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Indiana Spring

We took a drive out in the country the other day. I never tire of the changing seasons of Indiana. In the midst of several posts on books, I thought I’d share with you a couple things I snapped. I need to get out more and take more pictures!


An Amish buggy. It’s really jarring in a time warp kind of way to sees these buggies parked a Wal-Mart. Maybe if I’d grown up here it would be different.

A newly planted cornfield. It reminds me of perfect rows of embroidery.

April in Indiana

I keep thinking of the song, “April in Paris” but I have a feeling they weren’t thinking about snow.

I also am reminded of a line from The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (one of my favorite books to read at the beach, btw. Love the irony) where Ma says, “April showers bring May flowers but what will an April blizzard bring?” Not exactly a blizzard here (but true once again for the poor folks in the Dakotas) but some sloppy snow.

Here’s what an April snowstorm in Indiana looks like. Apparently there’s more to come tonight. Yuck! It’s making our trip to SoCal in a few weeks look better and better!

My poor bulbs! I wonder if they’ll recover.

Wordless Wednesday

Lovin’ me some fall color! I wonder if I appreciate it more because it’s so short lived? But the vivid colors do grab your attention!

More Fall Pics

Can you believe we’re supposed to get snow tonight through Tuesday? It’ll be up to the lower 50s by later this week so it won’t stick, but still the very idea of it… Last year it was positively warm at Halloween. I wonder if this means it’s going to be a long, cold winter. I hope not!

So here are a few more fall pics before I replace them with winter ones.

This is a field of pumpkins off the highway. They look like giant flowers from this distance.

This is on my drive to work. I call it the dead zone because if I’m on the phone, it goes dead through here. Still, it’s really pretty.

These next two are from a storm I watched brewing on the drive home. It was pretty entertaining. The one thing Indiana and Arizona have in common is really cool storms and flat enough land that you can watch the storms from a long way off.

The bad thing about posting pics on a blog is that I have to reduce the size and quality so they fit and so they don’t take forever to load. Which means they just don’t look nearly as good as they do on my computer nice and big. Ah well.

Enjoy your fall!

We’re not in Arizona anymore, Charlie!

We had our first brush with a tornado Wednesday night. Two of them touched down 25 miles southeast of here. We had severe winds and rain, and the tornado alarms went off. From a little after 9 to almost midnight we had 50-60 mph winds, gusting up to 80 or 90 mph with heavy rain and a lot of lightning.

Michelle put up her own map and pics of the destruction. I agree with her assessment of how close it came to our houses based on the damage.

When the tornado sirens went off I was on the computer and the kids had just gone to bed. Now, remember, my only experience with tornadoes comes from watching Twister. I haven’t even seen Wizard of Oz. Yeah, yeah, I know. So I go to the weather sites and see the tornado warning and the weather service advisory for
high winds, large hail, flooding.

Then the power went out. I managed to bang my knee pretty good on a chair in the dark. Rain was coming in the windows where I have the AC units. So I had to cover things up with towels. Then I remembered I should probably light some candles. Though the lightning was coming so fast and furious I felt like I was at a disco. Finally got the candle lighter to light. Then got the kids settled in the bathroom with pillows and blankets. I left them a candle on the sink and found the flashlight.

My main concern was that with all the trees around us we were going to end up with branches through the windows and the only place without windows was the bathroom and hallway. I closed all the bedroom doors, dumped my purse and computer bag in the bathtub with a couple bottles of water and dragged the dog and his cage into the hallway with me. He was panting, and continued to do so for the next three hours. I thought he was going to hyperventilate. About midnight the wind and lightning stopped so we all crawled into my bed. It was hot and sticky without the AC and way too quiet.

The main problem was the lack of information. With no TV or Internet, I had no idea what was going on outside. The next day I bought a radio with a weather station.

We were without power for 8 hours (better than the nearly 24 Michelle suffered). Schools were closed, thus the second day of school never happened. I also was without cell service for some time last night. Roads were shut down all around as the crews tried to cut up and remove trees that had fallen across the road.

My first thought this morning after a generally sleepless night was, where am I going to get coffee? Considering power was out in a 50-mile swath, that was going to be no easy feat. Luckily the power came back on just as I got up so I could pretend to be somewhat human.

I’ve had some other adventures in the past ten days that I haven’t blogged about, but I’ll get caught up soon.

We’re not in Arizona anymore, Charlie!

We had our first brush with a tornado Wednesday night. Two of them touched down 25 miles southeast of here. We had severe winds and rain, and the tornado alarms went off. From a little after 9 to almost midnight we had 50-60 mph winds, gusting up to 80 or 90 mph with heavy rain and a lot of lightning.

Michelle put up her own map and pics of the destruction. I agree with her assessment of how close it came to our houses based on the damage.

When the tornado sirens went off I was on the computer and the kids had just gone to bed. Now, remember, my only experience with tornadoes comes from watching Twister. I haven’t even seen Wizard of Oz. Yeah, yeah, I know. So I go to the weather sites and see the tornado warning and the weather service advisory for
high winds, large hail, flooding.

Then the power went out. I managed to bang my knee pretty good on a chair in the dark. Rain was coming in the windows where I have the AC units. So I had to cover things up with towels. Then I remembered I should probably light some candles. Though the lightning was coming so fast and furious I felt like I was at a disco. Finally got the candle lighter to light. Then got the kids settled in the bathroom with pillows and blankets. I left them a candle on the sink and found the flashlight.

My main concern was that with all the trees around us we were going to end up with branches through the windows and the only place without windows was the bathroom and hallway. I closed all the bedroom doors, dumped my purse and computer bag in the bathtub with a couple bottles of water and dragged the dog and his cage into the hallway with me. He was panting, and continued to do so for the next three hours. I thought he was going to hyperventilate. About midnight the wind and lightning stopped so we all crawled into my bed. It was hot and sticky without the AC and way too quiet.

The main problem was the lack of information. With no TV or Internet, I had no idea what was going on outside. The next day I bought a radio with a weather station.

We were without power for 8 hours (better than the nearly 24 Michelle suffered). Schools were closed, thus the second day of school never happened. I also was without cell service for some time last night. Roads were shut down all around as the crews tried to cut up and remove trees that had fallen across the road.

My first thought this morning after a generally sleepless night was, where am I going to get coffee? Considering power was out in a 50-mile swath, that was going to be no easy feat. Luckily the power came back on just as I got up so I could pretend to be somewhat human.

I’ve had some other adventures in the past ten days that I haven’t blogged about, but I’ll get caught up soon.

Wordless Wednesday

Summer Storm Over Indiana

Wordless Wednesday

Summer Storm Over Indiana

Route 66 in Reverse

Hey, I made it to Indiana safely with kids, animals, and stuff mostly intact. Three 17-hour days in a moving truck with Michelle, a 75-pound black Lab, and a 16-year-old cat. No Internet service yet. I’m at the library using theirs. So, this is a short post.

I found it interesting that we basically did Route 66 backwards. Or at least backwards according to the song. I have pictures to post later when I figure out where my camera dock is.

I’ll post more when I can.

Route 66 in Reverse

Hey, I made it to Indiana safely with kids, animals, and stuff mostly intact. Three 17-hour days in a moving truck with Michelle, a 75-pound black Lab, and a 16-year-old cat. No Internet service yet. I’m at the library using theirs. So, this is a short post.

I found it interesting that we basically did Route 66 backwards. Or at least backwards according to the song. I have pictures to post later when I figure out where my camera dock is.

I’ll post more when I can.

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