When light crept through the clouds we headed outside to survey the damage. Only a large limb, about the size of an average tree had fallen, smashing the fence to the cow pasture. Until the branch could be cut up, and the fence repaired, we got all the cows into the front part of the pasture and closed the gate to keep them from wandering into the back part and getting out.
~~~~~~I was up early this morning in the middle of a thunder storm. As I was getting a drink at our kitchen sink I witnessed a magnificent bolt of lightning hitting one of the windmills. Huge showers of sparks continued to shoot from the windmill for a little while after the lightning bolt had disappeared. The windmill is standing quiet today.
~~~~~~Eastern coyotes are much more wolf like than the ones we used to have in the Midwest. We've been seeing a number of them roaming the field here by the barn and visiting the creek by the waterfall. They're nice to look at when we're safely in the house, but the noise they create when howling in the middle of the night ..... let's just say, it's hard to sleep through that!