Stormy Day!

About 1:00 the sky got so dark the yard lights came on and then the wind and rain started. After that the power went out. By the time it was done our yard was littered with limbs, branches and leaves. But that was nothing compared to our neighbors just down the road. Here is their house with a HUGE tree laying on the roof! Yikes!

The neighbor across the road was left with this devastation in his cornfield.

Our sweet corn is also laying flat on the ground but it is not our livelihood and it doesn’t matter.

Nobody loves to see the mailman come more than me. You’re all so generous in cards, letters and gifts that I look forward to getting the mail. Today there was a copy for both Connie and me of this new book by Martingale.

I can’t wait to study it till I decide which one I’ll start next. And there are 54 to choose from!!!

Here are the reader quilts:

Hi, Squeak!

I lost some plants and a couple vintage vanilla pots in the storm.

And tomorrow is another day!

21 thoughts on “Stormy Day!

  1. Jo in Wyoming

    Oh my word, what a storm! Is that Tim’s corn field?…..heartbreaking.
    I hope your neighbor can get their house fixed soon. That must of been very frightening for them.

    The quilts and 4 legged friends are precious.
    I’ll watch for that book too, looks fun.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – no, Tim’s corn pretty much escaped – this was a mile south of us. Very sad

  2. Diane and Squeak

    Whew! That’s a huge limb and what a wild storm! A farmer’s life is hard. I hope all the corn isn’t lost. I know you’ll enjoy the book and pick a neat quilt. It’s nice to see all the DD’s and buddies enjoying them. More “death cleaning” in the basement tomorrow; it’s going to be 93 and super humid here in Central Ohio.

  3. Dee

    I’m in Shell Rock/Waverly, and we had a tornado a couple weeks ago. Lots of trees down. Today the path was more northerly, my friend lost the grove of evergreens by her farm house. None on the house, but the trees were old friends.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dee – I couldn’t agree more – trees are definitely old friends!

  4. Sandy

    Hi Mary, great to see the 2 dogs social distancing! That certainly was some storm, hope everyone is ok. Take care, best wishes from sandy

  5. Pat Smith

    I happened to be driving through Iowa a few years ago and seeing the damage to crops after that doracho. I had never heard of a storm like that although we had to spend some time in our basement in our Iowa years during tornado warnings. I’m sorry to hear of the person losing her pine trees. Having seen how the wind comes across northern Iowa, people are dependent on those pines around the house to cut the wind. So glad all you had were a mess in the yard and damage in your lovely succulent garden.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat Smith – we were lucky to be on the fringes of that storm! Our yard is all cleaned up now but we’re expecting bad storms again this afternoon. Ugh!

  6. RITA in Iowa

    We had lots of needed rain but that’s it. Love all the beautiful quilts .

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have a quite time around the world. We all seem to be in such turmoil!

    Be safe.

  7. Angie from Baltimore

    Sorry about your corn but at least you are safe. So sorry about your neighbor as there is no way these storms can be predicted until they are upon you. I am loving my book and tried the pretzel salad for friends and at first they were leery until they tried it and now I need to be aware it is going to be at a lot of pot lucks.
    Paraolympic started last night so know it will be handwork in front of the TV.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Angie from Baltimore – I love that salad – the sweet and salty combination!

  8. Kathy in western NY

    Good Morning. Mother Nature sure can raise havoc. I hope your neighbors house is still livable. That always worries me with the trees around our home and barns. Watching the weather channel it looks like a nasty line of storms is between Cleveland and Detroit right now but is suppose to fizzle out before moving this way. We are to be in the 90’s today. My husband is making good progress from the viral infection damage and today is finally a neurologist appt to see about the stroke, but the good news I was able to get him in and out of our pool yesterday so his strength is coming back through the therapy. It all helps being active at home while covid numbers rise here, that he can be safe exercising at home, then we address outpatient therapy. Hospital restrictions are back in place here so I am thankful I and our kids could split up the days to be with him for the 2 weeks when he was hospitalized early July. I never want to go through this time period ever again so I am with Rita and want to see some peace and quiet. All the lovely quilts your readers create and pictures make my day so thank you Mary.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy in western NY – you’ve got your hands full, don’t you? Amazed that you could get him in and out of the pool but so much better than going out. Keep us posted, Kathy!

  9. Susan K in Texas

    Those pop up storms can sure do some damage in a short time! The loss of such a big tree and possible damage to the house is sad. And the loss of a field of corn too.
    I’m sorry about your plants. I know they mean a lot to you.
    The street parallel to ours is being redone. The constant breaking and loading of concrete has my kitties all upset. Magnus stays in the bottom of the kitty tree. Klaus is either in the closet or in my recliner in a dark room. They can’t enjoy their morning yard time as the destruction/construction starts at 7am. We do get to enjoy our evening time in the yard. Klaus has been catching mice and playing with them. He lost one last night. We’ve had a big problem with them this summer.
    This morning as I write this I’m watching and listening to the Mississippi kites flying around. The blue jays are not happy. The kites have been nesting in our neighborhood the past couple of years. They look so pretty flying about.
    Enjoy your day!

      1. Susan K in Texas

        Yea it’s a bird – a small hawklike bird. They have a very distinctive call. They’re very pretty.

  10. Sherrill

    I had my neighbor’s LARGE pine tree fall on my house during a storm a few months ago. One of the big limbs pierced through the roof and came through the ceiling in my master bath. Would’ve scared me to death had I been in there!! Took a while to get it fixed but it was a job well done–matched the ceiling paint perfectly. LOL I can’t wait to see the projects in that new book!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sherrill – I’m not sure the tree went completely thru the roof but either way it’s a large cleanup job!

  11. Betty Klosterman

    Mother Nature can sure stir up a lot of havoc and destruction with her storms. Maybe to remind us she is still in charge? And the people in the flash flood in Tennessee. So hard to comprehend. Glad you didn’t have the real damage in your area. Getting the house repaired now could be very interesting with the shortages of supplies.
    Did you and Connie get finished on the quilts you were working on for the new book? That would be a big job.
    The DD quilts are great. It is nice to see everybody’s show and tell. We never tire of that.
    School started yesterday. The pictures of my little GG niece at 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM are worth a thousand words! She did enjoy it. Her first day of kindergarten.
    Take care everybody. Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – I sent the majority of the quilts off to Martingale last Monday – ahead of schedule!! I am in love with several of these quilts and hated to send them off because I know I won’t see them again for two years. Yes, I don’t envy our neighbors trying to find a contractor and supplies! Yes, Mother Nature can sure turn our world upside down in a hurry!

  12. Kathy Hanson

    That new book from Martingale surely looks interesting. Look forward to hearing your review!
    What a storm you must have had. We are lucky enough to be getting some rain but not the real storms, we are thankful!

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