Weathering the Storm
So how did everyone make out last night during the wicked weather?
I was glad I was at work, because I didn't have time to worry about my house, The Boss or the pets, only about getting my work done. Work is always a mad-dash nighly event, especially since we are one copy editor short and looking for a replacement. He or she BETTER come soon! So, we were dealing with all the late election stuff when the tornadoes starting touching down. A rough night for everyone across the South.
I know Catfish was under the covers of the bed during the storms; that's what he does when frightened. My dogs aren't bothered by storms as some can be. In fact, some dogs are so terrified they need medication! How do your pets react to lightening and thunder?
I used to LOVE thunderstorms and growing up, would sit on the porch to watch and enjoy. Then shortly after we built our house here, it got struck by lightening. It sounded like a bomb made a direct hit. Lightening surged through all the wires, buring up ever single TV, answering machine, VCR etc. Boy did I make the guy at Circuit City happy when I came in and said I wanted to by three TVs, two VCRs and an answering machine! It also blew a hole in the cider block foundation, blowing chunks of block up through the vent in the master bathroom! If anyone had been sitting on the throne they could have been killed! It also ripped up alot of the A/C ductwork.
Then last year the tornadoes that devestated the Hwy. 13 area struck close to home. I was home and heard the warning. I looked out my kitchen window and the sky was as black as night. The electricity went off. I was freaking out. (I also was in Charleston, S.C. when hurricane Hugo hit in '89) I grabbed a bottle of wine and the dogs and went in the master bath and got in the tub. I couldn't stand the sound of the terrible wind, so I started singing theme songs from old TV shows. I drank that whole bottle of wine in the tub as the storms passed. That really helped, because I wouldn't have cared if I got lifted up and away! It was a horrible feeling. That is, until I got halfway through the wine. I think the dogs were more upset by my singing than anything else, because I am worse than the worst American Idol wannabe!
The tornado was just feet away from my house. The house across the road lost a roof, got extensive water damge, their trees were cut down and their pontoon boat flew from the front of their house, over their house and to the back yard. A few mobile homes down on Hwy. 13 were blown totally away and down a hill.
We weather all kinds of storms. Real storms, personal storms. What have been the worst storms you've weathered, either actual storms or personal ones?
Puppy update: I called Southside this morning to make an appointment for Scooter's annual check up and vaccines. I talked to Vicky and she said the three little goldens are doing fairly well, one so good he's going home today, last I heard from Tina. I hope soon they are all home and can take the final steps to new homes in New England. Again, thank you to EVERYONE who has sent donations for their extensive care. Thank you too to the wonderful vets and staff at Southside for always going above and beyond to help pets and rescues in need. I hope soon the sun will be shining for everyone! I know the pups aren't 100% yet, but I am cautiously optimistic. We all need to have hope!
Picture above is one I think I posted before. When we got the cat fence, we had a tree to close to the edge, and Tarzan realized he could climb up the tree and jump over the fence. He never went far, but I had to go and pick up his fat self and carry him back in. So I had The Boss cut down the tree. (And I NEVER want to cut trees for any reason, but for the pets, I'd cut down a forest!)This was Tarzan's reaction. He started meowing at it and truly had an upset look on his face! The photo illustrates the storms in our lives. For Tarzan, this was a major storm caused by a chainsaw!
posted by Sandy at 2/06/2008 04:00:00 PM