"Life can turn on a tickey"...
I am so sad about the tragedy which has befallen the Connecticut community. For them, nothing will ever be the same. What horror! What impossible comprehension. I can't imagine how it must feel to lose a child, let alone a child in elementary school.
My thoughts and prayers go to those who have lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy.
(Photo from the internet)
Thunderstorms in Johannesburg are somewhat reflective of this saying. In the morning we may be blessed with clear, blue skies. and glorious weather throughout the day. In the afternoon this may all change. The skies get darker and the deep, threatening rumble filters our way. I can feel my own tension flare.
Thunderstorms/water/floods are things that prod my anxiety and the rumble is a sure sign of it potentially coming our way. Perhaps its a spill-over from my childhood, who knows? But when these storms start building up on the horizon, I've already starting to close windows and call for the dogs. How big will it get this time?...
Last night was such a night. The darkening skies settled, the rumble started, followed by the first heavy drops. The flashes of lightning and the roar of ever approaching thunder:
"One, Two, Three..." I count
This will determine how far off the storm is - every count means one kilometer.
In a matter of minutes it was upon us - the heavens opened and it poured ! The small river below our house broke its banks. I don't know how much rain we had, but it was one of the biggest storms we've experienced. The "Boss"s flight, from Durban to Johannesburg, was delayed by 2 hours because of the storm. Poor Tammy edged closer to my ankles, moaning and pawing in fear.
Then it happened:
A loud 'BANG!' - like an extended gunshot, and then a deep and violent ...
My heart lurched as the loud siren outside our house went into full alarm mode. Our electric fence had been compromised. We rushed to the patio to investigate ... The rain kept pouring down....
Thankfully I am on good terms with my neighbour. Thankfully, too, no one was injured or hurt. Thankfully, again, her car wasn't damaged...and there was nobody inside.
The photo above is what it looked like in my neighbour's courtyard. Luckily we were able to move her car out and into our own garage for the night, but her entire front entrance was covered with the huge branch of our white stinkwood tree.
This morning, the sun is shining again. Toby has diarrhea (who knows if the storm contributed to his demise). A call to the insurance company and an emergency call-out to the tree fellers...
I am just so thankful that it didn't go too wrong... it could have been a lot worse.
(Toby watches the 'Hadedah Ibises' looking for grubs in the water-logged lawn)
It's a long-weekend here in South Africa. I have my family home too, so life is good.
I wish you peace and comfort this weekend, wherever you may be.
Have a cyber-(((hug))) from me - because you never know...
"Life can turn on a tickey"
Lots of love