Weekend Waterview: Up On the Roof and Bird’s Eye View


Happy Sunday! I hope you’re tucked in safe and cozy this morning. We had a brief climb into the 60s this past week but it’s a chilly 19 degrees and breezy this morning.


Here’s a little bird’s-eye and waterview from our roof. We were up on the roof accessing storm damage and taking photos for our homeowner’s insurance from some rogue winds that blew through on Friday.

Beware of the orange cell of the storm and take cover from flying sheets of metal roofing!

I had a ‘heavy precipitation in your area’ alert from my weather app on my phone but no warning or indication of high winds associated with the rain. It’s no uncommon for us to have high winds off the lake or lake wind advisories, but this took us by surprise.

The wind was gusting high enough to rip steel roof panels off our porch and give our satellite dish a good lick.

Our power was out from 5 pm on Friday until mid morning Saturday and we spent yesterday cleaning up storm debris and tree limbs. I was thanking my lucky stars the tree limbs that fell on the patio missed the glass top on the table.

 The intact steel roof panels are now a wavy configuration.

We found some of our panels 100 yards away in the field behind my Potting Shed. I was imagining my pots and watering cans blown around like confetti, but other than some broken shrubs from things blown off the porch of the shed, there was no damage to speak off. I was glad everything is dormant so there were no broken flowers!

 Our 48 x 60 inch irrigation cover is a little worse for wear after its bumpy flight from the shoreline to the field by my shed.

We were happy not to be fishing our chairs out of the water yesterday!

We’re covering the roof with a tarp today until the roof can be repaired.

We cut our Adagio Maiden Grass back around the end of February. The contrast of the feathery, golden plumes with the blue of the water adds some welcome winter interest.

 There’s a chance of snow flurries in our forecast later this week. Hope you’re staying warm and cozy. ♥

Thank you for your visit!

  44 comments for “Weekend Waterview: Up On the Roof and Bird’s Eye View

  1. January 14, 2018 at 8:19 am

    I am so glad you are ok and the damage wasn’t worse Mary! I hope you aren’t freezing with your roof damaged, and thank goodness your potting shed is ok…this has been one crazy winter, and unfortunately it’s not over yet. We had so much damage to our roof in Bham from a freak hail storm last year that the insurance adjuster said it looked like someone had been up there with a baseball bat! I couldn’t help but thinking similar thoughts when I saw your twisted metal roof pieces! We are still on the waiting list to have it redone because so many houses were impacted that the roofers are overwhelmed…I hope you get on the top of the list! Try to stay cozy, it’s 26 on the coast and I’m wrapped in a blanket~

  2. Granny Gay:)
    January 14, 2018 at 8:20 am

    So sorry for the damage Mother Nature brought you, Mary. Glad it was no worse. Lucky chairs and glass-top table! Here’s wishing you the warmth of a hearth by the fireplace…in the low 20’s here in S. Louisiana this morning. Love those feathery Adagio Maiden Grass plumes…Take care…

  3. January 14, 2018 at 8:23 am

    My mom is still sleeping in this morning, Mary, and I am able to visit. I was shocked to see all the damaged roof panels, but thinking how very lucky you were not to have more damage. The roof can be fixed all in good time., and all will be well. I know you are grateful, Mary. God bless you!

  4. anne
    January 14, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I’m so sorry you had damage to your roof. The wind can be so scary and cause so much damage. I’m glad all of you weren’t hurt. Your yard looks so pretty from the roof vantage point. I believe that’s the first time I’ve seen it like that. I love your chairs at the fire pit. Can’t believe they survived and weren’t blown away! Glad your pretty potting shed survived, too.
    Stay safe and warm.

  5. Carolyn K.
    January 14, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Wow, what a mess. Looks like a whole new roof over your porch rather than a “fix it” will be needed. Since you didn’t mention damage to the house itself, that is a blessing. Glad you and yours are safe; everything else is just “stuff” that can be replaced.
    Thinking about you.
    Carolyn K.

  6. Pam
    January 14, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Glad you are ok. Please get all your roofing inspected. We replaced our roof in 2010. The tornados that went through Tuscaloosa arrived here in Knoxville “training” 5 in a row as category 1 with lots of golf ball hail. We had to have that roof replaced as well. We were told that the damage often shows up later. Good luck!

  7. Rita C.
    January 14, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Ugh, so sorry for the damage and disruption! It’s a pain, no matter when it happens. I won’t try to pump you up with all the “it could’ve been worse” pep talks. It’s a pain. Hope your weather is mild enough to repair soon enough.

  8. January 14, 2018 at 8:43 am

    OMGoodness, that is amazing and awful at the same time. I am glad you are OK and hope you can get the roof fixed quickly. I thought it was windy here!!! You got some POWERFUL winds. We are expecting SOME flurries Tuesday. Hope that’s all we get. It was 60 here Fri. but pouring rain all day then 19 yesterday.

  9. January 14, 2018 at 8:54 am

    We too live on the lake and received the same storm…we must live close by….prayers you all are safe and well! Thankful your damage wasn’t more. Blessings and stay warm!

  10. January 14, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Mary, I am so sorry for this damage and all the inconvenience of it all. Thank goodness that the Potting Shed and other things are in tact. You are showing tremendous grace during a bad time. I bet this was a scare for Gracie and Chloe. I pray you can get this repaired in an expedient manner.

  11. Cheryl
    January 14, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Wind is a funny thing. It can be very specific in its targeting. Took off the roof panels and moved the irrigation cover but didn’t move the chairs. We once had a microburst in our backyard. The day seemed perfectly normal but we came home to find an 8′ section of our wood fence in the middle of our yard and our Basset hound terribly upset by it all. She was in the backyard when it hit. Sorry for the damage. Hope the rest of winter is much less damaging.

  12. Karen
    January 14, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Losing power has to be one of the biggest challenges, especially when it’s either really cold or hot outside. And nighttime makes it doubly challenging. We live in a windy canyon so between flashlights, lanterns and the occasional faux candles, we try to make it an adventure. But it’s always harder when the weather outside keeps you in, Good luck with the roof!

    • January 14, 2018 at 11:54 pm

      When the last hurricane hit Florida, I use my LED battery operated Christmas lights. Some were so long, I strung them on top of the kitchen cabinets and looped another set over the shower rod. After Christmas sales bought more.

  13. Cyndi Raines
    January 14, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Lovely view and your chair / firepit area is awesome so close to the water, never realised it was that close. I am so sorry for the damage to your roof, but thankful no one was hurt. Glad you still have all your chairs and beautiful glass table. 2 years ago we lost ours to high winds. We came home after church to a shattered mess on our deck, such tiny shards of glass everywhere. Will say a prayer for you to receive your new roof soon. Only 2 degrees here today, burrr.

  14. Cathy Higgins
    January 14, 2018 at 10:39 am

    It is always amazing to me how a storm can do a good deal of damage and then a few yard away leave things untouched. You were pretty lucky I am sure others around you faired far worse damage. Hopefully this will be the only damaging storm you have to go through this year.

  15. Betsy
    January 14, 2018 at 11:06 am

    That must have been a bit frightening. As long as you and the fur babies are okay, then everything else is just some work and a slight inconvenience. From what I see in your posts, I’d bet you had some snacks, a crackling fire, great conversation with your husband and dogs on your lap while you ride out the storm!

  16. Melodie Strickland
    January 14, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Oh my goodness Mary!! So sorry about the damage to your roof and glad the destruction wasn’t too bad. Hope you can get it fixed quickly. Our area had 70 degrees on Friday and when the rain came through the temperatures dropped into the 30’s. This morning it was 19 degrees with a wind chill of 6 degrees. Hope your fur babies weren’t too scared.

  17. January 14, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Glad it wasn’t any worse!

  18. franki
    January 14, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Wasn’t that wind something!!! I thought it was going to pull our screens off and Lake Anna looked like Oceanna!! We have to cut our miscanthus grass off before the snow…predicted this week…gaaa…I’m ALREADY through with winter!! franki

  19. Ellen
    January 14, 2018 at 11:49 am

    So happy that all of you are safe and sound! Though BOTHERSOME, things can be repaired or replaced…people and their fur babies can’t! Wonderful photos. Thank-you and Blessings to each of you!

  20. Bobbi Duncan
    January 14, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Wind can do amazing damage–just glad everyone is okay. My son lives in Myers Park (just south of downtown Charlotte) but keeps his boat at Lake Norman–hope it didn’t incur any damage. This has been one crazy winter thus far, going from warm to freezing days. On a side note, the seating areas in your backyard are so pretty!

  21. jae
    January 14, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Glad y’all (and assuming your house) are ok. Cleanup is such a pain…. I am always amazed how powerful nature can be. Amazing to rip steel panels off!

  22. January 14, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Oh wow, glad you are ok!

  23. Cyndee Randall
    January 14, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Maine has been in a deep freeze, as you might imagine. Several days and nights of “minus” temps. A sudden burst of temps in the 50s with rain took much of the 18″ of snow we received on the 4th. So glad you and your precious puppies were no harmed in all that wind. Glad your potting shed is okay as well. Hope you can get things back in order SOON! Stay safe and warm.

  24. Sue
    January 14, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Oh Mary, I’m so glad you and yours are OK, but so sorry to learn of the damage to your beautiful home.
    Seeing your land from the roof was so interesting. I’ve loved seeing previously posted pictures, but also enjoyed seeing how it is all connected from this post. It was so interesting…what the wind picked up, and what (thank goodness) it let be.
    I hope the process of repair goes as smoothly as possible for you.
    All my best wishes…

  25. Patti
    January 14, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    So glad the damage was not worse. It is crazy how that wind tore the roof up like that but left your chairs in place! I’m glad you all are OK and have your power back!! Good luck with the repairs ~ hope all goes very smoothly!!

  26. Norma Rolader
    January 14, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    So sorry for all the damaged you received, thankful you and your family are alright Prayers all will be back to normal. You have a beautiful view

  27. Jan Fusco
    January 14, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    We are about to get a new roof and we’re planning on getting a metal roof. (We live on the panhandle of Florida and can get some pretty nasty storms). How do you like your metal roof? Are you going to replace your roof with another metal one? I was surprised it got torn up so much. I’m questioning our decision now.

    • January 16, 2018 at 9:10 am

      Hi Jan, We love our metal roof and have never had or heard of any problems with them, you can read pros & cons here. We just had it inspected yesterday were told it was installed properly and that it most likely was 100+ mph winds that caused the damage. I don’t think you’d regret having one. Our boat dock, detached garage, home and my Potting Shed all have metal roofs. Most everyone’s boat dock on the lake have them and we’ve never seen any damage to them in our 30+ years boating excursions.

  28. Debbie
    January 14, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Wow! I’m glad you are OK and that you fared fairly well – considering!

  29. January 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Glad to read that basically all is well. With that roof damage you could have had major water damage. Hope it can be repaired quickly. Lucky that the potting shed didn’t suffer damage. Oh, to think of all your wonderful watering cans scatter hither and yon! We have had strange winter weather here as well. We were in a deep freeze for over a week, then in sunny 60s for a week, and now back to freezing at night. Snow and ice are predicted for Tuesdy. Hope not! Texans don’t fair well with snow and ice. Stay safe and warm and cozy!

  30. linda kemp
    January 14, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Glad you all are ok. Don’t the dogs get frightened by the wind? Our little poodles were so afraid when the wind would blow. I’d have to come home from work to comfort them. I am NOT a winter person. After Christmas it is all downhill until spring.

  31. Virginia
    January 14, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    On my gosh Mary, so sorry for your mess but thankful you had no more damage and are alright. Sometimes Mother Nature throws us a curve ball but I am sure you will have everything in ship shape order soon. Enjoyed the view from your roof and especially happy to see your patio furniture did not blow away. Take care.

  32. January 14, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    So sorry for your damage. That was strong wind! Hope the repair goes quickly and smoothly.
    I don’t remember seeing such a good view of your fire pit down by the water. What a neat area! We have a portable one we enjoy every year during the winter. My husband is out chopping wood now. He loves playing.
    This has been the most cold for many years for us. We are in the 20’s at night all week. At least we have sunshine this week. Last week was cold and dreary with rain and cloudy weather. Stay warm and well. So much flu in our area.

  33. Paula
    January 14, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    I bet the high winds were pretty scary !! Thank goodness the damage was not more. The view from your roof is pretty, you have to be thankful for that view !!
    Take care Mary !!
    Paula IN

  34. Camille morgan
    January 14, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Glad you and hubby and your fur babies are ok. Here in Nashville it went from 60’s to the teens in one night and more snow expected this week. The weather even before winter started has been crazy. Your back yard is so neat. Know y’all enjoy it when the weather is better. We had two new roofs in a year and a half once and all from storms! Look forward to your 2018 blogs. I so enjoy them.

  35. January 14, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Mary, I am so sorry about your roof damage, but so glad no one was injured! We often have unpredicted rogue winds where we live that can cause much damage. I am so very glad your potting shed wasn’t damaged. We are predicted to have snow on Tuesday! Stay warm and safe~

  36. January 14, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    So glad the damage wasn’t worse! Isn’t it funny how the wind can take a roof off and leave the chairs still sitting at the table. We are supposed to get more snow on Tuesday night, the last snow was all gone before New Years Day. It is really cold though, and the wind here has brought down some branches from a few of our 100-ft trees in the forest.

  37. January 15, 2018 at 4:27 am

    It sure has been crazy weather lately! Hope you are staying warm and your roof gets fixed FAST! Hugs to Chloe and Gracie!

  38. January 15, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Glad to hear the damage wasn’t any worse, the winds are so crazy any more! Lovin’ your great fire pit though-take care:@)

  39. January 15, 2018 at 8:29 am

    WOW!! So glad all people and doggies are ok!! Good luck with repairs!! 🌬💨💦

  40. Catherine LUXEREAU
    January 15, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Oh ! là là ! Sorry for what happened to you … Here again in France bad weather and floods have done a lot of damage!


  41. January 16, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Oh my!!! We had some intermittent strong winds, but all is well…so sorry about the damage to your roof, but must say it is a beautiful view from up there!!!

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