We had a bit of wind storm here on Thursday.
I always get nervous with windstorms because our house is surrounded by tall trees that would easily smash our place to bits if they fell.
On Thursday no trees fell.
But we did have something fall.
Or rather, fell up and away.
Our carport blew away.
If you aren't familiar with the front of the house, you might not notice it except for a strip of unpainted metal trim that's now exposed.
But it used to look like this:
See how far the carport used to come out? It doesn't now.
On Thursday, a big gust of wind tore one section off and flipped it onto the roof (the right side as you're looking at the picture above). The girls and I weren't home because we were at Jules' school for an awards assembly (she got highest honors, smart girl), but my dad heard the ruckus, saw what had happened, and knew that the carport had probably ripped a hole in the roof.
Faster than you can say "leaky roofs cause water damage" my dad had hustled a ladder over to the house and was securing a bucket on top of the roof.
For the record, it was POURING down rain. And it was still windy.
But there was my dad, trying to secure tar paper that wouldn't stick and so resorting to caulking an upside-down-bucket to the roof to keep the rain out of our house.
While he was up there, another big gust of wind blew the carport section off the the roof and down towards the pond. And then...
a big gust of wind tore ANOTHER section off the carport and blew it--not towards the roof where it most certainly would have pushed my dad off--but towards the creek (behind the house).
My dad told me this story and I said, "Oh for Pete's sake!" because evidently that's my reaction when people around here escape death.
So losing the carport was certainly a bummer, but all things considered, it could have been worse.
My dad could have been knocked off the roof.
Sydney could have been home--she usually is when I take Jules to school--and she could have been watching Grandpa fix the roof and been outside when the second part of the roof was torn off.
And any number of things could have been damaged: our TV antenna, our windows, our car had it been parked in the carport.
I'm not always a "look on the bright side of life" kind of person, but in this case? There's a lot of sunshine shining through this story. And fittingly, there really is a lot of sunshine shining through the windows now that the carport is gone.
The insurance adjuster comes on Wednesday, and we'll have a better idea then of how we'lll be able to fix it.
Thank goodness for fixable things.