I told you about “window shopping” with craigslist yesterday and getting a giggle. Had another one today. Someone advertised “used cows” for sale. Apparently, they are 2-4 years old, but how have they been used? Did they eat themselves into a chocolate stupor lamenting the fact they felt “so used”? I’m sure there is an explanation that escapes me. I’m equally sure there is another joke that could be made, but we won’t go there.
To your right as you read this, you’ll notice some new widgets have been added. One is for SocialVibe and it displays the badge for the American Red Cross. This year’s weather has really hit farming communities and small town USA hard with flooding and record numbers of tornados– over 1,000 so far in the month of May alone. More are forecasted in the next 48 hours from supercell storms that will track from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas eastward. Kentucky has been warned of the worst expected storms, perhaps in history. If you have a few extra minutes, please take the time to click on the badge and answer a few questions. The companies sponsored there will donate to the American Red Cross (or the charity you choose) based on those clicks. Electrolux alone will donate up to $30,000. It costs you nothing.
As to storm preparations here, there is not much for us to do but wait and hope. The calves are probably protected from heavy winds, rain and lightening, so long as they are in their shed…I mean so long as they don’t get a direct hit. Mike, the dogs and I…well…we have no basement nor interior room. A portion of the bathroom is rather enclosed but in direct line of a small bathroom window. I’m thinking the dogs and I may spend the night in the crawl space. Mike thinks I’m silly, but hey I’m a California girl and these storms terrify me! We discussed it last night, he said I could get to low areas, like down by the creek, but then I’d have to worry about a flash flood. Or I could lie down in a low area but out in the open (uh, no!) I’d get wet if the house went anyway. Or I could go to his partners house and wait it out in their spidery basement…now that’s an idea! So, Chi-town buddies, if you come home and realize someone, other than copper thieves has been in your basement…it’s me! On the other hand, if you come home and find me laid out on the basement floor, it’s cause I hit my head on the “rafters” on the way down the stairs and knocked myself out!
Yeah, I’m feeling anxious about all this….
Here’s a link to a blogger that says we need to keep all this in perspective. http://blackjackoak.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/heartland-tornadoes-keeping-things-in-perspective/ It’s not the first time we’ve had a rash of killer tornadoes. True enough, but that hardly calms the nerves when we are warned of extreme and severe weather but have no place to go. I don’t care if it’s global warming, La Nina, or someone flushing a toilet. I still hate storms like this! I do appreciate her attempt to de-politicize the tornado issue, though. I seriously doubt Mother Nature is a Republican or a Democrat or that she gives a flying rat’s you-know-what about environmentalists and their agenda.