The sky was slate gray all morning but the rain didn't even seem to want to flirt with us. I felt better and better as the day went on and did my Friday laundry and even got some weeding done in the little bed beside the kitchen where the bananas grow. The nuisance plants growing in there are, once again, threatening to take over the entire area and they are particularly hard to dig up, especially the lariope, or as we call it around here, monkey grass. As I have said before, the roots are like nylon netting, and a pain to pull. There is also the horrible chenille plant spreading like Covid at a Republican fund-raiser in 2021. These manage to squeeze their tenacious roots into the same space as the monkey grass making it all double the flavor, double the fun. To my chagrin, I also discovered that the fireweed has dipped its toe into the mix and I finally had to put on gloves. But, there are also roses which are blooming and the wild phlox coming up. Mint is starting to take off and there are some very nice volunteer tomato plants from when I used to throw my kitchen scraps out there for the chickens. Of course the pine cone lilies will soon be shooting up and also the turmeric, both equally determined to crowd out everything else. It's a miracle the bananas manage to grow there.
Gardening in Florida is so much fun! At least the mosquitoes weren't out today.
It finally started drizzling and so I finished up what I was doing there and grabbed some of the firespike that I started rooting early last winter when it looked like we were going to get a freeze and I planted that behind the generator by the fence. And then I came in and tidied up and ate my lunch (leftover soup and it is better today than it was yesterday and that was pretty damn good) and then the rain picked up and pretty soon it started thundering.
It thundered and thundered, great cracks of it and then long rolling rumbles. A true thunderstorm and the next thing I knew, the wind was blowing like we were in a hurricane and the thunder and lightening got closer and closer and the rain just poured down. I actually got a small video of what it looked like for a few seconds and in it, you will hear me scream like a little child.
Soon we were getting tornado warnings and I realized that we must have gotten a small band off of one which caused that intense wind. The warning that Hank sent me that he'd gotten was a little late for us but I read it and I cracked up at the paragraph that said, "Mobile homes will be DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE TO ROOFS, WINDOWS, VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY.
Okay. So mobile homes WILL be destroyed but tree damage is only likely? Do these people live in Florida?
Our power cut out but our generator cranked up and before you know it, I was watching the rest of "This Is Where I Leave You" and Mr. Moon was on his computer. I have to tell you that the generator is amazing. We're just all la-di-dah over here with our lights and internet while our neighbors are in the dark.
So yes, of course I feel guilty but that does not prevent me from also feeling very, very grateful and happy.
Supposed to get cooler tonight and I am grateful for that too.
Guess I'll go see if Mr. Moon is ready to make our martinis. We have survived an illness and a possible tornado this week. Life does just keep chugging along, doesn't it?
Happy Friday, y'all.