Monday, December 26, 2005

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Spirit

This is MY present! Go open your own!

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Australian Tile Painting

My present.
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My Mother's Present

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Sudden Storm

I was just reading email when there was a very bright flash of light coming through the bedroom door. I had barely enough time to look at the spot and start to wonder what it was when KAA BOOM! Oh, lightening. Unusual, around here, to have it so close. The next lightening was maybe 3 minutes later, with thunder many seconds after, so it was moving away quickly. The only thing left, it seems, is the rain.


Sunday, December 18, 2005

Battle of the Skies

The clouds have finally blown in, and are taking over the sky. An advancing army of clouds, following the wind scouts. Once they've secured the area, the rain will fall.

Mt. St. Helens sent up a plume of steam in protest before being enveloped by white and gray clouds.

Mt. Rainier has gone from a shining white presence to a violet-blue background. I can hear the distant drums behind the roar of the wind. The clouds are meeting no resistance.

Hopefully with the clouds and rain in control, it will also warm up.

A good day to be inside drinking gluhwein.


I feel like we are under siege by the wind gods. Last night I thought Hawai'i might be headed our direction, but today the winds have changed from the southwest to the southeast. Might explain why it isn't getting much warmer.

Our rather rare windstorms rarely last more than a few hours. This one started last night, maybe around 7 PM, and is still going strong. Very strong. A few small trees have come down, only one of my recently planted bamboos has been uprooted so far. Not sure how they are going to survive first freezing then drying wind. So far none of my structures (like canvas carports) has succumbed, but the winds are persistent.

Charlie is out with the sheep, keeping the world safe. He came in for awhile, but then felt he was needed elsewhere. The other dogs are quite happy to stay in, thank you.

My little lamb-lgd thinks he should be in with us. I had tried him in with the sheep again for a couple days, but he just hangs around wherever a dog is and cries.

The wind is supposed to blow in warm weather, clouds, and rain. So far it is still clear and cold and very, very pretty. Even if I can't open my front door for fear of not getting it shut again.