Oh Carol, what a mess to clean up. Worse, losing big trees is like a funeral of an old, dear friend. You will miss that tree. Dealing with the damage is stressful enough, then when it is all cleaned up, you see the gaping hole where it once stood and it is no longer there, giving shade to you and shelter for birds.
Thanks Everyone. We where actually VERY Lucky . We did lose the century old tree and its shade. It missed the house, it missed the neighbors. Our power was out 3 hours. Not days. We did bring MIL to stay with us for the FIVE days her apartment was without power. Things around here are pretty much cleaned up. Power is back to everyone in the area. Some went a full week without. A few a bit more I will add a few photos of damage and cleanup.
We had a great cleanup crew, My husband, both sons and the 2 grandsons. We barrowed a friends dump trailer and rented another friends JLG! Last pic shows how hollow the tree was !!!! Grandson #1 is 5'6" laying across it.