Sunday, June 8, 2014

Life It Goes On - June 8

Tuesday we had storms move through and just north of Omaha they had 75 mph winds with baseball-sized hail. At one car dealership, they had 4200 cars destroyed. The sirens went off here and as soon as they stopped everyone in Omaha cut out of work to try to get ahead of the storm as it headed our way. Traffic was almost at a stand still much of my way. I can't tell you how happy it made me to turn and head south and leave this behind me. Scary stuff.

Here's What I'm:

Listening To: Brazilian radio on Pandora. I'm finding it makes great background music while I'm doing other things. Something about not being able to understand the lyrics makes them blend in with the instrumental and it's less distracting for me. Plus it's fun!

Watching: All Is Lost starring Robert Redford. It's a very unusual movie in that there is almost no dialogue and Redford is the only character. So well acted and the ending left us wondering.

Reading: Chasing The Sun by Natalia Sylvester for an upcoming TLC Book Tour. Set in Peru, it's the first book I've ever read set in that country. Really enjoying it a lot.

Making: Salads with lettuce from our very own garden! Otherwise, I really haven't been very creative in the kitchen.

Planning: On continuing some landscaping changes I started this week. They got a bit derailed when I had a fifty-pound stone fall over on my foot and had to stop. That put a kibosh on my walking, too, since I couldn't get a shoe on for a few days. Ergh!

Grateful for: Cooler temps today - it has been so hot. We even had to put on jackets tonight while we were sitting around the fire on the patio.

Loving: That Miss H got to meet one of my favorite bloggers, Lori of The Coffee Girl, yesterday. Lori and I became friends through GoodReads. Both she and Miss H are huge fans of the New York Yankees. They've gotten to know each other through Facebook and when the Yankees came to Kansas City this weekend it turned out they were both going. I am, I must admit, a little jealous that I wasn't there!

Feeling: Both content and unsettled at the same time. Does that even make sense? I'm not even sure I can explain it. I'm having a hard time sitting still lately; it's made blogging and reading tough.

Looking forward to: Heading down shortly to the Omaha Summer
Arts Festival followed by an event at a local art gallery. The gallery has an exhibition by Peter Max and he will be there. If you were around in the 1960's, early 1970's, you'll remember Max's work, particularly his work with The Beatles. He's still doing work that's in the same vein although not so psychedelic. Mini-me is going with us and it's always fun to get our own artist's impression on what we're seeing.

I'm also looking forward to book club this week. Not only do we get to talk to author Tracey Garvis-Graves about her book On The Island, we will be conferencing in with another book club in New Jersey, which is lead by our former leader.

What are you looking forward to this week?


  1. The picture of the storm is frightening enough! I can only imagine the sigh of relief at getting away from that! You guys have been getting nailed by nasty storms this year, haven't you? Stay safe!!!

    A 50-pound stone dropped onto your foot? OUCH!!! I hope you didn't break anything and wish you a speedy recovery.

    I'm not feeling very creative in the kitchen either. We have one more truly horrible week of dance dress rehearsals and then the recitals through Saturday. Cereal anyone?

    Have a great week, and I hope the feeling of restlessness dissipates soon for you. It is a frustrating feeling when you can't seem to sit still.

  2. I'm looking forward to our book club meeting this week, too. We'll discuss Empty Mansions... such an interesting story. The sky in that photo is just scary... glad you are all safe!

  3. Book club sounds fun! I've been active in one here but the atmosphere has kind of changed in the last few months and I haven't been going. I do miss it though. That's awful about your foot! I hope it's feeling a little bit better now! It's hard to feel creative in the kitchen right now but I hope it will be get better when my vegetables start coming in. I'm going to have an awful lot of tomatoes so I'll have to get creative! It's always crazy about the amount of damage hail can do! Hope you didn't have any damage but that's awful about the car dealership! Have a great week!

  4. Oh goodness - that picture looks scary! So glad that you are alright. I cannot imagine seeing that scene! Ouch about the stone! I hope your foot is recovering well.

  5. That was quite a scary storm, wasn't it?! We didn't get hit nearly as bad as Omaha, but the wind was still unsettling. What a spring/summer. Cool outside tonight while sitting on the porch. I'm sure we'll be complaining about the heat in a few more weeks.

  6. We've had storms and unsettled weather here too, but not as scary as yours. Perhaps it's the changeable weather that's making you feel restless? It must be good to have air conditioning when it's hot and a fire on the patio when it's chilly. Hope the foot is recovering and you're enjoying the Arts Festival. I'm going to the book launch of a local author this week which I'm looking forward to. Take care, Lisa.

  7. Funny that you mention the Brazilian music. I have one station that comes in clearly on my way home. One stations and guess what it is! Mariachi music! I love it. It makes me want chips and salsa but it's so happy, usually.

  8. Crazy weather! I don't even want to imagine the loss the dealership faces because of all those damaged cars, even with insurance coverage.

    I am glad you are enjoying Chasing the Sun. I've been wondering if it's something I would like. Can't wait to read your thoughts on it.

    I hope you have a great week, Lisa!