In 12 days Ed put 3100 miles on his new car! We spent the night in Cleveland last night and are finally home again!
We were glad to see the last of the toll roads! It would have been nice if there was no traffic on them, but even after paying almost $20 to cross each state, sometimes the traffic was bumper to bumper!
We got home to find out our largest tree, a 50 foot black cherry had taken a direct hit by lightening while we were gone. You can see a scar spriral around the tree from the top to the ground!
There were also splinters of wood and bark scattered all around the yard! Here is one on the back sidewalk.
Our first clue that something was amiss was the drip under the freezer, and the stench that greeted us when we opened it. Luckily it wasn't very full, and our loss of food was minimal.
Most of the house still had electricity (including the garage door), but Ed spent an hour trying to track down the bad GFI switches.
The basil and the bonsai survived very well in their plastic bag.
And the amazing money tree I bought in February looked fantastic with no water the entire time we were gone! I don't understand it, but I love it!
All things considered, the trip was fantastic, and there was minimal damage when we got home. We feel very grateful!