Irene is finally gone. She left a tossed salad in the pool. Lots of broken tree limbs and branches and frayed nerves. For the most part, we just waited her out. Today, the back yard was a mess, the pool was a mess, and long after Irene left, we lost power and had to use the generator. Now that is one noisy thing. But at this moment, the pool is clean, the yard is free of broken tree limbs and momma and daddy are pooped and finally chilling. Power is back on. Phewwwww. Storms are just not fun.