The Great Oklahoma Ice Storm of ’07 is now in cleanup phase and Oklahomans are coping with cold, no power, low supplies at the local stores, and huge piles of debris from broken trees. The sound of chainsaws are ubiquitous in town where the damage is very bad. Today I went there on a scavenger hunt in search of lamp oil, wicks, batteries, lanterns, bird seed, and other survival supplies. I was largely successful after going to almost every store in Norman, but it took up much of my day. I spent an hour or so helping a friend clear his front yard, which was covered by leaves, heavy oak branches and heaps of crushed ice (I suggested that he lay out some oysters on the half shell when we finished).
The good news is that we are back home- our power came back on yesterday afternoon and all is warm and cozy for the time being. After emptying out the rotten refrigerator, washing up, and baking chocolate chip cookies, the house is home again. The bad news is that another storm is headed this way tomorrow.
As promised, I’m posting drawings from the Ice Storm on a new page. You can see that I was still in a fine good humor that first day, something that wore off a little as time dragged on. Did I mention I’m a weather wimp?