14. I’m thankful for the water around me. Whether it’s clean drinking water, a warm shower, snow, a lake to kayak in, a pool to swim in, ice for my drink, a river to fish in, rain, or an ocean to be amazed at I am so grateful and thankful for all it’s lovely forms. I’m a water girl. I learned to swim at a young age and have spent many hours near or on the water creating memories with family and friends. It’s a gift and a blessing I appreciate whole heartedly and don’t take for granted. I’m lucky, and thankful, it’s so readily available to me. I know others don’t have it so lucky.
It’s chill out there. Wow. We are getting big wind gusts as well. Which is why we have a wind advisory in effect until 10 AM CDT tomorrow. Gusts are supposed to be at 45 MPH. I believe it. Whoa nelly!
Just sayin’… the people at the clinic this morning, when I went in for my usual bi-monthly blood draw, were saying welcome to Illinois, where the weather changes with the snap of your fingers.
Apparently that doesn’t work on command.
It’s day three and here we are, safely ensconced in our hotel room in Hays, Kansas. It’s been a hell of a day. Started off pretty nice up in the Rockies, had a wonderful lunch time visit with a new old friend (Jan, it was lovely to meet you and put a face to all of the correspondence and commenting we’ve been up to for quite awhile now), and then… then… well… thunderstorms. Severe thunderstorms with lightning, pea sized hail coming down so hard it piled up an inch or two high on the highway, rain pounding down with it, cars driving so slow all with hazard lights on, and Kev and I just saying to each other… press on, if we can get ahead of it we are good to go. We pressed on… and we did. Scary moments for sure… not the least of which was when the emergency alert came over the radio that there was a tornado warning for our area. Both Kev and I started scanning like mad and planning where we would park and run if we had to try and get away from one. Like I said… some scary and nerve racking moments.
Then… well… we thought we were in the clear… literally. We made it through that storm and were heading full speed ahead toward what was supposed to be our stop for the night when I checked the weather up ahead. Low and behold there was another group of severe thunderstorms heading straight for Salina. They were bigger and looked much worse than what we’d driven through… so we made the decision. Turn around and head back to Hays, which was about 20 miles behind us, instead of motoring on to Salina, 78 miles ahead. We were done for the day. There was no way we wanted to be heading into all the lightning we say in that direction not being able to see anything else because it was now dark outside. I decided to forgo the reservation we had, forgo the money we’d lose, to keep our nerves better intact. Good decision. Oh, and the photos… I didn’t take any at all during the worst of it. None. I was too busy obsessing about what was going on around us to pick up my camera. I did take a 13 second video with my phone. I’ll try to post that as well.
Tomorrow we read there is the possibility of more severe thunderstorms ahead. Pretty much all the way to Champaign. And, we have further to drive than originally planned. I’m hoping for a more mellow drive… fingers crossed. Lets just get there already! LOL
Riley loves to hang out the window when we drive anywhere. Weston does as well, but she is a full body girl. We have to hold onto her collar to make sure she stays safe. It was raining pretty good on Sunday, the day we drove home from the beach, and still she wanted to get her head out there. It’s hard to make out, but those are Weston’s feet standing in front of her. I was inside, somewhere, getting something. The little family was waiting for me to come back out to them.
This weeks theme for the hunt is Stripes. Usually I just include one photo and call it good, but this week I’m going to post a few photos I found that fit. Why? Well… because I couldn’t pick just one.
We went on a cruise and I loved this long row of lounge chairs. This was taken before the ship actually set sail which is why they’re empty. Normally they’d be pretty packed with peeps getting a tan, reading, relaxing, napping… you name it.
This is the little guy, Weston, with the Ref. He’s really not a huge toy guy. He loves to play chuck it, to have the ball thrown for him, to chew on his bully stix, and to be loved on. Strangely he loved this guy and chewed, pulled, and gnawed at him until all his stuffing was gone.
We went on a little road trip a year or so ago and this was taken while driving Hwy 101 from California, through the Redwoods, to Oregon. We hadn’t planned going this way, but were forced to as the Siskiyous were snowed in and I-5 was briefly closed. It ended up being a great drive, though it rained and rained and rained. We saw some cool elk, stood next to huge grand trees, and spent a lot of time cracking up by the little mister’s (Weston’s) expressions.
Here she is, the little girly, Riley. She’s looking cute and small here. Must have had a recent haircut. She’s due for another. I think she’s going to look pretty cute. But then, I always think she looks really cute.
Lastly… here’s one taken during our recent road trip down to San Jose to see family. That’s me, in the side view, taking the shot.
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The theme for this week’s hunt is hanging. I looked through my stuff and found this one taken in January of this year, right after a good rainstorm. As you might have heard, we’re very familiar with rain here in Oregon. It’s part of what makes it so beautiful here and also why, after a long winter of rain, we appreciate our summer so much. I love taking photographs after it rains, hence this shot, as everything always looks so fresh. There’s something about water, drops, the rain… it’s life, new, and can be incredibly, and simply, beautiful. Like these drops hanging off the bare maple tree.
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I just love this shot. So much so I posted it here and also at image – ination as my photo of the day, number 301.
It’s been raining, freezing rain. I guess it is Oregon after all. And yes, we do get this… this frozen falling stuff though technically it’s not really frozen when it’s falling, it freezes on contact.
I’m inside… not going anywhere.
We did venture out last night… dinner with a friend. It was nice. Driving home though was slightly stressful once we got closer to the house. We live up at 500 feet or maybe a bit higher. That magic zone when water turns to ice or snow. Seems if it’s possible in the forecast, we get it. But hey, don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. It’s beautiful. Especially when I get to look at it up close, at home… not from behind the steering wheel of a car.