Monday, February 16, 2009

The Good, The Bad, The Exciting.....

Are you wondering about the title? Well, the good was that on Saturday, with only a 30% chance of rain.....it poured most of the day. You would think with the tornado that roared through we would have been drenched, and many areas were, but right here we only had a light rain. It barely got the ground wet! We had been under a strict burn ban and it was so, so dry we absolutely needed the downpour.

The bad was that with all the clean-up effort going on that it poured down rain! That means with all the demolished homes, the volunteers that were sifting through rubble trying to find anything the homeowners might want to keep, now stopped, and with all the rain any photos or salvageable things are now ruined. That is just so sad.

The exciting was that all of a sudden, while we were just chilling and watching TV, Lexi yelled horses!!!!! There were two of them running down the street and into the yard of our neighbors across the street. In the next instant we saw this cowboy on his horse chasing them. Also, a bunch of vehicles pulled up.
It took quite a while and we could see the horses running back and forth but finally, victory! Here are all the people coming back. Oh, and see that turbine (underneath the basketball goal), that is the storm shelter we were in during the tornado.
Here are the runaways being led to their horse trailer. It was so cold and raining away!

Here they are getting ready to load them up.
Just another exciting day in the neighborhood! Oh, and I'm not going to post any more pictures of the tornado damage but if anyone is interested in seeing more, just e-mail me. I now have a bunch of them. It truly is unbelievable!

54 comments:

Marilyn said...

What excitement!

I'm glad you didn't get much rain. It is needed, but just not right now. I hope the cleanup goes quickly.

Dawn said...

I am glad that you are getting the rain that you need. I think I would not know what emotions to feel over having to search through rubble to find my belongings.

The horse chase must have caused quite the show for your neighborhood!

take care,
Dawn

Kitty Scraps said...

Good Morning Miz Darlene,
You had a regular wild west show going on in your neighborhood! Cute cowboy! *smiles*

I know what you mean about the strict burn ban, we are in a severe drought here as well and I'm thankful for every drop of rain we get.

I can just imagine how those poor families feel going thru what is left of their homes. It's so very sad. My heart goes out to them!

duchess said...

Sorry to hear about the delay in clean-up - such a sad situation.

As for the horses - it's like the old wild west over there.
Glad you captured it in pictures.

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..an exciting neighborhood you live in...we are lucky if we see a squirel!
-sandy toe

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hi Darlene, and good morning. Hey great pictures. Once in awhile we have cows that get out and run down the road! haha but nothing like this. Great post.
Blessings,
Debbie

Songbirdtiff said...

Ya never know what you're going to see running down the street in the south. :)

southerninspiration said...

that is excitement! Mixed bag of things happened; sorry about the rain hindering the clean up. But like you, we are getting some much needed rain, too. But it's just so GRAY......
Take care!
Suzanne

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

I'm thrilled you are getting that much needed rain but sad that it is also putting a damper on clean up efforts!

The horses ARE cool! I used to have a horse when I was a teenager~I just hated when she got out and we had to go chasing her!!!

Have a great week and thank you so much for thinking about me...I think about you and Lexi all the time too dear friend~♥

Stacey said...

I love it! You never know what you'll see when you look out the window. We do need rain here desperately. I just made a little roadtrip the other day and there is burned ground all along the roadway.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

So glad you all are getting your needed rain.

The horse chase sounds like something very exciting.

I'm so sorry that some of your neighbors are having to go through all of this! My thoughts are with them!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

We were promised rain yesterday too, but we didn't get any. It did rain some on Friday evening though, but we are already in a deficit and need all the rain we can get.

Have a great week!

Laura said...

Love your St. Paddy's decor! What a mess to clean up - I feel for those who lost so much during the tornado. That must have been weird to see horses and cowboys in the neighborhood! Glad you had the camera nearby.

Carrie said...

How exciting! I hope the clean up goes quickly!

nikkicrumpet said...

The rain isn't any fun...but runaway horses and cowboys should spice up a day!

Smilingsal said...

Go ahead and post the pictures. It's a disaster and people need to be reminded to pray.

Bo said...

Hi Darlene...it was nice to see a bright spot in the midst of all the sadness from the tornado... I'm glad the horses were not hurt while they were running in their panic...;-) Bo

Lisa Ann said...

I'm glad you got some rain. I bet that was a lot of fun to watch the horses.

tardevil said...

That is sad that it rained & messed up anything that may have been salvagable, but good that you got rain. What an exciting life you have! :O)

Joanna said...

How exciting!

April said...

Hey Darlene~
Horses in your yard??? That would definitely get MY attention, too! It would be a rarity around my neck of the woods.

Hope your town gets back to "normal" as soon as possible...my prayers continue!

Ginger said...

It sounds like there is never a dull moment in your neighborhood. I'm glad you had your camera handy.

jeanne said...

Hello Darlene, I am so glad you had rain but it is a two sided sword. It destroys anything with fabric and that does away with the chance of saving any furniture. What a sad situation. In Fl. several years ago, we had three bad tornadoes that killed 42 people and destroyed shopping centers and neighborhoods. It was 1/2 mile from our neighborhood. So sad and so destructive of families and lives. I am so frightened by them. In the mountains we are spared because of the terrain.

The horses must have been quite a show. Lexi won't forget that day. I wonder what happened to cause such a mess. I love horses.

Thank you for your concern about my knee. I am feeling so much better. One more week and I can actually get dressed and go to therapy. Now, therapy is at home and I am unable to go anywhere. Not that I want to, mind you. Smile. It will be nice to be able to though.

Hugs...Jeanne

Erin said...

I bet that was fun to see those horses running through your neighborhood. How exciting!

Liz said...

Wow. I'm glad the horses were ok.

I have read Breaking Dawn, but let a friend borrow it. And The Host was a little disapointing to me. VERY long and didnt have the 'spirit' that I loved so much in the Twilight series.

Shelia said...

Hi Darlene! What an exciting weekend you must have had! Glad you did get a bit of rain! It breaks my heart thinking of having to go through piles of stuff to find any belongings worth keeping! Even though tornadoes and hurricanes are different, they still leave behind horrible devastation.
Take care, Dear ONe,
Shelia ;)

Van said...

Poor horses - they had to have been spooked. When my little pet - my doggie is scared - by storms - he hops up in bed with me. Where do horses go? Glad their owners found them.

Michelle said...

now that's a lot of excitement in one day!

Glad you got the needed rain!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Yall sure have had your share of excitement for the week. I know what its like to want and need the rain and then when you do get it ,ugh. I hope that everything goes back to normal for yall soon.
Can I just tell you that this cat is driving me crazy! We cant let him roam the house because Kaylees eyes will pop out of her head...no kidding! So he has to stay in my bedroom/bath. I do alot of work on the computer thats in my room. Just during the time I have told you this I have had to take him off of my desk about ten times, Really. So didnt you say you needed another cat,No?

HeathahLee said...

How exciting for Lexi! Shoot, that would be exciting for me! : )

We took lots of pictures from the tornado that hit our town last February...it looks like a bomb blew up a couple of the warehouses...just amazing. Thankfully, no homes were destroyed. I can't imagine that devastation.

Lorrie said...

Wow, what a day in the neighborhood Darlene--I bet all the neighbors were hanging out their windows and doors watching the excitement of the Wild, Wild West!

I hope the tornado cleanup is going well--what a difficult job. I can only imagine that people's emotions are still very raw and will be for a long time to come.

I'm glad you got some needed rain.

Shannon said...

Glad you got some rain but that makes me sad for the clean up crews.

How exciting to see the horses!!

Deb said...

An exciting neighbourhood for sure! So glad the horses were ok :-) You'll have some wonderful photos saved from this past experience Darlene!

Judi said...

Hi Darlene
There is sooo much activity around your house these days! Those horses must have been something to see. I'm glad they were caught successfully.

Well I don't know what to say about the rain then...I guess it was good to get some of that rain so you wouldn't end up with fires on top of everything else. I hope they are able to clean up and recover too.

Hope today is a nice day for you Darlene.
Judi

Sherry said...

You really did have some excitement, didn't you? Not just the horse, of course.

Neabear said...

An interesting distraction for you and your family with the horses in the neighborhood. I am glad you and your family were safe during the tornado.

Daphine said...

Sounds like you had a little bit of excitement going on there friend! I started laughing because I could almost see you running back in the house to get your camera. lol! I do the same thing if anything interesting going on.

Hey, yes...please let me know when you're in town again. I'd love to meet you.

Have a great week!

jennykate77 said...

We got quite a bit of rain too...however, we had so much moisture left over from the ice that I'm not sure we needed much rain. That is very sad to hear about the tornado victims and all their lost belongings. Very exciting pictures of the runaway horses! :)

Hope you had a happy Monday!

Life with Kaishon said...

I am so thankful you are ok! What a blessing. I am so sad about all the memories people lost. How devestating. I will be praying for them tonight.

Horses! VERY exciting. Just another day in your neighborhood? How very cool : ).

Life with Kaishon said...

I am so thankful you are ok! What a blessing. I am so sad about all the memories people lost. How devestating. I will be praying for them tonight.

Horses! VERY exciting. Just another day in your neighborhood? How very cool : ).

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Darlene~
I am so glad that you are all right! I am just getting caught up on your blog, and saw about the tornado. I knew there had been one, but until now, hadn't connected it to you! Is your home okay,too? Tornadoes sound so frightening! I hope everything will settle down to normal for you all now! :)

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Wow! I did not realize that you were so close to the tornado that made national news. I'm so relieved that your house was not effected. Take care and stay safe!

Tausha said...

Escaped horses? How exctiting. The only thing that happens around here is an occasional moose or two walking dowm the street. Man those things are big!!!!

I am having a giveaway. Come and see!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Darlene, as I was driving to Jacksnville earlier, down the Florida backroads (where I love to drive), I saw some cows that had managed to escape into the remains of what had once been an orange grove. Looked like they were having a good time, munching (and possible eating oranges on the ground... do cows do that?), and there was a group of men across the street that I assumed would see them and take care of the problem.

I love cowboys. I learned to do the Texas two-step and the Cotton Eye Joe from an Oklahoma cowboy with the world's best manners. Can't even recall his name now, but he was the perfect gentleman.

Glad you got some rain, but like you, I'm sorry for those poor people whose things are exposed. But I'm so grateful you and your family are fine! :-)

XO,

Sheila

Our Complete Family said...

Wow! Who needs action movies~ you just had to look outside your house for a real life one!
Glad they are safe and dry now!
Happy terrific Tuesday! Les

dana said...

You are an OFFICIAL blogging expert now, Darlene! I was SO impressed that your snatched up that camera and started taking photos of the runaway horses and their eventual capture! Life is NEVER dull, is it? Especially in YOUR neck of the woods right now.

Our next door neighbors had a shelter like yours when we were growing up--only it was called a "fall out shelter" back in the "olden dayy"--they were made by lots of folks when the threat of being hit by an atomic bomb was very real. We spent many a night in there when tornadoes threatened--our homes didn't have basements. Actually, I'd rather be in a storm shelter than in a basement--I feel safer.

Glad you got some needed rain, though I am sorry for the added stress to the homeowners affected by the storm and their help.
Take care, Dana

Shelia said...

Thanks Darlene for the visit. Hope you're still doing well in all of the chaos!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Judi said...

Hi Darlene
I'm glad you had a laugh with that Installing a Husband. I hadn't realized that I still had that post in Wordpress that was scheduled for today. Thats one nice thing about Wordpress, the only thing I think that you can schedule like that.
I wish we could do that in Blogspot.
Sooo thats why you saw that post there...*s*.. and I'm glad a few of your had a chance to see it and laugh...

hope you are hving a lovely day Darlene.
Judi

kari and kijsa said...

What excitement!!
we have survived the ice storm, and finally have internet to go out visiting in blogland!!
blessings,
kari & kijsa

Jules from "The Roost" said...

OMGOSH! Girl it has been going on over there! SO awful about the tornado!

Lisa & Gerald said...

Our weather is getting better!

Mom said...

Wow, we are going to be a week late for all of the excitement!! If we had been in Oklahoma, definitely would have to have come down to see the action.

Glad for the rain, sorry for the clean up crews....the pictures remind me a lot of Houston after Hurricane Ike. Guess I will get to see a lot of the damage when we get there this week.

Love ya and see you Thursday♥

rebel said...

There was a twister that went through West Springfield and a neighborin' town a few years back. There were heards of horses and cows runnin' everywhere. Fences were down and the animals were still terrified even a week later. We forget what animals go through at times like this.

Katie said...

Wow, that happend to my parents horses one time. They got out and we saw them running across the yard. Hope things are shaping up for you with the tornado. I'm so glad your okay! I love the pics of midnight. What a pretty cat he is.