Yes, it has been a rough weekend, weather wise.
Yes, the storm is over now.
And, finally yes, all went well, for us.
BUT, OH boy did we experience a STORM!
Peter and I awoke at 2 AM Friday night. The storm was roaring outside, our house was trembling in the high winds. It was creaking and had all kinds of funny noises going on. You know, as it always does during a wind storm.
We are pretty used to it by now. This was something out of the ordinary, though. Peter and I listened to it for a while, but around three in the morning we grabbed our pillows and comforter. We migrated to the lower level.
Yes, we were actually SCARED that one of the big, old trees in the back would fall and destroy our roof.
Let me tell YOU, it sounded like a freight train on the golf course. The wind was howling.
Apparently, in some of the gusts there were hurricane forced winds. I believe that, this was something else.
I am so glad Peter had moved all the deck furnitures, and the little odd deck belongings inside the night before.
I had moved all the lanterns from the front yard inside as well.
Even though we moved downstairs it was very hard to go back to sleep.
The storm continued full force ALL Friday long.
I have two friends who were in THE AIR on Friday morning. One of them was going to Miami, and the other one was flying to Thailand via Dubai. Both of them were flying out of Dulles Airport.
I am still so surprised that not more flights were cancelled. Many were--indeed--cancelled, but quite a few took off, and landed, despite the full force gale.
There are videos on Washington Post showing planes land and take off in the storm. Let me tell you, I am glad I was not flying on Friday.
There was one flight in particular that got a lot of press. A smaller commuter plane (50 passengers onboard) taking off from Charlottesville, VA to Dulles Airport (close to my house) in Northern Virginia had a SUPER rough flight. Basically ALL onboard threw up. Even the pilots had a hard time holding their breakfast down. Afterwards, the passengers said it was like they had been tossed around in a dryer. That plane, tho? Will the airline ever be able to EVER sanitize it, haha.
No, I am just happy nothing bad happened in the air on Friday.
One big tree down! This on a path right by our neighborhood.
Imagine having this tree crushing your roof ...
We had power throughout the entire storm. THANK YOU, POWER GODS FOR THAT!!
Many, many in the DC area lost their power early on. And, as of today many of them still do not have their electricity back on. Beyond frustrating, I assume.
At one point during the afternoon (when I was busy making a meatloaf. Perfect comfort food on a dark and stormy evening) the lights were flickering several times. BUT, it all went well.
More trees ...
And more ...
Here in Reston, with all its woods and open spaces, we had a lot of fallen trees. A few fell over houses (the utter nightmare for those people), most fell in the woods and also a lot fell over roads and pathways. Personally, we got lucky in that regard, once again. Thank you, higher powers for that!
It’s been windy the entire weekend. Very windy on Saturday as well.
And, also yesterday, but it was more of a heavy breeze by then.
I am so sick of the wind by now. It is still a bit windy as I write this.
Yesterday it was still a bit breezy. And cold.
Other than that, the weekend has been a good one.
I did see a wonderful movie that I completely loved, Call me by your name. More about that one in a later post.
Yes, I enjoyed the Oscar’s a lot. I guess I really HAVE to see The shape of water now. Very happy that Three Billboards won a lot.
I wish Lady Bird had gotten SOME recognition.
But look what I found!! A prunus almost in full bloom. Almost. Beautiful!
All right, peeps, Tuesday it is.
I hope YOUR weekend was awesome!!