Thursday, December 1, 2011

Are you being affected by the California winds?

Before going to bed last night the "top news story" was the severe winds. Den looked out the window and said, "What are they talking about? There isn't even a breeze." I opened the back door and noticed the wind chimes weren't even moving!

But look what we woke up to this morning in our front yard:


I realize we didn't have a tornado or hurricane, but for us, this is about as windy as it ever gets here. Den and I spent this afternoon Christmas shopping, but also sight seeing around our neighborhood. Here's a sampling of what we saw....



I told Den we needed to go check the Fairmont house 
(AKA the house I grew up in), 
to see if it was still standing. It was. It is.

The cute little house down the road from it, 
however, lost half its fence.

Didn't someone once say: It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark?
 We should have paid closer attention to the news last night. 
On second thought, our fence would have still fallen down. 

The winds have left here, 
and last I heard they are headed to southern Cal 
and on to San Diego.


Den says it's going to be a nice Christmas 
for California fence contractors.

22 comments:

Rebecca said...

Crazy! We had terrible winds last night too. The news said it was hurricane speed wind. Glad you are all ok!

Ann said...

haha.. what Den said is true.. Merry x-mas.

Scrapally said...

That was crazy wind! It kept me up all night and it never stopped all day until about 5 p.m. I saw all kinds of uprooted trees and blown down fences on my way to work. In part of LA (where we know some people) they even closed schools and their power was out from 1 in the morning until late in the day...crazy stuff for CA for sure! And there will be a LOT of leaf raking this weekend!

Ammy said...

The wind is blowing here too...but it always does. Yesterday was especially bad, though. Out back fence is like your and has a gate on it...It blew open and part of it blew down. The shingles blew off the neighbors house. I am thankful our roof is fairly new and we won't have that problem...I am knocking on wood, though!

Heidi Garvin said...

That's the part of the fence Alex was already using a loose board in to walk between the two front and back yards - looks like her cat highway had a few more lanes added to it!!

Glad everyone is ok and that there isn't any more severe damage!!

Sue said...

Wow. No wind at all in our area.

:/

Dad and Susan said...

Whoa--that was quite a surprise to wake up to. I heard our wind chimes getting a real workout, but had no idea of the damage around town. I'm always so thankful when disasters happen (here or elsewhere) that we're tucked safely in our little place all warm and cozy. We had our lights go out once and I thought I was really being tested and tried with extreme hardship! Love, Dad and Susan

the Rich girl said...

Haha, Dennis. (But probably very true.)

I'm glad that you guys didn't end up with any major property damage. And I'm glad that although the winds must have been pretty strong where you guys are, they weren't as crazy as they could have been.

Grandma Honey said...

Right, Karen, we got off very easy.

I heard on the news last night there was a lady who went shopping and while she was gone her fence blew down...a neighboring 2 year old was able to get into into her backyard and he fell in her pool. Last I heard he was listed as critical so it does not look good for him. So very sad.

Karen Mortensen said...

Holy cow. That was something else. We had some strong winds here but I haven't seen any damage.

Anonymous said...

A few months ago, a huge windstorm made our fence look just like yours. It was amazing how exposed we felt! Fences are SO important for privacy! I couldn't wait to get our handyman out to fix it, and when he did, I had such a sense of relief.
darlene

Robin said...

Hello I have missed reading your blog!! I haven't had regular internet for a while. I enjoyed catching up.

grandmapeg said...

We had a pretty good wind here but mild compared to further north of us. Some areas are still without electricity, and the total damages are expected to be in the millions! It really is sad.

Anonymous said...

well about 1:30 am we heard a big crash (actually jeff did, I slept through it)a large branch from one of our neighbors very large eucalyptus trees fell over the fence and landed on my small truck, smashing the tail gate and the entire hood of the car shattering all the windows. I'm sure it is a total loss. Colt had just brought back his fiance Sami's car and it was parked next to mine and got scratched up pretty good. We had to get up during the worst of the storm to move all the other cars uncase another of their trees decided to come down.
With all the excitement and adrenalin rush I only got 3 hours of sleep and had to deal with 32 very wild, crazy, wind blown second graders. All they wanted to do was roll around in the leaves.Oh and our yard looks like a hurricane zone with branches, leaves, pine cones and debris everywhere.
Peggy Sue

Mary said...

Wow! We got 2 feet of snow yesterday and last night, but it didn't cause as much damage as your wind did. Although some people went without power all day yesterday, which is bad in this cold. We were lucky enough to lose power for only a few minutes.

Grandma Honey said...

That's a terrible story Peggy. I can't imagine having a night like that and then facing 32 2nd graders. I hope your home owners will kick in for the damages. Amy and Logan's insurance is paying to have their fence fixed.

Grandma Honey said...

Mary~ 2 feet of snow?? I can't even go there in my mind. wow.

Connie said...

Wow! From being dead still to hurricane type winds - Amazing!

Kris said...

Dad, you crack me up!!! He always sees the silver lining! Haha

Eileen said...

I heard about he winds there and thought of you. So sorry about the fence damage.

We had high winds here a week or so earlier, and I felt the same way, the forecasters kept saying we were going to have a 'Noreaster Storm', and I kept saying to Ray, "So, where's all the wind?" Well, when we got up the next morning things were blown all over our deck, and lots of tree branches were on the deck, but thank goodness the fence was still in tact. And then driving around the neighborhood we saw lots of trees down, lots of power lines down, and lots of damage to other homes. People in the surrounding areas were without power for a few weeks!
So, I'm counting my Blessings!
Love and Prayers,
Eileen

Amy Nielson said...

I heard about all those terrible winds also but our little area of Sanger got no wind at all. Weird.

Grandma Honey said...

That is too strange Amy....you're only 30 minutes from us, at most!