Views of the Neighborhood – Storm Assessment

We should take a moment before we begin, to remember all those who took part in the invasion of France on D-Day June 6th, 1944. They are the greatest generation and are now fading to eternity. If you know a vet who served in WW II give them a hug.

Today’s tour is going to be brief. So brief in fact that we won’t need the bus. Also, we are going to be catered from Chick-Fil-A. Now before you laugh, this took an act of congress since Chick-Fil-A doesn’t serve on Sunday. Those of you who follow the Wednesday Story will understand that Chick-Fil-A owes me. Because of some technical problems, we will have to entertain ourselves. I can’t seem to get videos to play on the classic editor today. Thanks, WP.

Chick-Fil-A menu

Chick-fil-Aยฎ Chicken Biscuit

Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minisโ„ข

Egg White Grill

Hash Brown Scramble Burrito

Hash Brown Scramble Bowl

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Bacon

Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Sausage

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Muffin Bacon

Sausage, Egg & Cheese Muffin

Buttered Biscuit

English Muffin

Hash Browns

Greek Yogurt Parfait

Fruit Cup Fruit Cup

So let’s start walking.

Photo of fig tree

The first stop is a fig tree that I have had my eye on. It was frozen in the February freeze and looks like it is DOA.

Photo of artichoke agave

Checking on the Artichoke Agave. Once the plant is finishing flowering, the mother plant will die.

Photo of broken tree

The next photos are of the damage from the storm that moved through here on Wednesday. This tree is a total loss.

 

Photo of broken tree limb

A downed limb from the wind.

Photo of broken tree limb

A major tree with major damage.

Broken tree limb

Another view of the same tree.

 

Down tree

My neighbors Bradford pear

Photo of broken tree

A shot looking down the driveway

Photo of a downed tree

A closer look.

Photo of cut off tree

The final view looking down the driveway. The tree was rotting at the base. so they took it down

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  1. Damn. Looks like the trees took a beating.

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    1. Yeah. The wind was upwards in the 60 mph range plus hail.

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  2. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    I love the Artichoke Agave. How magnificent! I’m so sorry about all the trees. In our area, we had relentless rain, and lower-lying areas flooded. It’s that time of the year! Enjoy your feast, it looks incredible. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. The weather has been really strange this year. Thank you, Gwen. Have a super day. ๐Ÿ˜

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  3. I have to go see the in-laws today, so I’m just having an English muffin and fruit cap. I don’t want too much on my stomach when it gets upset…. ๐Ÿ˜–
    Almost looks like a tornado grabbed those trees, eh? All our trees got a major cutback, getting ready for hurricane season – they look so bare, but I know they’ll come back.

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    1. ๐Ÿคฃ Best of luck. The wind was in the 60 mph range. I remember the palm haircuts. Thanks for the laugh, GP.

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  4. That must have been some storm! I hope no one was hurt.

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    1. No one was hurt, Liz. it was quite a storm for sure. ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you.

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      1. I’m glad to hear that no one was hurt.

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  5. That artichoke agave has a rather amazing scape. Impressive. Happy Sunday John.

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    1. Yes. Sadly it is going to die after the blooms are spent.

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  6. In our area, Bradford pears are always the first to go during storms. Glad you’re okay, John! Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Yes, the Bradford pears do not age well. Have a great day.

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  7. Wow, that must have been some storm, John! Love that Artichoke Agave…gorgeous! Have a wonderful Sunday….

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    1. Thank you, Lori. You as well. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  8. Wow. That was some storm. The agave plants amaze me. So beautiful and so sad they die after blooming.

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    1. I know right. It is a lingering reminder of our freeze. Thanks, Joan.

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  9. I knew you’d had some rain, but I had no idea it came with such wind. Looks like it might have been straight-line winds; whatever their nature, they were strong. We’ve escaped the winds, but it can stop raining. I wouldn’t mind one bit.

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    1. I think after today we are looking at highs in the nineties and no rain for a while. Thank you for checking in, Linda.

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  10. It is always sad to see one of nature’s beautiful creations damaged or dead. Thankfully, there were no humans who lost their lives (I am assuming).

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    1. Yes, there were no injuries. Thank you, Karen.

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  11. I still see lots of trees and shrubs around here that didn’t survive the snowmageddon in February. They just couldn’t handle those temperatures. It’s always sad to see big trees ripped apart by storms, but what can you do? Mother Nature will do what she pleases. We had a heck of a storm pass through Dallas last night. I haven’t gotten out, so don’t know the damages. Thanks for sharing, John.

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    1. You are so right about Mother Nature. Thanks, Jan.

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  12. It always makes me sad to see the damage Mother Nature can inflict. Trees are such precious resources … and take a LONG time to grow. Losing one isn’t easy. Glad you’re safe, John, after such wicked weather!

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    1. Yes, we were not in danger even though that Bradford pear was next door. Thanks, Debby. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  13. Wow, that is some serious storm damage, John. I guess the only thing you can do is be grateful it wasn’t worse.
    The artichoke Agave is stunning. I’ve never seen one.

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    1. Yes it is a great example. The city lost all of theirs. Thanks, Mae.

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  14. Those poor trees, John! That must’ve been a horrible storm! A few years ago, our neighbors tree from across the street fell, landing in the middle of the road, only a few feet from our driveway and cars. We watched it go down and it was scary. I hope no one was hurt or homes were damaged. Mother Nature can be intense.

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    1. Luck it missed you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  15. Bushwa! That was a heck of a storm. I’m glad none of those big branches landed or rooftops. Glad you’re safe and sound, John. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. All safe here. Hugs ๐Ÿ˜

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  16. John, I knew you had rain but did not know about the wind. Seems it did some damage to trees. Glad there did not seem to be damage to homes. We have had plenty of rain for which we are grateful going into the heat of the summer. With weather changes I guess we have to be ready for anything. Take care!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. The wind was bad. We loved the rain though.

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  17. That must have been some storm!

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    1. It was, Becky. Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜

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      1. We’re having more rain and thunder in our area, today. Seems never-ending!

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      2. Wait till august ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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      3. Hell’s front porch.

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      4. So true, and it looks like the temps are already starting to go up…

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  18. That was quite the storm. Pears are notorious for being brittle. I cut one of mine down on purpose this morning. Looks like that Texas asparagus went to seed.

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    1. Yes, our fifty gallons of Hollandaise broke.

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  19. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Sorry about all the tree loss must have been quite a storm.
    Thanks, for the nice meal:)

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    1. You are welcome, Denise.

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  20. Can you prolong the life of the agave by not allowing it to bloom? Glad no homes were damaged in the storm. I do love to watch a good storm, though ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. When an age starts there is no preventing it from blooming.

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  21. A lot of destruction from that cold snap, John. How sad that the mother agave dies after blooming – it is a magnificent plant! We do like Chik-Fil -A. Their chicken sandwiches are the best.

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    1. I feel sad for the plant. I like Chick-Fil-A too

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  22. Great tour! I started a diet today though gee thanks (dripping with sarcasm).

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    1. My food has not fat or calories.

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      1. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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      2. Little taste either. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      3. There is that . . . .

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  23. Whoa… that was a horrible storm!
    The agave is fabulous, however…

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    1. Yes, it was. The agave is the best example I’ve seen. Sad to see it go. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. Go? I didn’t realise…

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      2. After blooming the mother plant dies. โ˜น๏ธ

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      3. Yes, yes. Right… but she ain’t dead yet! And, is there rebirth? Somewhere? Somehow?

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      4. I guess the seeds could start new agaves.

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      5. I was wondering if they reseeded where the plant died…

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      6. I would guess where ever the seed fell. So probabily.

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      7. Some are harder than others ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. Wow, you guys really experienced a lot of damage. Nature doesn’t mess around.

    And beautiful thoughts to start off this post, John. Yes, these veterans of WW2 are leaving us, more and more every day. Give them a hug, that’s perfect.

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    1. Thank you, Pilgrim. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  25. It looks like the storm you had was quite vicious, John. I am sorry about the fig tree, we have one of those in our garden.

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    1. There are two in the neighborhood and both did not make it.

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  26. Oh my … the mess marches on. If the winter freeze wasn’t enough bring on the winds. Do you need any pestilence? Will gladly send you a few 17-year cicadas for your enjoyment.

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    1. We get them later in the year so no thank you. We gave at the office.

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      1. But we have plenty to share!

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      2. Thank you anyway. Would love to help you out if I can figure out how you got in.

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  27. Must have been a whopper of a storm!

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    1. Short and very destructive.

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  28. Yikes! Mother nature is a bitch.
    Yey, she is the most beautiful artist of all!

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    1. She is both. Kinda like a pissed off artist.

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      1. Yeah… or musician.
        Boy, whew!

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      2. I know. Just don’t drink her beer.

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  29. Wow, the trees really took a beating! I’m glad none of the falling trees or branches fell on or into a house, car, or people!

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  30. Sad to see the damage, but nature and people are resilient.

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    1. That is true. ๐Ÿ˜

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