Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Stormy Monday


Inside: a summer storm begins on Sunday night. We unplug the TV and computers because of the lightning and listen to the news on our battery-operated radio.


Outside: rain begins to fall, lightly at first but gradually heavier.


Inside: we hunker. It's dark, cool and windy. It rains most of the night.


Outside: in the morning, it's still gloomy, about twenty degrees cooler than normal and the wind has picked up even more, but the rain has mostly stopped. It's trash day on our street and the bins are blowing away.


Inside: it's an indoor day. But it's the last week of swimming lessons and we feel brave, so we drive to the pool. Few students attend but we stick it out. Home again for a warm lunch and afghan-snuggles on the couch.


Outside: it's cool, but the breeze is fresh so I open the front door for some air. Trumpet-vine leaves and spent blooms accumulate in the courtyard; I'll sweep when the wind dies down.


Inside: we bake sugar cookies (the no-roll kind, flattened with a glass dipped in sugar).


Outside: it's still really dreary. Cookies are just the ticket.


Inside: I have something new on the hook.


Outside: the sunflowers seem confused.


Inside: I make lasagna for dinner. I find half a jar of basil pesto in the fridge - voila, pesto lasagna.


Outside: the kids' pool will need a good cleaning after the wind and rain.


Inside: a long day in the house and a lot of picking-up to do, but a cozy day is a rare treat in summertime.

36 comments:

  1. Your dreary looks gorgeous - I love the mist rolling over the mountain tops.

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  2. Wow Jennifer it looks like you have some pretty dramatic storms over there - how lovely though to be able to snuggle down indoors and make biscuits. Love the colours of your ripple x Jane P.S.It's not a hat!

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  3. Which hills are those Jennifer? They're a wonderful sight all topped with rolling cloud :)

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  4. Hope you weathered the storm. Loving the crochet looks great x

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  5. Dramatic indeed! I can imagine the blustery wind by seeing those trash bins knocked over along the street. I like how you made the best out of the stormy weather :) ...those silly sunflowers...
    Jayne

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  6. The hills with the mist are so stunning, I'm loving the colours of your new ripple project is it a blanket?, I kinda want to make one of those. x
    Clarex

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  7. Hi Jennifer there is something nice about being hunkered down and cosy inside when it's stormy outside, the mountains look amazing and I love your crochet colours! :-) x

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  8. Well...you have done it again!
    You are a natural at this Jennifer...
    Love these photos...and the view!!! Awesome!!
    Love the new colors you are working on...what is it??
    What a beautiful neighbourhood you live in...so different from here...
    Enjoy your evening...Hope you send some rain our way...
    We are shrivelling up!!
    And it is about 100 degrees!!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  9. Your pictures are awsome, beautiful

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  10. A cosy day in the middle of summer is always nice. I can't wait to see that ripple when you are done. Very pretty.

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  11. A day in the life.. love it! We are clouded up today.. hope it doesn't stay as I want it nice while our daughter is here for 10 days. LOVE the colors in your new ripple! I want to do a ripple, but need to concentrate on my Shocking Pink teddy bear. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. What a very cozy day! The mountains are just gorgeous and your view is fabulous! Your lasagna looks really yummy, too!

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  13. Great photos ... both of indoors and out! I would love to look down my street to see those lovely hills each day. You sure know how to make the best of bad weather ;) Wendy

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  14. I love this post! Your pictures are beautiful and I enjoyed tagging along through your day.

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  15. I feel I was there...I like rainy windy days in the middle of the summer!So lazy and cosy inside and lets the weather do its job! I loved your countryard and the neighboorhood and the food!Everything is so sweet by you dear Jennifer!

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  16. Beautiful photos Jennifer! :) I really enjoyed this post.

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  17. This is beautiful - just such a hauntingly sweet story of coziness and togetherness! I love your view of the mountains - or is it foothills?
    You really got a lot done that day too!

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  18. Lovely post Jennifer - I feel a bit sad for the sunflowers but I expect they've brightened up again by now! Good to see you're rippling away there - a small blanket, or a cushion? Looks lovely anyway!
    We've had stormy weather here, last 24 hours - howling wild winds and such heavy rain - I'm hoping it'll settle soon so we can take Pika for her walk!!
    Joy x

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  19. what a day, what a view, hope its all settled down now x

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  20. I do love a fast summer storm, sounds like you made the most of your rainy day.

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  21. Lovely photos of the views. We don't very often get summer storms here but I love it when we do, especially the smell of the rain. Beautiful afghan! xoxo

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  22. Hope things have settled down now. I don't mind the rain so much but I hate wind, it's so destructive. I'm loving the colours in your new crochet project.

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  23. So enjoyed your post. It read like a lovely piece of poetry. Great pictures as well.

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  24. I love sugar cookies, they are such great, sweet comfort food :) We need your rain, it has been nasty hot and humid. My tomatoes are protesting!

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  25. What a great way to look at a dreary day. And the pictures of the sunflowers are wonderful.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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  26. It might have been dreary and stormy but your view is wonderful, such lovely hills. Sugar cookies and sunflowers just go together. Thanks for commenting on my lavender!

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  27. wow - fab photos - and LOVE that crochet blanket! Thanks for telling me about cats being 'splorked' - I just love it!

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  28. Beautiful photos as always. I love the view through your gate and all those delicious-looking cookies.

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  29. Your images are amazing and I love your glimpses of motherhood the most. This post warms my heart and makes me want to be the best that I can be. xx

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  30. mmm sugar cooking.
    the colors of what your knitting are beautiful.
    we had lasagna for dinner last night.

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  31. You take great photos Jennifer and I love how you juxta-positioned the out and in! Following you back dear!

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  33. This is such a lovely post. You give a really good flavour of your stormy day. It must be nice to have some rain and cooler weather. I like the look of what you're crocheting, and that's a very pretty dress/skirt you're wearing. x

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  34. I enjoyed your stormy day, Jennifer. Your toppled trash cans reminded me of the chases we had on windy days in our neighborhood on the CA coast :) I especially enjoyed your cloud pictures and a peek at your latest crochet project.
    xx,
    Gracie

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  35. Booo - I don't know how I missed this post! Glad i found it now though! :) I really like stormy days, but ours are very tame in comparison to yours. I love that feeling when the wind picks up and the air feels cooler, it happened here the other day as we have had very hot weather for a few weeks now (unheard of in the UK!) But no storm came! It was a bit of a disappointment for us. :)

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  36. They had the same weather here in Scottsdale while we were gone. Missed all the storms, but kept up with pictures via internet. It looked crazy. Love the bad weather huddle, though. Way to make the best of a stormy day!

    Lisa

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