Slice of Life : a visit from Cindy

Here are the grandchildren posing for my DIL at Vacation Bible School. Mega Thursday had several large slides and things set up…someone took some drone footage and posted it on Facebook and it looked like a carnival!

It is good that this portion of VBS was held on Thursday morning, because Friday was a rainy day. Taking advantage of the cooler weather, I turned the oven on and roasted some vegetables…I took a quick photo prior to putting them in.

This batch was red and yellow peppers, red onion, green beans, cauliflower and a few campari tomatoes, tossed with olive oil and salt and pepper.  I fried up some cabbage in a skillet with a bit of olive oil, tossed that with rice, and then had the roasted veggies as a side.

Later on, the term ‘rainy day’  turned in to one full of one torrential downpour after another, with some severe thunderstorms thrown in for good measure.  I am in Southwestern PA and we were having a visit from Tropical Storm Cindy.  She moved fast ! :)

We had flash flooding, wind damage, funnel clouds, and two confirmed tornados in my county.

One tornado occured out in the country at a rental property that belongs to a friend of my son. There was much damage but the lady who lives there was unharmed. She said that it all happened so fast that she didn’t even have time to get to the basement…she layed down on the floor and prayed.

We never really know ( any of us, anywhere ) what is going to happen next. I will say that tornados are very rare in my area….occasionally we have a ‘watch’ but rarely a warning, and even more rare is to have actual ones touching down!

In between the downpours a little buddy showed up and hung out for awhile.

In my area of the county, things were not too bad. We retained our power and while the roads were full of water in some sections it was not flooding badly. So when football practice was cancelled, it was safe for my DIL to take her little football player and treat him to a sundae at Sarris Candies. our local chocolate factory.

I remember when we had serious flooding from Hurricane Floyd years ago.  Suddenly our office park had to evacuate and I’d barely made it home.   It was hard to explain to my international customers at the time what was going on.  How could a hurricane from Florida or the Gulf affect me way up here in Pennsylvania, they wondered?

But these storms move up and Floyd got stuck over us for three days or so, and we have many creeks and streams and rivers here …

Meanwhile I’d posted recently in regards to tying quilts HERE, and I kept up with some tying on Quilty 365  on that rainy day.

As to Scrappy Granny I’ve worked my way up to the next-to-the-last block. It is perfect…blues for the stormy skies on Friday and the clearing on Saturday. Goodbye Tropical Storm Cindy…we won’t miss you :)

How are you all faring….have you been affected by Tropical Storm Cindy or are you enduring the brutally high temperatures in the Southwest right now?

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22 Responses to Slice of Life : a visit from Cindy

  1. Karen says:

    so glad your friend was not injured in the tornado – around here a lot of us sign up for weather alert and you get a call from the weather station about 10 minutes before they think a tornado will get to your area so we have time to grab medications and whatever and head for cover – so much more common here though then by you. Your are such comedians LOL – so silly – we had a horrible thunder storm yesterday – on our way home from Little Rock and decided to stop at the grocery store 15 miles from home – went in got our stuff and headed to the car and it was rainy and looked really nasty in the skies towards home – pouring so heavy we were going 15 miles an hour – got home and it quit raining about 10 minutes later – checked the rain gauge and we had 1.5 inches – in about 20 minutes!!

  2. Every picture in this post is a delight, from your grandchildren to that adorable squirrel to the delish veggies (don’t you just live Campari tomatoes?).

    We’ve had some rain lately, but nothing terrible. Just enough to keep our garden happy.


  3. Gretchen says:

    Summer storms are no fun. Cindy didn’t cause any effect in northern Indiana but I think southern Indiana had rain from her. You’re starting the next to the last block on Granny, how exciting! Happy quilting!

  4. Gail says:

    We’ve been having lots of thunderstorms here in Ontario, Canada too. Some of the farmers’ fields are looking a bit soggy. You will soon be done quilting Granny!

  5. Kyle says:

    Glad the weather didn’t interfere with all the fun at VBS. We could use a little rain out here in the West but definitely want to avoid anything dramatic. I love how you’ve been able to coordinate the weather and picking the right granny square to work on.

  6. CathieJ says:

    We had those downpours yesterday morning, but by the afternoon the sun was shining and it was quite hot. Love your pictures.

  7. Deborah says:

    Such a lively happy post, glad to hear your storms passed, we were lucky here in central Florida to just gets lots of rain some flooding in parking lots. Love the quilt block featured in your photo.

  8. Grandma Kc says:

    I am glad you are safe and that you didn’t get much flooding. Your clouds are beautiful! It is HOT here. Everything that is growing loves it but those of us having to go out and water wish it would cool off just a bit. Next week!

  9. Colleen says:

    I am a California girl we get rain ☔️ in winter and sunny ☀️ skies in spring summer and fall

    We get earthquakes any time of year ( they have no season) and no warning ⚠️ the earth just shakes and not for very long it comes and goes quickly
    We prepare ahead of time with emergency kits that usually never used and have to be replaced as they have food and water and some medical supplies that have expiration dates

    Tornadoes are things we read about as are hurricanes

    Well for several years we had very few winter rain ☔️ and lots of sunny days

  10. Glad you survived the weather, and the grands look like they are having a blast. Wonderful smiles. I sure wish I could send you my ‘large’ family of squirrels because I’ve pulled over 400 acorn seedlings so far this year. Weeds not so bad – acorn seedlings unbelievable. :-)

  11. Joyce says:

    No matter the weather, those cute kids will always know they are loved by God and family! Our gospel today was the one about the Lord knowing and caring about each sparrow that falls. I’m sure he directed your squirrel to your porch, too!
    Last Saturday, at an outdoor wedding, it was so hot I thought I’d die. Today it is COLD. Just returned from a gathering at daughter’s house following my 9th grandchild’s baptism. Not sure if our weather issues are Cindy related, but “global warming” sure as heck isn’t a hoax like “some people” like to think!

  12. BillieBee says:

    Such good looking grandkids!! You know I love squirrel photos…so cute.

  13. Sarah says:

    It sounds like very scary weather you’ve been having! Keep safe.

  14. Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane says:

    Hi, Deb!

    Now that I’m all done with the school year and the summer classes I had to take, I thought I’d sit down and finally get caught up with some of my ole blogging friends. :) Oh my goodness! You’ve certainly had quite a go of it lately. I’m so sorry to hear about your sons’ dad and about your accident. I will certainly keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Good golly, the grandkids have certainly grown! I always enjoy seeing pictures of those sweet kiddos. :) I’m also glad to see that you’ve kept up with your quilting and your photography. You are so talented in both of those areas!

    Well, I will definitely have to check in on you more often this summer. Way too much happened while I was on my blogging break! LOL

  15. Phew – no wonder that squirrel was taking refuge. Your US weather has even made it onto the news here in Bangkok – although maybe it was CNN come to think about it! Your veggies look good and your Grandkids adorable as usual.
    May your week be full of sunshine, in more ways than one!
    Wren x

  16. Susan Nixon says:

    Oh, that’s where Tennessee’s hard rains came from! I don’t listen to general weather reports, just Knox specific, so I didn’t know about Cindy. That was a lot of rain, though! We’re having a few nice, cooler, lower humidity days now, and I’m enjoying that. So are my plants! Everyone’s yard is growing by leaps and bounds, too, as are the weeds! I can’t believe you’re on the last block on your Granny quilt! It probably seems longer to you than to me, though. =)

  17. Margie Miller says:

    We haven’t had rain for awhile here in southeast Kansas. The hurricane didn’t impact us at all.

    Your grandkids look like they are having a blast, Especially the one with the ice cream.

  18. Eileen says:

    Hello Deb, your grand children are all adorable. They are having fun and the sundae looks delicious. We did not get much rain from the storm Cindy, I think we could use more rain. Love your roasted veggies.
    Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day and week ahead!

  19. Summer storms can be so scary we were in one a few years back and it was frightening! So I’m happy your friend is alright. It got so hot here and finally cooled off but we could use some rain. Your grandchildren are just adorable!

  20. Val Reynolds says:

    HI Deb…thanks for you tip on whether or not to use a hoop with my stitching. I thought I should…but wasn’t sure. You come up as a no-replyer…so I don’t have your email.

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