WOD Challenge 4-29-20 Wild Spring Weather

As is typical of Texas in the spring, yesterday was a wild weather day here.

The weather map before I went to bed, we are the blue dot

We woke to hail the size of marbles and ping pong balls, rain, thunder and lightening and went to bed under the threat of heavy thunderstorms with possible wind gusts up to 70 mph. None of that wind happened, yet as I was reading another chapter of Beloved by Toni Morrison on my iPad, it was raining, thundering a little, and I saw a few flickers of lightening through the blinds in our bedroom.

Spring in Texas is always wild and rough, we are used to that, but being a mother to three young men, I worry about their safety. My youngest works all the time, I sent a warning to him and his girlfriend that more rough weather was eminent, she said he was working in Aledo. I hope he didn’t have to work all night in the bad weather. He works for a restoration company, so he is always busy, even now during this epidemic.

My middle son never responded, I have my own theory on why that might be, I’ll keep mum on that. 😉

My oldest, who lives with my dad I simply emailed the weather warning and said underneath to stay safe. He never watches the news so I figured he had no idea what was coming.

And what can you do about it anyway? Hunker down and stay away from the windows. That’s about it. If we were under threat of tornadoes, know where the “safe” room is in your house and go there. Stay vigilant, not impaired, and get your vehicles under cover or in the garage. That’s about all you can do. Yet I still feel the need to warn them because, well, I’m mom.

Yesterday I went for a short walk and picture taking spree at the park, here are some of what I captured. Enjoy!

A beautiful day in between storms


A pair of turtles sunning


Our sculpture in the park

Sites while off the walking path

The morning’s hail storm beat lots of leaves off the trees

Happy geese looking for a bite

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Laundry and Writing in the Rain

My soggy back yard and cloudy sky

Morning everyone, how are you on this dark and somewhat soggy day? It’s cooler here too today, only 67 right now! Today is a catch-up day, I’ve spent the beginning of the week pretty much taking family where they need to go…so today I’m hoping to get my blog on, write an enthralling story or two, and get a couple of loads of laundry done before noon when Dad and I go to lunch. After lunch we usually get done whatever he needs done and settle in for an afternoon of marathon pool playing, this exercise also gives him practice speaking because we are having him call his shots out loud. Today will be a nice day for that as well. We can open the blinds and not have the sun in our eyes from the neighbor’s cars.

He (my dad) graduated from speech therapy Monday, as she feels he has all the necessary tools in his toolbox, now it’s up to us as his family to make time to talk to him daily in some way, whether it’s face-to-face, or FaceTime on the phone, he needs the practice of speaking. He has Parkinson’s Syndrome which makes his throat muscles tight. There is a lot to it, basically if he thinks to breath before he starts talking, and does some basic warm-up exercises daily, it will keep his voice and the muscles around his vocal chords more relaxed and his voice will not be so strained. The sad news is that it will never change, he will always have to think about speaking before he does it. At least now we all know some techniques to help him.

Claudette, my mother-in-law, had her second, albeit not as strong, round of CHOP chemotherapy yesterday. Say a prayer please that this one does not knock the wind out of her sails as bad as the first one did. She was so weak and felt so bad, the doctor gave her an additional week off before doing this half-strength version he did yesterday. She needs to drink lots of water and eat better to hope to feel better with this round also. Her hair is falling out, luckily we were prepared and she has a darling wig that fits her to a T! I try to do my best to make sure she gets what she needs around the house, and try to take her to her appointments. She is a tough cookie, rarely asking for help and prides herself on being independent.

Say a prayer for both of these fine folks, they mean the world to me and my husband! Enjoy your day no matter the weather, here’s a toast (with my coffee) to today being a productive, exciting day!

Yesterday, I also took my kitty Callie to be spayed. She is doing very well, maybe because she is so young, eating normally and trying to escape the bathroom. They said I needed to keep her there for a few days to keep the dogs from bothering her, she hates being cooped up as she is a people cat. Maybe I will move her to the bedroom for the day so she can at least look out the window.

Callie comfy in the sink the other day.

Oh, it’s sweeps week! What new shows (if you watch TV) are you into? I might have to take a few moments at some point later today to watch This Is Us, the most anticipated of the shows I like. I recorded it last night so I would not miss other new shows I wanted to see like New Amsterdam, NCIS, and the new one-FBI…they were ALL good. I’m also looking forward to the new seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, Survivor, and (don’t hate me here) American Horror Story. I know, I watch waaaaay too much TV, but that’s what I like to do at night. Have a great day!