It's been storming all day, my computer has been off. The storms here have been nothing compared to the rest of the midwest....I hope and pray all of my online friends are safe, the storms moving across the country have been so dreadful and destructive. My heart is breaking for Joplin, MO.
Around here, things weren't nearly as bad. Lots and lots of rain, and I listened as two transformers blew in my neighborhood this morning. My brother's boss had just pulled into his driveway, when a bolt of lightning struck right in front of him, blew through his garage, and into his neighbor's home. It blew all the electrical sockets out of the walls. I don't like lightning! Fortunately, their home didn't burn down.
Several highways and surface streets are flooded out. Coming home, I took some pics of a local creek. Normally, this is a beautiful park, with a tiny creek, a neighborhood ravine filled with people enjoying a lovely walk.
The water was right at the bottom of this bridge.
Lots of homes flooded. Nothing like the mighty Mississippi, I know, but strange for around here.
It was also my brother's birthday today. In between storms, I took my mom grocery shopping for the birthday boy's dinner. My mom is a diabetic, and a chocoholic - I really try to keep after her to limit her sweets. We were walking through the store, and she mentioned the only things left on her list to get were bread and ice cream. I said "Mom, we don't need ice cream..." - to which she replied in her best toddler tantrum voice, "If we're having cake, we MUST have ice cream". I thought the lady next to us would wet her pants - she doubled over laughing. And yes, she did have cake and ice cream after dinner.
The birthday boy, who hates having his picture taken.
I cannot believe my little brother is in his forties. Funny how everyone gets older except me.
A short movie I took of the birthday boy.
Friends, please stay safe this week, I know there are lots more storms to come...and so much flooding in the south. My prayers are with all of you. If you're in an area where you're enjoying good weather, and no local disasters, please consider donating to the Salvation Army or the Red Cross. So many have lost so much.
And now I'm going to go visit as many of your blogs as I can, before the second [or third? lost track] wave of storms hit. Be good, be safe.