The Night the Lights Went Out in Texas

It was the night the lights went out in Georgia Texas. And Oh What a Night it was!
I’m writing as lightning gives the illusion of dawn.
We lost the outside lights and bell hours ago.
It took me a long time to remember I have scare lights and a porch light.
There’s a remedy for the lights but it’s hailing and I’m already soaked so wading over to the generator will have to wait until morning. My mega flashlight is adequate for tonight.
The rig is set to move tomorrow so the traffic has been non-stop all night. I unplugged the laptop (old storm habit) and it’s running low on battery life.
This is just a quick post to say I hope you all are OK?
The hospital Heidi and I used to teach for in Creston, IA was hit by a tornado yesterday. Thankfully, no one was killed, but six in Creston were injured, one critically.
We were able to get in touch with our friend, Jean, for whom we did dozens of seminars over the years. The roof was ripped off of the building at the college which houses her office is but everyone is OK.
The guys on the rig are wet and weary but no injuries.
There’s much to be thankful for!
Our Tuesday move is to a swamp.
It was a swamp before the rain.
We’ve been here for almost 5 weeks.
Yesterday, for the first time, they watered the road. 😀
Ya’ll take care. Stay safe. I’ll try to write a real post soon.

We’re Definitely Not in Kansas Any More

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.

We never were actually in Kansas, but we’re not in Iowa either. One of the things we don’t have a lot of in the Midwest are hurricanes. I lived in Cedar Rapids during the devastating flood of 2008 when we had 450 city blocks underwater.

I’ve watched dueling tornadoes from my front porch (not a great plan, but I was little and was holding my Dad’s hand) and Ive watched dozens from my back yard.

I lived on the West coast when we had a Tsunami warning and watched the ocean rise in 35 foot swells.

Tonight, Tom (see Joe Series – The End ) posted a comment to watch out for Hurricane Don. A definite disadvantage to watching very little, and mostly only prerecorded TV, is that things are often over before I know about it. Usually that just means there was a special I  might have liked to see, but this time, it has a more direct application. Thanks, Tom! I guess I’d better watch the News Mix live a little more often.

Interestingly, Tom’s comment came on the heals of news that we’re moving to Wharton on Friday or Saturday. We’re already directly in the projected path, but moving to Wharton would put us about 45 miles from the coast. Hmm…

Time to Batten Down the Hatches! I left out hurricanes when I was writing about the weather the other day. There are some things you can plan and prepare for, but we don’t have much we can batten down. With a fried converter, we may not be able to move Friday – anywhere (the new part is supposed to be here Friday or Saturday). I would consider moving away from the storm for a day if it seemed warranted, but right now our rolling home doesn’t really roll.

You, my friend, are a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate impression that just because you run away you have no courage; you’re confusing courage with wisdom.

If I don’t post for a day or two, you might look up and see if there’s a 32 foot Mirada sailing over your house!

We do certainly need the rain.