Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Art on a Turbulent Tuesday!!

This was my first art day in nearly two months! I managed to pretty much finish this one painting before going on to a seascape Sabrina and I are working on when we were interrupted by a hailstorm!! It sounded like a war zone with the hail thundering down!

We had some pretty big pieces of hail!! It came complete with SPIKES!
Sabrina and I stood at the back French doors looking out as it pounded the gazebo putting holes and tears in it I discovered later. We took a break in our painting to watch the weather reports on TV with Louis Dean. The sirens were going off and I admit I was scared! We threw a huge thick comforter under the dining room table where we had been painting only a short time before in case the three of us had to hunker down!
I also pulled out tons of bedding, comforters, bedspreads and blankets from the den closet which is actually the safest place to be in our house in case of a tornado. As I stood on the front porch I saw lightning strike the house across the street and two doors down. It struck, sparks flew and I saw smoke coming from where it hit. No one was at home over there. The rain put it out before it had time to start burning. Thank goodness because that same house caught fire due to a lightning strike about 20 years ago.

It was all over except for more rain by 10:30 or so. 
We went BACK to the art table and continued our painting! 

As we surveyed the damage this morning we found the windshield is cracked on our 'new' car as well as a side mirror. Dents from hail damage. Gazebo roof. Minor, indeed, in light of all the people in Oklahoma and Missouri who have lost so very much including family. 
This was the worst storm I have ever been in.

Louis Dean has gone to buy us another gazebo. It costs about the same to buy another whole NEW one as to just order a  top! So we will have one to use for replacement parts!
This afternoon we will have to clean out all our gutters. They are full to overflowing.
And I MUST tackle that den closet! Since it is all pulled out anyway I need to sort and take a BIG part of it to Goodwill! The weather now is HOT!! Tomorrow is supposed to be quite mild.
Weather!! You just never know what it is going to do next!!

"When in trouble when in doubt.....
run in circles, scream and shout!"

I actually didn't do THAT badly! I did take time to pray, though.


  1. it was quite the storm...actually 3 of major damage here except my daughters windshield...and loss of power...wouldn't know it today though...sunshine galore...and HOT...

  2. Popped in for a visit.. Awesome Hail Stone? (Is that the correct name?)
    Wonderful picture! I would love to be able to paint like that!

  3. What a storm you've had! I'm glad you're alright, though. It's so hard to see the horror and anguish caused by weather in other parts of your country and ours.

  4. I am so glad you were not hurt more!!!

    Good gracious! Look at that hail!!! With spikes, even!!!

    Yes, I understand that you have to say that yours was nothing like other storms but... It was stilllllllllllll veryyyyyyyy scaryyyyyyyy for you. -sigh-

    But look! It caused you to grab some items and made you realize that you have many to donate to Good Will! Guess that has to be the 'silver lining' in that particular storm cloud. :-) Just think how those poor people, will happily make use of the items which you no longer need. :-)

    Gentle hugs,

  5. And yes, it's wonderful that you can "lose yourself," in your painting....