Well, I've learned a valuable lesson. Keep the trees trimmed!!
We have a beautiful pecan tree in the back yard that had really gotten out of control. I hesitated to trim it, because I thought a professional might know how to prune it to yield more fruit. I never found anyone and now I'm paying the price. We are living through one of Oklahoma's famous ice storms in which rain falls on our trees and power lines and freezes and accumulates more ice, and more ice and more ice until the limbs start breaking. Large branches of my pecan tree began breaking and I was rushing off to borrow my dad's trimmer. Before I could get back with it, a massive branch broke and downed our power line and pulled the weatherhood (an electrical term for the pipe that brings the electric cable into your house) through the roof and soffit. It left a gash about 8 inches long and about $1,200 in electrical repairs, not to mention the cost of repairing the roof.
Frugal me, I upped our insurance deductible recently so as to lower our monthly premiums which had increased by about 20% in one fell swoop. I've forgotten how high the deductible is and I'm afraid to look.
Hundreds of thousands are without power and the linemen are doing everything they can. And still, ignorant people are complaining about how long it is taking.
We left town and went to Branson, MO after showing the electrician what we needed and leaving him a key to our house. There's nothing we can do there anyway.
We really needed the getaway and got a great deal on the amazing rooms, so why not?