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This seems like as good a time as any to resurrect this long neglected blog. This has been an incredibly busy year and I had to be very mindful of where I focused my time and energy. Unfortunately that meant that I had to stop doing some things that I enjoyed doing and one of those things was writing this blog. I can’t guarantee the frequencies of posting from this point on, but for what it is worth here is the first post in many months.

Last week Nikolai and Margaret went to Science Quest Day camp all week. This is run by our fabulous friend and neighbour, Caity. Niko was in Main Frame computer programming camp and Margaret was in Storm Chaser camp. Little did we know that within 2 hours of coming home we were going to see a real storm in action!

On Friday evening a summer storm came up very quickly. As I drove home there were a few drops of rain and within 15 minutes the rain was horizontal and the wind was blowing up to 119km per hour.

I tried to go out on the front porch to take some pictures, but it was so windy and rainy that i had to retreat inside. Within the first 5 minutes a large tree branch fell on our car.

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The passenger side is dented

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and the back window is broken. Luckily it missed our friend’s van and the car we purchased the day before!

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There was a branch hanging from the power line running into our home so I called 911. The first time I called it rang 20 times and still no one answered. At that point I figured there must be more serious emergencies than mine. When I phoned back later it still rang a bunch of times, but then I talked to this lovely young (sounding) police communicator who transferred me over to an equally lovely (and young sounding) fire communicator. You would never know by either of their tones that they had been run off their ears for the last 45 minutes. The kids were beyond excited when a fire truck drove up lights flashing and sirens blaring.
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This fabulous fire fighter used this hook to push the tree limb off of the wire. We were all disappointed that they didn’t have to break out the ladders. This crew was awesome. They smiled and waved at the kids and didn’t treat our dangling tree branch like it was an imposition. Well done WFD!

After the storm all of the neighbours poured out of their homes to check on each other and help remove tree branches and assess damage. The power, internet and phone were all knocked out by the storm. Our friends were visiting from North Carolina and we all enjoyed an evening of candle light activities. We did find it a bit ridiculous that the children were living in fear–not of a return of 100+ km/hour winds, but of the batteries in their ipods running out!

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We had dinner by candle light and were very grateful for the barbecue that we had purchased last week. Then we took a walk around the neighbourhood to survey the damage.IMG_1279 IMG_1272 IMG_1274 IMG_1277 IMG_1278

As we were getting ready to head back inside we saw these Hydro workers. One of these fellows had walked into his house at 5:00 pm after a long day shift. He wished his five year old girl a happy birthday and then walked back out to spend the rest of the night repairing damaged power lines. He was not at all complaining and was very cheerful with his crew. These people worked non stop for the next 24 hours. Thank you!!!
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The storm blew away all of the hot, humid air of the last week and the morning brought a cool, refreshing breeze. There are gigantic piles of tree branches lined up in front of many of the houses in the neighbourhood. Tomorrow may be filled with the sound of wood chippers.

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