Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My humble apologies ...

I apologize to all of you who have been patiently waiting for the book review and giveaway that I promised was forthcoming.  You know what they say about good intentions, don't you?  Well, I had the best of intentions but somehow life has managed to interfere with those good intentions and has kept me away from the keyboard for far too long.  I won't bore you with the mundane details but I just wanted to let you know that I am currently working on two book reviews/giveaways with two additional ones lined up to follow shortly after.  

Thank you for your patience.  Please keep watching because I really hope to be able to post the giveaways within the next couple of days.   That's a promise!

We had a bit of excitement at our house today.  After weeks and weeks of practically no rain at all, we finally had a storm today.  It was a real doozy too!  One minute the skies were perfectly clear and  the sun was relentlessly beating down on the dried earth.  As I left the school this afternoon, I stood in the parking lot discussing with some coworkers about how hot it has been for mid-October.  We were talking about the fact that it appeared as if the predicted rain was not going to happen.  The newspaper today said that rain was coming but "would not be enough to make a difference."  Ha!  Less than a hour later the sky suddenly darkened, the wind became ferocious, and huge hailstones pelted down on the unfortunate vehicles.  It was spectacular in its intensity. 

Meanwhile, I had arrived home from work and gone to lay down for a minute before beginning dinner preparations.  I heard the sound of heavy equipment outside the house but gave it little thought because it is, after all, harvest season and our house is surrounded by fields.  Five minutes later, my husband walked in the door, calling out for me and asked me if I was unaware that there was a fire in our front yard!  Yes, I was completely unaware!  It seems that lightning struck one of our ancient and stately trees and, due to the fact that everything is completely bereft of moisture, it caught ablaze internally and flames were spouting quite a few feet into the air.    

I am so thankful to God that the fire was no worse than it was.  We live in the country, several miles from the volunteer fire station, and it could have been much worse if some Samaritan driving by had not seen the flames and called the fire department when they did.   There is a stand of trees near where the fire was that could easily have burst into flames too and the fire could have then spread to our four and a half acres of woods.  Since the woods is an unofficial sanctuary for the local wildlife, that would have been a disaster.   Thankfully, all is well, the fire is out, and the rain assured that the last surviving embers were extinguished.  We have lost another of the beautiful trees that were what initially attracted us to this house; but trees can, and will, be replaced and someone, many years down the road, will enjoy the tree that will be planted to replace the one that we lost today.   


  1. I know what you are talking about. Sometimes life gets in the way of what we plan to do and we just have to put that thing on hold. Will ck back later.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  2. I'm so glad that tree didn't spread over to your house!

    Life is like that. I feel behind due to so many things, too, so I'm just catching up on your blog.

    We need to talk about our latest mutual book! LOL.