Wild ‘n’ Woolly Weather

Insurance Claims When a Tree Falls on Your Car

(We don’t seem to be able to get the pictures out of our digital camera today, but the generic photo above is close enough.)

My wife was in the kitchen making supper, and I was at the computer, chatting with some friends on Pogo. Somebody asked if Hurricane Ida was coming my way. I looked out the window and had to answer, “I think it just got here.”

Next thing I know, I hear what sounds like a loud string of firecrackers. I forgot that’s the noise a tree makes when the storm breaks it.

The bad news: the top third of a big walnut tree broke off and fell on Patty’s car.

The good news: miraculously, it seems to have done no damage! Thank you, Lord! But of course we won’t be getting out of there until some guys come with ladders and chain saws and get rid of the tree.

The storm went on all night, complete with thunder and lightning and rather agitated cats; but this morning we have a cool, crisp, sunny day. The world feels like it’s been washed and shampooed.

Thank you, Father, for blessing us with safety.

15 comments on “Wild ‘n’ Woolly Weather

  1. Starting Tuesday, we had a long, drenching rain. By yesterday morning, I was drawing up plans for an ark and shopping the Internet for the best prices on gopher wood, but then, midday, it turned into a beautiful, if somewhat soggy, day. Glad to hear that you dodged the bullet, with regard to the tree branch.

    1. We have a monsoon season which can run from July-ish to September-ish. Usually, these are storms that build during the heat of the day, then expend their energy suddenly, usually just in time for the evening rush hour. Other than monsoons, rain is rare, but not unheard of.

      2020 was exceptionally dry, with only one rainstorm during monsoon season. That was a big storm and I spent about 4 days getting everything at work back on line afterward, but there was little rain where I live. So, basically, I had one light rain shower, between late summer of 2019, and early summer of 2021. With the exception of the fenced in area directly behind my house, I did not mow my land at all in 2020.

      This year was the opposite. The monsoons started early and we had steady rains that lasted overnight. My land looks like a jungle and there are remote corners where the grass and weeds grew three feet in a matter of a week. My next task is to resuscitate my riding mower and replace the battery. For some areas, only a walk-behind line-trimmer will do the trick. If I mow the entire acre with the line trimmer, it takes me over a week.

    2. I’m waiting until the government comes out with a rattlesnake vaccine. Until then, I am wearing a mask, because nothing bad can happen when you wear a mask. 🙂

      Years of living here have imbued me with a very real respect for the Crotalus Atrox that hang around in these parts. Mostly, it’s just a matter of keeping ones eyes open and thinking in terms of how to avoid places they are likely to hide, such as spots of shade on a hot day, or warm pavement shortly after sundown. You never step down from a curb, but instead step to the edge and look to make sure that there’s nothing lying in the gutter. Actually, snake sightings are rare. I had to kill a Diamondback 8-10 years ago, and that’s the last one I remember seeing.

    3. By a garter snake, do you mean the green slender snakes with lengthwise orange stripes? They live in many places, including here. They are harmless, in the sense of no poison, but their bite is painful. The only snake that has ever bitten me was one of these little ribbon snakes, and it hurt like a son of a gun.

    4. Our ribbon snakes are shy and don’t bite; we also have the regular garter snakes, although it’s been years since I’ve seen any snakes here at all.

    5. Well, I have to confess, I had said some unflattering things about this snake’s family to get it mad enough to strike. 🙂 Actually, in my Colorado days, Ribbon Snakes were pretty common to see. A friend had them in his backyard, abundantly. If you caught one, it would bite, but once they calmed down a bit, they were pretty docile. Other than a painful, but completely harmless bite, they are, generally speaking, harmless creatures.

  2. Thank you so much for the report and (sort of) reassurance, Lee. When I saw the pictures this morning of parts of New York and New Jersey, I was very worried about you. Did you also lose power?

    Well, thanks be to God that no one was hurt except the car. How are the cats doing today? Still spooked, or cavalierly washing themselves and pretending that nothing happened and they’re certainly not the kind of cats who would be frightened of anything.

  3. That Ida has sure issued a wallop on America. It missed us as it went East. So glad Patty’s car is going to be okay! Please pray about the fires in Lake Tahoe. My childhood friend has had to evacuate and has no idea if his house is till standing.

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