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Starting Off with a Bang


It’s the first night of the new year and the old couple has been in bed since well before midnight. The TV shows bringing in the new year were duller than dull. 2017 would arrive whether anyone waited up for it or not.

In the wee hours of the morning a loud crash wakes up the old blister. She taps the Captain on the arm to wake him.

“Did you hear that?” she whispers.


“That crash! … Obviously not,” she mumbles. “Just stay awake and listen for a minute.”

“The dogs would have barked.” He rolls over to go back to sleep.

“Maybe Ruby’s too scared with the wind.” She’s probably lying on her doggie bed, eyes bulging out of her catatonic body.


In the morning, the Captain calls out, “I know what made the crash. Look on the woodshed roof.”

No, that’s not a man in the middle of the woodshed. It’s a float, a fishnet, and a bunch of firewood. But the long branch on the left side is what came down from the skies last night to wish us a happy new year.


You might say we started the new year off with a bang. A word of advice: if you go walking on a windy day, maybe stay away from tall trees, or wear a hard hat.

Author: wordsfromanneli

Writing, travel, photography, nature, more writing....

35 thoughts on “Starting Off with a Bang

  1. Glad it wasn’t an evil doer! 👍🏻🍾

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  2. New years tv shows on all channels were pathetic, not just boring 🙂 Happy New Year !


  3. Happy New Year, Anneli. All the best in all your endeavors.:)

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  4. Happy New Year, Anneli! I’m relieved your house is okay.

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  5. Good thing you weren’t anywhere near that wood shed.

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  6. Glad it came down when no one was there working on the wood pile!

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    • That’s for sure. I’ve been hauling plenty of wood from there this winter, as it has been so miserable and cold. The wind was worst overnight, as it often is, so I wasn’t loading any wood just then. We often have branches to pick up after a windstorm, but this branch was a whopper!


  7. We were in bed before midnight too ! And our little fur ball was hidden in a bunch of dirty clothes in our son’s bedroom, seeking familiar and comforting smells.

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  8. The Captain is a sound sleeper I think ! Were you tempted to take the flashlight out of hiding and seek the intruder?

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    • He was sleeping soundly that night, for sure. And no I was NOT tempted to go looking for trouble. I just made sure of where my bear spray was and went back to sleep (with one ear and one eye open).


  9. Glad no one got hurt!
    Happy New Year!

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  10. I hope this was the last bang in this year! Happy New Year again!

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  11. Thank Goodness you have the dogs to protect you! Ha Ha. Glad the bang was more of a ‘wake-up’ call from nature. “Helllooooo,” the branches of the trees, the wind, the moon and the howling air says…. “Helllooooooo, we are here, always around you, surrounding you, with the grace and power and glory of Mother Nature.”

    Happy New Year, Anneli!

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    • Exactly! Hellooooo! One year “Mother Nature” said hello right through our roof when a branch came down like a spear in the middle of a huge wind and rain storm and punched a hole in the roof. Water was pouring in through the hole which happened to be right near a valley in the roof. I was glad we weren’t away someplace south on an extended sunny holiday.
      Happy New Year to you too, Pam.

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  12. Good thing it was only the shed! And good advice…we avoid the woods on windy days.

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  13. Yikes! Good thing that didn’t happen during the day when any of you were out there. Happy New Year, Anneli.

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  14. And I’ve been out there a lot lately getting firewood with this cold weather.


  15. I’m just glad no one was standing underneath the tree when it happened! I hope the rest of 2017 is safer for you. 🙂

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