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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

I Can't Remember Seeing This Before.

That is the roof of my house at dusk with a double rainbow over the top. My camera decided to act up or I would have tried for the whole thing. It was huge and against the almost night sky was spectacular. (Click on picture to enlarge)

Of course there's always a down side. We had a tornado warning this afternoon just as the girls had left school. I went flying out in the car and couldn't find them. I came back and here they were along with Elcie who had been dropped off safely. R & R had hitchhiked with my neighbor. It was fine - she and I are on each other's pickup lists and the girls know that.

A friend called around 4 and said a tornado had touched down on Gerard Ave. To you that means nothing; to me it's one block away from my older son's house. A long street but still...

I called my son - he was on his way home from work. He called his wife. Everyone was fine but she was frightened of course. We discovered on the 5 p.m. news that it took the roof off a barn about 3 miles from them and deposited it 100 feet or so away in the middle of Gerard (where it's still sitting I believe.) Took a couple of power lines while it was at it so some areas are in the dark.

We were supposed to have thunderstorms and hail as well but it looks like it headed back east once again.

As I have said before, if I wanted tornados and earthquakes in the same town, I could have stayed in Arkansas instead of coming back here. However, it was almost worth it to see that rainbow. The photos don't begin to do it justice. It was much wider and the second one was more visible.

Other than that, an ordinary day. I kept the girls home from their church program tonight. I've been through one tornado with my family in two different places. Didn't want to do that again.

Rebecca received a "referral" and 3 days with no recess for throwing staples at another kid. She said the other kids was throwing dominos at her. Probably, but she has to learn that she will always be the one to get caught. It runs in the family - I always was. She had 80 math problems that we waded through together. She and Elcie are learning the same things almost at the same time and tonight was Rebecca's turn with the "powers", all the way to the 5th which is a lot of multiplying and dividing. She finished it all if she can remember to take it in the morning. Is it just me or does 80 problems sound like a bit much?

Rochelle has a field trip on Friday to see "Curious George" at Merced College (our Junior College, not the Univ. of Calif.) It's a performance, not the film, and due to "budget constraints" they will be walking to and from. It's about two miles each way but she enjoys walking. I'm not sure how the rest of the kids will feel about it.

She is still young enough to love field trips - doesn't care where as long as she's going somewhere. She's also still young enough to come home and tell me the whole story. Perhaps she will draw us some pictures.

As usual, thanks to all for the comments. Yes, I found my purse. I had left a pile of clean laundry on my side of the bed and didn't dig deep enough through it. Does that sound familiar to anyone? I had a choice between hanging clothes and lunch in Stockton with Mollie. Rough decision but I managed to figure it out. I can hang clothes anytime. And no, we haven't had more cat doo-doo.

I'm running a little early tonight but we may still have some storms. We lost power briefly this afternoon and I don't want to lose it again while I'm in the middle of a post. It might cause me to throw something.

Take care - talk to you later.


Jessie Speer said...
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Jessie Speer said...

Hi Granny. Thanks for the beautiful pics. Double rainbows are so rare. What a scare about the tornado... Thank God all is well!

Oh, and I agree: 80 problems is too many.

Dawn said...

Nice pictures. Jeremy was almosted suspended from kindergarden during his first week. Pushed a child from the top of the slide!! I was hospitalized at the time but I think just about every member of my family had a talk with him (at least 5 adults) and he knows now that it isn't alright. It hasn't happened again either. Hopefully teaching him this young will prepare him for older grades!! One good thing is that people have since commentted that he is very good at expressing himself with words now...

jw said...

Ann, tonight Phoenix TV showed pictures of storm damage in Merced.

Dawn said...

I also lose things around my apartment and Jeremy is a big help. On several occassions he has spotted my glasses for me...most times right beside me lol.

Missy said...

Ahhh, I had no idea you were from Arkansas! Can I make jokes now?! (I'm from Missouri, the only people we're allowed to make fun of are those from Arkansas, you see?)

Isn't it funny how quickly you get desensitized to tornados and thunderstorms? It rains all of the time here in Seattle but we just don't get lightning, thunder or tornados. It's wacky...but we go back to the Midwest and we'll freak out if we hear the sirens...

Glad to hear all turned out well.

achromic said...

Those picture are FANTISTIC...... I have no camara and am still living in the days of disposible camaras whenever I think there is an event that I might want.

80 problems does seem like a lot. I know there is a great deal of pressure to excel in math and science ..... at least the science can be fun. I am so glad to here about you helping her with it .... my grandmother did that with me too and I donno if I could have done it with out her. She took care of me ..... I am missing her greatly when I come on and read this but in a good way.

Meow said...

Wow, what an amazing rainbow.
I can't imagine the fear of an approaching tornado, having never experienced anything like that in my life. We don't get anything like that here in Melbourne. Thank goodness, I say.
Glad everyone is safe.
Take care, Meow

Andrea said...


Beth said...

We had tornado watches and warnings, but no actual tornados in Indianna the 6 years we were living there. One month after we left a tornado tore through the trailer park next to the apartment complex and the venitian blind factory across the street. It must have missed my old apartment by less than 100 yards. It made national news.


I am so glad to hear that you are all okay though!

Expat Traveler said...

that's so aweesome ann. I tried getting 2 rainbow pics in about 1 or 2 wks ago but my camera was really acting up and didn't want to see the darn thing. Good thing I'm taking a class soon to straighten out this problem! (low lighting).

MsSisyphus said...

80 problems is too many, Ann. It's a punitive amount. If you can do 10 correctly, 80 is ridiculous. If you cannot do 10 correctly, 80 isn't going to help. If you're looking to practice so it's rote, I'd say 25 is the top end of fair.

Honestly, if Diva Girl came home with that many problems, I wouldn't make her do them all. And if she got in trouble for it, I'd be having a chat with the teacher.

JBlue said...

I didn't know we Missourians were only allowed to make fun of peops from Arkansas (Note to self: stop making fun of Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Texas, Florida....)

80 problems is too much. Wonder why?

Gawdessness said...

I love the pictures. I can't remember ever seeing a rainbow at dusk!
I live in the part of the world that gets tornadoes occasionally. One did such terrible damage here that even years later when there is a thunderstorm during the day most of the people in a store or wherever start looking at the sky and evaluating what the risk might be.
Glad that you and yours are safe.
Report cards sound pretty good and I think that you are on the right track with your responses!

Angel said...

Goodness!! I'm glad everyone was ok.

Double rainbows are just breathtaking--I've been lucky enough to see a few complete doubles.

My daughter is always the one who gets caught too (told you they were alike!)