Well they have been telling us about it since last Friday. Warning us that it was going to be a big one and that we had best be ready for a few rough days. Monday came and the weathermen still urged us to prepare. Now they say that by this time tomorrow we will be under a full blown winter ice storm. It appears that the brunt of it will pass directly over the top of us. Something I am not too excited about. They are predicting anywhere from 1/4 inch to 1 inch thick ice. Plus the lovely wind is to be blowing at 20 to 30 mph so that will not help matters much. Not sure if many of you have ever experienced an ice storm. They are not that much fun. The worse part is that you usually lose electricity. Sometimes for weeks.
The last worse ice storm here was 2 years ago in 2007. We were without electricity for 4 days. I can not complain too much with that time as there were many that was without it for much longer. Yet what hurt me the most was the damage that it done to all the trees. The weight of the ice is just too much for them to bear. Our willows were brave souls. They had alot of give to them so they bent without breaking more than most trees, yet still the weight of the ice was too much in some cases. It was at this time that much of our willows were harvested and pruned back somewhat. I remember when I went outdoors on this morning. The wind was blowing very little yet even still it moved the trees slightly. The sound they made was like moaning. You truly could hear their pain and their sadness at what had happened. Yet for some reason Mother Earth felt it necessary.
This storm is suppose to be just as bad if not worse. We have risen early to prepare for it as best we could. The last storm and loss of electricity encouraged us to purchase a generator. Vincent being the boy scout that he is of course got one that will run the entire house. We will be able to stay at home with is a good thing. We are off this morning to purchase the last few supplies; extra gas for the generator, water, and a few other things. Hopefully the shelves will not be barren. Some folks tend to go a bit crazy at times like this, yet it is better to be prepared. Oklahoma has seen their share of ice storms and we know exactly what they can do. I am sure there are a few more of you that will be effected by this coming storm... Linda in New Mexico, Steve in Missouri.... Karen in Arkansas... I wish you all well also and hopefully it will not be too bad.... There is also snow so that is not as bad. I am hoping for at least a little snow as I am still waiting for my quiet still snow this year.... Not sure if I am going to get it.