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.

35 thoughts on “Starting Off with a Bang

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      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!


    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      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).


  1. roughwighting

    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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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      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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        1. wordsfromanneli Post author

          I always thought it was ironic that we call it “Mother Nature” when some of the cruelest thing happen because of “her.” I’m thinking of animals at the mercy of the weather and the seasons. But yes, I’d be quite happy if MN withdrew her claws.

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