July 22, 2010

Under and Over the Weather

I've been suffering with a little summer crud for the past couple of days, hence no posts lately. Once I'm caught up in the kitchen - specifically getting some bread made - I'll post some pictures of the wonderful garden eating we've been doing lately and I'll post some recipes on the recipe page.

I think one of the reasons that I came down with the crud is the fact that we have been very sleep deprived lately, thanks to our ridiculous weather pattern! We are over it completely. We've had inches and inches of rain, and no less than three nights over the past week we've been jolted out of our sleep numerous times by our weather radio. We don't dare turn it off however, since we can't be sure of hearing tornado sirens from town. And we've also seen the truth of the statement put out by the National Weather Service - "these strong thunderstorms are capable of producing tornadoes with little or no warning" - so we leave the radio on and try to deal with it. One of those nights we were awakened repeatedly from 12:30AM to 3:30AM, and the end result was a run for the basement! We were told that our town had straight-line winds , but as I read the description at this link, and compared it to what happened on our porch and the huge trees that were again destroyed in town, I really wonder about whether or not we had more of a small tornado - I think the science of making this determination is a little lacking.

We had torrential rain, gusts of wind that made the roof creek, hail, and this mess on our deck. Our large, heavy grill was pulled away from the house, moved to the end of the deck, and spun around to face the opposite direction. The propane tank was tossed across the deck. The chair cushion tote was picked up and dumped, scattering the cushions as well, with one being out on the grass. And most regrettable, the lawn toy container was shot down the length of the deck, where it smashed into our herbs before it hit the railing. Bummer. Fortunately for us, our shelter and protection is greater than what we can achieve in our little old house!
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
Psalm 91:1-2

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