Post 424: rainy season

We’ve had some really good rainstorms this week, including one yesterday afternoon that promised to scare the tails off Andy and Dougy, who hang close to me during storms. Not that they are frightened and edgy, mind you. Just aware and prepared to “hit the dirt” if there are any incoming bolts of lightning. 🙂

Though the video quality of this is poor, the audio is the thing. It was a constant rumble for the duration, with frequent bolts of lightning lighting the sky. That’s why it’s stupid to stand by an aluminum door to make a video of it! 🙁 Of course, here in Western Nebraska and other places where rain is an infrequent event (14 inches or so of precipitation a year is typical, 36cm), we are notorious for doing just that!

Give us a tornado, though, the whole neighborhood is standing outside with video and still cameras documenting the twister coming straight at us. Ha! Otherwise, how do you think those terrifying videos of tornadoes you see on television come about? (Could be why the High Plains is sparsely populated. Call it the “Dorothy lands in Oz” effect.) 😉

Donner und Blitzen!

FLASH!! Ker-BOOOOM! Crackle!

I swore I’d just been struck by lightning, the 20 megaton blast of thunder followed so soon after the flash that lit the sky!

“Whatever Ye Gods have in mind for me tonight, it will be fast and dramatic. That one was too close,” I thought. Then I noticed two scaredy cats at my feet. (“At least I’m not the only one scared ‘snotless’ here,” I told myself. “That was dang close!”) [I cleaned that quote way up!]

Andy ran when I leaned over to pick him up. He chose a spot under the table, dark and secure by his reckoning, safe from the storm. Dougy let me pick him up to soothe him with petting and words. He wasn’t so eager to get down this time! I felt a bit calmer myself, thanks to the blood pressure-lowering benefits of petting a cat.

We may or may not have been in danger inside the house, but we each found a way to feel we were safe. Any port in a storm, so to speak. When I went to bed, I had two cats join me, and they slept a little closer to me than usual. Honestly, I felt better because of that, too!