Remember the last ice storm?  Yeah, that never went away.  It never melted.  In fact, it brought a friend.

It all began Friday morning.  I couldn’t sleep because of all the big scary noises.  We had had an ice storm.  And then we had another.  And then the winds came.  Winds that blow down huge trees and branches onto people’s houses.  I told myself I was OK.  I prayed.  I huddled.  I said-the power isn’t out.  How bad can it be if the lines haven’s snapped yet?  And then the power went out.  I spent over 24 hours huddled in fear as giants limbs careened our roof.  I went outside to take pictures and ran back in.  It was even scarier out there.  The house at least muffled some of the popping and cracking.  Outside I walked in absolute terror as the wood around me gave way.  No pictures until it was all over, and even then it was difficult.

Our house is surrounded by trees.  Big trees.

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Big trees have big branches that do damage.  Here’s where they dented the porch roof.

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When it was over, I was able to take some pics from my bedroom window and porch.  It was still icing, and it was freezing so quickly that I didn’t want it to get on my camera and mess it up.

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That is not salt.  That is a solid sheet of ice.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The ice was an inch thick on the branches.  No exaggeration.  I’ve never seen anything like this before.  It’s because we had one after the other, after the other.  There was even a sheet of ice on the eastern side of the tree trunks from where the wind blew.  (This picture faces east so you can’t see that.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of that anyway.)

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We went for a walk.

Down our driveway.  Actually, you can just see a bit of the ice on the side of a trunk below.  See the white on the left side of the tree?  That’s ice.

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Down our street.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

These pictures do no justice.  I couldn’t believe what I saw.  It was like I was on a post apocalyptic movie set.

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Nearby power line.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The above picture shows why that pole is bending.  Note, many poles (none pictured here) flat our snapped in two.  Crazy.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

That same power line.  Now imagine, if this one line had this much mess, and it wasn’t even the worst of the messes, imagine the rest of the area.  Crazy.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What’s scary now is there are many branches just waiting to fall.  They are too tall for the normal equipment.  I may see if Arlis can take the tractor and bucket down to do some branch pulling.  Those branches are large by the way.  Deathly so, no joke.  They fell from the tree across the street and are a good 20 feet up.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There are also trees that have snapped, but no yet fallen, as we see below.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And oh goody goody, do you see that?  Look closely.  That’s right, that tree over the road is the one that snapped in the above photo.  Don’t believe me?  Look at the trunk, all the way to the right about 10 feet off the ground.  Yup, not happy about walking or driving under that one.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here is one of the large trees that fell.  I didn’t get a lot of pictures of those, but they were plentiful.  We cut wood yesterday and saw some BIG trees that had fallen.  They’re too precarious for now, but when the weather warms up  we’ll try to clear them out.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Praise God for our safety.  He protected us as He promised.