Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Counting Our Blessings!

What a day we had yesterday! Tornado season is finally here!!! The weathermen had started prepping us on Sunday evening about the dry line coming in and something about a supercell. He said definitely needed to be prepared for violent weather.  Well he was right.

I finished my exercise workout around 4pm and headed home. Called Jeff to see what the weather was going to do..it was still sunny and only a few clouds, but it was pretty sticky outside. I wanted to stop at the grocery store before heading home. He said it was all north of us and no worries.  Well, was he ever wrong. My friend, Ginger, called me to see if I was watching the weather. Told her I was driving home from exercise and she told me there was a storm coming from the southwest and I needed to get home. Called Jeff back and he turned on the TV and saw what the weather was doing. By the time I got within a mile of home, the wind picked up and it started raining big drops. Made it home just before the hail started. It was marble-size..not too big.

It started raining harder..the sirens start going off..the weatherman says tornado at Yukon(about 10 miles west of us). So we go outside to see...to make the story short..it never came our way...just rained and hailed. But it was still scary because you couldn't really see anything for the rain. It finally moved on east.

Ashlee lives in Moore, OK (where the May 3, 1999 tornadoes hit). I called to check on her and she said it had finally quit raining and hailing. Well, the hail at her house was the size of softballs she said. Jeff and I waited about 30 minutes and then headed to her house to check for damage.  As we drove down the street to her house, you could see roofs with holes, cars with windows out, huge dents all over the cars.  There were holes in Ashlee's front yard and I couldn't figure out what she had been digging for. Well, it was where the hail hit and when I went to look at one, there was still hail in the hole. Most of the holes were about 4 1/2 inches in diameter.  I took some pictures of what was left of the hail. The storm had been over for about 1 1/2 hours, yet the hail was still pretty  big.  Looked like snowballs.
Damage to the car next door to Ashlee. Lots more damage to it than I had taken pictures of.
Jeff got on Ashlee's roof and checked for holes. None were found, but lots of dents. Looks like one hail hit the gutter and made a big hole.

So we feel very lucky! There are lots of people here that lost their homes and loved ones. Please say a prayer that they will get thru all this destruction.

On to a brighter subject...today I received another birthday present from a friend in my AAPG ebay group.  Debbie made me the sweetest prim crow stitchery.  The quilt pattern is going to be at the top of my list of things to do this year. 

Well, so that's it for now. We are under another tornado watch this evening, but most of the weather is north of us right now.

I have homework for my next applique class on Saturday,  so guess I better get busy on Block #2.

Blessings to everyone and have a great rest of the week....patijane


  1. I'm so glad all of you are safe & sound... please keep an eye on the weather & continue to be safe!

    Lovely gifts from Debbie! :) She does remarkable works, doesn't she?



  2. Hello PatiJane I am so glad you are safe! I am in Yukon so I totally know what you are talking about with the bad weather. Praying tomorrow will be a safe uneventful weather day for us in Oklahoma. What wonderful gifts you received in the mail.

  3. Glad you made it home before you had the hail dinging up your car. Glad Ashlee's place isn't too bad. I've never seen softball size hail and sure hope I never do.

    Great gifts Debbie sent you.

  4. Oh my Patijane, I can't even imagine witnessing such huge hail balls. Glad everyone is ok. Please stay safe through the next storm coming your way. Praying for all the ones who suffered damage and loss.
    So happy though that you are getting "showered" with gifts for your Birthday :)

  5. Please stay safe, Patijane! I have never seen such huge hail like that! Prayers for everyone affected by these storms... GREAT gifts from Debbie! Love her quilts! Hugs ~Sharon

  6. I am glad you are safe and can't imagine having to live in a tornado area. People say that about hurricanes, but I will take that any day, lol.


  7. Oh my happy everyone is safe. I don't believe I've seen hail that big and I never thought about it going into the ground that far.
    Precious gift from your friend.

    Stay safe.

  8. OH wow Patijane - that is some big ole hailballs! I can't even image - they could certainly do some bodily harm too! Glad you and yours are safe and sound!


  9. Wow Patijane! That was some hail you and Ashlee got!! I've never seen it so big. I'm glad you and your loved ones are ok and will certainly remember in my prayers those that have lost so much.

    Great gifts from Debbie!