Saturday, August 27

There hasn't been much to post about until now....

This 50-60 foot oak fell today, waking me out of a nap.

It busted our chimney.

And mashed the deck railings, although it didn't break them down. I had pushed all the deck furniture and decor over close to the house, so that if we got any winds from Hurricane Irene, it wouldn't do much damage. Little did I know a huge oak would fall on it all. Someone on Facebook mentioned that we were lucky that it didn't damage the pool.  Actually, we would have been luckier if it had, since we need a new liner and some tile repairs. As it is now, we will have to have a new chimney, probably some new gutters, and I am fervently hoping it didn't damage the roof. We won't be able to tell until they remove the tree (unless we see water damage inside the house.)


21 comments:

Thumper said...

Oh man...that really bites...

Millie Garfield said...

Judy

I've been worried about you. I've been checked you every day and "no post."

That's not like you - so sorry to hear about all the damage you suffered. What a bummer.

What can I say - just take one day at a time and hope that there is no more damage.

And have drink of "something."

Nancy said...

Oh, Judy I am so sorry this happened to your house.

Thank God you or your husband were not hurt.

We are on pins and needles to see what happens here in Pennsylvania tonight.

They tell us we are in for some damage.too.

Good luck with all those repairs.

Sparkling Red said...

Oh man, that is the pits! I hope your roof is OK.

When I had a house with an old tree out back I paid a tree specialist a huge amount of cash to fix up the tree with pruning and cables so that it was well-balanced and wouldn't fall and crush the next-door neighbour's garage. I feel now that that money was well-spent! (It was the home inspector who tipped me off that this was necessary when we first bought the property.)

Beverly said...

I am so sorry to see this. Was this a result of winds from the storm, or was your ground soaked? What a worry. I hope everything is quickly resolved for you.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to read that you have lost another tree and that your home has been damaged in the process. Is/was the oak tree near the previously-downed tree? I ask because an arborist (about 40 years ago) advised that I not take out a tree that I wanted gone because, he said, in a mature stand of trees each tree provides support to its neighbor trees. If one tree goes down, the neighbor trees lose some of their support and may eventually go down.

Of course, the oak could have been damaged in the previous winds, too. Do your detective thing and let us know what really happened.

I'm thrilled that no people were hurt, though!
Cop Car

kenju said...

Beverly, it was probably a combination of the two (wind and rain). Cop Car, the tree that fell today is at least 30 feet from the one that fell earlier this week. I think the first tree got hit by lightning, and this one from wind and rain-soaked soil.

Maria said...

First things first. I am so glad that no one was injured. Roofs can always be repaired.

I have been watching the news programs about the hurricane all day.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh My Dear Judy....I am Soooo Very Sorry.....That was the worry. That trees would come down. It is really terrible that this one tree did so much damage....I hope and pray your Roof is in tact, my dear...

Carmi said...

Oy. I'm so glad you're OK. Chimneys can be repaired. Judys and Mr. Kenjus cannot.

Thinking of you both and hoping the winds die down quickly.

donna said...

Oh, so sorry about the tree and chimney, but good you are all right.

Grannymar said...

You were on my mind all day yesterday as I tracked Irene. I now have so many friends from blogging living on the East Coast, right from S Carolina through to Newfoundland.

Sorry to hear about the chimney and hope and pray the roof is undamaged.

Stay safe.

LL Cool Joe said...

Oh no! What a nightmare! Yeah it would have been easier it had been the pool, if chimney work in the US is anything like the UK it's a very costly job! I assume you are are insured though?

Gilly said...

Oh I am really sorry you had all that damage. I hope there isn't a lot of damage to your roof.

I was just thinking it was a good thing it hadn't damaged the pool until I read on in your blog!

Really hope and pray nothing else happens to you.

Arkansas Patti said...

Aw Judy, I am so sorry. That is a mess but thankfully you all were not hurt.
I have had you and all those on the coast in my prayers. Soaking rains can be as bad as high winds as far as trees are concerned.
I guess you at least still have power which is a blessing.
Hope you get back to normal soon.

robin andrea said...

So sorry to see that. Hope it's not too costly to repair.

Nance said...

Oh, gosh, I'm sorry for that mess! And the anxiety that accompanies it.

This storm has been a bit of a mystery to me. We've ridden out much harder ones in Myrtle Beach with less damage than Irene seems to have caused. She was big, but her wind speed wasn't terrifying. It must have been that path that bounced up the coast, rather than running straight inland and dissipating.

We're in San Diego on vacation and holding our breath for what we'll find when we get home.

Celia said...

So glad you and Mr. Kenju are okay. Been watching the news and checking your blog wondering. Drat, so sorry about your house. Such personal damage. Hugs to you both.

Mahala said...

Holy Crackers! But everyone's okay right? Physically I mean. That's got to be unsettling.
((((huggles))))

KGMom said...

Oh, my!
First, sorry for the travails of storm damage. And your photo is eerily similar to one I have posted on my blog.
Same storm, same kind of damage--douglas fir down in our backyard, leaning across the fence around our pool. The tree now dangles over the deep end of the pool.
But I think you have it far worse--what with the chimney damage and all.
And same frustration--waiting for someone to come and remove the tree.

Waiting for the tree guy to come...

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

The more posts I read the more scary it all seems. How I love trees but they can be problematic. Keep us posted.