Tuesday, March 31, 2009
On Friday a tornado was spotted in the county just west of us, so a warning was issued. (Watch=conditions are right; Warning=tornado has been spotted). We had to round up all the students in the library of Small Public Institution and herd them into the stairwell. Most of them were cooperative and uncomplaining, but one girl wanted to leave the library and, I don't know, do battle with the tornado? Oh, to be young and indestructible again. The warning got cancelled, so we all got back to what we were doing beforehand.
It rained most of the day on Saturday. I was snoozing in the recliner with a cat on my lap when a thunderstorm moved into the area. I didn't hear any of it until a loud clap of thunder occurred right over the house. The electricity cycled off and on about three times in the space of two seconds, causing the lamp by the chair to flash several times in quick succession. This scared the cat and she launched herself off my lap like she'd been shot out of a cannon. The cats don't like Thunder Monster.
That was the worst thing that happened on Saturday, but then I found out another tornado warning had been issued on that day. It's a good thing I didn't know that on Saturday, otherwise it would have made my day very tense. Ignorance is bliss. Also very dangerous.
The thunderstorm blew on by and things got calm again. I never heard anything about a tornado touching down in Tift County, thank goodness, although there was some wind damage to the auditorium on the Small Public Institution campus.
According to the weather channel, we're in for some more inclement weather in the next few days. I hope it will just be a nice soaking rain. We've been in a drought for several years now.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I found the most wonderful website: San Diego Zoo. I found the site because I was wondering how much a baby elephant weighs (don't ask me why). I googled it and The San Diego Zoo site came up (not first; I had to wade through a few others). FYI: the average weight of a baby elephant, at birth, is 232 pounds. The website has lots of pictures of the animals there at the Zoo along with plenty of information about each type of critter. They even have videos. The information is very well-written, the pictures are clear and illustrative, and the videos are beautifully shot. I could spend hours at that site.
Things are blooming. Like this dogwood in a neighbor's yard. There are also daffodils, redbuds, azaleas, apple trees, and other things. Some of the azaleas around town are in full bloom, but ours are just getting started, so I don't have a good picture of them.
The pansies are abloom as well, although they will grow in the winter. Wait! It's still winter, isn't it? I suppose they'll still be blooming next week when spring arrives.
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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Saturday was a seriously rainy and windy day. I was ensconced in my recliner with the footrest up, a cat on my lap, and a book in my hands. All I was missing was a fire in the fireplace. It was a good reading day and a happy afternoon.
After I finished Dead Heat, I was still in a Dick Francis mood and I segued right into the very latest Francis novel, Silks. I read most of that one on Sunday, but I had to wait until after work on Monday to finish it up. The main character of Silks is a barrister (and an amateur steeplechase jockey). There is some courtroom action and it’s enough to tell the story, but not enough that you’d care to skip over any parts of it. The bad guy in this novel has absolutely no conscience whatsoever. Scary. When I finished I felt that there was more to the story, so maybe he’ll write a sequel to Silks. We’ll see. Somewhere, and I can’t remember where, I read that a new novel was coming out in 2009.
My next reading adventure will be Robert B. Parker’s Rough Weather. It’s a Spenser novel. Robert B. Parker is another of my favorite authors. I really like his Jesse Stone series. (Well, I like all his series so far.) There have been five TV movies made based on the Stone novels and starring Tom Selleck. I think they really nailed it when they got Selleck to play Jesse Stone. I don’t really know that much about acting, but I believe Tom Selleck when he acts. I used to watch Magnum P.I. faithfully, and I believed he was that Vietnam-vet, fun-loving, private eye. When he’s playing a cowboy (Quigley Down Under; Monte Walsh) or a policeman (like Jesse Stone), he convinces me that he IS that character and I never think, “Oh, that’s just Magnum playing a cowboy.” As I’ve said before, I’m a great audience (Jaws scared the bejeezus out of me). I kinda got off the subject of Robert B. Parker, didn’t I? It’s been a while since I read one of his novels, so I’m really looking forward to Rough Weather.
For some reason, 2008 was a bad year for my reading habit. I keep track of what I’ve read in a little (formerly) blank book. I enter the books in order of reading, and draw a line in the margin, noting each new year as it comes. Last year I only read about eight or ten books. I don’t know what was wrong with me. That’s one reason why my to-be-read pile is so huge. But this year I’m trying to whittle it down, one book at a time.
Stay tuned for more books (and cats).