Thursday, December 21, 2006

on pins and (pine) needles

First it was the flooding with contaminated water, then a freak snow storm appeared out of nowhere a couple of weeks ago. Now hurricane force winds are buffeting the Pacific Northwest from Oregon right up to British Columbia. Vancouver's beautiful Stanley Park has has been hit hard with between 1,000 and 3,000 trees down.

If you have some time, take a look at these news reports to view the extent of the damage.

I heard from my family this past weekend and they were all fine, but one of my brothers was without power for 4 days. Ordinarily I wouldn't be too worried, BUT more storms are expected this week and my sister-in-law A was scheduled to have her baby girl by c-section yesterday.

No one has contacted me yet and I'm getting antsy.

Update Friday December 22: I tried phoning all afternoon with no success but my dad finally gave us a call this evening to say that everything was fine and that the baby had been born on Thursday night. More tomorrow...


At December 21, 2006 5:36 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything will turn out alright. All the best thoughts be with your family!

At December 21, 2006 8:21 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

yes the reports were pretty stunning. The entrance coming from the north shore is completely closed. And it is bad. You only see a few trees here and there on the cosway as you go into down town.

IT was shocking and quite the wind storm...

Last night was quite mello!

Congrats to your sister!

At December 21, 2006 8:27 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

by the way, that video was agreat report on all of it!

At December 21, 2006 8:40 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

by the way christina, we are super close to that area near keith, but we just got lucky because our power stayed on but a few streets away it was out!. And we even had snow so it was cold without power!

filling up your comments log with too many comments.. hehe

At December 21, 2006 9:48 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Elemm - Thanks! Still haven't heard anything but I guess no news is good news.

Expat - The news reports looked really scary, I can imagine how it must be. CTV is pretty good with those reports, I've been watching them alot lately My mum said there were big trees down in their area last week as well. Yeah, I guess only parts of north van were knocked off the power grid. Brother and his family stayed with my parents for a few days until the light went back on.

At December 22, 2006 12:46 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sending my best wishes that all stays well with your family!

At December 22, 2006 2:31 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boo, I'm so sorry to hear this. i hope that things brighten up in the coming weekend and the next year is a more peaceful, disaster free one for everyone! happy holidays

At December 22, 2006 9:25 a.m., Blogger mar said...

Hope your family is fine and that you can contact them soon!
Wishing you happy holidays

At December 22, 2006 9:54 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, ich wünsche dir ein frohes Fest und einen guten Rutsch!


At December 22, 2006 10:29 a.m., Blogger EuroTrippen said...

My prior home of Colorado Springs has been hammered with snow & wind the past few days. I'm actually kind of depressed I'm missing it. I love a good blizzard!

At December 22, 2006 11:43 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Dixie - Thank you so much! I know everything will be fine.

Jessica - Thanks. Yes, I'm thinking that by the weekend everything will be settled. The weather has been just nuts lately.

Mar - Happy holidays to you too!

Sigrun - Danke! Euch auch ein Frohes Fest und alles Gute für 2007!

eurotrippen - Yeah, I saw that on the news yesterday - wow! I feeling like I could do with a snow storm myself right now but I'd probably think differenty if I was stuck in the middle of one.

At December 22, 2006 4:01 p.m., Blogger Cathy said...

I hope all went well. Let us know, Christina.
Merry Christmas,

At December 22, 2006 4:52 p.m., Blogger Pam said...

It's been a big-ass mess, but mostly, folks are fine. Outside Seattle there are still power outages and there was another storm that followed it up, probably blowing down stuff that had been compromised in the last big blow.

Most folks, though, do have phones. Old fashioned when we're all used to communicating via the InTerWeb - which has been down for folks on cable, depending where they are.

Give 'em a call for peace of mind.

At December 23, 2006 12:04 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Cathy - Thanks, it's all good now.

Pam - Now why didn't I think of that? :-) Actually, I had been trying to phone but no one was picking. My dad finally got in touch later on and all are alive and well.

At December 23, 2006 3:14 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Congratulations, Ms. Auntie! So glad the C-section went as planned. And let's just hope and pray the storms calm down enough for everyone to have a great Christmas celebration, wherever they are.

At December 23, 2006 11:37 a.m., Blogger Alison said...

So glad to hear your family is safe and sound. I remember how devastating hurricane Juan and the white Juan blizzard were in Halifax a few years ago. We were without power for days... Luckily we could shower at Andrew's office which still had power. Mother Nature can be a witch sometimes... Sending happy and safe holiday wishes to you and your family.

At December 23, 2006 10:59 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Ginnie - Thank you! Mum and baby are doing just fine and the weather seems to have calmed down. Seems like it's been frightful just everywhere. I'm hoping people will be able to get to their Christmas celebrations on time.

Alison - Everyone is safe and sound - thanks! Ironically, my brother and his family moved to Halifax in late summer 2003 so they were there for Hurrican Juan. I visited in October and saw the awful damage. They also experienced the blizzard in 2004 and decided to move back to Vancouver later that year. :-)

At December 24, 2006 11:41 a.m., Anonymous Lisa said...

MMMMmmm, a new family member! Glad to hear everything turned out well.

I'm going to go ahead and slip our Christmas wishes in with this comment, don't want to wait til the last minute and risk missing you. Hope you, hubby and the boys have a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years. :)

At December 24, 2006 12:29 p.m., Blogger swissmiss said...

Glad to read your update that everything turned out well. That could not have been the calmest of situations for your sister-in-law though!

At December 24, 2006 3:44 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Καλά Χριστούγεννα Mausi!

Merry Christmas


At December 24, 2006 5:37 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Lisa - Thanks! We're staying put this year so I'll be popping in now and then between mouthfuls of turkey!

swissmiss - I hear there was a big of a mix-up with the actual date for the c-section. Something about the doctor going on vacation! But things sorted themselves out and we are so grateful to be able to welcome this little baby into the family.

Ellas Devil - Merry Christmas to you too!

At December 26, 2006 1:44 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

It WAS quite a doozie -- and I say that only having had observed the impact... like our split-in-half hot tub! Our house was without power for almost 9 days... coincidentally, the nine days that we were in Hawaii!!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!



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