In the afternoon the trees were bent with the weight of the ice. There was an eerie creaking as they began to bend and break. You could hear heavy oak limbs falling in our woods. The sky was sending sleet in the form of small icicles for most of the day and into the night. When it was all over we had 3 inches of ice on the ground and trees across the Ozarks were split apart with the weight. I kept my radio on for news and I had my cell, but really things came to a complete stop. You couldn't drive, stores closed, even emergency vehicles were stopped by all the downed trees and power lines. My local radio station took call ins from people in distress, an 83 year old lady who had a power line across her fence and unable to feed her horses. Later I learned that the radio station sent an employee out to throw the bales of hay over to the horses. Some guy with a great sense of humor called to say he had stocked up for the storm, had dry wood to burn and a pot of beans on the stove...and he hadn't called for a bailout from the government or assistance from FEMA! We are a hardy bunch here, able to figure out our problems and pull together in a crisis. The kindness of neighbors, the hard work of the linemen who braved the bitter cold days and nights on end; we each have a strength in us that we don't know exists until pressed. My Dad used to call it "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps", meaning getting out of a difficult situation by one's own efforts. It took the combined efforts of many to fix what Mother Nature did in just 24 hours.
It's been a year now since I started the blog. I never realized that sharing the pictures of the ice storm would be the start to a year of daily posts! Along the way I've had a meltdown with a Picasa Boo Boo, shared many memories and met some amazing people!
I want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who have taken the time to comment on a post or a picture or to say, hey I like the music. I've found my voice through this blog and most days I don't even have a clue what to talk about!
Thanks for visiting GrannyMountain and remember...
the Welcome Mat is always out!