Monday, April 5, 2010

A whole lotta shakin'....

Photo by Suspicious Pie


Did you hear about the earthquake that occurred yesterday afternoon just south of San Diego? As you might know, we live in San Diego County. I thought you may be interested in what it was like for us. Needless to say, we felt the 7.2 in a big way. But not as strongly as you may imagine. It's all relative, I guess. Being native Californians, R and I have been in many quakes, some strong, some mild. No matter how many I've been in, there is always that point of uncertainty for me...is it going to get stronger or is this the peak? Yesterday's quake was no exception.

We had both sides of our family with us for Easter yesterday. A total of 12. When the quake hit, we happened to be at our favorite French restaurant. The place was packed.

Quakes have different motions. I'm no expert, but it depends on the type of rock, etc. that they travel through. Some give a jerky motion and some are a more rolling jolt. Yesterday's was a rolling back and forth type quake for where we were. This one never reached a point where anyone felt the need to jump under the table or make a break for it. As a matter of fact, our server never even felt the quake (this I can't imagine). We definitely, most definitely, felt it though. Only after it subsided did we realize that directly behind us was a floor to ceiling wall of wine barrels and all along one side of us, glass partitions. The ceilings in the room we were seated in were very high, probably 25 feet or more, and the large pendant lamps hanging from the beams (not directly over our heads, thankfully) were swinging back and forth for quite some time. Nobody in the restaurant, as far as I could tell, panicked or even really reacted to the significant jolt.

The quake felt like it lasted quite awhile. The motion of it stayed pretty consistent. I've been in some that just became more violent and there was the definite feeling that I needed to move fast, toward a safer spot. There are two that come to mind that scared me the most. On both occasions, I was in bed: one in the early morning, one in the middle of the night. Each was so violent that I couldn't get out of bed. When I would try, I would get knocked back on the bed. Incredibly scary. Yesterday's was not of that caliber for us, thank goodness.

Also, there was no damage or injuries to any of us. It truly makes me stop and think about all of my good fortune. And how things can change in a blink of an eye.

The message I want to pass along to you today is not meant to be dark and foreboding. Just the opposite. Embrace your life, look around and see all the wonderful gifts you have. We don't know what tomorrow will bring. Give your loved ones an extra long hug, tell them you love them, and do your best to enjoy your day to the fullest, dear ones...

I'm so grateful that you took time out of your day to visit me....Thank you! Don't forget tomorrow is Turquoise Tuesday, and I hope to see you then...xo

10 comments:

Silvia Couture said...

didn't know about the quake! Hope everyone is okay!

-Silvia

Caroline said...

So glad you are ok!! Xo

Ivy Lane said...

so glad you are a-okay! great message too! :)

Fringe said...

Thank you, lovely ladies! Sending you all a great big hug...

xoxo

Sherry said...

I'm glad it didn't rattle you sweetie, and everyday I kiss the ones I love because I too am grateful for all the moments.

xoSherry

Marija said...

I did not hear about this!? In the midwest, we don't get many earthquakes...the one we had was frightening and it was barely a shake. Something about the lack of control and things so much bigger than any of us...

Glad this wasn't one of the big ones and glad you're okay! Marija

alexkeller said...

glad you are okay! some people felt it here in AZ, but i didn't feel a thing. can't wait to see what you found for tomorrow!

hometown girl said...

wow, i'm glad you are ok. that must be scary. you are so right though things can change in the blink of an eye. enjoy each day to the fullest.....love ya! suz

24 Corners said...

So glad the quake was on it's best behavior...and that everyone was alright. Growing up in Cal. I know how scary they can be...here in the NW too for that matter. This one sounded like it had an identity crisis.

It's amazing how an experience like this can fill our hearts with even more love and appreciation for those we care for and also for what we have...it's a gift in a way, a true blessing in disguise.

How fitting for Easter.

Waterrose said...

Glad everything was ok. We were driving, but from accounts people felt it here in Phoenix. If I had been home, I'm sure I would have seen the water swashing in the pool.