After doing a few chores in town today, and having a nice late breakfast with a dear friend, I returned home to both having no power in the house, and the kittens and cats having eyes the size of dinner plates. As I dropped my friend (Melanie) off at her place we both saw piles of hail on the roads and driveways here in Kachina Village. I think if we could have danced in a car we would have. We finally got some rain, cloud cover and cooling temperatures! Hallelujah!
As I turned off the road to Mel's house and onto Kachina Trail I noticed our local electric utilities vehicle beside the road with a workman in the cherry-picker. Now I knew what happened. The cats' eyes confirmed it. Lightening had hit very, very near to our place! It comes with the rain this time of year. If you like the rain, you have to put up with these maurading hits of lightening as well. There's no getting out of it.
When I was about 17, I was knocked to the ground by lightening. It's not a fun thing...having your hair and eyebrows singed off a bit as well as having that smell & taste of ozone in your nose and mouth. I now watch lightening from inside. I would have to say I even enjoy watching it...from inside, that is. But if I am outside, as my Hired-Hand-With-Benefits can tell you, I quit what I'm doing and go in. At least I don't panic and start sweating the minute I hear thunder now but it's taken 40 years to get to this point. I have even stopped shaking during storms.
My father used to say I wasn't afraid of anything until that incident happened. I still feel unafraid. It's just something that I can't control...something way too deep to reach. Oh well, it could be worse, I suppose.
For now I will just leave you with a promise that I will return to blogging soon with pictures of growing lambs and sheep for sale.
...but, I can hear thunder in the distance and see that storm clouds are headed this way again. And don't I think I hear my mother calling me?.... I think the kittens have the right idea. Is there any room under that bed for me too?