Thursday, November 17, 2011


We got hit.  This is the view out of our front door. 

It happened about 12:30 yesterday.  Neither John nor I were home but stuck in seperate buildings on campus until the all-clear sounded.  We thought everything was OK.  Then I went home for lunch as planned and saw this. 

Good news: the interior looks good, all things considered.  Best news: Doris, who was home alone, was unhurt.  Just shaken up. 

Other good news: We have had a tremendous outpourings of help.  Everyone we know has offered us housing.  And finally, no one was killed in this terrible storm though 84 houses were severely damaged and a few destroyed. 

The 3 of us are comfortably housed at my father-in-law's condo.  We have everything we need and clean-up has begun.  There is a tree crew there now and we will know more when they complete their work. 

Needless to say, all my travel plans are on hold for now.


  1. Oh my, so sorry to see this. Glad that no one was hurt. My prayers are with you.

  2. So sorry to hear you all suffered damage in the storms/tornadoes that went through this area yesterday. Glad to hear no one was hurt. I bet Doris was so scared!

    We were damage at our home.
    The high school our son attended in Harris County suffered considerable damage and the elementary school I once taught at also suffered damaged. The good students were injured.

    Thinking of you and hoping you will be back in your home very soon.

  3. HOLY CRAP!!! Are you in Mississippi (sorry - I should remember this)? Poor Doris, she was trying to dial 911 the whole time, but all the numbers looked the same to her. Zoinks. I'm so sorry.

  4. I hope you find everything is okay after the trees are removed and you get back to really check things out. It's pretty scary, especially worrying about Doris when you couldn't get home. Poor baby.

    Is it your tree or a neighbors? The good thing is that the insurance company should pay for any damage and cleanup. When the snow laden Cedar tree topped off and went through my roof into the living room, it was all paid for. But it was a feeling of being invaded, in a way.

    Thank goodness you have a good place to stay while the clean-up work is being done. I'm sorry this happened to you and your family.

  5. Oh, Kim! I am so sorry!!!!!!

    Thank God you are all safe, and that you have a decent place to stay through the cleanup operations.

    Sure hope your house has no structural damage. Wow!

  6. Oops, I just took a closer look at the pictures. It looks like there is structural damage.

    I feel so helpless... wish there was something I could do!

  7. So sorry to hear this news. It is such an inconvenience but fortunately no one was hurt.

  8. Very scary, Kim . . . Such a close call. I'm so glad you weren't at home.

  9. OMG Kim, That is awful !! And I was just looking at that Minnie in the post before this one and thought it would be perfect for you !!

    Such a terrifying scene !

  10. Soooooooooo glad you and yours are safe and sound. What a mess! I hope recovery is quick and stress free!

    Cyndi & Stumpy @ RVly Ever After

  11. Just saw your post. What a shock it is to return home to something like that. I remember arriving at our home after Katrina had passed by. Hope everything is going well with the cleanup and your Insurance company. As bad as it is now, it will get better. Keep the faith..........jc

  12. Oh what a mess! I am soooo sorry... Take it one day at a time and I'm sure all will be well. But you are definitely in my thoughts.

  13. Sorry for your troubles. I am just glad you are all safe and have a place to go to. Hope all gets fixed soon.

  14. Oh my...sometimes we get thrown a curve ball...a bump in the road...etc...

  15. Oh no!! I am so glad no one was hurt but so sad this puts another kink into your travel plans. Sending hugs!!


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