For the past few weeks, as I'm sure a lot of you have either witnessed or heard on the news, the south has been getting some destructive storms... wind, hail, tornados. A week ago, we were on a two day alert about the white cell that eventually laid waste to swath of about 4 states. It didn't even rain here, even though our weather people were predicting 100% chance. Not a drop.
That all changed yesterday as a mother nature came without warning, again making me realize that checking the weather is completely senseless (as telling me its hailing when its hailing is not all that useful, I've noticed). They do not know and the illusion that they do can only serve to bite you in the ass.
The hail was one thing, mostly about bb sized, with some about dime sized and a few that looked like wadded up pieces of hubba bubba. I noticed this because the hail was coming directly sideways into the west side of my house and were skidding across the upstairs porch. You could see them doing high fives with each other and brushing the pollen off. Woohoo WILD RIDE MAN!
The bigger issue was the wind that was sending it horizontal. First, I was scared for my windows as the smack that they were making against the panes sounded pretty brutal. Then I looked outside and saw the whipping circular motions everything was making on the east side of my yard... it was an 'ut oh' moment. And here I was thinking JUST that morning that it was nice that we were having our normal thunderstormy type weather this summer, which I felt sure was a great improvement over the past two years where it never rained all summer.
Even right before the storm, I was outside thinking, yeehaw, I don't have to water, because this thunderstorm is going to take care of it. Well, and then some. 60 mph winds. 60. On the rocks.
Stupid weather. Why can't we just have normal? NORMAL!!! I am sick to death of coldest winters and hottest summers and droughts and destructo storms.
So the destruction included the toppling of two newly planted maple trees (fixable), the flattening of anything tall in the garden (pathetic and not sure how to fix), busted and now flowerless roses, and the destruction of all the just emerged THIS WEEK foxglove. Hate. Seeing Red. Flames, flames on the side of my face. Broken in half with most of the flowers unopened.
Also very angry at myself too as I had plenty of stakes sitting right there.... Well, I hope it at least took out a few squirrels. And the rat that chewed through my cars window washer fluid hose... again. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.