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Wednesday, September 08 2010

Yesterday Tropical Storm Hermine rolled across Texas. We were expecting bands of heavy rains so I did what I could do to clear drainage and prevent my barn from flooding. The rains started on Monday. Tuesday morning more bands were coming in.  Other Half & Cowboy had run to town and I was playing on my computer. BUT . . . I had that puppy unplugged and was using the battery and an air card!   I had no sooner finished what I was doing and shut down my trusty laptop when a bolt of lightning struck.  BAM!!!

Dogs came racing into the kitchen!  "MOM!  Is that normal?"

Not wanting to create titty-baby K9's, I walked around in a sing-song voice and said, "WOW!  Look at THAT!  Ain't it cool?  Holy Toledo!  How cool was that??!!" as I checked the house for damage.  The dogs were not fooled.  Then I smelled the smoke. Electrical wires were burning somewhere.  Holy shit!  (I did not say this in a sing-song voice.)

I immediately phoned Other Half to inform him that the house was just struck by lightning and "something" was burning but I couldn't find it.  I said this as I was hustling all the dogs and the house cat outside.  They were like Elementary students in a fire drill.  "Is this for real?  Is there really a fire? Can I call my parents to come pick me up?"

Other Half happened to be less than 1/4 mile off and as soon as he rolled up he hopped out of the truck (it may have still been rolling) to examine the roof.  No damage.  We did find this:

  A power surge had literally blown a light fixture apart!

 This used to be a light bulb.

The television immediately shut off.  Other Half turned on the breaker and for a moment we saw a green weather man.  Yes, he was green! Then we got this message:

And then the television and satellite receiver expired.

The burning smell soon subsided but as Other Half went around the house testing stuff with his electrical doo-hickey he found a problem in the area where we smelled burning.  Don't ask me to explain it.  I didn't understand.  Something about open ground or some such.  All I saw was a red light on his tester and he yelled "Cut it off!  Cut it off!"

Sooooo . . . since I have worked Electrocution Deaths before, I didn't want Other Half to even bother trying to find the problem. I called an electrician . . .


. . . who came out in the rain, took one look at the socket, and said, "In my business we call this "BOOM!"

He worked for three hours repairing the damage, got the ceiling fan in the living room working again, and then gave us the happy news that our air conditioner was fried. 

"Do what!"

Then I called Allstate while Other Half called an air conditioning repair guy.  Honest air conditioning repair guys are busy.  Cuz they're honest!  Our man won't be able to make it out until next Monday.  Eegaaads! It's summertime in Texas!

We did okay with fans last night, but the weather is still relatively cool from the storms.  When it clears up, things might get ugly hot. We may have to get a little window unit for the bedroom.

Or . . . we may have to move into the "Other House." The Weekend House is his house B.M. (before Me!)  The Weekday House is my house B.H. (before him!) Neither farm is big enough for ALL the livestock so we bounce between them until we both retire and move to Bumfuktexas.

We'll see.  I'm trying to remain positive.  Lightning caused a lot of problems, but it could have been so much worse.  Plus, at least we were home! The house might have caught fire.  My DOGS!!!!!!  I shudder to think. I'm sure that in the long run, we'll see this as a blessing rather than a curse. It might not be fun, but it is an adventure!

To be continued . . .


Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 09:30 am   |  Permalink   |  6 Comments  |  Email
Glad you're all safe and sound (so far). That looks like one of those mercury light bulbs that exploded. You need to call a hazmat team in for that. Slight exaggeration but they are tricky to clean up.
Posted by Peg H. on 09/08/2010 - 12:53 PM
The bulb is one of those Earth-friendly eco-expensive regular light bulbs. It's supposed to be really long lasting. I guess they are, until the lightning strikes and all that power surges through one!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 09/08/2010 - 06:02 PM
Hi, just found you through some blog surfing whilst watching my rain gauge fill up (for the 3rd time). Hermine has us in muck boots full time. Sorry to hear you got zapped. So glad it didn't turn into a full fledged fire.
Posted by CeeCee on 09/08/2010 - 07:10 PM
Waay cool! Glad you found us! Sorry about the rain! Hermine seems to have surprised everyone. We didn't even realize there was a storm in the gulf until the day the rains began. (That's what we get for not watching the news!)
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 09/08/2010 - 08:00 PM
Wow! I think you were pretty lucky it didn't turn out much worse (okay, I'm one of those 'always looking on the bright side' types). That looks like one of those compact flourescent lightbulbs, yep, expensive, supposed to last 7 years or something like that, and apparently they do have mercury in them.
Posted by Karen on 09/09/2010 - 01:06 AM
If it has mercury in it, does that mean that Blue Heeler will become even crazier than he already is? That dog is like the Mad Hatter already!
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 09/09/2010 - 04:32 PM

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