We are safely back home after our long road trip of fun. Now I have been doing so many batches of laundry that I dreamed about doing laundry last night. Our cat is very happy to see us materialize. She kept us up most of our first night home, howling her delight and relief as she prowled around the house. It takes her about 24 hours to shed her restlessness and relax again whenever we return from a long absence.
We discovered that one of the huge old trees in our backyard had pulled itself out by the roots and toppled over into our neighbors' back yard (all across their entire backyard) at some point. Now those neighbors are also away, so we are wondering what to do and what's been going on.... We have a tree company rep coming out to give us an estimate on removing the thing. The root structure alone is about 15 feet high. Impressive and unsettling. Nature is formidable.
Last night after dinner a huge thunderstorm rolled through our area (not uncommon in the hottest days of summer here). Lightning struck the tall tree in front of our house and it was like a bomb went off, with a huge blast of noise and falling leaves and flying chunks of wood and bark. The tree is still standing, and we still have power, and nothing caught on fire (that's the good news). But now two of our five phones don't work, and our modem got fried (our computers seem fine, but no internet access for awhile). Our TV cable box and cable seemed to work for awhile, but then by 10 p.m. was gone. Our digital bathroom scale also no longer works! (runs on batteries). Makes you frightened to think where the electrical surge went in the house and what it did to our bodies! But we all feel fine.
So I am blogging while I have the chance of free wi-fi, here at the Honda dealership, getting our trusty minivan serviced.