42’ F clear skies and sunshine. We are getting a break in the storm for at least 12 hours and then 40 mph winds and about 3” of rain starting at midnight tonight. This is just the eye of the storm.
There remains lots of snow and ice on the ground, but this dry spell allows for the garbage pickup, shoveling time, schools to reopen, and storm drains to be cleared. There is plenty of preparation time for clearing fallen trees and opening the pathways for the coming rain to move on; opportunities to control the presumed and predicted flooding.
We got out the chain saw and took down the broken branches on the plum and crabapple trees. We hauled our neighbors redwood tree branches off the road way and moved the log sized ones away from our house. We have shoveled and cleared the drains. The stuck sump pump has been repaired.
We started the new year with spring like weather and so many clear, cold days of sunshine and bulbs poking up, I think people thought there would be no winter. That those predictions of heavy and wet days were not coming and true winter was about a week long in November, which was a month before the actual start. Mother Nature had other plans.
I spent 13 hours with no power in the midst of the snow and ice storm, watching and listening to the huge branches of that redwood tree break and fall towards my home. I could hear the falling limbs in the woods behind my house and it was frightening. As lovely as the snow falling looked, the driving ice was no bonus and I was concerned for our house and the solar panels – our safety and welfare.
I wrapped myself in blankets, put the pup on my lap and pulled on two sweaters over my long underwear and top. Long underwear and fleece right down to the 2 pair of socks and knit slippers. Just my nose and fingers felt the chill. I cranked up the radio and flashlight, and spent hours of my day light reading. I knew what to do about staying warm and safe, I was unsure about what to do to keep my house also safe.
The eye of the storm is only so long and with the other end just hours away, one hopes that folks know what to do and how to prepare. I do not think they practice anything but fire drills in schools anymore?
Over the years, I have begun to understand that there are lots of eyes in the storms of living. Many of these storms can be predicted and prepared for and still the eye is important to allow the unknowns to be cared for and recovered, before the next onslaught.
As the birds play on the wind and feast at the holly trees, this eye is giving me an opportunity to let go of the feelings of intense fear about the neighbor’s tree, it is providing time for me to think about what I want to say to them to create safety, and it is providing a vision of what needs to be done.
I am practicing letting go of fear and increasing my knowledge base and celebrating how thus far we have weathered the storm. I am counting my blessings which are numerous and collecting other’s stories of how they fared and what work they need to do ahead. I am filled with gratitude for all the moments of the storm and for our safe journey thus far and I am releasing the fear.
The eye of the storm is filled with sunshine so we can prepare for what is next to come. Do you celebrate the eye of the storm? What assists you in letting go of the fear? Do the storms of living help you to understand and grow? Do you have a story to share?
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NOTE: At the writing of the post, I still do not have an internet server. Many communications towers are down. I am sorry I am not able to reply to comments or even moderate some. I am accomplishing this post by putting it on a flash drive and heading off to a computer with servers working to get it to IT Girl and have it posted. There is considerable storm damage that is keeping things from being back to normal.