Monday, March 30, 2009

Hazardous Sunday

It started as a very normal day.

It was a bit frustrating to find that
the ham I intended to take for the
Fellowship Meal was way too big for
my crock pot. This caused a few minutes
of frustration as I cut it off the bone
into smaller chunks. I was concerned that
cooking without the protective skin would
make it like leather...but I was out of
time and options.

Thankfully, it was great. A bit of Maple
Syrup over it before cooking it on low all
morning and all was fine.

That leaves me with a very meaty ham bone
to cook off and work into a soup or casserole.

The Projector at church decided that it only
wanted to produce purple colors. So, this was
a bit frustrating to Warren and Mike, who work
so hard to make things nice. I think it is just
excited about Easter and will fix itself after
Easter passes.
Probably not!

After the Fellowship Meal we were sitting around
chatting about life, parenting, kids...
and one family who had left returned looking for
others to go hiking with them. They said it
was very warm outside. That caused me to remember
the weather warning I heard earlier. The forecaster
has said that the warmer it got in the afternoon the
more severe the storms we could expect.

They were right!

No sooner had the rest of my family pulled out of
the driveway to go hike at a local lake and I was
headed to Lancaster to meet a friend for dinner than
I heard we were under a tornado warning. The skies
ahead were ominous. This was particularly strange
because our skies were blue with puffy white clouds.

I decided to turn around and go home to call Warren.
I sincerely doubted they were listening to a radio and
there was nothing to indicate the danger in the direction
they were heading. He had our one cell phone.

After making the call to him I called my friend who was
experiencing the storm. Over the next few minutes she
saw serious downpours, hail and a double rainbow.

I watched the special coverage on a local channel.
This was a major line of storms. It was hitting
Ephrata particularly hard. Thankfully, our friends
from church who live up that way were still in our
area and not on the road.

Finally, the storm passed just to our North. I went
out and took these pictures of the clouds.

They cannot capture the intensity and the three-D effect I saw.

If you look carefully, you can see the birds that were
having a wonderful time "surfing" the windy currents.

This morning on the news there is footage of destroyed
homes and injuries from the northern Lancaster County
area. We will find out later today if it was a tornado
or just high wind. I'm guessing tornado as it picked up
trailers and slammed one onto a car. However, we will

The family came pulling in as I left to meet my friend
for a belated dinner at El Serano. We waited to be seated
for about an hour and a half.
It had been a very long time since
Melissa and I have made a Mexican food run so we didn't mind the
time to chat. The food was great and it was the final day
of a half price special on everything on the menu. So we
splurged on appetizers and dessert. Yum!

I'll be eating the fajitas that I carried home later today.
Love leaving with a box. It means good stuff to enjoy later.

I do hope today is a bit less stressful.
However, if life were always calm I know I
would get bored. I am just crazy like that.

Now, to begin a new week.
Kids to teach, a refrigerator to clean out
and an internship application
to Longwood Gardens that will be
completed with Mikey. We will send it out
very, very soon...with fingers crossed.
In the meantime a co-worker of Warren's has
asked Mikey to consult on a landscape design
for her back yard. The request came out of
the blue and has really gotten him excited!

Fun days ahead!

Have a wonderful Monday!

♥♥Becky K.♥♥


Terri and Bob said...

I love the varieties of weather but boy it is dangerous. I am glad you came home!

Carol said...

You really had a busy & exciting Sunday! So glad you were safe from the storm. Enjoy your Monday.


Persuaded said...

wow.. that second picture is amazing!

and i think you should make split pea soup with that hambone;)

Ronda said...

Good morning my friend,
I am glad to hear that you are all safe and well after the storm.
Take time today to relax and just be.......

Love & Prayers always,

Vee said...

Oh to soar in the storms of life!

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Hi Becky,

We had severe weather on Saturday - I guess that's how we now spring is here! The picture of the clouds is amazing!!


Barb~Bella Vista said...

Oh my goodness....kinda scary,huh?


Lisa said...

What a day huh??? The pictures are beautiful you have to admit. Scary though for you.

I've made a mess out of my wallpaper project. Filling the seams has been a nightmare for me. I hope to get a little help soon. I'm laughing not crying though, which is unusual for me!!

kari and kijsa said...

Those photos are incredible!!
kari & kijsa

Kelly said...

That was a wild storm! Something flew to my sister's house and landed on her porch. She has a large hole in her porch. Fortunately, that was the only damage and none of her family were hurt. We were safe in Quarryville, and when we did arrive home after the storm, there were no signs of the storm in our neighborhood.