Thursday, May 15, 2008
Close to Nowhere
Saturday, we’re supposed to celebrate my youngest granddaughter’s birthday with a trip to the Memphis Zoo.
After the past couple weekends, I’m wondering if, weatherwise, we’ve made a wise decision.
Weather.com says that rain is promised until Friday evening, Saturday is going to be sunny and around 77-80 degrees and there’s a chance of rain again on Sunday (Gremlin’s actual birthday).
Fred Dee, our resident “gloom and doom” friend and sales rep here at the office, says that it will always rain on Friday, if it’s going to rain. That’s because he travels to Byhalia and Olive Branch that day. And he really hates to drive in bad weather!
We’ve been very fortunate in the Laws Hill area. Bad winds, horrible thunder, really scary lightning — but, no damage — even though Pop and Dana both promise that a tornado passed over our house during the Friday thunderstorm a couple weeks ago.
That same storm is the one that wiped out areas of New Albany and Enterprise. My niece Laura, her husband Ricky and their three daughters live near Enterprise.
While the five of them escaped unharmed, their newly remodeled house, enlarged to accommodate twin daughters, wasn’t as fortunate. Laura’s dad Al reports a huge pecan tree made mincemeat out of the new part.
The storm that came through this Friday is well evidenced throughout the area and pictured on the front page this week — lots and lots of damage, but no really serious injuries in Marshall County.
Grem, our May birthday girl, is terrified of storms (and loud noises, etc.) so she’s had a rough time of it lately. We’re working hard to try and help her learn to be calm during storms, but so far, we’ve only achieved middlin’ results.
The April birthday girl and our oldest granddaughter, is more like her mom and Pop. She likes storms.
She thought it was great fun at her birthday party, at Wall Doxey State Park, because the wind felt like it was at hurricane levels and stuff flew off the tables constantly — even the food tried to take flight a couple times.
It will be interesting Saturday if it does rain. I don’t suppose it will hurt us to get wet and it will more than likely cut way down on the crowds.
I’m betting though, the animals will have enough sense to get in out of the rain and where will that leave us? Wet and in the rain!
• On a side note here — as usual, during storms and even sometimes just light rain, our power went out Friday night.
I’d like to say “Thank You” to all the HSUD folks, who work all day and night in the rain and muck and especially the lightning, getting our power restored.
My hat’s off to you guys!
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