Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The tornado sirens wailed for quite awhile yesterday afternoon. DH was at work. I was downtown getting my car worked on. The cats were home alone. What bothered me the most was us all being separated.
The tornado touched down on the west side of town, near Four County Mental Health. That's about a mile from where DH works. DH and his students took cover. He said the wind was bad, and there was a lot of rain, but he hadn't heard that there was any damage.
Downtown had no wind. The rain just came straight down in buckets.
When I got home, we had .1 inch in the rain gauge for the day. Couldn't believe it. 3 different locations in town. 3 totally different weather experiences. We aren't that big of a town!
The garden could stand to dry out for a few days.
Monday, May 20, 2013
The weather band went off almost hourly in the early part of the night. We were under a tornado watch for awhile. Coffeyville, 15 miles to our southeast, was ordered to take cover, but we just had lots and lots of rain. We had 4.9 inches of rain in our gauge this morning.
I cleaned out the closet where we take cover. This is the only time of year the floor in there gets vacuumed. (How often do you vacuum the closet floor?) I left everything out, because more storms are in the forecast for today and tonight.
The cats did not like being put in their carriers. Too bad. They will likely spend some time in them tonight, too.
I saw one of my friends from Coffeyville this morning. She said they mostly just had wind and hail. Some trees are down. She didn't say anything about losing power.
I am so thankful for the rain. It was so good to see our ditch full of water this morning and water running down the streets downtown. We can live without hail and tornadoes, thank you very much!
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Okay. I think I'm getting the hang of it. When the Spark Menu just gives you general directions or a recipe embedded in the menu, it's pretty bland as written. We love spices. I have started finishing these foods with lots of spices, except salt.
I looked with some trepidation upon the chickpea stew instructions. I pulled a large green onion from our garden and sautéed it in the olive oil. Then I followed the directions. Near the end of cooking I added a lot of oregano and basil. We were out of colby cheese, so I used grated Parmesan, 2 tablespoons for each of us. I went out to the garden again and clipped a few fresh basil leaves for garnish, which we both promptly tore up on top of the stew.
Once again, the lady who threatened to install a salt lick in the family room a few weeks ago was not tempted to pick up the salt shaker.
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