You read it right, the studio has been destroyed. Not by my own doing, but an act of nature this time. This past week or so has seen an intense heat wave come through my area. This was followed up by some incredibly severe thunderstorms on Sunday night (June 8th). Out of the thunderstorm that swept through my area, a tornado or microburst spawned and crossed right over my neighborhood.
Point of interest: Sunday night was my ten year wedding anniversary.
Really looking forward to 25th anniversary now.
The red arrow is where my studio
The tree seen in the picture is only the top half of the tree. The bottom half is still in the ground just over fifty feet away in the backyard. The wind was strong enough to snap the top half off and carry it the fifty feet over to the house and throw it through the roof. The side wall of house was pushed out slightly as well. And by slightly, I mean like three feet or so.
Everyone is alright (dog included) and that's the important thing.
The house can be fixed and things can be replaced with insurance.
So what happens now
Now I start the long road of getting my house fixed up. We have power back to most (almost half) of the house so far. Internet and phone work now too (although the phone was dead for most of the day). The affected portion of the house is in the process of being gutted and dried out. There was a tremendous amount of water damage since it was raining and every last bit of it came into the house. There is a good bit of structural damage too. It's not good when every expert who comes to look at the damage says, "Whoa, that's bad." I tell them I know that already.
But what about the studio you're wondering
Well, I have to get that portion of the house rebuilt before I can put the studio back together. That's going to take me a couple weeks if all goes real well. In the mean time, I'm limited in what I can do both in resources and in time.
1. Email will be limited. I will do my best to reply, but it may take me a couple days. I will reply if you email me, just please be patient. Today is the first day I've been able to get online to reply to emails and post this.
2. I have a handful of posts that are ready to go for the most part and instead of posting three times a week, I'm going to shoot for once a week on Wednesdays.
3. If I have something of yours, I still have it, I just don't know where it's at right now and what shape it's in. If it's broke though, I promise I'll fix it.
And most importantly of all
A huge thank you to everyone for their support in helping us get through this. There has been a tremendous outpouring of support while we get everything back together. My Wife is really enjoying all the quality time we are spending together now that I'm right under her feet all day long in the house.
If you would like to help me get things back up and running, I've included a "Help Support FTW" button over there in the right column. The bills for this kind of thing come in faster than the money does and every little bit is appreciated. All the money will go entirely into getting the studio back together. I may even be able to sport for a chair so I don't have to stand anymore.
Thank you everyone!
UPDATE: July 11
I want to thank everyone for their support! You all are a second family and are a huge help in getting through this. As of today, it's a steady flow of contractors coming into the house and truckloads of trash going out. I haven't even gotten to my hobby stuff yet, we are still checking things like electrical, HVAC, structural components and such.
UPDATE: July 13
The tree has been removed and the affected parts of the house are being gutted. We're doing our best to make sure the water damage doesn't result in mold later on. Things are finally starting to slow down some, but we still don't have power in half of the house and we have to eat outside since our kitchen has had everything removed.
UPDATE: July 14
More water damage was found in the kitchen and upstairs today (further away than originally estimated). My biggest worry now is that forecasted thunderstorms are going to cause even more problems for us this weekend. I've done my best to secure the tarp over half of the house (literally), so we'll so how my work holds up.
UPDATE: July 16
We had a few more strong thunderstorms come through the area in the past two days that resulted in some additional water damage. It means more ceiling has been removed and more work to repair. Looks like everything upstairs will need to be moved into a storage unit for the next couple weeks while they redo the roof and the upstairs of the house. I just wish we could get this all fixed quickly.