And that's when I realized the storm was getting worse. We decided that we needed to gather up a few things before anything else happened. So we went running out to the shed and grabbed up some of our camping gear, namely the stuff to make tea & coffee and cook gear, but also our lanterns.
We got back to the Magic Lamp, a little damp, but happy to have everything in order and ready for the night ahead - no matter what happened. Then Bunny got a hair up his butt and said he was gonna go secure the trees behind us.
After about 30-45 minutes, the Bunny comes inside and says that's done. I chained up the 3 trees at the back, tied off the 1 on the corner and propped up the one at the corner. As he was telling me what he did, we heard a creak and then a thump, so we ran outside to see what had happened.
So now there's nothing to do, but wait and see what the rest of the night brings! I read by lantern light for awhile, but ultimately decided sleep was probably for the best and crashed out around 9:30-10.
Woke up bright and early Sunday morning to no power and tons of storm damage. These are the trees that kinda slumped over from the weight of the wind and the saturation of the ground. All 4 of these trees are going to have to come out of the ground now - such a bummer cause they are the only shade we have!!!!!!
This is the whopper of a tree that actually fell on the Lamp. We drug it off during the storm. On Sunday we totally cut it all up.
The bad part about it - they are ALL chaneyberry (or chinaberry) trees, so we can't do anything with them but send them out for compost. *sad face* Would be nice if we could chop them up for the fire pit, but according to the research I've been able to do - they are poisonous and should not even be burned outside.
Power is still out! Will update more when I can!