Thursday, August 28, 2008

A tree fell on my house

While I was out teaching last night, a tree fell on my house.

The good news is, thanks be to Godde, I am fine, and Her Grace, Maya Pavlova, Feline Bishop Extraordinaire, is fine. She was scared since she was in the house when the crash happened. But we slept in close quarters and she was purring this morning.

Things could be worse. We could be wet hurricane survivors. We slept in a dry place last night --the college guest house which is near my house. I am now in a bit of shock as reality is starting to sink in.

Thanks to my friend Wormwood's Doxy for getting the word out so fast. I called her not too long after all this happened.

Oddly, the rain was a soft lovely rain, not a thunderstorm (though a tornado did touch down in our county earlier yesterday) and it was not a case of the tree being hit by lightning. The first guess of the campus facilities staff was that the rain loosened the earth around the tree, which was a big live tree, not at all a dead one. I rent a house from the college where I teach and it is on the edge of the campus near the woods.

I don't know why everyone worried about earthquakes when I moved to California. The center and south of the country are really worse...

Oh, and another piece of good news: Wednesday is my longest day of work. So, after not getting enough sleep because of staying up correcting student work and prepping for my 8:30 a.m. class (I was being observed by a colleague in both my classes, the early one and the late one, for the dreaded Fourth Year Evaluation for which all materials are due September 15) and holding office hours and having lunch and going to a 1:30 thing, I found out that my 2:30 p.m. meeting was canceled, decided to blow off the 3:45 faculty meeting because it was closer to 80% required than 100% required, and headed home for a long nap so that I would be coherent for my 8 p.m. class. And a fine, restorative long nap it was. You see, I obey the four-legged one whose Canon to the Extraordinary I am and who issues such sensible pastoral directives.

So I taught half the class before staff pulled me out of it (the colleague who was observing me took over the second half) and when I got home to the crashed-in house with six men running around inspecting damage and moving furniture and a scared cat hiding in a closet, I was rested instead of exhausted and cranky. More proof of the wisdom of naps!

Though the "gee, what lovely soft sleeping-weather rain" proved to be deceptive.

I will have to move. Most likely soon. Which means looking for a place. The college is helping me with that, but since I was renting from them at a somewhat under market rate (which is why I chose to keep living on campus - big house for good rate) it will be hard for us to find a place, apartment or house, for the same amount of money for the same large space.


The Adorable Godson, alerted by our rector, came by as I was writing the above and we went off to find me some late lunch with protein to shore up my energy.

Everyone is being sympathetic and I have a good social network, so things should be all right. It will just take a while and interfere with my plans for a quiet weekend. Sigh.

How is Louisiana doing? I haven't had time to check and I heard last night that there might be bad weather and possible evacuations. Big shoutout and hug to Paul and Mimi down there.

More when I can. Peace out.


Anonymous said...

Oh Gosh Jane --if there is anything you need, please let me know. We are just a half-a-day's drive away.

do eat lots of protein!

Wormwood's Doxy said...

(((Jane))) Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

klady said...

Not close enough to be of any immediate help, but I'm hoping that you have not lost too much of value and that you and Maya are comfortable for the time being until repairs can be made and/or you settle elsewhere permanently. Thank goodness neither you nor Maya were harmed. Sounds like Maya had quite a fright, however. Glad your longest day is over and hope you can enjoy tonight's Obama speech somewhere.

susankay said...

Jane -- I took the liberty of passing on the news to Ann & Jim R. Assuming Ann is checking e-mail in Denver.

Here in southwester Colorado we mostly have to worry about snow and forest fires but I remember falling trees and ice storms growing up in New England.

Be well.

June Butler said...

Jane, I'm so relieved that you and Maya are safe. Thanks be to God. I'm sorry that you must move out of your big house. Prayers that you find something suitable soon.

As for Louisiana, the last advisory has the storm coming right in our direction. I'm waiting for the next advisory at 5:00 PM EDT. It seems that we will need to evacuate. We have a place to go, our farm in New Roads, LA, so we don't need to look for a room in a motel. I'm thankful for that.

Kitten said...

((((Jane)))) ((((Maya Pavlova))))

Sending you prayers and hugs from CT. We hope you get re-settled soon.

Kitten, Maggie, and Gabby

Caminante said...

Yikesy stripesy.

Shall I send la Obispa Maya some catnip to soothe her nerves? Do you need something stronger?

So, so sorry to hear of this misfortune.

Big prayers for you to find a new home that is comparable to the present one and won't cost you the moon.

Fran said...

Oh Jane! I wish I could do something for you guys. You and Maya have my love, friendship and prayers - that is for sure.

Holy moly - I do love your outlook, you are a woman of gratitude in all ways.

(((Jane and Maya)))

johnieb said...

I am grateful y'all are OK, and pray you are not too inconvenienced. May your new place be even better, and for less!

Yeah, the South can be an unsettling geography to get used to. What am I saying "get used to?" Better, "put up with."

pj said...

Hi sweetheart. I'm so glad you're all right. (((((((Jane and +Maya)))))))

Padre Mickey said...

Yikes! I'm happy to hear you are both okay.

Ken said...

Holy God. As long as your and your furry friend are okay, everything else can be replace.

Diane M. Roth said...

((Jane and Maya)) we are praying for you, Scout and I, and wondering as well what you might need.

so glad you two are all right.

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