The most recent midwest storm created some difficult choices for us. Many area schools closed or sent students home early because of hazardous travel conditions. The view on the left was from my front porch, sparkly and cold. Later that night I heard a loud crash. I went to check things and found a limb from the elm tree had broken under the weight of the ice. It came close to my house. I was lucky because the huge limb fell down inside the tree instead of on my house.