Saturday, June 30, 2012

fortunate

Yesterday's 100 degree temperatures invited a ferocious lightening storm later that evening...  

It just so happened that Rissi was staying the night.    


At around nine o'clock the winds howled and lightening struck repeatedly here... then there... then everywhere.  


Trees bowed down, touching the ground...


"Grammy, I'm afraid.."  Rissi said.  She held my hand tightly and Gary gave her a flashlight to hold since the lights were off... then on... then off... then on.


I grabbed Gracie and put her harness and leash on...  Just in case we had to make a run for it.  I was going nowhere without my dog.  So there I was. ..  clutching my dogs leash tightly in my right hand and Rissi's hand held tight to my other one. 

Gary did what men do...  at least all the men I've ever known... he went out in the storm to see what was happening.


"Look at that!" He yelled.  I peeked out the window and the neighborhood was lit up like the fourth of July.  The sub station a few blocks away was hit and we could smell the smoke.


It looked like the end of the world.  Just like in the movies.  


Rissi and I started to pray.  


Then there was a calm...


The internet was down.  But our lights stayed on.  Many others lost electricity.  


Today we thought we'd go to a movie but the mall was closed.  


The traffic lights were down.


All stores were closed.


Tonight, many are still without electricity.   


It was a terrible storm!


And I feel badly for those who were affected by it..  




And fortunate that our home did not receive damage like so many of our surrounding neighbors.  And we have electricity.


Dear Diary,  What a nut house I live in.  Last night, instead of letting me hide under the bed from the booms and bangs, mom decided it was best to take me for a mock walk.  When she put the harness and leash on me I'm like...  "No way woman!  It's doing some crazy stuff out there."  so she just walked me through the house saying something about maybe putting us all in the bathtub since we don't have a basement.  What? No bath for me, thank you.  And I especially don't wish to take a bath with you and the cupcake. Oh.. and Then tonight she  and Dad took me in the Buick so we could drive around the neighborhood and see how many peoples had lights on.  Duh. Is that stupid or what?  Gracie.  



14 comments:

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Gosh!!!! All this scarriness going on! We saw so much on the news, and been hearing from so many that they have no power too. We are glad you are safe!
love
tweedles

TARYTERRE said...

US too. I just posted about the same thing. Glad you are all safe. My kitty cats wouldn't stop crying when the house shook.

Maple Lane said...

Bobbi, I'm thankful that you all are safe. My prayers are with those who have suffered damage and who are without power. This is such a cute photo of Rissi. She is so precious. I had to giggle about Gracie's take on things!!! Blessings to you this day.

Theresa said...

I saw that there was lots of damage up there! I am thankful you all are safe and didn't receive any damage! The power of storms is SO scary! Hugs to you and prayers for all who have damage!

You asked about the house where we vacationed! It was at Miramar Beach just East of Destin! Wonderful home big enough for ALL of us:) It is on VRBO if you want more info! HUGS!

Pearl said...

I happened upon your blog due to finding your name on Julie Marie's blog. The reason you caught my eye is that you look like you love your Gracie like I love my pups.

I am so glad you and your loved ones are safe. Sounds like you had too much excitement for the evening.

Please stop by my blog any time and check out my girls.
Take care,

Gloria Hood said...

Oh dear! That is terrible! So glad you are all safe and no damage!

NanaNor's said...

Hi, I'm so glad you are alright and didn't have damage to your home. Wow, what a storm-looks like a tornado. Gracie, girl you must stay near your mom when it's stormy.
Hopefully this is the only storm this summer.
Hugs, Noreen & Hunter

Inger said...

Bobbi, I am so glad that you guys are OK, I was thinking about you and all my other blogger friends who live in the areas hit by the storm. And the heat, and the fires, and Debby. What a list of unfortunate events!
Samson Says: I was worried about you, Gracie, and I can see why you wanted to hide under the bed. I hope everything gets back to normal soon. XOXO, your Samson.

Lynda said...

Praise God you are okay and your house, too! It was definitely a surprise storm for many with far-reaching proportions. It's a rough time to be without electricity and a/c with these record breaking high temps.
And I am soooo glad you have Gracie - - the voice of reason and calm!!!!

Jim said...

Bobbi, I am so happy you all are OK!I heard about this storm that hit your area and that it affected millions!!
Good that you, Gary , Gracie and Rissi are safe.
Big hugs from Ron, Sophie and me.

sophie...^5 said...

and to add...I'm sitting here listening to the radio while this talk about the huge storm you had...I am so glad that you are all OK...we endured a similar storm a few years ago with the power out for 8 days...not a happy camper...you'll remember this July 4th!

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Jenni said...

Oh my goodness, Bobbi! I can really sympathise with y'all, because I live on the Texas Gulf Coast and we have frequent hurricanes.....and it can get scary!! Some of those photos looked like our yard after Ike passed through..... I am so sorry y'all were afraid, but I see that y'all did what Psalm 56:3 says.... "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee."
The pic of Gracie under the bed is priceless....poor baby!
Glad y'all are all ok,
Hugs,
Jenni

Liz said...

Glad that you are okay! We had a bad storm here too but the damage was no where near what your pictures show.