Thursday, July 21, 2011
I think I have come to associate these deep orange sunrises with hades weather.
Early Monday morning (around 4am) I was getting ready for bed and the sirens went off. No surprise. The AC hadn't been able to keep up with the heat and humidity. Had a heat index of between 105-114 this week until now. Still hot, but the humidity has dropped down to 33% today!!
Anyways, the sirens went off--twice--because of straight line winds and favorable tornado conditions. Karma and I spent an hour and twenty minutes in the bathroom as the storm passed slowly over the Fargo-Moorhead area. I actually watched the news afterwards and took some pictures.
We had places that reported 2-3 inches of rain in 20 minutes.
These flooded streets are in my neck of the woods, as they say.
There was another crazy lightning storm with this one and hail, too. (It's actually cooling to hear the hail above your head on third floor while you're stuck in a hot bathroom--LOL!)
No tornado, but the winds did some damage--fences, etc--some more trees downed.
This big one landed on a car.
I mentioned before that I heard that about a quarter of the fields in North Dakota never got planted...well, this isn't good for the ones that were.
Cornfields under water. Let's hope it drained away fast, right?
Dagan and Leah made it over last night. Leah set up on the floor to do some of the potting. She tears apart a big trash bag and tapes it together to make a big plastic sheet to work on that you can just gently fold up and throw away. :)
Just proof of how meticulous and anal she and I can be--LOL! Leah didn't make a mess at all. Used the big empty planter to hold the potting soil.
I told her to pass on the two hanging pots because we don't have the hardware to hang them up yet. And it was SOOO hot and humid outside that I thought the philodendron would go into shock to be brought inside where it was cooler--and then it would have to sit someplace on the floor in the coming week or so. We left it hanging on the porch and will finish with the repotting maybe next week or whenever.
They brought me over a fern, too. Going to repot that too and hang it. It is in one of those outdoor plastic hanging pots right now, but the plastic hook was too large for the smaller ceiling hook in the corner of the porch so they left it sitting on the metal glider chair. (Not that I realized why they left it on the chair--LOL!)
This is what it looked on the porch like this morning.
Leah put new dirt in the planter I've been using for Karma's cat grass and we planted catnip. Have never tried to grow catnip. It gets tall and sounds like it is a bit tricky to get started. You are supposed to kind of germinate them and start the seedlings in small pots...but we tried just planting about 16 seeds in this planter and we'll see what happens. If anything.
Leah planted the herb pots for me. This is that set I bought with the seed disks that I was expecting to have much smaller pots--LOL! They take up the whole little table out there. :)
Anyways, instead of passing out in the heat on the porch like Karma has been doing (below)--last night she was eating the fern out there in the dark! I had to catch her and carry her inside. She was not happy with me.
But--I googled plants that are toxic for cats...yup! Ferns are on the list. So no matter how annoyed and disgusted Karma was with me, she wasn't let out on the porch for the rest of the night.
This morning I got out the stool and tried to hang the fern in the corner of the porch. That is when it dawned on me why they had left it on the chair--duh! Didn't fit on that smaller hook. So I hauled it inside--trying not to trip on a begging cat circling my feet--and hung it in the livingroom.
There were small pieces of fern everywhere! After a long session with a broom and dustpan (way too early to be running a vacuum cleaner on the porch), I got up the majority of it and called it a day. Finally got to bed about 9:00 this morning. Well, the sirens and all on Monday really pushed me around the clock faster--hehe! I guess that's a good thing. ;)
On Tuesday afternoon I woke up and the McLap was dead as a doornail. Would not turn on for love or money. Another day of 114 degree heat index. Dew point was 83--highest in 25 years. So humid that if I got up and moved around I was sweating because the AC couldn't keep up. Needless to say, I am not good for much in the heat. Quiet days up here. :)
Anyways, I have Leah's old Gateway laptop as a backup, right? I drug it down from the bedroom closet--but it didn't recognize my new internet service. So, I still had my new fancy-schmancy phone with internet--LOL! At least I could read emails and send a couple. ;)
I tried the McLap off and on all day--nothing. So, before I went to bed Wednesday morning I asked my techie angels to please see if they could fix it while I slept. Yes, I actually do this. Out loud, no less. May sound crazy but...I woke up yesterday afternoon and the McLap started right up!! I was so happy I danced around the room saying "thank you! thank you! thank you! you're the best!!" And it has been working ever since. (Knock on wood.)
Dagan and Leah were here shortly after I woke up, so no time to do much online. And--guess what? I completely forgot that this new TV system is actually a computer--duh! Here I was struggling with the tiny phone screen when I could have been using my huge TV screen and a keyboard--ROFL!! Dagan and Leah just shake their heads at me--LOL! Dagan took the backup Gateway with him because it needs another system installed for it to work now? I don't understand all that techie stuff, but I am so glad to have my techie angels--both my two human ones and whatever little spirits work on my stuff while I sleep. ;)
I spent most of last night catching up little by little online with my blog friends. And watched a couple of newly released action movies! The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Unknown with Liam Neeson. They were both really good. If I had to pick, I think I liked Unknown better because of the particular mystery and twists, but they were both decent action movies. You never want to say too much when there are strange things to be revealed in both. ;)
Well, that is what I have been up to this week. Today we are back to blue skies and white clouds. Glad to see it and hope it will dry up some of the wet ground. We're supposed to be back to rain again by Saturday. At least a person can breathe outside today and not feel like you're standing inside of a hot shower. Hope everyone is having a good week! :):)
"Cherish all your happy moments: They make a fine cushion for old age."