Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chatting over the fence a bit

Thank you for your book and film recommendations!  I have printed them out but you have plenty of time to add any comments (or send an e-mail) since I won't be able to start working on the new post until later in the week.  I can do a cut and paste of new comments from Blogger to the Word document.

I will have time over next weekend as Hubby is flying out on Friday to pick up the New England Contingent's old mini van and driving it back to the Midwest.  They offered it for him to use in his handy man business (they bought a used vehicle which will now hold five children and two adults) and he is thrilled.  So... it will be Christopher and I here at home for a few days... just like it was when we homeschooled and Dad traveled a lot for his job.

While I was away from blogging last week, we had crazy weather. It's been a wet and wild spring but I don't remember the state being hit with so many tornadoes as it was last week... perhaps the Palm Sunday tornadoes or the Super Outbreak that hit the Midwest in 1974 (which I road out in a MALL!).   The area was devastated by those twisters and for years and years (and years) afterward, I would start hyperventilating when the sirens went off... if not before.

We get tornado watches quite often this time of year and the occasional warning but last week when the radar showed the twister near us, the guys dragged a mattress to the hallway where three people and one kitty huddled underneath until the storm passed... about twenty-five minutes but it seemed like hours.  Thankfully, we had no damage from hail or wind.

I'll post my Books Read in May list soon, it won't take long.  With so much lawn and garden work (in between rain), I didn't get as much time to read.  Perhaps I'll tell the guys today they are on their own... no food or laundry or conversation... I will be finishing that novel today!

Hmmm... I don't think that will work.  Christopher is due home from work in an hour for lunch.  That means I need to start thinking of food... not novels.  Then I need to stake the cucumber plant before more rain is predicted this afternoon.  Then I need to spray the front porch for spiders.

So much for reading in the daytime... ;)

7 comments:

freetobeme - Anita said...

I love to get inside a book and just forget about everything and everyone around me. But, you're right...first things first...

Vee said...

I can not imagine being huddled under a mattress in a hallway. Glad that the storms moved on after a half hour. It makes me so grateful that we seldom see tornados in our corner...once in a blue moon. In 2009, a tornado destroyed all the greenhouses at one business in the town next to ours. Still, it is a rare thing.

What great news to read that your hubby is going to supplement income with a handyman business. That's what people are doing in this economy...fixing up and making do. And the elderly so need help with the odds and ends.

Hope that you do get to read your novel. Speaking of planting, I now have veggies to plant. Wonder how they'll look in the perennial garden. I'm out of places to put them.

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

So what did kitty (Victoria?) have to say about sitting under the mattress?

Oh good... does that mean I can still add some of my own book/film list? I meant to get at that sooner, but you know..... flies time.....

If that's still open, I'll forward later today.

Thanks for the fence chat....

Anonymous said...

What a lovely daughter and family you have, to give you such a generous gift!! SO happy for your family!! This is how families are supposed to function I think!!

Blessings, Elizabeth in NC

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

I hope the weather will be gentler and milder for everyone from now on for a while!! Congratulations to your husband for beginning this job! I think many people will want to have his help!

Monica said...

glad to hear that you weathered the storms ok. you should join us for What's On Your Nightstand. It is a monthly meme where we share what we have read for the month and what we plan to read the next month. I get some great recommendations from the ladies there. Hope you get some time today to get through your novel!

Terra said...

How good to receive the mini-van, I know it will be very useful in handyman work, transporting tools and supplies. I know older folks especially appreciate hiring a handyman to fix and improve things.
I look forward to seeing the list of books and films we all contributed to.