Wednesday, December 4, 2013

MY SEASON OF GRATITUDE: November 5, 2013

Contributed by my friend and colleague, Loretta Lesher:

"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the thing you only hoped for" ...Epicurus (sic)

Last week's storm in Houston continues to wreak havoc on our little Woodlands "ranch":

1. Lightning struck an oak tree in our side yard and topped it. The top fell OVER the fence (never touching it) inflicting significant damage to our neighbor's house. A branch pierced their roof and crashed through the teenage son's bedroom ceiling in the wee hours. Yikes!

2. Apparently, the strike affected 2 more nearby trees which we didn't immediately notice: a 120' pine was sheared off at about 80' up and another, smaller oak tree was topped.

3. In the process, one of the wind-propelled branches gouged a hole the size of a bread plate in our garage roof. Rain infiltrated and a 10' by 10' section of our garage ceiling is saturated with mold/mildew already started due to our hot, humid climate.

Totally unrelated but, at the same time, one of the 2 springs which help to counterbalance the weight of the garage door "popped" on Saturday night (broke in half under tension). It sounded like another tree hit the house, it was so loud! We didn't immediately know what had happened but discovered it Sunday morning along with the soggy garage ceiling. (My brother says we're lucky it caused no damage. He's heard of such events killing someone.)

Running tally on repairs...$800, not including fixing the roof or ceiling, yet.

Our insurance deductible...$4000 (which I'm told is standard here for this type of calamity.)

FYI, we have THE MOST capable, dependable, reasonable tree remover in North Houston, if anyone's interested!

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