And so it begins….12-17-21

I’m already shot for the day – backbreaking work picking up sticks.

20 thoughts on “And so it begins….12-17-21

  1. Carol Eberhardt

    Thank goodness he’s home and doing well. I’d call that your Christmas Miracle, along with Mary’s close call this week. Tidings of Great Joy to one and all!

  2. Patty

    That’s a lot of work!
    Out here in So Cal, we had very heavy winds with our prayed for rain. Our huge redwood lost a few small limbs, but a huge amount of other stuff . It took my wonderful husband all morning to rake. We have two little Yorkies that get tangled up in the leavings from the redwood all the time.
    Stay well. Merry Christmas!🎄

  3. Bea knight

    Hi Mary

    So so sorry to hear you have to work so hard. I’m glad that at least you all are ok including the animals.
    Prayers for you🙏🏻 Merry Christmas 🎄
    Bea knight in Florida

  4. Mary Etherington Post author

    Oh, Jo, that is good news! After an 11 year old suffers 3 strokes, what are his side effects? Is he paralyzed as an adult might be? I didn’t realize a child would even be susceptible to a stroke!

  5. Sue in Oregon

    You will laugh about this: When we get a big wind, we use those grabber tools for seniors to pick up the littles. Then, my husband does the same as yours and uses the tractor for the big ones.

    Jo…so happy to hear about your nephew.

    I am baking cookies and having a hard time of it. I only bake them at this time of year and I am just so out of practice. Also, we have two Celiacs in the family, so I have to use those special types of flours and it is a pain to cook with them. Only because I love them…lol

  6. Amy M

    Jo great news!
    Mary I’m so happy you didn’t have serous damage. Take your time with the cleanup, it’s not going anywhere! I’m sure the residents at the care center enjoyed your performance.

  7. Brenda Ks

    Mary I know how you feel picking up sticks but I love the trees in the summer. I just have to keep telling myself that.
    My granddaughter just got her power back on but the whole town that she lives in does not have water. Glad my daughter lives close enough they can stay with them. No water with a baby is impossible. Take it easy we always say “it will be there tomorrow”. We just got a BIG load of dirt that we have been waiting for since May. So now there is that!! Such is life! Lol
    Jo so happy to hear about your good news! God is good!

  8. Agatha B

    I know exactly how you feel with the sticks. We have the biggest tree in our yard on the long street we live on. A tornado touched down 5 miles north of us here in Missouri, so we have lots of limbs. Plus we kind of live in the woods. It is backbreaking work!

  9. Kathy Hanson

    So much work! So glad you didn’t get more damage but so much work to pick that all up!! Hope you are sitting with your feet up tonight!!!

  10. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    It looks like a lot of work, but I am happy the big ones missed your house! Take your time; it will be there tomorrow. No rush.
    Jo, thank goodness your nephew is doing better. One of my friend’s three day old baby had a stroke. I never knew they could happen to kids. She is in her 30’s now.

  11. Betty Klosterman

    Mary, you do know that you don’t have to pick up everything TODAY?? Tomorrow is another day. The grabber would help take some wear and tear off your back.
    The animals were probably all shook up with the noise. They know when the storms hit. The wind can be so destructive. The last time we were in Iowa (10 years ago) the oval corn crib south of Clarion had collapsed, so that was gone before. The WPA built them in the 40’s with ceramic bricks. Is the one along 69 on the south edge of Belmond still there?
    So far, we’ve just had lots of wind with no snow in town. Supposed to be zero tonight. This, too, will pass? Take care.
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – I think it’s still there but I haven’t been on that road for awhile. And regarding the sticks – I only WISH I had them all picked up!

  12. Kim J LeMere

    So glad you are all okay in your neck of Iowa, some parts took a beating. Picking up sticks is like picking rocks from a field, it seems it will never end and it is hard on the back. Snow is coming so I know you want to get it cleaned up. My mom lives in Osage and she drove through Rudd, oh my there were lots of trees down and they lost there library, so sad.

  13. Mary Etherington Post author

    Jo – somehow I missed this until others commented – he’s home!! For Christmas! I’ll bet your family is so relieved and what a Christmas gift!

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