Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Stormy Weather

There is nothing that makes me more wary than the low rumble of thunder and the crack of lightning.  Every time I hear it I can hear my mother telling me when I was a child, "Be quiet now, the Lord's talking."  And my young mind understood that the Lord didn't appreciate it when you interrupted him.  I'd sit still and quiet until the last rumble faded out of earshot.  I chuckle at the memory...I have it every time it storms. I grew out of that fear and into an understanding that nature will do what it does regardless of your fears or beliefs as it has done for millenia.  The beauty of it fascinates me now.  Nature is really something.

The past two days have been filled with the most tumultuous thunderstorms I've ever seen in the area and I've been here nearly ten years.  Angry black storm clouds turned the sunny afternoon to an ominous gray.  The lightning sliced through the air in jagged brightness.  Several homes and businesses were struck and burned to the ground.  I actually had to drive in it on Monday.  The rain started falling where I was around 4:45...I decided that was a good time to cut out of there and go home.  Apparently I wasn't the only one because I caught crazy traffic on the quickest way to get home.  So it's dark.  The wind was blowing so hard it shook the car and trees bent almost into the road.  The rain was falling sideways in pounding sheets.  The windshield wipers became useless play things in the driving rain.  I had no choice but to pull over at a store's parking lot and wait it out.  Then the pinging began.  Hail.  I sat there for about 15 minutes and soon realized that this storm system wasn't going to abate.  When a slight lull came I ventured back out.  Five minutes later the rain stopped as abruptly as it began and I continued home unhindered.  It struck my area later that night; however, I would much rather be home than driving in it.  Tuesday wasn't as bad.  I made it home before the rain hit but the lightning and clouds gave a fantastic showing over Lake Murray

That being said I wasn't able to take great pictures of my finished projects the past few days.  I've come quite a ways on the blanket also.  I have since switched to a 5mm hook.  I've finished a brimmed crochet beanie and have completed the pattern for it which will be for sale in my artfire store soon.  I've done a periwinkle/country blue  swirls slouch cap which is very lovely that will also be for sale soon.

The remainder of my projects are WIP or small things like keychain purses and other quick projects.  I read a news report that said to expect more severe weather this afternoon.