“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Quiet Sunday



We get thunderstorms here at all times of year.  Some of them are pretty severe, but last night was amazing.  The storm rolled in about three in the morning.  I heard it coming a long way off.  This one sounded like something special, so I walked up to the top of the meadow where I can see out into the mountains.  It was a spectacular light show.

I went on back down to the house as the wind started picking up.  Got all the storm procedures finished up, and carried Ragnar down to the basement where the other two ferrets were already ensconced under the cedar chest.  Ragnar can't see well enough to make it down the stairs anymore, and he was scurrying back and forth at the top of the stairs.  Poor guy really hates storms.



The thunder rattled my window panes and shook the house.  The rain came down hard for about an hour, but it was the colossal thunder and sheet lightning that was the real show.  I was glad I had the pump shut down because I would surely have lost it otherwise. Some of the bursts were right over the house and the electronics would have been destroyed if they had been on line.  As it was, I got off with no damage and that was an experience I wouldn't have missed for the world.

Today is what Sunday should be like.  I'm inside, where it's cool and dry.  Watched a little television, did some reading, and listened to smooth jazz on the satellite radio.  After the storm I got a good nights sleep and have been taking today easy.

I watched "Where the Wild Men Are" this afternoon. It was the episode filmed in the Texas Desert. I like the host. He's a city man, and I think he's a decent fellow.  Totally at sea away from the city, though. He was trying to shoot some firearms on this program and I was embarrassed for him. It was pathetic.   His attitude towards people who live out on the gray horizon is that they must be hiding from something, running away from something.  I don't think he realizes that the term "red neck" is not a polite one. Still and all, it's a good show.  The fellow he was visiting out in the desert really had his act together. I was amazed at what he had built for himself out there, and I was envious.  Every time I get to thinking I am living in an isolated area and doing a good job of self sufficiency, I see somebody like this old gentlemen out in that desert, and I am put to shame.  Keeps me on my toes and prevents complacency , though.







24 comments:

  1. bloomin heck sounds frightening. I don't like storms, the weather is crazy here also, raining buckets then perfect blue sky 10 mins later. like monsoon weather in Asia.

    glad you have no damage

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    1. There's something exhilarating about big storms. I love to watch the lightning. Usually they aren't as violent as this one was. Seems like the storms overall are getting more frequent and more explosive here. But 15 years ago that was more the norm, so maybe nature is just resetting itself.

      I've seen from the news that England has had some bizarre weather. I think you are right about not wanting to buy your new place too near a stream. But having a stream nearby would be good, a backup source of water.

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  2. Harry - i love thunderstorms because they always happen out on the ocean which is only 4kms away. they are incredible to watch - from our safe distance away! i love rainstorms too, because i always make jam come out with me, naked in the rain. doesn't matter how cold it is - i love being washed in the rain - it's my own form of baptism, if you will - and then we can always jump in the hottub to warm up. wind storms tho, scare the living beejeezuz out of me. if the wind goes more than 40kms and up - that's when i get a bit freaked. your storm in the pic looks so utterly powerful - thank you for sharing the pic.

    i find it so terribly interesting that the ferrets know to go to the basement...and i am glad that you brought little Ragnar down to be with his buddies and to make him feel safe.

    myself, i've met plenty a few people who others might call "red-necks". strange because i call them "people that i have learned a whole heck of a lot from". the show sounds interesting and as you know we don't have cable or anything...just netflix. but we are easily able to keep ourselves entertained with a variety of shows on netflix. and we only watch tv at the end of the day. one or 2 shows or one movie or one documentary before bed. but that show sounds interesting. i hope it comes to netflix soon.

    i hope that you and all of the ferrets survived the storm without too much worry. much love always, Harry, to you and all of yours! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber,
      It was a great storm. I don't know why I like the big thunderstorms so much, I just always have. At the same time, I worry about the potential for damage, from the wind, hail, rain and the lightning.

      Some of that rain is pretty cold, coming down from the altitudes it does. I've been soaked in it, especially if I have to get out and unstop a gutter or unplug a drainage ditch in the middle of the downpour. I go in and take a really hot shower to revive myself.

      I think the ferrets instinctively want to be somewhere dark and closed in during a storm. The only time they get under that cedar chest is just before or during a storm. Ragnar is either completely blind or mostly blind, I can't tell which because they have such a good sense of smell that he can navigate around the house that way.

      "Red neck" is not a very flattering term and when it's used by people from the city to describe people from the country, it's insulting. However, I don't think this English fellow from London had any idea of this and I don't think he meant to be nasty. County people use it without any sense of it being pejorative, between themselves.

      We're all good here. I was having a pretty calm day until a few minutes ago, when my son called to tell me his car had broken down. Now I'm in the middle of arranging to have it picked up, and for his sister to take him to work and pick him up after work until we can get it fixed. Since this means she has to get up at five in the morning, she is not happy about it but she'll do it.

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  3. Since childhood I have loved watching storms. The night lightning shows are wonderful. But I like to watch the storm clouds roll in during daylight hours. Here in tornado country, it can get interesting.

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    1. I'm always concerned about the tornado aspect of it. We've had them to the South and the West of our house, but never here. Once in the middle of the night, the house started shaking really hard and I was sure it was a tornado. My daughter came fleeing down the stairs because she thought it was one as well. But that turned out to be an earthquake.

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  4. We get some impressive storms here but I would have to say the most impressive storm views I ever seen were in Kansas. When you can see them in all their fury from one end to the other and count the funnel clouds running around under the storm clouds knowing they are miles off yet. One time out West of Wichita we watched one for over an hour and counted seven funnel clouds touching down under it.

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    1. I've seen water spouts at sea, but never a tornado. There isn't much of a view from here unless I go up to the top of the meadow and that's no place to be once the storm arrives. Most of them I watch from my front porch, and I can't really see very far from there.

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  5. i like thunderstorms too, though here in Ph, they are an obvious signs of a looming disaster

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    1. Tornadoes have torn up the counties to the west of me, and to the southeast. During the thirty plus years I've been here, tornadoes have only hit this county once and that was way north of me. We've had a lot of storm damage from hurricane remnants in terms of blocked roads and destroyed power lines, but nothing like the devastation a tornado leaves in it's wake.

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    2. I saw the Jeepney on your blog. Sure brings back some memories. I spent a lot of time in Manila and there abouts in 1979 and 1980.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Yeah' its John Wells out at the Field Lab.

    I saw that tv show that John Wells did with that brit a year ago or so. I never have seen anyone so afraid in shooting an AR-15.

    Like I said, I've been out there twice already and I may go again in September or October (maybe I can get you field lab t-shirt Harry)
    I gotta say though, I would have to have a water well at least. I can do the solar power thing and so on, but showers and flush toilets are top of my list. I have refrigerated A/C here at the house in South Texas, but I do miss the "swamp coolers" out in the desert. They are so easy to work on, its pathetic. No need for an A/C repairman.

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    1. Finding a place with water that doesn't have neighbors is going to be tough. I've often though that a home site up against a bluff, with a well, would be perfect. When we made that trip out to the high desert in Oregon years ago, the only place where there was water was along the Snake river in the area we were in. By having storage tanks and capturing the rain, Wells set himself up pretty nicely as long as the rains come each season.

      I guess that there are a lot of city people who can't operate a firearm. There's more than one reason people like that are called sheeple, however inherently decent they may be. Predators won't care if he's a nice guy or not. I wondered how he would protect his wife and kids when I saw that sad display, and I guess the answer is he would get killed trying and then there they would be.......

      Have you given any thought to another job or are you just going to relax and let your center of equilibrium return?

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I think I will get some stuff done and get a few medical appionments out of the way, unless some really good job offer drops in on my lap. I think in the early fall (sept/oct) I will go back to work.

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  7. Storm prep. Exactly. We rarely have knock out storms but I know the sad consequences of not taking simple preparations seriously! There is something exhilarating about a good storm, however.

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    1. Makes you feel alive. As long as it leaves you that way. :-)

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  8. I always like the storms too but when they get too close I'm back inside!!! The lightning the other day was strange. It broke up into fingers that splintered the sky from cloud to cloud rather than down, and almost in a starburst pattern. That may have been the morning of our storm, or the one before. Glad Ragnar got downstairs!

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    1. I've seen that before. It's rare, but it's spectacular when it happens.

      Ragnar needed a little help but he made it to his bunker in safety.

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  9. I was in a tent at Stone Mountain this weekend. The wind woke me around 2:45. Right at 3 the lightning hit somewhere inside the park. The wife and kids were strongly advocating an early morning trip to the Waffle House or the like.
    I didn't get to go to the foot of the memorial this time but my daughter and I did climb the mountain. The park was very crowded, I suppose the start of summer had a little to do with that but there was also a "Soul" festival being held by a local radio station, lots of their listeners there.

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    1. Watch yourself down there. The Morelocks have been picking off campers and hikers.

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  10. be still my beating heart. I missed that you had a wee picky of 'my' Ben Fogle lust a lot!

    My OH's voice is a mixture of him and Hugh Grant. I do have a thing for posh boys.

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    1. Ben Fogle seems like a nice guy but he isn't very masculine, at least not what I've seen of him. If he didn't have a wife I would think he was gay, to tell the truth.

      I thought post meant rich but from the context it seems more to mean a dandy. Is that right? I would have thought you would like the lumberjack type Sol. ;-)

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    2. God no! not lumberjacks. A posh boy or a brainy geek! that's my type.

      Ben Fogle is in to Adventuring. His hair is a little floppy but hey you cant have everything

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  11. I love storms when they are not damaging. It's peaceful to listen to the rain.

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