Friday, December 2, 2011


We were just finishing up hanging the garland..when you could feel it.  A damp rain was on the way.  But the sky was clear.  Not a single cloud.  Then a slight breeze began to stir and by the time we had picked up our tools, put away the ladders...we knew the Santa Ana winds had arrived.

 We went inside and had dinner.  I blogged awhile and began!  I heard someone rattle and bang loudly on the front door...I called...ok, I SCREAMED to Patient Husband that someone was trying to break in!  We both rushed to the front door..peeked one was there...but the wind was whipping the trees around terribly!

 We ran to the back Patio and put the umbrella's down...and thought the patio was pretty protected..
The heavy quilt that I had tied to the top of our lawn swing was completely ripped off...further knocking things over..

 This was just part of what greeted us in the morning..

 knocked over plants...

Patio table swept nearly clean..and bits of my new plant on the table.  It's hanging and was a gift.
WHY oh WHY didn't we think to take them down.

The plants that were not knocked over and broken..were just whipped to death.  Ferns laying limp...poor things...but it could have been so much worse.

Sirens screams all night long.  Many were without power. Not our best night.

...but I'm not going to whine.  Not when I think of what others have been though with their storms on the East Coast.

Nope...a little wind is nothing...nothing at all.  :)

Love n'hugs,


Kays Kids said...

How devastating, to see you lovely back patio striped and strewn around. I hope your quilt wasn't ripped. Storms can be so brutal, and their force is not to be reckoned with.
I hope after the clean up you can re pot and save some plants.

A Quiet Corner said...'s so very nice to meet YOU! Second...Holy Moosepoops! I'd seen footage about those winds on the national news, but this is really up close and personal...:)JP

The Bear's Blog said...

So thankful that you are safe. We watched the news and the footage of what happened was devastating. I can't imagine wind like that.

Blessings on your day, Mona.


Marigene said...

Goodness, what a mess the wind made, but it could have been worse and blown down all your trees like in other places. The weather sure hasn't been very friendly this last year.

Mary said...

I know you hate having to pick up the pieces. Just feed those lovely ferns some plain tea (NO sugar or flavors) just plain tea and they will perk right back up in a couple of days. That is what my mother always nursed her ferns with and it really does do wonders. Just glad ya'll weren't hurt. The winds can be vicious.
Merry Christmas and God's Blessing on you and your family.

The Green Pea said...

Oh, so sorry. What a mess those winds made. I am glad you and your family are well. I lived in Ontario in the country for 12 years. I remember those strong winds. They would leave piles of sand on the roads in front of our place. Cars would get stuck on them and we would have to pull them off with our tractor. They would lasts for days sometimes. I hope it not blowing for you anymore. Hugs, sandi

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I'm so sorry -- poor little plants. So glad that you and patient husband are safe.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh I heard it was terrible. I am so sorry for your messes. We had that early in the spring and it took me days to get the patio cleaned and back in shape.

Desiree said...

We are so helpless in the face of nature! We are having very strong winds here (not as severe as yours, though). We use our leaf blower every day without fail. We wake up each morning to twigs and small branches scattered all over. Each time I have a moan, my husband tells me it's nature and there's no use trying to fight it. It's tough, though, isn't it, especially when we take so much care to try and keep our gardens looking good.

yaya said...

Wind has always been something that scares me the most...probably living in tornado country most of my life! We had a really bad one a few years ago that knocked power out for over a week. I hated it! So I hope you are OK and your yard and patio get back to the normal pretty state you have it in. Have a good weekend Mona!

Nezzy said...

Oh but you are safe and sound my precious Mona! Woohoo!!!

I do know how ya feel, I had a tree fall on my cottage garden this summer. I'm gonna post about it. Shoot, It'll be summer again before I get caught up 'round here! Heeehehehe!

God bless ya sweetie and stay safe!!!

Lona said...

It sure did havoc to your patio Mona. I have saw the news reports of all of the trees down from the winds on the newscasts. What a heart rending mess it left for many. Glad you are both alright through your winds.

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

Well we didn't have the Santa Anna wind here but perhaps her cousine :-) with much the same result. Things I didn't think would move in the wind is now spread in my garden :-) :-)

But as You say, others have had it worse!

Have a great day!


Oh Mona, your beautiful porch! What extreme weather, thank goodness you are all ok. Lots of love. xx

Mellodee said...

Of all the things in Mother Nature's little bag of tricks, wind is the trickiest! It can be as simple as a light summer breeze to as damaging as your Santa Anas. Just rain, no snow, no sleet, no ice, no thunder and lightning....just wind. The invisible menace! It can move a single leaf or blow down a house. It can create havoc whereever it goes.

Your poor little plants! They didn't stand a chance!

Kays Kids said...

Good Morning Mona,
I just wanted to tell you we saw some footage of the devastation on the News here in South Australia last night. What utter devastation.
They were talking about more to follow. I hoe that hasn't happened.

bj said...

Oh boy...we saw all this on the glad your home wasn't damaged like some I saw. Trees uprooted...LARGE trees and some ended up on top of the houses. Wow...severe winds can be so destructive. 150+ mph is a BAD thing.

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

You know things are bad when the winds hit the national news. I was wondering how my Southern Cali friends were doing. My heart just sank when I saw the devastation. Winds can be so destructive. I am glad to hear you are doing fine. Take care my friend. Hugs, Sue

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Oh Poor Mona. How terrible and how scary. I saw some of the remnants of this storm on the news. Hope you're clean up is progressing along smoothly. Blessings, Barb

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

We've been keeping up with this news. So sorry Mona! Hoping for calmer days!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh darling, I am so sorry for the loss of the beautiful plants, as you say this is nothing in the great scheme of things, just plants, memories remain after their cleaned up.. I know you'll get it back to it's beautiful setting in no time.. hugs ~lynne~

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Hi, Mona! Long time no see! I'm one of the ones who went through the hurricane in the summer here in CT, living without power for 5 days! But, luckily, I didn't get any damage. I can't believe the winds coming under your patio like that! I'm glad you didn't lose power though. May I add that I love your green wicker chair and that green little picket fence! Figured I'd notice that when you were talking about things flying around! Anyway, love your stuff. ;)
I'm glad you and your hubby stayed safe and all you got were a few broken items.

Deb said...

Glad to know everyone in your home was fine. Take care.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That must have been scary Mona!
So glad your all ok, so sorry about the damage.
We had a big snowstorm last night...well about 8 inches, but its pretty!
Hugs friend,

Comiendo en LA said...

It was scary! I see how strong was at your house! Here was the same, but at least nothing bad happen. I am glad you guys are ok, and your house is as pretty as I know!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a mess! We saw it on the news and couldn't believe all the damage! I hope it's over and you don't have this again! I just noticed that you have 400 followers! WAY TO GO my friend! Hugs! ♥♥♥