To the east…
and to the west….
Have a wonderful day!
Today is my Friday – YEA!
We went for a drive this afternoon to take a look at the flooding. Yeah, we’re nosy that way. We were also trying to find an alternate route for me to go to work in the morning so I don’t have to wait in line to drive one at a time through the water standing on the highway(See earlier post). We encountered many roads that were closed so I would either need to go 8 – 9 miles west or 8 – 9 miles out of my way to the east so it looks like tomorrow morning I’ll be waiting in line.
Below are a few more flood pictures. For most of you, the road names will mean nothing but for the locals who read my blog it will help them place where the pictures were taken.
Most of the corn is over 7 feet tall right now, so you’re looking at approximately 6 ft of water in the field.
The bridge on Carter Road behind Lake Carroll. The creek here is usually 8 foot wide and nowhere near as deep as it is now.
Most places you could see where the water has already started to recede.
When you live in the country and the power is out, sometimes one has to be resourceful.
Last night our area received 6 - 8 inches of rain between 11pm & 9am this morning. We woke to no electricity this morning. I was ever so thankful that today is my day off and I didn’t have to get ready for work. However, I still needed to get a few morning “chores” accomplished.
We do have a gas stove, so could light that and make breakfast. We opened the fridge really fast as to not let the cold out since we didn’t know how long we would be out and it was supposed to be in the 90’s today. We boiled water to make coffee and I fried up some eggs but DH decided he wanted toast as well. Hmmm…no electric toaster either. He was resourceful and grabbed a marshmallow fork from the closet.
Our electricity was only off 3 hours so we were lucky. It could have been all day like some other areas around us.
This is what the aftermath of all that rain looked like. Beautiful! We really needed the rain but maybe not quite so much at one time and it sounds like more thunderstorms and heavy rains are on the way tonight.
I just may be washing my hair in the rain again tomorrow morning.
We have intruders, I say, yes intruders! The pesky varmints!
Can you see them? See them poking their little yellow heads up out of our patch of oats?
There they stand completely clueless that this great hunter was ready to risk life, limb, bugs, heat, humidity and even snakes to capture them.
And I got ‘em! By golly, I did! Lots of ‘em!
We just returned home from a wedding and drew a name for my 300th post giveaway tonight. We didn’t use any fancy number generator or big fish bowl. I counted the entries and hollered at DH, who was in the other room, to pick a number. Nothing sophisticated but then that’s how we roll around here.
And the winner is OSAGE BLUFF QUILTER!
Drop me an email with your mailing information and I’ll get your prize in the mail the beginning of next week.
Tomorrow my church small group ladies and I are heading north across the Cheddar Curtain to the Mad City’s Farmers Market. It’s a huge farmers market around the capitol square. I can’t wait and am headed to bed as we’re leaving here at 6am (yawn!). Hopefully my hands aren’t so full of purchases tomorrow that I can at least snap a few pictures.
Have a great weekend!
I’m sure you’ve all been waiting anxiously, couldn’t sleep and fidgeting in your seat since this post.
What was in the trailer???
There you have it ….. mystery solved!
Now to backtrack a bit….
a very good friend of ours was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer two years ago this summer. She’s recently had a recurrence. Judy has been an incredible spokesperson for breast cancer screenings, awareness and research.
Side note: The Spyder in the above picture was actually purchased for me and two days later Judy purchased a nearly identical one. The jury is still out on whether we will be keeping mine or re-selling it. I’ve been riding it to work and around some but it’s nearly impossible for two people 6’ and 6’5” to ride two up on it. It’s just not long enough. I love riding it single though. It’s a whole heck of a lot of fun with one person. We also still have our GoldWing so we have to make a decision on which one we are going to keep and use. We rode the GoldWing again the other day and I hate to say it but the Wing is winning. It’s a way better two-up ride and an easier long distance bike. The Spyder will not work for us those types of trips.
Anyway, back to my friend Judy’s Spyder. My son, Joe painted her up REAL PINK! We went to pick it up last night at his shop in the Northern Chicago burbs (2 hours away).
You are the first to see this, other than the four of us and Joe’s shop co-workers. Aren’t you excited!?! Don’t you feel privileged?
Joe & Kevin do the paint and body work in the shop and Chuck is the shop owner. The hot pink color is a custom mix from their shop(Nice job Kevin!) so it can never be exactly duplicated. They’ve dubbed the color “Judy pink”. The Spyder will now be taken to a graphics shop where a large breast cancer ribbon will be added to the hood with other graphics and striping to the lighter pink parts.
We’re pretty excited about this whole project as was Joe. When he called that it was done, he sounded so pleased with how it turned out, we couldn’t wait to see it.
Judy says she doesn’t know if this is insane or going to be her way of staying sane.
Time will tell but she sure is going to be having fun in the meantime.