What began as a welcomed and much needed summer rain in Broome County quickly turned into a tumultuous wave of water powered by commanding winds. As the wind imposed its force on our home, we could hear the resistance on the walls, windows, and doors. At that moment we quickly moved to the basement. After the storm, we inspected to see what the storm took away and left behind. The lawn is certainly being hydrated by the newly formed streams. Sadly, the white wooden rocking chairs given to me for Mother's Day a few years ago didn't withstand the wind and lost a few pieces as they traveled to a new location on the porch. Sitting in the dark now, writing by the light of the Smartphone, I feel gratitude for our safety and the emergency crews working outside at our neighbor's house to remove a fallen tree blocking the road and also to restore power. It is still stormy out in our part of the county so we will inspect more of the exterior tomorrow. What do we tell ourselves? It could have been worse. We are grateful for what it was and wasn't. Hale to the hail!