Monday, September 15, 2008

Thankful It Wasn't Worse

The remnants of Ike swept through Ohio last night and left most of us without power, along with all the destruction that 70 mph winds bring. A live power line is still on the ground in the back of my yard. The firemen threw old tires on it and put up caution tape yesterday when it came down, to keep people away. We were lucky here, because the electric got turned on this morning, whereas a lot of people won't have any for a few days. I can't imagine living along the gulf coast and seeing the full force of the hurricane up close.

In the upper right corner of this picture you can see part of a large pine tree, the basis for the name of the road, Lone Pine Road, as it sits tall and proud right at the bend of the road where it starts up the hill. Sadly, when we went out to the land tonight we discovered that the wind had snapped this grand evergreen in half, and now its top laying was in the road. It was such a beautiful part of the landscape whenever we would sit and admire the surroundings, especially in winter when everything else was either buried under snow or everything was the same shade of depressing brown. Things will look a lot different now. There was also a massive oak tree just a ways up the road that blew over. It was also a bit of a landmark, though not in such a majestic way... It was where the landowner had his "No hunting" signs posted year after year. The power of nature, huh?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I'm Such a Slacker

I haven't written on here for a long time partly because I've been busy and partly because there's nothing interesting happening in my neck of the woods. I have been keeping busy, despite the well-known fact that I'm a procrastinator when it comes to most anything, writing on here included. Our cabin is ordered and should be here in two weeks. I've been laying drain pipes and water lines to get ready to hook up when it does come. I cut a tree down and stripped the bark off for an electric pole, saving about $200 over what AEP was going to charge - I'm a scrooge, what can I say.
My gardens have tomatoes all over the place, so I've been making spaghetti sauce, salsa and tomato juice about every other night. My jalapenos did pretty good, and the green peppers, but the corn.... well I'll not mention the corn again. I have oodles of watermelons, but it's been so dry that most of them are about the size of softballs. The few that I have harvested have been good though, sweet and juicy with lots of seeds for spittin.
My grandson came Saturday night to stay. It was supposed to be part of the shared custody agreement where my son got to keep him. However, his mother stayed too, and things didn't go quite as planned and she ended up taking him and leaving in the middle of the night. It was nice to spend some time with him though, he's getting so big!
That's about all that's going on right now, nothing out of the ordinary, just taking things as they come.