"On the plains of Oklahoma, with a windshield sunset in your eyes like a watercolor painted sky, you'd think heavens doors have opened."
Fly Over States

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Where the Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plain

Thanks to everyone who has made nice comments about Mimi and have checked in to see how we survived yesterday's tornadoes.  We were near the dry line where they were firing up but that actually helped us because by the time they were organized enough to cause trouble, they were past us to the east. 

We listened to the sirens; watched the clouds swirl and dip down;  and had a hail dance (golf ball size) with high winds but it didn't cause any damage.  In fact, once the danger was past, I sat in front of the television watching reports and brushed out Evelyn's coat.  After a year and a half, it is FINALLY starting to blow!  
The picture, above, is twenty minutes of brushing out Evelyn's back and sides with a comb - I didn't even get to her chest, hips or ruff.   As I have mentioned, before, samoyed hair has no odor and can be spun for yarn. 

I don't spin.

As soon as the dry line passed, we sat on the back patio facing east with a glass of wine/beer to watch the storm clouds continue to menace the city and points beyond.  As crazy as it sounds to those sane individuals not reared in tornado alley, I had a big grin on my face and a spring in my step the whole time.  I have missed this. 

The original death count of five has been tentatively reduced to three, amazingly enough, which is cause for celebration. 

Happy Quilting, Penny, Evelyn and Pearl


Linda said...

Was thinking about you as I watched the funnels on the news! Glad everyone is okay.
Lurking Linda

MamaT said...

Glad to hear you're okay. And I'm very sorry to hear about Mimi's illness. I'll remember her in my prayers.

I thought the picture was of two of your dogs when I realized that was a pile of fur! haha My daughter spins. She has angora rabbits. I wonder how that would mix with dog fur?

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're safe.

It looks like enough fur for another dog! How often do they shed like that?


Sherry said...

I have a niece in California. She was raised here. Her parents want her home with the hubby and grand daughters and away from the earthquakes. She retorts with 'move back to the tornadoes.' Want to count how many times she had to seek shelter while growing up here. Zero. I know it 'could' happen, but it hasn't ever here in written history.

Since you don't spin...there's a place in Denton Texas you can send the fur to and they will spin it for you...for a fee of course.

OklaTwister said...

Ha, you know you're an Okie when you have tornado parties!
I don't spin, but I have a loom you can borrow if you want to make a shawl.

Suzanne Kistler said...

Glad to hear that the tornados went sweeping down the plain. :) You're the only one I "know" in OK, so you've been in my thoughts each day.

Infinity Quilter/Knitter said...

I'm glad to hear that you're all safe and that your friend is doing better.

Riley is blowing like crazy too. I blew him out last week and this week there is more. It's never ending with a sam!