her.

I feel like I finally made it back home thanks for opening your place to all of us.

May your day be filled with lots of love,family,friends and laughter.
Friendship and Love,