It has been an interesting week. In my December
21st post I had a photo of some of the cherries on
our cherry tree after the Friday night ice storm. Well,
on the night of the 21st we had another ice storm and
that one was much worse. Compare the previous
picture of the cherries to the one above and you'll
see what I mean.
We knew that the storm was coming of course so
we were expecting some degree of damage and
loss of services. Most churches, including ours,
sent out word that services the next morning
would be cancelled in expectation of loss of
electrical power and treacherous road conditions.
That was a shame because the Sunday before
Christmas is always a wonderful service ....
lots of beautiful singing and candles and
decorations and joy!!
All night on Saturday night DH and I lay in bed and
braced ourselves whenever we heard a sharp, loud
"CRACK" followed by a whoosh and a "CRASH".
The sound of tree branches snapping off and dropping
to the ground. We have a big old maple tree in our
yard and that night a great many of it's branches
came down, landing not only in our yard but
also in the yards of our neighbours. One large
branch landed squarely on the roof of a
neighbour's shed putting a V shaped dent
Occasionally we'd be startled by a vividly bright
white flash of light followed immediately by a
blue flash. Another transformer blowing on a
The storm lasted much of the night and we woke
up the next morning (after a night of very little
sleep) to a sight of both breathtaking beauty
and heartbreaking destruction.
Ice many inches thick covered everything. Slender
wires, tree branches, blades of grass. It was
The power was out in our neighbourhood and
indeed it was out all over the southern Ontario
region where the storm had swept through.
We are lucky enough to have a gas fireplace
so we at least had heat that day. DH kept it
on high throughout the day and it was surprising
(not to mention gratifying) how well it was
able to keep most of the house reasonably
warm. I spent the afternoon wrapping
Christmas presents in our bedroom and
was pretty good albeit with layers of
warm clothing on.
The storm passed on late in the morning and
people started to cautiously venture outside
to survey the damage. The most obvious and
sad result of the storm was the damage to the
trees. If you were lucky ... just a few
branches down .... a little less luck .... major
branches down .... and the saddest of all
were the trees that were either split down
the main trunk or with the main trunk
snapped right in half.
A corner of our street. Branches covered in ice,
broken branches and wires a lot lower then
they should be.
In our backyard. Our birch tree clump is five
trees growing in a ... well .... clump. One
tree had it's top snapped off. The second
is as you see it above. Bowed right over and
frozen to the ground. A third trunk was bent
over and it's branches mixed in with and frozen
to our Mountain Ash tree.
Our deck. The tangle of branches is from the
Mountain Ash tree, the Birch trees and the
trees and bushes in our neighbour's yard.
On Christmas Day and Boxing Day we had
snow. The above picture was taken after
the snowfall on those days. Pretty. But
adding to the weight of the ice on the
fragile tree branches.
A tree on our street.
The sounds of chainsaws roared through
the neighbourhood that Sunday as people
worked to remove dangling branches
and trim the jagged tears on the surviving
wood. All the while keeping away from
anything that was touching or tangled in
with the telephone, cable or (worse)
Power was out all over and it would be
a long, painful process to restore it all.
Our power came back on Monday
morning at 6:00 am. Many of our
friends didn't get their power back until
late Christmas Eve evening. Some
people are just getting their power
back this weekend. We drove to work
on Monday morning through darkened
neighbourhoods and towns. Some
rural side roads were blocked by police
cars as they were littered with fallen
tree branches and/or hydro wires.
Many people lost fridges and freezers
full of food and had to throw out the
fixings for their Christmas dinners
which spoiled after several days without
Christmas Eve our friends the O'Briens,
their son Ian (our godson) and their two
budgies came to stay. Their power
actually came back on not long after
they arrived at our place but they stayed
overnight and had Christmas dinner
with us because their house was so cold
after three days without heat and needed
time to warm up again.
It bears repeating that DH and I were so
lucky to have our power restored so
quickly. We take such things as electricity
and heat for granted all of the time that we
have it and it takes events like this ice
storm to remind us to appreciate what
My main Christmas gift from DH this year
was a Cuttlebug for scrapbooking and
crafting. I'm so delighted to have this
little machine which both cuts shapes in
paper from dies and also embosses patterns
right into the paper. I'm going to have a
lot of fun with this little cutie!!!
(Judy rubs hands together and
hugs machine .... and DH)
For myself I got me a copy of this lovely
Zentangle book which I recommend
highly. It's full of designs created by
Zentangle artists from around the world
and there is so much to look at and be
inspired by. I've been going through
this book from cover to cover and then
back through again.
I thanked me very much for this
Yesterday I made this. There are still
a few bits to tangle in but most of it
is done. Fun!!
The cats are happy to have the heat back on
and life returning to some degree of normality.
DH and I are off until after New Years and
enjoying our holiday. Hope that yours was
a wonderful one too.
Best wishes for the New Year to you.