Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Coming Home

This is what I saw before we left Hilton Head yesterday morning. I got up and ran outside to watch the sun rise before we left for the airport to come home. It was well worth seeing. I am amazed everytime I watch it come up over the ocean. And then we came home...............






........to this. No electricity, no gas, no ice or cold foods in many areas of Cincinnati. Cincinnati was hit with the tail end of Ike. It has caused many problems in our area, we had winds over 70 miles an hour on Sunday. People were killed, mostly by falling trees. In the realm of things it is nothing compared to what our Texas friends are going through but we have had a little taste of what a devastating storm can do. We are one of the lucky ones who have power at our house but you can see that our local Kroger's did not have normal power and all the cold items were pulled from the shelves. I wanted some fresh veggies for dinner last night but there were none to be found and the gas situation was really bad. Our house did not have any damage that I can see. Lots of debris and a big branch in our swimming pool area. It knocked down part of the fence but the fence is coming down in a few weeks anyway. Good thing the pool was closed last week or the inside of it would have been really hard to clean. What amazed me was the giant trees that have been uprooted. Most of our schools have been off. My sweetie went back to work this morning but they are without normal power there too. So we'll be cleaning up as best as we can all week. Still it's good to be back home safe and sound and everyone is okay so you just deal with the rest of it. Hope everyone is well and I will be back around to visit soon.


Maddie and Papa in the creepy looking Kroger's.








13 comments:

Lynne said...

Great pictures of the sunrise. I have a picture on my desk of a sunrise there, but not as nice as yours.

Wow - I can't believe that Cincinnati got hit by Ike like that. I'm glad that your house didn't have any damage.

Maria said...

Beautiful sunset photos. I glad your home wasn't damaged too much because of Ike. The grocery store photos are creepy. Funny how we are so used to having things a certain way, huh?

Sorry I'm behind on your blog. I hope to catch up by this weekend!

Brenda said...

At least your memory was full of that glorious sunrise before you had to face the mess at home. We never lost power but they must have in town because their cold cases were cleared out too.

Sally said...

Welcome home, Joan! I had no idea either that your area was in the dark so to speak. But, glad you had no damage and happy that you & yours had a wonderful vacation!! :)

Donna said...

Glad you missed the storm by being on vacation...not a fun thing to go through...creepy looking Krogers!! Don't work too hard sweetie!!hughugs

Sandi McBride said...

Oh Joan, I am so glad that your place suffered little if any damage..and I do wish we could have gotten together while you were in South Carolina, glad you enjoyed your stay...we aim to please! I'm so glad to be back blogging, I've missed everyone so! Maybe next year we can meet in Charleston!
hugs
Sandi

a bite of country cupcakes said...

What a mess to come home to...But home is home and always welcoming no matter what!
Thanks for taking me on vacation...Loved the photo journey

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

I am glad you are well Joan. And, I am happy your home was not damaged.
Sending prayers up that your area gets back to normal soon.
Love Nita

Lille meg said...

Good to hear you are back again.
Oh, this terrible storm!
I didn't know Ike had been so hard to you.
But it is good to hear that all is well with you...
I hope it is quiet now.
I wish you a blessed day!

Peta said...

Love your sunset photos. That store looks very eerie. Glad you didn't suffer too much from the storm. Peta xx

Donna said...

You're luckier than most in Cincinnati! I have a friend who lives to the west of there and she's been without power for over 3 days. It is a mess! They just got restored this a.m.

So glad that you and your place are OK and all you have to do is some minor cleanup. Yep, you never think that far north that a hurricane can "get ya", but it can!

Kellan said...

Beautiful sunrise photos! Welcome home and sorry Ike made such a mess of things, but glad you didn't have any serious damage.

Take care -Kellan

Anonymous said...

Hi Joan, since I have not taken time to set a google password and I don't have my own blog I can't tell you I am. I enjoy your blog hearing about your sweet grandchildren of which I don't have any YET, and also because I used to live in Cincinnati for 9 years in Anderson Township before moving to California 9 years ago. Loved Cincinnati and am so sorry to hear about the weather issues and damages sustained by you and devastation by others. When one is so familiar with an area I think maybe it hits home a bit more. I think I better get ready for the earthquake here. I know you already know, but you have blessed life. Enjoy your Blog!!