Tuesday, September 23, 2008


It was like this....

I was in bed and asleep and the world exploded around my house. No shrapnel or debris flying, that I could tell. Just a huge explosion. Scared the bejeezus out of me, woke me from a dead sleep and sent me floundering upright in bed, where I squished Pips (the little cat) with my leg. She always sleeps with me.

Pips didn't complain. I could only tell I squished her because it felt... well.... squishy. The bed isn't so I knew it was a cat. And BB (the old man) usually hunkers down on the floor somewhere so I can cuff him in the head with my foot as I make my way to the bathroom in the dark.

We had a thunderstorm last night. I knew we were in for bad weather, but holy crap! I think the universe exploded completely to smithereens at least three times and the other explosions were just bits being blown off.

I had to get up at one point and check my basement for flooding (I think it was around 2:30) because it was raining so hard, I was afraid the window well would fill up again and the water would flow in around my one and only old wooden framed basement window. Had that happen a couple of weeks ago. Not fun. Need to get it replaced and fix the window well (ie: make sure it drains into the weeping tiles properly).

I actually watched out the window a couple of times but nothing happened so I would go back to bed, fall asleep, only to be blasted awake with another kaboom! kkkeeerrrrack! I have a room darkening blind on the window so I didn't see the flashes first. Hence, no warning.

I love thunderstorms. But I love them when I am awake and don't have to get up at 5:30 a.m. to go to work. Needless to say, I did not love this one. So today I am bagged.

And to top it all off, I had just fallen back asleep around 4:00 a.m., only to be wakened at 4:30ish with a gall bladder attack. Which, as of 10:40 a.m., has just finally settled down to the point where I can have some breakfast. Can't wait for the surgery date in October to get the damn nuisance out.

I need a nap....


  1. Wow, that's intense. I love those massive thunderstorms... although I can see why a badly timed one wouldn't be so cool!

  2. Stace:

    They are an amazing display of Mother Nature's force - totally awe inspiring for me. To think we could all be blown to bits and burnt to a crisp with one blast makes you feel very tiny indeed.

    And I love when the atmosphere is ionized - makes the hair on my arms stand on end! Cool sensation.

  3. We had a racehorse get hit by lightning. Xmas eve, about 5 years ago, a 2yo filly.

    All we could do was hide in our beds, it was the wildest electrical storm and winds. Couldn't go out in it, not even to check on the animals...would have only risked our lives foolishly.

    Got her to the vets, she lived, never could race her, but she had such a beautiful nature and fighting spirit, we got her well and found her a great home as the mare who "minds" younger, educated horses.

    To this day she has the strike mark down her neck, shoulder and out her foot. (Meaning scar).

    Beautiful mare, biggest bay mare and she dotes on her paddock young ones, Delta the Nanny!

    Hope your feeling better mate.


  4. Pam:

    Thanks, I am fine now. Will have the offending organ removed in two weeks so should be right as rain after that. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

    So sad about your filly. I know of someone who found one of theirs dead in the field near a tree - couldn't tell what happened until they turned her over and the side on the ground was charred black. Figured she was lying down sleeping, the tree was struck by lightning and it travelled through her - fried her on the spot.

    So it's nice that yours survived and is such a wonderful nanny mare now.



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