Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Storm and Stuff

The above photograph of the house across the street from my mother's house appears blurred. When I snapped that photo in the early evening of yesterday, it was raining so heavily that I'm satisfied with any discernable image, even blurred.

The storm came quickly, as did the lightning bolt that split the tree and, as the photo shows, left half of it across the neighbor's driveway, having just missed their SUV. What you may or may not be able to see is the twitching live wire severed from the utility pole on my mother's side of the street that was dancing in the middle of the street. Within minutes the Okolona (area where my mother lives) Volunteer Fire Department had arrived and blocked the street with two strands of orange tape, one of which was anchored around the tree in my mom's front yard.

With the rain continuing, Mom's TV dish unable to make contact with a satellite, and being exhausted from a long day, I hooked up the CPAP and went to bed. About 9:00 p.m. I awoke unable to breath, just as on the morning that Louisville Gas and Electric cut off the power at my house, except this time it was so dark I couldn't see. Luckily I had a pen light next to the bed.

Out in the street was a Louisville Gas and Electric truck. There were no lights on up and down the street. After about an hour, the truck pulled away. I came close to panicking! Still no lights in any house and. without electricity to operate the CPAP, no sleep for me. Then about ten minutes after the truck departed, lights flashed on throughout the subdivision. It reminded me of the lighting of a dozen Christmas Trees and was the best present I could have received.

In other matters:

  • I've not seen Alex since the day we took him to Janel's house. She tells me that he's adjusted well and is doing OK. I'm overjoyed for my kitty, but still miss my little friend very, very much.

  • My mother continues to improve at the rehab center and is talking about returning home in the next couple of weeks.

  • I talked with Supplemental Social Insurance today and the eligibility worker wants some medical tests run on me regarding my breathing. In the meantime, she has recommended a ninety day provisional approval of my application.

  • Bell South (now AT&T) has cut off service to my cell phone. That leaves only this Internet dial-up connection, which may be discontinued at any time. Thus, if I again disappear, you'll know what happened.


  1. alex is safe! i'm so glad.

    i'm glad too, to hear that your mom is getting better and that things are looking up for you too. i love the "monet painting" photograph below, and your interpretation.

  2. Nick,

    Glad to hear that you, your mom & Alex are receiving the aid that you need...

    God bless you this Holy Week.

  3. Hi, I just came over from crabby. Phonebill cut of is no fun!
    What is a CPAP? How can it make you sleep?

    All the best and happy easter :)

  4. Hope all ends well for you, Nick. Also glad to hear that Alex is doing well, although I know you must miss him intensely.

    That was a bad storm for us as well. The hail from the storm damaged my husband's truck. Yuck!

  5. wow..i'm sure those neighbours must have been happy that the bolt missed the car and the house..hope u get to meet Alex soon..

  6. There are a lot of bad storms around now. It was April when those terrible tornadoes hit Louisville back in the 1970s. Stay safe, both you and Alex.

  7. I read that a couple of tornadoes hit in Kentucky on Tuesday.

  8. If worst comes to worst, remember most libraries have the internet available now. Maybe you can still check in on us from time to time.

  9. Well, I'm glad for some good news. I hate it that you could lose your internet, too. We shouldn't be as worried for you this time, I guess. I won't be sleuthing around trying to find you. :-)

    Good luck on getting your money and being able to get back with Alex.

    Have a blessed Easter.

  10. I know it will all work out in the end. At least you and Alex are safe, if not together. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Nick, as always.