Day 8 – The Day After

Deep breath in, Deep breath out.  And Repeat.

The animals are confused as to why there is a tree (branch) in the house.  Especially our St. Bernard.  She keeps looking at it like why do you have a big stick in the house and I can’t even bring mine through the door.  She is pretty much the only one to notice the one that was through the ceiling.  Now it’s the cats that are trying to understand the small tree branch in the kitchen.

The kitchen pretty much looks like it’s been snowed in and the holes resemble poorly constructed blue skylights.  We got the go ahead from the insurance company to have the limbs removed from the roof and in the process a skinny branch about 6+ feet long fell in through one of the holes.  After they disassembled the damaging limb in sections and placing it unceremoniously in the back yard.  The restoration crew came out to tarp the wholes to prevent any rain that might occur from causing further damage and to keep the birds out.

Tomorrow sometime the adjuster comes out to assess the damage. Then we have the task of getting estimates for all the necessary repairs to be made.

Looking at the damage with fresh eyes today, especially after the limb was removed showed me/us just how lucky we were.  A fraction to the left with one of the sections and it would have come crashing down on my S.O. head and possibly mine.  A fraction to the right and it would have took out the 5th wheel that his Granny lived in until she passed in October.  The small grace in this is that she isn’t alive to experience any of this.  The wind alone would have terrified her, never mind what a downed tree would have done.

It’s the little things we are grateful for.  We are looking for the silver lining in this.  We are seeing it in glimpses.  But we will be glad when it is all over.  Though it might be a few weeks according to the restoration guy.

So for now, we will take it moment by moment.  Being grateful and thankful that none of us or the fur babies were harmed. The reality is that it could have been so much worse.


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