Slippin’ out between Storms

First came the ice storm.  4 days without electricity. Dreariness.

DSCF2693 DSCF2694 DSCF2695The poor river birch tree was heavy laden.  I thought it might never recover.  Greg and I went out that first morning at 6am to clear the driveway so I could go to work. No way! Another huge branch had fallen from that old willow and completely blocked my way. It was still dark and we could hear cracking sounds and thuds of falling branches in several directions.  Without light we had no way to tell if we were in line to be struck down, so we went inside and waited for daybreak. Fortunately, Greg had a new chain saw. He made light work of that limb once he could see what he was doing.

When the electricity came back, we were packed and ready. We got on the road and went to New Orleans to celebrate the marriage of our daughter Esther Rose to Luke Winslow King.  Queen Esther found her King.  I had too much fun to take many photos, but here are a few favorites:DSCF2700I took this one after we parked downtown and before we all got dirty.  I should have taken it in front of the restored historic mansion which Luke and Esther are renting. You’ll have to pretend.  Can you imagine all 14 of us under one roof? Not in this little house.  But I could not have photographed all of us and their mansion and gotten it in 1 picture. It’s that big.

DSCF2697Sophia and her beau.  Although they are both gainfully employed, I think they could earn well as models if need be.

DSCF2726Sophia with her father.  Now there’s a good-looking gentleman! What? He’s 63?  63 never looked so good!

DSCF2719Luke and Esther treated us to Sunday brunch at one of the fanciest restaurants in New Orleans: Antoine’s.  Established in 1840.  Rumored to be the birthplace of the Baked Alaska, as seen in this photo.  Cake on the outside, ice cream inside.  The waiters came around to drizzle chocolate sauce on our pieces.  Musicians serenaded us.

DSCF2734Look at the color! This is not only a food co-op.  It contains a healing arts center, a middle eastern restaurant, hip clothing store, and more.

DSCF2728The rug I made as a wedding gift from the wool of our Shetland sheep.

Esther and LukeInexplicably, I took no photos of Luke and Esther.  Probably because there are so many great ones already in cyberspace. I love this one.

Parting was sweet sorrow, but we knew another storm was coming so left while the weather was good, taking 2 nights at the home of friends along the way as we had on our way down.

Near Lansing the snow began.  We made it home safely. Snow fell all night, the next day, and the next day for a total of 15 inches.

DSCF2740DSCF2746DSCF2738DSCF2743DSCF2745That’s Michigan for ya.  Love it or leave it.  I choose to love it. For now.

 

2 thoughts on “Slippin’ out between Storms

  1. I’m loving Michigan for now too! It was so invigorating being outside this morning in the cold, grey and dry weather;). Hey, is the river birch okay? I’ve just become acquainted with them and am delighted whenever I see one; they are truly lovely.
    Wow, the rug is glorious! Congratulations to you and Greg on the marriage of your daughter~

    • Thanks for you kind words, Shawn. Yes, the river birch escaped with only 1 broken branch. The tree limbs now reach for the sky as they did before the ice storm. Hallelujah!

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