OK.† My job tonight is to convince you that life
is utterly boring and almost not worth living when one is incarcerated in a RED
state such as
Wink Finally has Some Lilac Bushes complete with Monarch Butterfly
Flowers in Yard
Wink hosted the book club this month.† Two guests came to the house and Mark hid in the basement with Verdi Bird.† The guests did eventually get to meet Verdi after a quiet evening of discussion.† Wink got to suggest the book for next monthís meeting.
On Saturday afternoon, Mark
and Wink went to the Rock and Gem Show at the
Sunday morning, Mark got up early and went turkey hunting.† The hunting trip mirrored the scouting exactly.† We saw six deer and one turkey.† It was turkey season and we got closer to the deer than to the turkey.† The weather has been hot.† We walked the perimeter of the fields we lease.† There were no other human foot prints, so no one else had been hunting there recently.† There was very little turkey sign, but there was plenty of deer sign.† A doe must have just had a fawn because one deer foot print was the size of my little finger.† So even though it was nice to get out, there was no action.† However, the crows did answer the turkey call.† We also heard an owl.† I guess the crows, turkeys and owls all hate each other.
Sunday afternoon we went to the Wichita Wood Sculpture and Carving Show.† This was a small specialty show downtown.† Wink likes the craft shows.† Most of the exhibitors were wood carvers.† As we got there, they were having a contest.† Each person was given a block and an hour to create a sculpture.† At the end they were judged and prizes were awarded.
Wink enjoyed the show.† She bought a few gifts for others and some
bowls for herself.† They have different
Mondayís weather was interesting.† As Mark was driving to work there was a severe thunderstorm to the West and North of our house. †The front line was right over our house.† It looked like the storm was going to miss us.† In fact I got to work with only a sprinkle.† I got to work about .† This was fortuitous.† The people who didnít get to work early got clobbered.† And the front pushed over our house.† I was watching the radar and I called Wink to alert her to the potential problem.† With all the thunder, lightning and commotion, she gave up and took some pictures for your enjoyment.† Because we were on the fringe of the storm, the damage was not too severe.† But the critters voiced their displeasure with the goings on.† I guess it was pretty chaotic.† So for your viewing enjoyment:
They have an interesting vernacular for describing hail.† The little stuff is pea sized.† Next is dime, nickel and quarter sized hail.† The biggest hail in the area in the morning was golf ball sized.† We didnít get any that large in our neighborhood.† There was also quite a bit of rain with these storms.† Wink says the back yard filled with water.† She was going to plant some flowers there, but now thinks sheíll use flower pots instead.
After we purchased a new
grill, we felt compelled to fix up the deck to welcome it.† Because the deck faces South,
we ordered an awning for it.† The awning matched
the grill colors.† I think it was
fortuitous because we ordered the awning before the grill.† Well, the awning was installed last
week.† We didnít really use it yet,
because did I mention it is windier than the
Just to keep Wink on her toes, the contractor to power wash the deck before staining it showed up at .† I guess they cleared the hail and debris off the deck and washed it.† Now we need a couple of days for it to dry before it can be stained.
I drove home during a relative calm in the storm.† As soon as I got home, the news was preempted to track some severe thunderstorms in our area.† They have radar that can track the circulation (at various altitudes) and you can watch the tornadoes spawn.† It is entertaining to watch.† So they were directing people in the path to get into their storm shelters.† I guess the storms let up a little and were downgraded to severe thunderstorms when they got to us.† We have satellite TV and it conked out when the storms were directly overhead.† We just got rain but to the west of us, they got baseball size hail.† Golf ball and baseball sized hail goes right through car windows.† Weather-wise, it was an impressive day. We just watched the late news and a lot of cars will have to have their windows replaced now. A police squad was caught at the shift change and had to borrow cars to use today.
All is calm.