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To call the kind of weather that we experienced this past Friday “just” March WINDS is like calling a hurricane “just” a slight breeze! Sure, the winds weren’t steady, but when they blew (at 45 mph gusts), well!!! Mother Nature had a field day knocking down trees, power lines, cable and telephone service. In fact, one could seriously believe that Mother Nature was “royally ticked off” about something!

Take these first photos, for instance. They were taken just down the road from my home where there’s a “depression” that fills with water in late winter and early spring and forms a small, temporary pond. If you know anything about ducks then you know that “where there’s a pond, Mallards will find it” and, true to habit, every spring, a pair of Mallards come and spend a week or two, just “floating around,” feeding and, generally enjoying the good life. Well, on about Tuesday or Wednesday, I tried to get some photos of them for this blog but I never did manage simply because they just wouldn’t pose for me! They paddled furiously to the opposite side and, with my zoom lens fully extended, … well, … let’s just say their movements were also magnified making it impossible to get a sharp photo. Now, though, I sincerely hope that they had found another puddle to “hang out” in and that they are not under this tree!

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The real drama, though, at least for me, happened right out in front of my home!

You see, I was on the computer, making a few changes to my blog’s sidebar, when all of a sudden “blip,” the computer went blank, the lights went out and I heard the hot water heater shut off. With the wind gusts that we were having, a power outage seemed inevitable. I did assume, though, that it was a local area outage. I had no idea that it was going to be so personal. However, at about the same time as my home went dark, I also heard a loud “thud!” But again, I just figured a tree had come down somewhere. My home is, after all, surrounded by trees! And, thus far, (knock wood three times), my home has been spared every time. Even this time!

The tree in question turned out to be in my neighbor’s yard. Fortunately, it did not fall on their home but it did fall across their driveway and across the electric wires leading from the road up to their home. And, let me tell ya, it was one good size tree!!! (Please note that the images of the tree were taken the day after for reasons I will explain in a moment.)

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I’m making a point as to the size of this tree for one reason, take a look (in this next image) at the telephone pole that’s in my neighbors yard right next to the tree that came down.

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Sure, the wires were pulled down but they NEVER broke and the telephone pole didn’t even get scratched! However, the same CANNOT be said for the telephone pole in front of my home.

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(I promised myself that I wasn’t going to add this BUT, I have to! Doesn’t this photo [and the next] just “scream” for one of those signs that reads “MEN AT WORK?” πŸ™„ Sorry guys!)

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On the one hand, it was fortunate that the pole and wires were pulled toward the road. However, the wires to my home just pulled everything off the side of my home. (And not a word from anyone about my home needing a paint job!)

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Believe it or not, my home was the ONLY one without power! It’s not all that clear in the images but not a single wire broke along the road, the wires were still live. That is why I did not take photos of the tree damage until the next morning. I was told that those two wires at the top of the telephone pole carry 13,000 volts of electricity! No one, not even the linemen, would walk under those wires!

But, in all fairness to the crews, they did respond quickly … and I mean RESPOND!

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Would you believe that there’s a fourth truck in the opposite direction? πŸ˜€

And, in this next photo, I was just a tad too late! Moments earlier, three crewmen were on their hands and knees, all three looking into the same hole. It reminded me of dogs looking down a chippy hole. I wanted to tell them that the chipmunk was long gone! πŸ˜†

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Okay! While I have been poking fun at these guys, I sincerely hope that it goes without saying how much I appreciate the work they do. They replaced the pole, reattached the wires to the pole and, even though they aren’t supposed to reattach the wires to my home without a licensed electrician present, they did so! (At least one of them had been a licensed electrician and got permission from his supervisor to reinstall the wires.)

It took about ten hours to finish the job. My phone and online service took until the next morning. But, my hat’s off to all crews involved. Way to go guys!

One more thing, in spite of those strong gusts of wind, not one single bird feeder was blown off the pole that I set up last summer. And, yes, I know I’ve gotten lots of mileage from these little wrens but, … just take a look!

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Okay, okay! I get it!

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I’ll fill the feeders TODAY!

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It’s so darn cold and I’m so darn fat, I can’t see my feet!

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I’m on no speaking terms with Janet!

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No, I don’t mean the states of North and South Carolina. I mean a pair of Carolina Wrens who found a sunny spot on a step ladder that I keep on my rear deck. This shot was, as I call it, a “grab” shot taken as my mother and I were leaving for her radiation therapy. I took these photos through two panes of glass, one in the rear door and the other in the storm door. So, again, I must apologize for the poor quality.

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This is the morning after our first Nor’easter for this season. Pretty clever pair! I thought they were so cute!

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