A stormy evening and a beautiful rainbow

Monday, August 03, 2015

The weather made me a little bit nervous last night. We were under a severe thunderstorm watch from 4pm until 2am. It wasn't the fact that we were under a watch that made me nervous, it was looking at the weather radar and seeing what was headed for us.

We had a couple of thunderstorms move through that brought some wind, heavy rain, thunder, and lightning, and in some parts of town, hail. The first one rolled through around 7:30pm and the second one a little before 8:30pm. The skies were very dark and kind of scary looking before the first storm. The worst of it went around us, but it was close. Some the surrounding areas had warnings, and there are trees down in some areas, and at this time, some around the state do not have power yet.
We did need the rain though, and there was 4/10ths of an inch in my rain gauge this morning.

It really cooled down after that, and around 8:45pm, the sun came out while it was still raining, and it was so bright! There was also the most gorgeous rainbow, which I didn't realize at the time, was actually a double rainbow, but I only see so much of it because of the trees in my area. I took a picture of it, but until I get my computer fixed (it updated itself from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 last week and since then, it won't recognize my camera card or anything I put in the USB port) I cannot upload it. But our local newspaper posted this photo of it on Facebook that is better than any photo I could have taken.

I was thankful and relieved that the storm had passed, and before 10pm, the watch for our area was cancelled. I was very thankful also, that my power did not go out, because I had been looking forward all day to watching the season finale of Poldark on Masterpiece Theater.

I had trouble getting to sleep again last night though. I had noticed over the weekend my heart rate going up again. I have a blood pressure monitor that also shows the pulse, and even after sitting for an hour, my pulse is still around 99 or 100. It often gets that way when my hemoglobin goes down. I think my heart rate last night was probably what was keeping me from relaxing enough to fall asleep even though I was not feeling stressed or anxious at the time. I had my weekly CBC done this morning, and I am still waiting for my report to show up online.

Despite feeling tired, I made it to the monthly lunch out with some of the people I use to work with. There were 8 of us this time, and a few of them I had not seen in several months, and I was very glad to see them. I enjoyed myself despite the fatigue.

I took a nap shortly after I got home. I made myself get up after an hour, even though I was tempted stay in bed, but I knew if I slept any longer, it would be too hard to sleep again tonight, and tomorrow morning, I have an appointment with my internist. I am finally starting to feel like I am getting a little bit of a "second wind" right now though.
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  • PICKIE98
    I hope you are drinking lots of water.. That also affects the blood pressure. Dehydration comes up quickly. I get a stomach ache when I get dehydrated.
    That storm also had huge hail here.. A guy I know told his brother to say her e in Bay CIty overnight until the storm passed, but he was up near Pinconning and the hail smashed his windshield, battered his truck so badly, he will have to have the fenders replaced, the hood and all outer coverings!!
    Stubborn and poorer for it!
    1798 days ago
    What a beautiful rainbow! After the dark skies and pounding rain it always lifts my spirits to see the rainbow shining through -
    1799 days ago
    Hi Shari,
    I am so glad the storms went around your area and you are okay. Love the pic of the double rainbow - thanks so much for posting that. I'm sorry you haven't been sleeping well and your pulse rate is up. I hope all that settles down very soon. It's wonderful that you were able to catch up with your former co-workers. Keeping my fingers crossed for good blood counts and wishing you all the best for your appointment with the internist.
    Sending love, hugs and prayers,

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    1799 days ago
    We had a bad storm last night with lots of lightning I guess, but I slept right through it. I heard them predicting it before I went to bed last night. We were lucky though and all we got was the rain. What a beautiful rainbow you were given. I'm glad you didn't have any damage.

    I'm glad to know you were able to keep your monthly lunch with your friends. I hope you'll be feeling even better next month when you see them all again. I'm sending prayers and good thoughts for you test results. I hope you have a good day today!

    1799 days ago
    We are in the midst of a dry spell (after a very wet spring) with no rain for almost a month. My new knees do not like the thunderstorms when they go through.
    1799 days ago
    Good morning,
    hope your appt. with the internist is good.
    I also love the double rainbow.
    Take care today while you are out.
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    1799 days ago
    What an amazing picture of the double rainbow! I just love storms and hearing the rain, but like you it is a bit scary and I hate losing power! We really had some of the loudest thunder I had ever heard! I am so glad the humidity is finally going! I know you are, too! Glad you were able to go out for lunch!
    I hope you sleep well tonight!
    1799 days ago
    Storms make me nervous now too. Nothing like a rainbow.. except maybe a double rainbow like you had. Another thing for me is fireworks.

    Hope you have a good appointment.
    1799 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    emoticon Shari for sharing the emoticon picture of the Rainbow, So happy you missed the severe part of the storm. Sounds like a great time spent with your work friend's over lunch. Trusting the appointment you had with your Internist goes well for you. As always my prayers are with you. emoticon emoticon
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  • PHOENIX1949
    Rainbow photo is awesome. Thank you for sharing.
    1799 days ago
    I'm glad the weather didn't get as bad as predicted. I watched the news and some areas got it pretty bad. I continue my daily prayers for you, my friend. I pray that you have a good night.
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  • no profile photo CD4212235
    The storms can be scary ones. Glad you didn't lose power.
    Hope all goes well at your appointment tomorrow and the weather stays nice.

    Hopefully you will get a decent sleep tonight.

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    1799 days ago
    Shari glad you escaped the worst of the storm. I try to take pics of the rainbows too. I have a clear shot, when it's west of the house. Any other direction, I have obstructed views.
    Isn't Masterpiece Theater wonderful? I get so addicted to the Sunday night shows.
    Sounds like you had a nice lunch with your old friends.
    I hope the hemoglobin hasn't dropped to much. Feel stronger. Get your rest.
    Hugs & Prayers
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    1799 days ago
    Hi Shari,
    So happy for you that the brunt of ths storms missed you. Glad you had a fun lunch wuth your co-worker friends. A friend and I were going out for lunch tommrow but that was postponed because she is sick. She has diverticulitis.

    We here in the surrounding counties of Zephyrhills have had a lot of flooding due to 3 weeks of rain every day, all day. Our old neighborhood in Tampa was hit the worst. Our area where we lived was flooded and it's' a mobile home park. I feel sorry for them but at the same time we are so grateful that we have moved from there. Wish we could senf this rain to California.

    Well, take care and keep on keeping on! emoticon
    1799 days ago
    When I stayed with my cousin for awhile, she used to put me in the bathroom during thunderstorms to keep me a bit calmer. (smiling) Lovely photo. Glad you made it out to lunch with friends.
    1799 days ago
    We missed all the storms and rain.

    1799 days ago
    Thankful to hear Shari the storms went around and you had a good time
    with your coworkers.Keeping you in my prayers and thoughts.The
    rainbow is beautiful.Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1799 days ago
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