Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer Thunder !!!

Summer on the Prairie can be volatile ! Even though we live in Paradise...(well, some of the time it's Paradise...).

We can very often, get some amazing thunder storms here on the Prairie. After a period of high temperatures, we can generally expect it will usher in some high powered storms. First, the winds start really cooking, and the clouds start building hugely around the edges of our view...

When it gets so dark, it feels like Armageddon....

And then the lightning starts to crack. If you look carefully at this image, you can see the lightning striking "cloud-to-cloud". It looks amazing ... and scarey. But cloud to cloud lightning is fairly harmless. It's when it strikes the ground and rattles the teeth in your mouth that you should be worried about your position!
Now, don't get me wrong. I love to watch a good lightning storm, even though I pace the floor and wring my hands. But I do it from a safe spot ! Don't be watching from the middle of a field!
You don't want to be the highest spot on the golf course!
JULY Suggestions
Independence celebrations won't run short of detonations;
Take some lotion to the ocean, lest you end up fried.
Avoid those bolts that carry volts;
Don't be electrified!

In the meantime......Back At the Ranch...................................Miss Vic

Monday, July 6, 2009

AH.h.h.h.h. Summer !!

Some of the sweetest joys of summer: picnics, travel, family reunions, food, retreats, road trips with friends.....all of which, keep me away from the computer for days and weeks on end!!

One of the best treats of last weeks family reunion of Hugg's family was to see Grt. Gramma Grace holding this sweet baby girl for the first time. There's just something about a baby that makes a Grandmothers arms seem "complete". After having such large families, these women never seem quite right without a baby in their arms.
We had such fun getting to know Hugg's cousins from Alabama! And yes! We ate too much. This predominantly German family really knows how to cook ! It's easy to tell all of the original sisters and brothers from the hundreds of aunts, uncles,cousins,children and grandchildren milling around the park.....they all have this beautiful white hair!....just like my hubby!
Meanwhile...back at the ranch........