Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tornado Sucks My Daughter's Barn Out of the Ground

There used to be a large black barn in this picture that surrounded all of this equipment.
         On February 25, 2011 around 10:11 pm, an F1 tornado struck south central Ky and the local TV weather station said there was minor damage.  Excuse me!  There is a total barn missing in the picture above along with 3 other barns in the neighborhood.  Also, windows blown out in the house and a hole in the roof.  Minor Damage?  I don't think so.  The Tornado literally sucked my Daughter & Son-in-Law's barn out of the ground as if it were a big hand picking up a toy and proceeded to carry it by the side of the house on down through the country dropping a few pieces.   There was no debris at all where the barn used to stand. They really don't have a clue where the rest of the barn landed.   In the picture above, you can see the equipment and material that set in the barn and with the exception of a broken window in a truck, torn off mufflers, a piece missing from an auger and a few scattered pieces of lumber from the lumber pile, everything set untouched.  A nearby rooster in a wire cage, an old small shack and the grain bins were also untouched.
Some of the barn did land starting in the back yard & down to the side of the house.  You can see the hole in the roof that was repaired before the next rain came. The windows in the back bedrooms were blasted out just minutes after they had left the rooms and gone to the basement.   I wish they could hum and that guy or gal would pop up and be there like a good neighbor, but the Ins. folks can't get their till Monday, so they have to wait to start real roofing work & replacing windows.
More of the barn that landed in the yard.  Now where is the rest?

Lost the nice big tree.  No telling how old it was.  The house basically stands alone now.

 Like I said the barn was sucked out of the ground.  Only one support pole was left standing.  Now we aren't talking just a pole in the ground, we are talking set by concrete.  In the picture above you can see an indention where the suction of the pole removal caused the dirt to fall back into the hole.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Finally Flooring

Before & Afters

Master Bedroom

Got to trim the bottom of the doors before we put them back on.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Confused Poinsettia- Blooming for Valentine's Day?

This past Thanksgiving, I put my Poinsettia in a dark room like the books told me to do to get it's leaves to turn red in time for Christmas.  Within 2 weeks, leaves started turning yellow and dropping off.  I had found that leaves turning yellow was a sign of too much water.  Sure enough, the soil was soaked.  For some reason, in a dark room it didn't use as much water as in a room with indirect sunlight.  So, I drained it and didn't water for a week.  With leaves still turning yellow, I gave up and set it back in the room with light where it used to sit.  I decided it was lonely and I'd rather keep it alive than have red leaves.  Then the tips of the leaves started turning brown which means it wasn't getting enough water.  So I went back to the usual routine of watering & finger testing moisture each time before I watered it.  Leaves still turned yellow and fell off.  However, I did start noticing new growth and decided that it must have needed to shed leaves in order to grow.  Maybe it's trying to tell me it needs a bigger pot [home].  This past week the new leaves started showing some red.  I'm thinking it got Christmas and Valentine's Day confused or like me, celebrating the end of Football season so that I get to spend more time with Mr. G.