This is a post I didn’t plan on writing!
To say it’s a windy day is an understatement. I heard the wind blowing during the night. The leaves and debris hitting the tin roof sound like rocks, and anything larger sounds like someone threw a coconut on the roof. The wind has only intensified as the day has gone on and wind gusts are literally roaring in the trees.
There is an enormous tree in the woods just outside our fence. It must be 100+ feet tall. We hired someone to cut it back last year and he never showed up but I didn’t worry too much. It’s been there for many decades so it certainly should last for a few more. Today I was minding my own business in the kitchen when suddenly I heard this huge noise and I knew immediately what it was – the TREE!
I dashed for the other side of the house just in case it hit the house. It didn’t but dust and debris were raining everywhere, the side yard is a mess, and I’m sure the fence will need major repairs. Neighbors came running from everywhere to see what had happened!
I am very very thankful! Yesterday I was raking and weeding in the side yard exactly where the tree fell. I don’t work over there on windy days just in case but still, if I had been there it could have been a very bad thing.
The purple areas are 40+ mph winds, and the blue areas 60+ mph. As you can see, it’s worse in the mountains and in eastern Panama near the canal. How does this affect the ships, especially those with containers piled high?
We are very happy here but that doesn’t mean every day is all rainbows and unicorns. We are very thankful we have water today because there have been many afternoons with none. We are thankful that we have electricity and internet, unlike the first windy day when trees fell taking out many power lines. Living here teaches you that nothing is guaranteed, and to be thankful every day for what you have.