A Slow Start

Last night I got home late from teaching quilting classes in Manchester.  Then I checked my email, talked with Hubby, and got caught up on things from while I was gone.  By the time I got to bed it was almost midnight.  I knew I had to be and ready to head out the door by 8am to attend a class for people who provide continuing education for childcare providers (which I do) but that still gave be plenty of time to sleep….that was until Ruby woke at 5:45 wanting to go outside.  UGH.

By 6 am it is usually starting to lighten and the sun is making it’s appearance…but nope, not today, a storm was rolling in.  Before long Kalissa was downstairs and both of us were watching winds reek havoc on our trees.  We checked the weather radar via the computer to see how long the storm would last and pop!  Off went the electricity.  We looked out side and part of our tree had toppled over taking the power line with it.  No electricity. With the power line lying on the ground in our yard down, and me without electricity to take a shower, I quickly saw that I probably wasn’t going to make my meeting.

Hubby had just past under the tree with the feeder wagon and tractor before it fell.  Once the storm moved on through to towns west and south of us, Hubby resumed feeding cattle and his boss went to work on the tree.

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With a chain saw and skid loader, it didn’t take long to clean up.

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A few minutes after it was cleaned up the guys from REC, our electric company, were here and working to restore the power.

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In about 45 minutes we got 1.7″ of rain.  UGH.  But we have power now and that makes life just a little better.

We are expecting storms throughout the entire next week with heat indexes heading towards 100.  Already outside now I can just feel the atmosphere cooking up another storm that forecaster are predicting to hit sometime later tonight.

On another note people have asked how the crop planting is going here.  With today’s rain, the guys are calling in quits.  They were unable to plant all of it.  There is no count yet on how many acres will be left un-planted.  We just know that it was too many….

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9 thoughts on “A Slow Start

  1. Linda in NE

    Last year everyone was begging for rain….and here it is…a whole year late. Mother Nature just doesn’t seem to get it that no crops because of too much rain isn’t any better than no crops because of no rain. We can always be optimistic and hope for a happy medium next year.

  2. Janet Orr

    Glad your husband wasn’t under the tree when it fell! ! We got over 4 inches in Oelwein. Besides Manchester what other quilt shops are in your area? A few of us want to do a shop hop in your area next Saturday.

  3. Jean Tanner

    A group I’m with went to the shop at Elkader, Manchester, with lunch at Betty’s Tea Room, and the Whalen drugstore which is more than a drugstore, then to nice shop in Independence, and there is a shop north of Jesup. Perhaps some of these are too far south for you. The shop in Independence also sells Pfaff sewing machines, and has a fat quarter bin for $1.00 each. I am being paid to say these things.

  4. Jean Tanner

    Ignore last comment on previous post.I AM NOT BEING PAID TO SAY WHAT I DID ABOUT THESE SHOPS. SHOULD HAVE PROOF READ MORE CAREFULLY. OH THE JOY OF OLDER EYES AND ACTING TOO QUICKLY

  5. Janet Orr

    Hee hee, Jean, I knew what you meant. We’ve been to the Jesup and Independence stores many times. We are wanting some more in the Dubuque and Manchester area.

  6. Betty

    Sorry to hear about your planting–hard to predict Mother Nature.

    I have the Nickel Quilt Book–seeing your beautiful finishes makes me want to start a new quilt

  7. gale

    So sorry about the planting. Hopefully there’s insurance to cover that. We have to replant beans that drowned out but are still waiting for the fields to dry up. Around here a few farmers double-crop beans in wheat fields so mid July is probably our deadline and even then, yields will suffer a lot.

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