TO THE RESCUE

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I’ve never seen the big sycamore at the end of our driveway spotlighted like this before. Normally it’s pitch black along the road…it can creep a person out if the deer are moving through the woods.

At the top of this image you can see that there were clouds in the sky, they covered the moon and then revealed it, time and time again. What you can’t see is that the  clouds were screaming across the sky, moving at forty-one miles an hour.  The woods were howling and the power was out…where was the light coming from?

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The fire truck parked in the middle of the road.

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We had been listening to the wind, when almost simultaneously, we heard a  loud BOOM and saw a bright white light shoot way into the woods. We also found ourselves sitting in the dark.

Long story short, the branches of this huge tree brushed the power lines across the street and the circuit breakers on a telephone pole popped…or as I called it, “exploded.”

Prior to the fireman and police officers getting here, we grabbed our powerful flashlights and waved them madly whenever we saw headlights come over the hill from either direction.We also made sure we stayed out from under the trees, well I did…hubby needed a lot of vocal encouragement from me to, “MOVE OUT FROM UNDER THE TREES!”

Two cars were very lucky, they came over the hill JUST after the tree came down. A few seconds either way and we could have found a car under the tree when we got to the end of the driveway.

My hat is off to those firemen…they had the road cleared in no time…they cut and then lifted those HUGE sections of tree and then, shouldering their chainsaws, they marched back to their truck and went off to the next rescue.

(My apologies for the grainy images…I used my phone, didn’t have the right setting selected, my hands were freezing…the dog ate my homework.)

TORNADO HELMETS CAN BE A FASHION STATEMENT…

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Now this is actually a bike helmet…but any helmet in a tornado warning is a tornado helmet to me.As you can see, I like a little “pizzazz” going on…especially when there’s a little electricity in the air.

I gave two of my kids helmets like this for their birthday, last year?..the year before?…..My other child lives in Montana and doesn’t experience a whole lot of tornado activity. When they were much younger, I’d have them put their bike helmets on and we’d all troop down into the basement when a tornado warning was issued…we had a large glass window at the end of the only room that comprised the basement..so I was worried about that for sure. Now, the weather channel has stolen my idea and is advising people to use their bike helmets, motorcycle helmets, whatever they can, to protect their heads.

(Do you remember the time a bunch of people were in a large store and a tornado was coming…the store manager had all the customers gather together in the toilet paper section and covered them all up with it…as long as that toilet paper didn’t get sucked up into the vortex, they should have been pretty protected….I personally would rather wear a helmet.)

If you live in tornado alley, or where I do, which I call “mini-tornado alley”…they also recommend that you keep your helmet in your car…wherever you spend the majority of your day…have it close by…maybe schools should have a special hanger underneath each school desk where a one size fits all helmet could be kept….I’m not kidding, actually..just during tornado season.

So people here’s the plan…you all go out and get yourself a helmet and then send me a picture of the style you picked…glue feathers to it, tape paper wings to it…stick a fake pony-tail on it…just get those noggins protected…especially the kiddies!

Yep, I’m silly…but you already knew that!

(Please know that I take a light-hearted tone with this post…but this is a very, very serious matter and I pray that all of those caught in this awful ongoing situation will be safe, along with all of their loved ones, two and four-footed alike.)

They are warning again…if you have a helmet…PUT IT ON…also…make sure that you have shoes on…there will be a lot of debris…you will need to protect your feet.

MONDAY’S COMING AND IT’S IN A BAD MOOD…

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So many bloggers are going to be affected by severe weather in the next few days, if they haven’t been already. Everyone stay weather aware and keep your bicycle helmets, motorcycle helmets, football, baseball, and riding helmets handy. They advise as always that you use a mattress to protect your head if need be. I’d like to add to those recommendations…put a metal pot on your head, Strap, or duct tape, two iron skillets over your ears. I’m sort of kidding, but sort of not…KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE SKY!
Hugs to everyone and stay safe!

BUCKETS AND BUCKETS OF RAIN!….

Yesterday it RAINED!!  In the morning it was sometimes sprinkles, but very soon it would begin to rain harder…THEN we saw THIS as we went to dinner…The girls who worked at the restaurant  thought about getting in the restaurant freezer for a few seconds, I told them to take me with them….we didn’t do it but I was more than a little nervous…This is the weird cloud from the left end to the far right end…it stretched a LONG way!

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The clouds started to spread, and spread, and spread and then it POURED!  It poured on and off for HOURS..

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This little lady came to visit in between drenchings, poor baby…so wet!!    What I couldn’t believe is that around 8 pm a male cardinal was out IN THE POURING RAIN…sitting on the branch and then hopping down to eat…

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This morning our family of regular visitors, the raccoon family came sneaking out of the woods.  I NEVER see them in the day light… until it’s almost 8 pm, they’re not around… They were soaking wet.  The mother came out first and suddenly we heard the crows.  They were high up in the trees and scolding the mother raccoon.  She kept staring up at the tree tops, keeping an eye on them, all the while encouraging her babies to follow her up to the deck..Up they ran, soaking wet, looking bedraggled.  I think the birds and the raccoons didn’t get much to eat yesterday and they were HUNGRY!  No pictures of the raccoons and crows…I was too busy watching the drama unfold.

One little baby ventured out into the yard with the crows still yelling and screaming at them and Mama raccoon called it back.  At that point, EVERYBODY left and nobody ate!

MY MORNING WITH EDGAR…

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SO THIS MORNING I DROVE OVER TO THE LOCAL HOSPITAL TO GIVE BLOOD.  AS IT TURNED OUT, DUE TO A MEETING THE OFFICE WAS CLOSED.

ON THE WAY INTO THE BUILDING, I NOTICED “EDGAR”  BALANCING ON THE SIDEWALK.  HE WAS ACTUALLY STANDING ON HIS HEAD..THE BREEZE KEPT LIFTING HIS TAIL AND HE WAS GRIPPING THE SIDEWALK TO STAY WHERE HE WAS.  I SPENT ABOUT TEN MINUTES IN THE BUILDING AND WHEN I CAME BACK OUT HE WAS STILL ON THE SIDEWALK…

I HAD PLANNED TO GIVE BLOOD YESTERDAY, BUT WE HAD A “POP-UP” STORM, SIXTY MILE AN HOUR WINDS AND HAIL..TREE BRANCHES DOWN..A FEW POWER LINES DOWN HERE AND THERE. I DIDN’T WANT TO GET CAUGHT UP IN ALL OF THAT SO I STAYED HOME.  FROM THE LOOKS OF HIM, EDGAR HADN’T STAYED HOME AND PAID THE PRICE.  TWO OF HIS WINGS WERE CRUMPLED A BIT ON THE ENDS.  MAYBE I WAS SUPPOSED TO DRIVE OVER THERE TODAY…SO THAT I COULD FIND EDGAR.

I COULDN’T JUST WALK ON BY, KNOWING THAT AT SOME POINT HE WAS GOING TO GET STEPPED ON…I OFFERED HIM A FINGER AND HE CLIMBED UP AND WE WENT FOR A WALK…I WALKED HIM OVER TO THEIR LITTLE GARDEN, BUT I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE THERE WAS ENOUGH SHADE.  WE WALKED TO THE PARKING GARAGE AND HE RODE WITH ME OVER TO A MEDICAL BUILDING ON THE PROPERTY THAT HAD SOME WOODS BY THE PARKING LOT….NO GOOD…THE WEEDS DIDN’T LOOK VERY NICE.

WE DROVE OVER TO ANOTHER BUILDING ON THE HOSPITAL CAMPUS…WOODS…WATER…BUT BIRDS…I DON’T KNOW IF THEY EAT DRAGONFLIES, BUT EDGAR AND I DIDN’T WANT TO TAKE THE CHANCE.  SO WE GOT BACK IN THE CAR AGAIN.  EACH TIME HE HAD TO CLIMB ON AND OFF OF MY FINGER AND WHEN HE WAS IN THE CAR HE RODE ON MY PURSE.

SO THEN WE WENT TO BARNES AND NOBLE…I DECIDED THE CAR WAS TOO HOT, SO I GENTLY PUT HIM INTO MY PURSE AND WE HEADED FOR THE DOOR. I WHISPERED TO HIM ON THE WAY IN THAT HE HAD TO BE QUIET…HE MIGHT SCARE SOMEBODY…WE WERE ONLY IN FOR A FEW MINUTES AND HE WAS JUST FINE WHEN I TOOK HIM OUT OF MY PURSE.

I LET HIM STAY IN THE CAR WHILE I WENT INTO THE DRUG STORE AND BOUGHT WATER.  FINALLY WE HAD DONE OUR SHOPPING AND AGREED IT WAS TIME TO GO FIND A GOOD SPOT FOR HIM IN THE WOODS OUTSIDE OF MY WINDOW.  HE HELD ONTO MY PURSE THE WHOLE WAY HOME AND STAYED THERE HAPPILY WHILE I DID SOME RESEARCH ONLINE ABOUT WHAT SNACKS HE MIGHT LIKE…HOW TO GIVE HIM WATER, ETC.

SINCE I DON’T KEEP ANY FLYING INSECTS IN THE HOUSE OR DEW DROPS ON MY PLANTS IT WAS TIME TO TAKE HIM OUTSIDE SO THAT HE COULD PERCH…I GUESS THEY CAN CATCH INSECTS AND DRINK DEW DROPS THAT WAY.  IT TOOK ABOUT FIVE TINY RELOCATIONS UNTIL WE FOUND JUST THE RIGHT SPOT…AND THAT WAS MY MORNING WITH EDGAR.

 

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