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Texas Weather

April 23, 2009
Damage from the storm.  April 18, 2009.

Damage from the storm. April 18, 2009.

I mentioned in my last post that we didn’t get to see our granddaughters play softball because of the Texas weather wouldn’t cooperate.  We knew before we got to Houston that the outlook wasn’t very favorable, but we weren’t prepared for Texas weather.

It rained most of the day on Saturday.  But in the afternoon the wind picked up and the rain started blowing horizontally.  There was no warning from the Weather Service, but I have rarely seen such rain.  Seabrook, Texas, (where we were) got about seven inches of rain in a little over an hour.  Streets were flooded and I thought I would have to convert our car into a boat.

And then there was the wind!  The picture above shows the backyard of our son after the storm.  That heavy propane grill was blown over — it took two of us to put it back.  If you look carefully at the picture above (it can be enlarged), you’ll see the leg of a chair that went through their fence.  It was later reported that a tornado touched down a couple of miles from their house — I’m glad we didn’t know about that at the time!

All in all I now have new respect for the slogan ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ — or at least the weather!

Tennessee Weather

February 19, 2009
Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  February 18, 2009.

Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. February 18, 2009.

Mother Nature put on quite a show here in the Glade yesterday.  We had rain when Betsy and I made our weekly run to the grocery stores in the morning.  The rain was steady, but not too hard.  However, shortly after we got home, the sky got darker and the tornado-warning sirens went off.  A few minutes later it started to rain and hail.  That’s when I took the picture above from our small front porch.

I stayed on the porch for a few minutes to watch the rain and hail and to see if the water was washing away parts of the rose beds (it wasn’t).   The hail seemed to come in waves — lots of hail for a minute, no hail at all, and then lots of hail again.  As is usually the case, the hail was mostly small pieces of ice — less than about a quarter-inch in size.

A large piece of hail.  February 18, 2009.

A large piece of hail. February 18, 2009.

I was about to go back into the house when I heard a ‘thud’ above my head and this large chunk of ice (right) bounced off the roof and landed on the driveway.  I was quite surprised by the size and by the fact that I only saw one piece ice that large.

I was also very glad that I had a roof over my head at that moment!

It’s Been Cold Here

February 7, 2009
Mirror Lake, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  February 6, 2009.

Mirror Lake, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. February 6, 2009.

Friday brought us something we haven’t seen in a while — blue skies and warm temperatures.  It actually got up to about 55° and it is supposed to be even warmer today.  Thursday was the first day in quite some time that we didn’t have a fire in the fireplace.

I did a little maintenance in the yard, but it was still fairly wet and muddy so I soon quit.  But since it was such a beautiful day I wasn’t ready to go in, so I took a walk on the other side of the golf course, something I haven’t done in several weeks.

When I got to Mirror Lake I was surprised to see that there was still a thin covering of ice at the end away from the fountain.  You can see the geese are also all down at that end (the picture above can be enlarged by clicking on it).  I’ve only seen the lake frozen a couple of times in the five years we’ve lived here.  I didn’t even imagine that there would still be ice, but there it is.

It dropped below freezing again when the sun went down, but since it’s supposed to be warm again tomorrow I doubt there will be any ice by the afternoon.  I’ll have to admit that the sheen of ice looked pretty in the late afternoon light, but I won’t be angry if that’s the last ice I see this winter!

A Snow Day

January 29, 2009
River Hills golf course, Little River, South Carolina.  January 25, 2000/

River Hills golf course, Little River, South Carolina. January 25, 2000.

We got caught in some snow and ice on our way home from the grocery snow today.  It got to be interesting for a while, but we made it home safe and sound.  Of course the schools in the county closed early (at 10a.m.) before the bad weather got here.

That got me to thinking — when was the last time I got off because of snow?

I honestly don’t remember missing school because of snow when I was growing up in northern Indiana.  I do remember lots of snow as a youngster, but I also remember snowplows quickly clearing the roads.  I may have missed some days when in elementary school, but I honestly don’t remember any.

I know I didn’t miss any school because of snow while I was in high school.  Although I lived out in the country, the high school was a city school and they NEVER closed.  If the buses didn’t run, I went to school anyway — Dad felt we lived close enough for me to walk.  I got a perfect attendance award when I graduated.

When I went to college almost all students lived on campus — no snow days.  I taught high school in Cleveland, Ohio, after graduating — they always had school.

We had snow when I taught in North Carolina and Ohio, but both of those colleges were resident colleges, so the students were on campus and no snow days.

Now that I think of it, I can think of only one day when I missed work because of snow — January 25, 2000.  What made that day memorable was that at the time I was working at a company in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!  I was just about to the plant when I heard on the radio that the plant was closed for the day and that no one should try to come in to work since the building would be locked.  So I did what any kid would do — I went home and went out in the snow.  That’s when I took the picture above on the River Hills golf course in Little River, South Carolina.  It was the first snow on the Grand Strand in ten years.

We Got Some Rain!

December 11, 2008
Water going over a falls down the hill from our house.

Water going over a falls down the hill from our house.

I’m happy to report that the front that brought all the wind I mentioned in my last post actually brought us some much-needed rain.  It started to rain about nightfall Tuesday, and as far as we can tell it rained all night.

When Betsy got up to put out her bird feeders Wednesday morning, she could see and hear water running down the edge of the fairway behind the house.  We also had water running down the roadside ditch in front of the house.  It’s been a while since we’ve seen either of those things happen.

We saw the  waterfall  in the picture above as we were on our way to the grocery store (Senior Discount Day at Kroger!).  This little waterfall is down the hill from our house and has been dry for months.  It sure looks a lot better with water!

All in all I have to admit that the rain makes all the aggrevations caused by the wind very worthwhile!

I CAN Enjoy Snow

December 8, 2008
George playing in the snow with his children.  January, 1977.

George playing in the snow with his children. January, 1977.

I was going through some old pictures yesterday and came across the picture above.  I’ve taken so much grief from Betsy about not liking snow that I thought I would post it in my own defense.

The picture was taken in January, 1977.  (You can tell from the hair that it was taken many years ago!).  At that time I was living in Black Mountain, North Carolina.  Black Mountain is in the mountains of western North Carolina and is absolutely beautiful.  We didn’t get much snow at all, so when it did snow it was quite an occasion.

The two children are my daughter Kelly (age 5) and son Bob (age 8).  We had just finished making the snowman and were getting ready to welcome their mother when she came out to admire our work.  (Bob always has had a tendency to overdo things!!).

We had lots of fun after that snowstorm.  Perhaps my current dislike of snow has less to do with the snow and more to do with the increasing years.  NAH —  that’s not possible, is it?

Why I Don’t Like Snow

November 18, 2008
A reminder of a snowy Indiana landscape.

A reminder of a snowy Indiana landscape.

Yesterday I talked about Betsy’s love of snow.  She even left a comment saying she wanted more!!

I admitted that I don’t share her love of snow, and the picture above shows why (That’s my Dad’s car).  I grew up in northern Indiana, and one thing we didn’t lack was snow!  We lived out in the country most of that time and the snow (especially the drifts) could be quite high.  If you’ve ever been to northern Indiana you know that it’s flat with nothing to stop the snow from accumulating.  I remember the highway department putting flags to mark the location of intersections, because once the snow got piled as high as it is in this picture, you couldn’t see other roads coming into your road!!

Although we lived in the country Dad worked in the city, so I also have memories of getting up early on snowy mornings to start an old John Deere tractor so my brother and I could plow a path to the highway so Dad could get to work.  Such fun!?!

Yes, snow can be beautiful.  I just enjoy viewing snow in pictures as I sit by a roaring fire!!!

More Autumn Color

November 6, 2008
A red tree in the Glade.  November, 2008.

A red tree in the Glade. November, 2008.

I guess the Good Lord is telling me that I need to learn to be a little more patient.  After complaining about the lack of autumn color this year I saw more and more and more color.

I took the picture above on one of our daily walks here in the Glade.  I spotted the tree from a walking path behind the new Conference Center.  I had to do a little bushwhacking to get the picture, but it was worth it.

Each day has brought new beauty around us.  We are certainly blessed to be able to live in such gorgeous surroundings.  And one of the nicest things is that we find new beauty when we least expect it!!

Autumn Has Arrived!

November 2, 2008
Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  November 1, 2008.

Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. November 1, 2008.

I’ve mentioned a couple of times that because of the drought we don’t have as much color this autumn as we’ve had in the past.  Many leaves simply went from green to dull brown.

We still are suffering from the drought, but we had a little rain last week and we’ve had cooler weather for the past week or so.  As a result, we’re finally starting to see some good autumn color.

The picture above was taken yesterday in our front yard.  Yesterday was a beautiful autumn day with a gorgeous blue sky.  We certainly live in a beautiful part of the country.  Stop by and enjoy it with us!


October 9, 2008
Rain in our rain gague.  October 8, 2008..

Rain in our rain gague. October 8, 2008..

The picture above is absolutely beautiful!

I’ll admit that it’s really not something spectacular — just a picture that I took Wednesday afternoon of the rain gauge on our deck.  After weeks of being bone dry, this picture actually shows water in the gauge.

It started to sprinkle late Tuesday afternoon and continued off and on until early Wednesday afternoon.  It never did rain real hard — at least while I was awake — but we ended up with about 1.8 inches of rain.  This is the first rain we’ve had in over six weeks.

We usually would have some runoff after getting that much rain in 24 hours, but I could see no signs at all of runoff around the house.  I guess that’s an advantage of having a slow rain.  Of course we need another 2 or 3 inches to get caught up for the year, but this rainfall sure was nice.