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No, Lee…My Heart Did Not Stop Beating, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Well, Lee came through on Labor Day and caused quite a stir. There’s good news and bad news.

The good news? It appears the horrible sticky hot days of summer are gone! Hallelujah! As a matter of fact I don’t think the temperatures got out of the 50s today which meant we had our first pot of green chile stew. Posole may be next!

Now for the bad news…first no, Lee, I did not die…my heart did not stop beating…you just caused my heart monitor to stop working…

Tropical Storm Lee brought with his bad self F3 tornado strength winds. There seems to have been at least one tornado reported in the area. As we sat at my folks house, the wind was blowing, trees were bending, raining was driving and lights were blinking off and on. Had it been Oct. 31st it would have been really good Halloween special effects. The lights stayed on at momma and daddy’s.

When we left and turned onto our street (about a quarter mile as the crow flies) it was scary, pitch black. Yep, the lights went out in Alabama…at least on our street…

Our power went out about 6 or 6:30 PM on Monday night. At 11:09 PM last night when I called the Alabama Power customer service number I was told our power would be back on quote “today”. Hummm, that gave them 51 minutes.

Well, we woke up nice and early this morning and it was still raining…and there was still no power. I called Alabama Power again and this time the automated recording had been updated. The new messaged told me my power would be on by 10:15PM Sept. 10th. Yes, hand to God that is exactly what they said…I called back twice just to make sure I heard correctly. I had.

I then called Alabama Power and punched through the IVR or the automated menu from hell we get on sometimes…you know how those things work…we punch and punch and soon feel like we’re on hamster wheels in Hades. My persistence paid off and I got a voice. I told Ms Voice I was on a heart monitor and there was an urgent need to have my power restored. Ms Voice informed me Alabama Power no longer does priority restores and she advised me to relocate or go to a shelter. Wow, good thing I wasn’t in an iron lung or anything

This morning we learned on one of the major routes up the mountain there were quite a few trees down and with them power lines. And, just to sweeten the pie, some bozo in a Jeep thought he was infallible (of course a Jeep is like a Humvee or tank) and tried to drive over the downed power lines. End result? Looks like the Jeep is hung on one of those kinky sex swing things and in my humble opinion just what a numb nut like the driver of this Jeep deserves…

And just to prove idiots like this really exist, here are the picture to prove idiots walk among us

WARNING: do not try this…please!!

can you count the rings

Clearing begins…kinda…

wait til you see whats around the corner

Wait till you see what’s around the corner…

 

yes you ARE seeing what you think you are B

Yes, you ARE seeing what you think you are

 

looks like a crime to me too B

Looks like a crime scene to me…

this is what stupid looks like up close B 

This is what stupid looks like up close (I used a modesty patch over the tag…but, then again…really?!

lost cause for now B

Yep, a lost cause…

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Hot Enough For You? by Beverly Hicks Burch

I was driving the other day and my super smart Jeep told me it was 103 outside. Like I needed a Jeep to tell me that! All I needed was my soaking wet clothes clinging to my body and the conked out dog laying in the front seat beside me to tell we it was way too hot outside!

So a little reminder of what was…and hopefully what is to come…and maybe a little power of suggestion…

now that's cold

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Sweet Home Alabama, by Beverly Hicks Burch

April Tornado Damage 2011

As you and your family celebrate the 4th this year, I ask you to keep my home State Alabama in your thoughts and prayers. This photo was taken not too far from my house…and the home remains in this condition today.

If you have been spared the devastation of the April storms that tore through Alabama and other storms this spring that hit towns with names like Joplin, MO and Ringgold, GA, then consider yourself among the very, very lucky this weekend.

I’m just grateful all I have to do is put a new roof on my house because of the storms…

There’s still a lot of recovery going on in Alabama and other states.

God bless you, Sweet Home, Alabama…

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The Wonders of Modern Technology, The Horrors of Mother Nature, by Beverly Hicks Burch

 I lived through the 1973 tornado that devastated Brent, AL and then came up through Center Point, AL I also acutely remember the 1974 Tornado Super Outbreak and a horrific F5 tornado that carved a path through Birmingham on April 8, 1998.

Yes, those were scary times for my home state. They were innocent times and maybe that innocence made them seem even more scary. The thought of something so destructive baring down on you that you couldn’t see and in those days had very little forewarning of was terrorizing. It could just reach down out of the sky, zap everything around you, devastate you life and be gone in a matter of seconds.

The 1974 Super Outbreak was considered a historical event.

It pains me to say history has been repeated and surpassed. On April 27, 2011 my home state was absolutely ravaged by severe weather. As I write this as least 170+ people have lost there lives. In Tuscaloosa, home of the Alabama Crimson Tide, at least 600 people have been hospitalized. Other places…names like Birmingham…Hackleburg…Fultondale…Cullman…Moody and other places held dear to me suffered all day long under the blunt of severe weather.

T & H and I happened to be out of state at the time. The moment I heard what was happening, I grabbed my cell phone and began calling loved ones. Some I could reach…some I couldn’t. I’m still waiting to hear how our home fared through the storm.

We have the technology now that not only warns us of the impending danger, but also let’s us see the monster knocking at our doors. I don’t know which is the scariest…the days of innocence when we were clueless to the lurking danger, or the days of now when we know everything and can see it all in real time…

You can decide for yourself…

I know one thing. Suffering is suffering anytime, anywhere, any place. Please keep the people of Alabama, my people, in your thoughts and prayers…

 

 

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And then I had Chowder…, by Beverly Hicks Burch

The day broke and I could see the aftermath of last night’s “winter weather event”. I was a little leery to peek out of my blinds this morning because I heard  sleet and freezing rain blowing up against my bedroom window all night into the wee hours of the morning…yes, we’re talking until about 4:30AM CST.

The day up on the mountain has been grey and cold. The street is “slushy” at best and the only vehicles I’ve seen have been ATVs and 4 wheel drives.

When Watson the Wonderkin and I ventured out we found a glazed, crunchy, cold, icy world. Wonderkin wasn’t quite sure where his “potty” went AND why just last Thursday someone got the great idea to get him groomed (and it went a little too far with a summer cut).

So for now my day will be spent with hot chowder, hot coffee, a fire in the fireplace and a view of a winter wonderland…

 

really - you're kidding right

You’re kidding, right?

i feel so exposed

I feel so exposed…

one cold schnauzer

That’s one cold Schnauzer

hummm fire yeah right

Yes, a fire would be nice…

honey is it grill time yet

Honey, where’s the burgers?

aftermath

It was still coming down in tiny little flakes

from the back

Oops, who left the back door open?

watch out for the steps

My big steps and Watsons little steps

that's crunchy slippery snow

Ice breaking

now that's cold

Now that’s cold

don't think i'll be going anywhere anytime soon

Don’t think I’ll be going anywhere anytime soon…

up the street

Up the street

twigs and ice

Branches and Ice

the burden of cold

The burden of being cold…

lower driveway

Lower driveway – skating anyone?

more lower driveway

Top of the upper driveway

wintery crepe myrtle

Wintery Crepe Myrtle

nandina

Nandina

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A Snowy Night on Little Mountain Top in Northeast Alabama, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Here it is…the start of what’s being called the biggest winter weather event in our parts since 1996.

 

Arrival - finally

Arrival – finally!

Ummmm

Ummm…did someone say “blizzard”?

jeremy's stairs

Jeremy’s Stairs – I call him my red-headed step-son and he’s already fallen down theses stairs once this winter because of ice when he stayed overnight to take care of me the night I came home from the hospital. He’d fly down them like a greased pig tonight if he was here Winking smile

sky dandruff

Sky dandruff

 

Look up in the sky...

It’s beginning to look a lot like…oh wait, two weeks too late for that…

ready for that fire now

Yes, I’ll take a toasty fire with my snow and ice, please…

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April Showers Brought…, by Beverly Hicks Burch

April Showers Brought…

By Beverly Hicks Burch

It hasn’t been a dry spring here in Bama. We’ve had our fair share of showers in April…and May and so far even in June. This is good news considering the drought situation we endured a few of years ago.

According to my favorite weather people, James Spann and his crew at ABC 33/40, it looks like the wet stuff might hang around at least until Monday. James is my favorite weather anchor. I missed his coverage when I was an ex-pat living out of state. He’s what I call a “salt of the earth” person. I’ll never forget his coverage of the tornado outbreak of 1998. I’ve been watching James for years…I remember when James had hair!

Just this morning, Tall & Handsome looked out the bathroom window as he was brushing his teeth and he said, “I love our little garden.” Our little container garden has definitely benefited from all those showers! We’re already reaping rewards, enjoying herbs like mint, cilantro, parsley and several kinds of basil. On Memorial Day we used a couple of our home-grown jalapenos. Talk about a kid in a candy store…New Mexican born guy + home-grown peppers = happy hubby:)

It rained again yesterday so I took a little time this morning to survey the “garden”. Things are still growing along! And I can hardly wait…

Tomato gardening tips:

1. When blossoms appear on your tomatoes and peppers, be sure to spray them with blossom set. This prevents the blossoms from falling off before the fruit has time to develop and set.

2. This is a “Mr. Lovelady” tip. Mr. Lovelady was my surrogate granddaddy and had a backyard garden every year. He and Mrs. Lovelady patiently and lovingly taught me a lot: as your tomato plants grow, pinch out the “suckers” that begin to grow in the “V” point of the limb branches. This growth is unnecessary and will actually reduce fruit production.

Mammoth Jalapeno

Mammoth Jalapeno Pepper

Regular Jalapenos

Regular sized Jalapeno

Red Bell Pepper

This will eventually be a red bell pepper…

Greek oregano

Greek Oregano

Parsley 

Parsley

Oh Mint how you've grown

Oh, Mint! How you’ve grown…

Raindrops

Raindrops…proof positive…on impatients

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As Spring Begins…, by Beverly Hicks Burch

As Spring Begins…

By Beverly Hicks Burch

Let me tell you…"global warming” hit Alabama hard this year! We had several snows and over a week where the temp did not even reach the freezing point for the high of the day! I think the high one day was about 17 F°.

Flash forward to now…today’s high is predicted to be 78 and tomorrow is suppose to be 82. Auugh! I am not ready for summer. A you may know, I am NOT a summer baby…it’s the only thing I hate about living in the South…hot, humid summer weather…but, hey, it’s really good for your skin 🙂

As we head for that long hot summer, I thought I’d leave us with a little reminder of what it was like just a few short weeks ago. In the weeks ahead when temps reach toward 90 something…or heaven forbid 100…just look at this pics and stare long and hard…and feel the cool chill…

These pictures were taken during our last spring snow here in central Alabama by Tall & Handsome. I think he captured the cold beauty of the new snow…

Last snow in AL 2010

Last snow in AL 2010 B

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Global Warming Knoxville Style, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Our young friend Dustin sent me a picture the other night. He had taken the pic on the slow way home from work Thursday night during a winter weather event. He told me most of the roads all looked like parking lots.

Yeah, I know, it may not look like a lot to you folks buried under several feet of snow, but here in the South an inch can close a city down. Were just not prepared for the stuff, Not much money…or equipment of that fact in city budgets for snow removal…

Knoxville Snow 2010

Snow in Knoxville, TN Jan. 2010

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Yes, Virginia…it Snows in Alabama…Even in December, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Yes, Virginia…it Snows in Alabama…Even in December

By Beverly Hicks Burch

Overnight we had a weather event here in Alabama…in other words it SNOWED!! Yes folks it does snow in Alabama, sometimes even in December. Most of our snow tends to hit after the first of the year and we’ve had big snows (4-8 inches) as late as March or April. And, snow can make people do the “funniest” things…

One year back in the 1980s a late spring snow came through while I had an apple tree in bloom. The weight of the heavy snow uprooted the tree…and caused a rather humorous incident later that summer… In an effort to save the said apple tree, Gomez got the Eureka idea to tie the tree up with the garden hose.

Unfortunately whenever the sun came out and warmed up the hose it would stretch out and the tree would start to lean again…and he would have to go out and retie the hose. So, that hose stayed tied to the tree for a long time. How could you forget that, right…a big ol’ garden hose stretched across your back yard…?

Well, Gomez did! He was out in the back yard one afternoon (I should say the far end of the back yard) and the phone rang. Hoping to catch the phone, Gomez took off running toward the house, and you guessed it. He ran smack into the garden hose “guy wire” and clothes-lined himself, knocked his feet out from under him and landed smack on his back and bum.

Down here snow makes people irrational at times. We develop the undeniable urge to run to the grocery store and buy lots and lots of bread and milk and stand in hours long checkout lines for the privilege. I’ve never quite understood why we do that. I try to avoid that compulsion…if I get wind of the “S” word a few days in advance, I head to the store before everyone else and do my “bread and milk” buying… I tried to explain this phenomenon to Tall & Handsome yesterday when he needed to run to the store for us just because we were out of stuff. I advised him to get to the store early and he saw why as he was leaving…there was a major rush of bread and milk buyers!

Momma called me at 7:30 AM and said, “Look outside! It’s a winter wonderland!” Of course up on her little mountain I’m sure the snow was a little deeper than down here in suburbia. I felt bad when I told her we had a head start on awareness. T & H had to let Watson out at 2 AM and when they came back to the bedroom he told me the deck was covered in snow and Watson had left little paw prints in the freshly fallen snow. Need to know info at 2 AM!

As I was talking to Mom I grabbed my camera and began taking pictures. I thought I’d show you what snow in December in Alabama looks like…and I’ve given you a 360° view…from all sides of the house.

Hope you enjoy the closest thing to a White Christmas these parts will see!

Snow 12-5-2009 A

Looking out the Front door from the front porch…

Snow 12-5-09 B

I left the “frozen” North with no snow and come home to this?

Snow 12-5-09 D

Are they Crazy?!

Snow 12-5-09 F

Looking out back…

Snow 12-5-09 G

The deck…a long, cold walk for Watson…

Snow 12-5-09 L

Warm fire sounds good to me…

Snow 12-5-09 H

Winter Beauty

Snow 12-5-09 M

Hopeful Holdout…

Snow 12-5-09 P

Snow Sculptures

Snow 12-5-09 Q

I’m ready for hot chocolate…

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