Saturday, May 15, 2010

May Garden

It has been rainy here for the past week.  Before the rains started I had snapped a few pictures of my flowers.  Enjoy a short walk through the garden.
The pink rose on the left is Knockout 'Radcon' and the red rose is Tess of the D'Uerbvilles.  The red rose has special meaning.  My grandmothers name was Rose.  When she died I sent this rose bush to her funeral knowing that I would bring it home and plant it in my garden.  Red was her favorite color.  I always think of  her when it is bloom knowing she would be thrilled that she still lives on in my garden.
The Shasta Daisys have reseeded everywhere but I don't care because they are so cheerful.  My favorite movie is "You've Got Mail".  In the movie Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) loves daisys because they brighten her day.  I have to say I love them also. 
Another favorite of mine are Columbines.  These are McKanas Giants that I grew from seed several years ago.  They continue to reseed each year. 
This is a piece of the front yard.  When I took this picture there wasn't anything blooming but now I have Coreopsis that have just opened.  Pictures of those will follow when the weather cooperates.
Until next time,

Monday, May 10, 2010

What I do during a Tornado

Today, around 5:00pm, we had several tornados touch down in the Oklahoma City area.  One was about 6 miles south of me, another about 5 miles south, another about 4 miles east.  My husband is out of town on business so I was responsible for keeping the cats and myself safe...that's scary!
So this is what I did.  My next door neighbor has a storm shelter but it was pouring down rain and hailing.  The storm sirens were sounding so I opted to go to the center of my house, which is my shower.  I loaded each cat in a crate and placed them in the shower.  I bundled up in a king size quilt, grabbed my purse, computer and camera.  Of course I had to take a picture of the cats!  The tornados passed quickly so I didn't have to stay in the shower long.  The cats were pretty calm during the whole ordeal. 

All of my family lives in this area.  They all know the drill.  Call let me know where you are and how you are doing.  It seems tornados are always touching down during rush hour traffic.  What's up with that??  Anyway, the kids got home safely and my mom is fine.  The tornado touched down about 2 miles from my in-laws and they are without power. 

So that is my way to survive a tornado.  Hopefully I will never have to test my method to see if it works.   

Until next time,