Drinking Tea and Reading Books

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That is about all we can do here at the moment. Power is sketchy this morning. We’ve already had two more storms  roll through and now the sun is shining but I hear we are gearing up for later this afternoon.

When the patio furniture started flying through the air, it got real around here! The winds were from 50 to over 90 mph. Here we were trying to catch the chairs and drag them inside, along with all the newly potted herbs. The rest of the night was spent trying to figure out if someone was at the door or was it just the wind.

Poor OU Boy took a tumble off a ladder yesterday as well. Cracked his head and a rib. So he was going to be of no assistance whatever if one of those tornadoes decided to hit. At some point the weather guys got so amped up I twitter offered a Xanax.

Since power is about as dependable as Twitter is today I will just say Stay Safe! And make sure you have on clean underwear.

xx Patricia 20170419_135150~4

A Multiple Cups of Tea Day!

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Hope you are all having a somewhat sane Wednesday. After yesterday and last night things were a bit dicey this morning. Whenever we hear David Payne interrupt our day with words like; Supercell, Cloud Wall, lowering, rotation and PDS ( pretty dangerous storms) you just know you aren’t going to be able to watch the final NCIS!

Here in Oklahoma, the weather guys take over the channels at the first hint of a storm crossing the border from Texas. They were so hyped up last night that at one point our weather guy said, ” NO, don’t follow that one, it’s going into Kansas, we don’t care about them”, chase the one to the west. It isn’t like it’s a big secret that we don’t care for Kansas. Why is Oklahoma so windy? Because Kansas sucks and Texas blows. Not my joke but you see it a lot.

This morning we are all praying for our fellow humans in Elk City, which was just trashed last night with one fatality. Tomorrow will also be a Significant Weather Event day. Fingers Crossed!

Eye Doctor update: Doctor #1 said Wow looks great, I think we’ll take out one of the sutures. As soon as he left the room I looked over at the tech and said, “Now Dr. Davis is going to come in and bring me back to earth”. Which is what happened. Nope no sutures coming out. No sign of rejection either. I told him I had named the graft Dru and he actually wrote it in  my chart. ( Call graft Dru). Same restrictions as before.

Anxiety almost won the day today and yesterday, but it didn’t. I didn’t kill anyone, or have a full blown panic attack, so that’s a win!

OH, and Cynthia, someone brought me a huge bag of Collards!!! We’re cooking outside tonight!

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And Now a Tale….

So this happened yesterday! When you are living in Oklahoma you know at some point you are going to see a tornado. Coming from Mississippi, where our biggest fear is the Hurricane, tornado coverage by the Meteorologists In Oklahoma is like a play by play at a playoff game and  is extremely thorough.

I grew up on the coast of Georgia ( Go Pirates! ) and then lived on the Gulf Coast in Gulfport, Mississippi before that nasty Katrina slapped a bulls eye on our beloved coast. But with all of the hurricanes and tropical storms, it is so different. WLOX will come on and say ” Hey there is a hurricane out there, better watch it!” and then we can go back to NCIS. We pretty much always had enough notice that some bad mess was about to go down. And I appreciate that.

But I have never seen the level of excitement for storms that the people here in Oklahoma have. Now I live with a former storm chaser and I am quite sure that I could walk into the living room stark naked carrying a steak and baked potato (both of which OU Boy loves) and I would be told to move from in front of the television because David Payne is talking 90 miles an hour giving us a street by street play of where every drop of rain is.

As soon as Tornado season starts, you can kiss your television shows goodby, because these guys will not give up any slot to stop reporting on storms. Now I do appreciate that they are so good at their jobs, but sometimes it can get a little too intense.

Yesterday afternoon I’m listening to the reports and things are really ramping up in the studio and with all of the storm chasers.I was on my way to the bathroom when I hear one of the chasers ( Val, who chases with his wife Amy) screaming Oh my God, we have debris! Debris is bad. Debris means a tornado is on the ground. And then the station lost contact with Val! I swear it was sheer panic! I’m texting OU Boy, telling him Val is missing and we don’t know where he is. He eventually came back on line and was okay.

So I’m sitting in shelter and I realize my toenail polish is blue! Yes, I actually went and got my nail polish box and sat in the shelter changing out that polish! I’m not dying with blue nail polish on my toes! It didn’t match what I had on and you can bet your sweet little behind, if I had died, my Momma would have commented on it!

My problem is I don’t know how to deal with tornadoes. I usually shower, shave my legs, wash my hair and make sure all of my shoes and bags are safely tucked away and spend the rest of the time yelling at the television because I don’t care about some storm on the ground hundreds of miles away from me. I barely care  about  the ones right on top of me. There is very little you can do anyway so why get so hyped up somebody wants to pop a Xanax in your mouth!april29storm

I’ve gotten used to the constant coverage now. I respect what these guys do. I’ve seen first hand what these Category 5 storms can do.  I’m sure you have all heard about the Moore tornadoes and there are a lot more cities affected that you never hear about. Now, I still don’t understand why the same people keep re-building in the same places that get hit over and over, but I guess it’s the same as we did on the Gulf Coast, it’s home.

To all of you who lost your homes and property yesterday, the one thing Oklahoma is great at is pulling together and helping those who were hit. We’re all here for you!