As many of you probably know, a devastating ice storm hit Oklahoma last Sunday. We lost our internet the first day which is why I haven’t been posting. Thank you for all of your lovely, thoughtful comments. They make the blog more interesting, and I’ll try to respond as soon as I can. I’m still without internet, so I drove into town to HH’s office and am typing on his laptop. We then lost our electricity on Tuesday. Lucky for us, our power was restored twelve hours later. Our home is fully electric, so I made hot dogs and blackbean soup (canned) in the fireplace, and the kids and I pretended we were camping. Over 100,000 homes and businesses lost power on Sunday and are still without electricity today. Please keep those folks in your prayers. This situation really hurts local businesses during the Christmas season.
I’ve taken some pictures to give you an idea of the beauty and devastation of the storm. We’ll start with the beauty. These leaves encased in ice were on my rugosa rose ‘Hansa.’ I took this while walking on our property Monday.
Once the ice started to melt on Tuesday, tree limbs broke, snapping power lines. According to the local news, that’s when those without power climbed to over 600,000. Crews from many surrounding states including our friends from Texas and Louisiana came and are helping O.G.&E. The news stories I saw on my tiny, battery-operated television were fascinating and gave me hope. People stood in line for hours to purchase generators that were being delivered to stores. Some of those same people then gave up their hard won prizes to others who needed them worse. You gotta love that.