Under black skies and with severe thunderstorm warnings, I headed out Wednesday evening to pick Patti up from her care facility and bring her home for dinner and some family time with our daughter.
Turning on the radio in our van the warnings droned on about 60 mph wind gusts, yada yada yada. Noticing that our flag pole was looking more like a limbo pole I did get out and lower the flag before driving off.
Arriving near the care facility I had to juke around a couple side roads to get around emergency vehicles blocking the main road. Once at the care facility I discovered it darkened. Even the automatic front doors had to be pulled apart by hand. Rumor had it that a tree had blown down across the power lines knocking out power and closing the road.
It was rather strange walking through the building illuminated only in emergency lighting. However, Patti was headed out! She may have been the only resident to have a warm dinner. <grin>
Later when we returned the power company had everything back to normal and roads were reopened, only the buzzing of chain saws as human beavers gnawed on the fallen tree were evidence that anything had ever been wrong. ... Unless, of course, you asked the staff. It had been a 'long' shift for them.
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer