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It's Officially tornado Season again

It was kind of a topsy turvy weekend. I was trying to leave Peoria on Saturday and kept forgetting things. First time it was my medicine box. I only got a block away before I remembered that. The second time it was my camera. It was down by Tremont, about 20 miles away before I remembered that. Pretty good for someone who was going somewhere to take photos isn't it? I finally got back on the road for a third time and headed down to Funk's Grove where I picked up 4 pints of freshly made maple sirup (yes that is spelled correctly). Then down to the Dixie Truck Stop in McLean to plot out the route to the One Room Schoolhouse I wanted to photograph. I found it fairly easily with the directions given to me by dysgr8mystake. And then since I was in a backroads kind of mood I skipped getting on the interstae and continued east on US 136 to the intersection of US 29 and headed down to Springfield. Went over to Memorial Hospital and saw my unlce Lee. The one who is dying of emphysema. He was back in the hospital for pneumonia. I'll have to say that in his favor, the spark of life is still there in his eyes but his body is failing him. He looks much smaller than when I saw him in December. He's got lots of bruises on his arms and hands from the various locations IV's have been put in. And his skin is just hanging off his bones. If he makes it until April 16, he'll be 76 years old. If he makes it until August, he'll celebrate his 48th wedding anniversary. I don't know how long he will make it. He's sure he'll be going home from the hospital soon though. That's something I guess.

Made it to the farm around 7:30 and begged off joining Rob and Gwen at Chad's new house. I just wanted to make some dinner and relax.

Yesterday I spent as much time as I could outside before the big storms started. First came the rain and quarter sized hail. Then the wind started to blow against the house so hard I couldn't open the front screen door. I'm used to things opening when I put my weight into them. So it was surprising to lean against the unlatched door and have it not open. I had the weather channel turned on and was hearing reports of tornadoes touching down all around us. So I forced the door open and went out on the porch to scan the sky. About then this little storm cell comes flying over the house which then spawned a couple tornadoes that walked themselves down the bluff and up the river valley. Then lots more wind and horizontal rain. All the honeysuckle vines I'd pulled earlier got blown back into the flower beds...wonderful. And all of a sudden some shingles came flying past me which is surprising since in the direction they came from, there is not another farm for more than half a mile. Wind blew the dead leaves out of the gutters at least.

Afterwards i watched the sky for a couple hours as it turned all sorts of pretty colors with cool cloud formations. Spring is here at last. Oh and my hot water heater gave up the ghost this morning.

Peace,

Wander

Comments

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redsgoddes
Apr. 3rd, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Beautiful.....
wander
Apr. 3rd, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks,

W
dragoneerl
Apr. 4th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
Aw man, those clouds look like they're low enough that you could jump up and touch them. Great pictures.
wander
Apr. 4th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
When they come over you can actually hear them as you feel the pressure change.

W
skywalkerchick
Apr. 4th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
great pics!! glad to see you survived! ;-)
wander
Apr. 4th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
As you know this is just the first round. How exciting!

W
dysgr8mystake
Apr. 4th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
Would you mind if I took a picture or two to use as the background on my livejournal? They're such gorgeous cloud formations.
wander
Apr. 4th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
Nope not at all. Just wait until people start planting and kicking all that dust up in the atmosphere. We'll have gorgeous clouds and sunsets for a month then.

W
dysgr8mystake
Apr. 4th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
Ha, you're making me really homesick. I can't wait to go home for Easter now.
wander
Apr. 4th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
So is home down there by Heyworth or somewhere else?

W
dysgr8mystake
Apr. 4th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's down that way. Or technically up, since I'm in southern IL at the moment.
wander
Apr. 4th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Do you go to SIU?

W
dysgr8mystake
Apr. 4th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
Yee-up. It was a really beautiful campus until they decided to run construction shit through it.
wander
Apr. 4th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah Sangamon State was a really nice place to get my graduate degree until the U of I took it over.

W
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