Did You Miss Me, If You Say No, Tell Me A Lie And Say You Did!


Did you miss me? Did you notice I wasn’t on here like I usually am to respond to your replies or even toss in a new blog?

This photo I inserted explains why. One of several trees down.

It was a hot day yesterday, just like being back in Florida.103 degrees, and some humidity.

We spent more time outside cleaning up the yard, then we did in the cool house. Why? Because I am silly. I knew there were chances of rains coming and I wanted to have the yard picked up prior to the storm. It was supposed to be a storm coming out of Chicago with lots of rain, which we needed so badly. We have been in a drought for the last month, with all other areas north and south of us getting their required rains, bypassing our area. Did we do something wrong, were we being punished? I promise to be a good girl, if you bring us some rain. Do I need to get out and do the Indian rain dance? Please don’t make me?

My son and his family were down here, and after cleaning up some, they decided to get in the pool for some cooling off and fun. They swam for about an hour, while I swung in the swing just enjoying the day. After they got out, we fixed a summer days lunch, bologna sandwiches, chips and watermelon. We sat around and watched TV and just relaxed.

My son went back outside and noticed the skies were looking a little weird. Darkness was in the far sight in the skies. He came in and told us about it and we all had to get a look at this unusual color of the sky. He turned on his scanner and we heard that an unexpected storm had popped up and was heading our way within minutes. Minutes? No, not minutes, I haven’t had my shower or combed my hair. Please wait!

There was very little time to wait. We proceeded to take the tent down and put this in the shed, and then we took off all of the cushions off the furniture and placed them inside of the gazebo and we lowered that at half mass and tied it down for that level. The one grandson took his and his little brother’s bikes and laid them down flat. Our son moved his John Deere out of harms way

The dark skies turned quickly to green skies. This was to be a wicked storm with sixty mile per hour winds and too big of hail. We had everything done and I went over the plan of where to go inside the house if we got these winds. If they heard me yell, bathrooms, they were to take off for the hills! LOL.

I barely got my words out and saw their heads nod in affirmation of their understanding, when the winds appeared suddenly! A plastic trash can was picked up and tossed through the air, and the trees were bending in a curtsy. I yelled, BATHROOMS! Everyone ran for the house and disappeared into the bathrooms, except me and my son. Al was in his bathroom, and the grandkids were in my bathroom. The lights went out  faster than turning off the switches. The central air was quieted. Silence inside the house, the winds were ripping the trees back and forth. The gazebo was dancing a disco style, flapping its sides, bending too and fro. We could hear hail bouncing off the windows, and the house actually shook from the winds. I was reminded of the tornado I was in when I was at church camp scared, but because I prayed for my family and home, I wasn’t afraid this time.

As fast as this monster came it left. I called a, you can all come out now from hiding,and we all ventured outside to have a look. No damages in my own yard, but right behind us was this tree. One of a few trees that were uprooted. The photo is above for you to see also.

We started picking up big branches and twigs. I looked at the clock and it was getting time for Al’s medications and his supper. We still had no power, so we all jumped in our cars and went to Wal-Mart for a while. Al is on a new collecting habit, replica cars, vintage style. This was the first isle we seeked out, and of course, he picked one out. I got him a new sleeveless shirt. As he is losing muscle and weight, we buy him more clothes more often now. After leaving the store we went to KFC to eat supper, but it was closed, due to no electricity. We noticed that whole section had no street lights working and no business was open anywhere. We made our way to the opposite side of town, and boy, was it crowded everywhere.

I didn’t know what to do, Al needed his meds, I had no electricity at home, and people were lined up outside the doors at the few restaurants we passed. My quick thinking told everyone that we stop at Wendy’s. Al likes Wendy’s and I would just take him ahead and sit him down at some empty seats to wait for us to get through the line. The two grandchildren, sat with him so they were helping out a lot, by saving a few tables for us. Al would never had made it five minutes waiting in line, he would have collapsed right there from his weakness from Parkinson’s.

We finally got to be waited on and took all the food to the tables where they were waiting for us. We ate and talked about the storm damages. Everyone else in hearing distance were also talking about the same thing.

After supper we came home and there was no electricity as of yet. There was still daylight left, so we sat outside and just chatted, but darkness kept creeping nearer.  We talked about what it was like in the 1900’s and what they did and how they lived without central air, Tv, and computers. This made us think about the game badminton. My son went to his house and got his generator, and when he came back, he hooked this up to a light. We sat the badminton net up and sat Al up beside us in a chair with his diet pop, and we played this game until around midnight.

We had more fun than anytime I can remember of lately. We laughed when we each missed the birdie, and chased after it when we knew it was going to hide in the shadows.

The kids were tired, and so was Al. Still no electricity, we made our way into the house, with a flashlight, and I washed Al up with baby wipes and clean boxer briefs and helped him lie down on the living room couch. My family went home to their own beds, and I smiled as I made my way to my own bed, thanking God for this gift of the needed rain, and to spend hours just laughing with family, and giving me quality time with the ones I love. This storm brought a special rainbow into my life.

The electricity suddenly came back on at seven am this morning. Day light is given back to us. I put the flashlights and candles back in their rightful spots. Al fixes his breakfast, and I take a shower. After his breakfast, I give him his shower. Laundry is started, cleaning is picked up once again. Life goes on, but now I have a reason to smile today. Remembering yesterday.

65 thoughts on “Did You Miss Me, If You Say No, Tell Me A Lie And Say You Did!

  1. WOW! Glad the tree did not hit the house and that everyone is safe. What a day to remember for always eh? And I had noticed you had not been on I have not had an time to stop myself LOL. I am glad you had a great ending to your day. Have a HAPPY 4th of JULY sweety!!!!!! Take care…..Tracy

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    • thank you Tracy. so glad you stopped by to read my story. having you for a friend is a nice thing in my life! my son’s birthday is July 4th also. fireworks tonight since it rained they are back on. they had been cancelled

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  2. A wonderful post that I enjoyed reading. I’m glad you made it through the storm and still received your much needed rain. If amazing how much fun you can have playing games without all the gadgets connected to electricity.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  3. a wonderful story. i am glad you made it through the storm OK and with your family. without any lights on we watched the rain and wind. we also did a shadow play on the walls.

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      • Thats great a good job done by all then despite the stress at the time jujst think if you never flagged down those people and son had rushed it on his own…someone is looking out for you

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      • god is always with us, and sometimes i don’t notice until after the fact! thank you for remembering our new roof. it was a test of weather, this is for sure!

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  4. What a wonderful adventure!! You came out the other side with no injuries or major damage and had an amazing day with family!

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    • i try really hard to find the good spots in our days. with Al’s constant depression, I could find myself following his lead with no trouble at all, if I let it. thank you for reading it and commenting. i really appreciate it!

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  5. Just said a quick prayer of gratitude that you, Al, and the kids are all well. These kinds of things are so scary. But God used this opportunity to bring you all closer together. Glad you’re back. Love, Sandy

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  6. Sometimes, when things the day before are darkest, we get a day to have a wonderful time (sort of), and just be with family, and that brings us back to rights. I’m glad your back, and I did miss you Terry! I am happy for the wonderful memories you made. We had the same storm, but no power outage but some softball size hail, which can be forgiven the wonderful rain that it brought!.

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    • i know what you mean Cams. even through the night we had another big rain fall, but our land here in our city still needs much rain. That was some pretty big size hail you received. we didn’t get that big, just marble size, but when it hit the house sounded like golf balls! i do so appreciate any good days. i never take them for granted!

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  7. Welcome back! I’m glad everyone was safe and that no one got hurt. I don’t think I like the idea of trees being so close to the house, thank God they didn’t cause any damages or injuries. Best of all, you had some joy and fun out of phenomenon yesterday!!! I’m happy for you!!! 😀

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  8. Well, what a time you’ve had….I was away for a couple of days and behind on reading so am just now catching up…Sometimes the most special times are the unexpected ones. I’m glad you weren’t alone with Al when all of this took place though and glad everyone is okay….Diane

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    • thank you Diane. Al got very upset because his routine was not being played out, but I can not always do this for him. He did fair, but I can say I am glad his part of that day was over.

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    • it sure is since Al lives with me. He don’t like it when he can’t watch his TV or have his routine. Screams!!!!! Glad it is back on today and most is back to normal with him

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      • I wonder if maybe the experience of getting out of routine for Al might be a kind of good thing – you know, like everything can’t always be the same? Just a thought!

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      • he has been thrown out of his routine lately some. he is missing his naps more because of summer activities. he doesn’t say too much, but i do notice that he really does need his rest. he is getting so tired from doing very little anymore, but he doesn’t really complain. the complaining comes in when it is long periods. the electricity was off for 17 hours. this really messed things up for him! but i try little things, but i have to be careful, because as i said he does very little than can’t walk from the disease and being tired

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    • Anne!!!!! here you are, on my comment page! i have missed you so much and have not been able to see any posts or comments for sometime. i am so glad i have found you. wow, this sounds like i have a crush on you doesn’t it??? lol, no, it is just that i love having you as my friend, and always loved your blogs. i will accept your nomination, but is it alright if i post tomorrow about it? it is almost one thirty in the morning, and i was going to go to bed, then i saw your name in my email and had to read…………thank you for the nomination my friend, and i will pay you honors tomorrow. hugs my friend!!!!!

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      • Oh Terry…your words are like warm nectar to my soul. And now it sounds like I have a crush on you! LOL 🙂 I’ve been feeling so bad about being so behind with everyone, and I truly care about you guys so much. This week I have off. I have a lot to do still, but am going to try to do some catching up. And that’s fine about posting tomorrow. It’s taken me half the day to do this post. I worked on it earlier and had to save the draft to cook dinner, and my daughter needed the computer too. I sat back down here 3 hours ago to work on it more. I just finished passing out the notifications to everyone. Those awards can take a long time! LOL But they’re a blessing anyway. Love you! And thank you so much for those kind words. ♥

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    • thank you Tilly. i wonder what kind of blog you would have made out of this story. you always find the laughter in life and i love that about you. i would have loved to read your version!!!!! hugs

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  9. What a day and what an experience. Isn’t it funny how unexpected things can create the best memories? Glad your power is back on, but I’m also glad it went out for a bit so you all could create that special chapter in your life stories together.

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