Last week we had some record breaking winds in Southern CA. The “Santa Ana’s” blew up to 100 miles per hour and caused some serious damage. Luckily, we are not in one of the areas that got hit the hardest. It was reported that more than 300,000 homes were without electricity, and many school districts cancelled school for the day. The freeways collected all kinds of debris, including items such as trampolines, and so commuting was a disaster. I count myself lucky that I didn’t have to commute in to work and we didn’t lose power. My in-laws pharmacy was without power all day though, and I believe that that was a first in many, many years.
Mostly, I noticed lots and lots of “green” debris everywhere. Tree limbs in the streets were the biggest obstacle we had to deal with, and as I said earlier I count myself very lucky that that was all we were inconvenienced with. It could have been so much worse.
Our pool collected a few chairs and lots of leaves, and I do believe my patio collected leaves from all of the trees in my neighborhood (I would have taken a picture, but then I would have had to show you all of the bikes and scooters and toys that littered that area along with the leaves and I didn’t want to do that), but all in all, we didn’t have that much clean up.
And the upside to the winds? Our Eucalyptus tree got thinned naturally….see? That eucalyptus branch does NOT belong there.
I know that other areas of the country were hard hit as well (my dad’s Utah backyard looked like a tornado hit). How did you fare?
And on a totally unrelated note, do you recall me telling you that the twins big circus themed birthday party is coming up? Well, the “easy” decorations have taken on a life of their own…..I can’t wait to show you how it turned out. It better be pretty spectacular after all the planning and work that we “were not” going to do…..
Have you been over to visit my co-host Amanda at Parenting by Dummies yet?
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