Two Saturdays ago, our town was hit by a microburst.
Fortunately no one was injured. From what I have read and seen, hundreds of trees were knocked down or damaged. A few houses and cars were damaged. Nearly the entire town had no power. Oddly, and fortunately, we weren't hit at all and had power. We offered our electricity to those who needed to charge their phones.
|The top photo is representative of the kind of damage that happened all around us.|
The bottom photo is one of two branches in our yard from the storm.
Not sure why the photo is blurry...hmmmmmm
And then another microburst: On Robert's birthday last Wednesday - he turned 61, and Wednesdays are his usual day off - we (with a borrowed car - our car cannot be trusted to make it that far) drove into Cleveland to celebrate his birthday and to visit my Mom in the hospital (she is doing much better, and is back home). His cell phone rang - his work - but he didn't get to it in time and because he had never set up his voice mail, there was no way to know what they were calling about. I joked that they were calling him to with him a happy birthday!
We first stopped into the West Side Market as he had a hankering for Moroccan olives. We picked up some other goodies too - enchiladas, blueberries for Mom, and we got a flat of strawberries for $5 because it was the end of the day!
We visited Mom and she was doing so much better, and we had a great time, and sang Happy Birthday to Robert.
The next day, Robert goes to work, and comes back home 45 minutes later. He, along with nearly 30 other people at the warehouse, were laid off.
We were (and sometimes even now) in complete shock. So what did we do? We made jam with those strawberries. When life gives you ______...well you know the old saying
Sunday, we went back into Cleveland to visit Mom again (at home) and were there with my brother C and his wife, and my sister M! Happy early 86th birthday, Mom!
So, yeah, that is that. We'll get through this - but it is a tough thing to have your life changed around. Especially at our age. And especially that many people in and around our small college town now without work, too.
Of course, sometimes when we are blue, we think "just when things were finally looking up for us, then this happens!?!?!" And other times, we are strong in hope and us together being able to face this huge change in our life. The roller coaster of emotions these past days! But it could be worse, right? We didn't get hit by the weather microburst, for one.
What is weird about all of this is that we usually don't really make huge plans for the future. But recently we had been talking about the next five years or so. We were quite happy with the way things are and that things were looking up, and thinking that perhaps we could put down a down payment for a better vehicle soon. Then BAM!
I don't usually like to write about negative stuff in this blog, but oh well.
Here is a happy photo of breakfast (actually the photo was taken yesterday, but we're having the same thing today) Robert made the bread and that's the jam we made.