Morning After the Storm

That was a wild night! We haven't had that much thunder and lightning in years. Hubby and I reminisced that when we first moved to Oak Hill eleven years ago we had many nights like this. Our son would stay up all night watching the Doppler radar on TV, often falling asleep on the couch.

I think he did the same thing last night, although he was watching his computer screen instead of a television. He texted me several times during the night to make sure we were ok.

The apple blossoms look rather bedraggled after the storm.

Thunder, lightning, rain, wind and hail continued for quite some time. It sounded like large hail, and we were worried about our vehicles, but morning's light showed that they seem to be just fine. We might find a dent once the day is more advanced but so far, so good.

I'm anxious to check the level in the pond today too. We gathered several inches of rain last night in a short period of time. Since we are on top of a hill, we didn't have to worry about flooding. I stood in the pond basin yesterday afternoon; it's been several years since the pond has been full. The water level was at least four feet lower than the overflow pipe.

Still standing and providing shelter to blackbirds.

We don't seem to have lost any trees. The horses were grazing in a corner of the pasture. The goats are hiding in their shed. Rosie, our livestock guardian dog, spent the night in the horse trailer after being spayed yesterday. I'll have to find the chickens - they usually roost in the open on the frame of a building we're tearing down. I've heard crowing this morning, so I know the rooster at least is ok, but they might be quite sodden.

P.S. - Everyone is fine, and the world looks washed clean and pretty!

This post has been shared at some of my favorite blog hops.


  1. So glad to hear everyone is okay and no real damage done. Storms can be pretty nasty at time but also refreshing.

  2. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead12:00 PM

    Refreshing, yes Ida, that's the word. Everything was clean and sparkling, and the morning was cool and calm. Thank you for your comment.

  3. Storms like that are tough to get through! I have lived through many of them when we lived in Texas. But you are right, once the storm is over, everything is so beautiful. Your picture of the apple blossom was gorgeous. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead4:18 PM

    Thank you, SpicingUpIdaho. (What an interesting blog name - I must investigate!)

  5. I am so glad to hear that you all made it through the storm and everything is ok. When I was growing up in Queensland we had big storms with big hail and they were quite scary, although the sky would go a lovely green colour. Where I live now in Victoria our storms are more windy and we don't get big hail, which is a blessing. Thanks for sharing this with us at Good Morning Mondays, I always enjoy popping over to see what's happening at your place. Have a great weekend and I hope the storms stay away. Blessings

  6. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead3:48 PM

    Terri, your visits are always welcome. ;-) Yes, the absence of large hail would be a blessing!


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