Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Worrying once again!

"Oh, d-d-d-d-dear me"  says  Piglet in Winnie-the-Pooh, and that's what I'm saying too!  Lynn and Andee both have always said I remind them of Piglet! Friends, I feel like Piglet this morning, with warnings of this severe weather we have headed our way. It is so scary! Thunder and lightening and wind and tornadoes...it scares me terribly!



My great fear of storms came from my dear sweet mama...bless her heart. Daddy used to say to mama, "I had rather something go ahead and get me, than have to go around scared and worried all the time".  Well, I don't want something to go ahead and get me!

You have probably seen this old picture of mama and daddy posted here before. It was taken in the late 1950's...truly the good old days. I remember there being the occasional thunderstorm back then...I do not, however, remember there always being some kind of severe warning. Why, you can't turn on TV  these days without hearing some kind of warning.



Wonder where mama and I were headed here....running from a storm maybe! Actually, mama didn't start running from storms until she was in her seventies and living alone. She kept a little overnight bag packed and if it thundered or the weather looked threatening, she jumped in the car went to a neighbor's house.

You know, my hiding places from storms have been in the Goodwill store, lots there to keep one's mind off the lightening and thunder, and the Hospital waiting room...nice sturdy building! Now, however, Poppy says, you need to stay put...what if something happens and the animals need you.

Last night I called my friend Nellie to tell her my worries about the bad weather predictions for today. She said, "I don't even have the TV on, I'm ironing".  She said, "as soon as I feed up, in the morning, I'll come on over there and stay with you". Thank you Nellie! 

Okay, just sharing with you my woes and worries this morning. Hopefully, I will be around to post again soon. :)

Love,
Henny    





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  1. Where are you, Henny? We have a snow-storm with freezing rain heading our way. (Ontario, Canada) Please stay safe and keep us posted. Deb

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    1. We are in North Carolina, north of Raleigh. Thankfully all is quiet now.

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  2. Prayers for your fears to be less and for God to send you comfort. I love you! My daddy use to say something similar to what paw paw said. He could never understand why I was scared of the dark and of storms. Oh well!

    Love you and take care

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    1. Thank you Vicki. We sure came by our fears honestly, didn't we? I love you!

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  3. I think the weather people tend to make too much of what's coming. We had all kinds of warnings and watches for last night and this morning and other than a little bit of rain and some wind we got nothing. It's already clear here. I've picked the closet under our stairs if we need a hidey-hole. Hope you stay safe.

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    1. As it turns our, that's all we got too. We did have some lightening and we were under a tornado warning for a while. Glad it is past!! Thank you.

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  4. Lovely photos ! We are already in a bad storm here on Ontario no tornadoes have been sited or mentioned yet , we have high winds and rain some are getting ice pellets and some are getting snow it is a mixed bag of all sorts in our Provence today , nothing we aren't used to though this time of year . Always be prepared and that we are , I also take it all with a grain of salt as the weather people always make it out to be worse then it is and besides once it passes over the lakes here it tends to settle down more as it lets loose over the lakes more any ways . Hope your worry goes and all is good .

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    1. The weather people do go overboard. I guess they feel like they have to, to keep us safe. It was scary for a while, everything is fine. Thank you.

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  5. Here's hoping that storm passes you by. You're not alone in your nervousness with storms.
    A friend of ours had the biggest, meanest-looking Rotweiller you ever saw - Rocky. He was not only a sweetheart, but he was terrified of thunder. July 4 was especially hard on him. When the neighbors started up their fireworks he'd hide in the bathroom. Problem was, it was a very small bathroom with a very big dog leaning against the door. No one could get in.

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    1. Oh, that's funny! I can just picture it. Sounds like Eli in our small house. If we meet in the hall, somebody has to back out.

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  6. I agree that weather situations often tend to be exaggerated, but...we do know that they can get pretty bad in some parts of the continent. Hope it comes to nothing much in your neck of the woods, and how sweet of Nellie to come over!

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    1. It was scary here for a while with tornado warnings for us. I appreciated Nellie being here so much.

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  7. Oh my, this does bring back memories of living in Texas and being awakened in the middle of the night to go to a storm cellar. I actually liked it. Neighbors gathered and a good time was had by all. I well remember my father standing on the porch looking at storm clouds in the spring every year. It's amazing I have no fear of storms. Living in Oregon it's no longer hurricanes and tornadoes. Here it's tsunami country and earthquakes.

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    1. Oh my goodness. Seems like there is something frightening no matter where you live. I am glad you are not afraid of storms. It's awful!

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  8. Poppy may be right. stay tight and hunker down til it passes. We were going to drive over to Mississippi earlier this week and so glad we didn't as we would have been right in the middle of those hurricanes yesterday. Maybe we get too much info these days. I was stationed in Biloxi MS in August 1969 when Hurricane Camille barreled through and wipe the whole place out. We were without electricity and water on the base for 2 weeks.

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    1. Oh, I'm glad you waited about going to Mississippi. Two weeks without electricity and water would be horrible. We were without electricity for almost one week when Fran came through in 1996,

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  9. Hello New Friend! I stumbled upon your blog this morning while drinking coffee, and I have been here for hours... I have read through your entire blog! I giggled a lot and enjoyed seeing your cabin, farm, animals, dolls, etc. In fact, one of your dolls in an early post, is wearing a greenish dress with pink flowers. I bought several yards of that very same fabric at Goodwill a few years ago and used it to back a quilt I was making. The fabric jumped out at me right away. I loved the post about buying the same brown dress from the thrift store twice... I have caught myself going right back to things I had purchased before, too. Thankfully, I never bought it twice! ha ha I haven't blogged in awhile, but hope to start up again soon. I'm in NC too.

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate this so much! I can't get over your being in NC too...and the fabric, and Goodwill. I decided to glance at your blog, and it looks a lot like mine with it's red background. :) Hope you do blog again...I will sure visit. We were happy to see the last of the storms move out of the area this evening! Hope it didn't get too bad where you are. Thanks again!

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  10. ps... I'm sitting in front of the tv today, watching for weather updates. I'm nervous too.

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  11. Yes, I know what you mean about those storms...we are getting them today too. We had a basement (actually a cellar) when I was a kid growing up...here we live in amongst TALL, TALL TREES...probably like you do. Praying your storms are not as severe and that you and your family, your sweet animals and Nellie all stay safe! Loved the pics you shared of back in the day...they REALLY were the good ol' days!

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    1. Thank you so much Debby. Yes, it was the tall trees and the wind that worried me most today. Thankfully, it has all moved on. I don't know what I would do without prayer and a Heavenly Father who hears my prayers.

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  12. I hope the storm has already passed you by. We had all the warnings, too, and it's been a complete non event. Even though it's windy, the sun is out and the rain is done. Nellie is a good friend. I hope you enjoyed a nice visit.

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    1. Living in SC now you will probably get all the warnings before they get to us. I did enjoy having Nellie. Thank you Cynthia. Glad you all didn't get the bad weather>

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  13. Hope the storm passes swiftly and you worried for nothing.
    I'm the opposite - I like a good storm. Not if people are hurt though.
    Seems to me the weather is always hyped up so I usually don't even watch the weather.

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    1. That is exactly what happened. I am so thankful!

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  14. Hope things are going okay for you there. You and Nellie can just drink tea or coffee, eat some good sweet stuff and play cards and watch the storm (if it materializes) pass you by. How nice of her to come over to keep you company------having someone to worry with always helps.

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    1. Having someone to talk to really does help. There was damage in lots of places close by, but not for us, thankfully!

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  15. I certainly understand your fears. I received a text this morning at 6 am from our local news/weather station that we were under a tornado watch since 3 am. I thought - "Gee, NOW you tell me?" Hurricanes I can prepare for. A tornado - there's no place to hide so I just pray. We had thunderstorms and rain and it's been pretty windy but things are okay. I hope you were okay during the storms. Waiting them out with a friend is a good idea.

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    1. That is scary...to wake up to a tornado warning. Our turned out to be wind and rain too...we did have some lightening that scared. Thank you Melanie.

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  16. I hope you stay safe. Storms make me nervous also. Yesterday I worked outdoors. Today a blizzard! Ugh! I have to keep shovelling a path for Coco to go potty! Nancy

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    1. Well, my reply to you just disappeared! I can't imagine a blizzard! And shoveling a path! Seems it is always something for all of us. Just thankful we are all safe. Thank you Nancy!

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  17. I hope any severe weather is over for you by now. It seems like this weather system has been particularly nasty. We had a little over 4 inches of heavy wet snow, but the wind is blowing so hard (40+ mph) that there's none left on the trees and it's 40 degrees now. It'd be a blizzard if it were colder. The only thing worrisome to me is trees coming down. Stay safe and warm at home with your animals and friend. Maybe Nellie will help you get over your fears.

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    1. Oh Peg, trees coming down is something I worry about too. We are under a wind advisory today, and the trees here are standing in wet muddy ground. We need two weeks of dry sunny weather. Thank you Peg. You all stay safe too.

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  18. Living in Oklahoma, we always have one eye to the sky! We have learned when to take cover by colors of the sky. Gray, it's going to rain. White, it's probably going to snow. Black, prepare for a storm. Green...well, let's just say, if you haven't already taken cover then you better get to it...otherwise hold on tight cause it's going to get a little rough! We have two seasons here. Tornado season and the rest of them. Hope y'all are ok and thank goodness for good neighbors!

    Grace & Peace.

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    1. Oh dear Pam. I would never stop worrying! I do feel ashamed for being so scared. For the most part, the weather here is mild...and I suppose, safe most of the time. Thank you!

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  19. People like you have to find a place where they don't have severe thunder storms and move there. I like a thunderstorm. I don't like a lot of rain with it. Keep safe .

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    1. Thank you Red. I really should not be so afraid. We could live in more dangerous places.

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  20. Dear Henny, I don't blame you....I get worried in the storms too. Tornadoes are the worst. I pray that you and your friends and hubby will all stay safe in the storms. As soon as it warms up here, we will get the storm warnings too! I love when summer comes, but hate tornado watches and warnings. Take good care. What a nice neighbor you have!

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    1. Hey Dianne. We were safe, and the storms were not too bad, thankfully! I did appreciate having Nellie here. Thank you.

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  21. By the time I get to reading blogs the day has come and gone and so has your storm I'm sure. I'm glad you're okay. Once Poppy has retired he better stay at home with you when bad weather threatens.

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    1. Thank you! It will be nice to have Poppy here more.

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  22. Love you, Mama. I love the old photo!
    Your girl, Lynn

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    1. Love you too Lynn. Glad you stayed safe yesterday...and the family!

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  23. I grew up in Michigan in the 50s. I remember lots of tornado warnings. And I remember being grateful that the sand dunes would usually bounce any tornado over us and it would hit some other city.
    I also remember one tornado that dropped a good sized rock through the roof of our front porch.
    All the tornadoes here yesterday, went south of us. Praying for all those who lost loved ones, were injured, or are as yet un-located.
    And praying for you all, too. God bless. ♥

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    1. Growing up in the 50's. We must be about the same age. Tornado warnings are so scary! I can see the sand dunes helping, but dropping that rock is something!! Thank you so much Linda.

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  24. We get strom warnings for severe wind storms, which sometimes actually happen. Then there are power outages and trees down on houses and cars and roadways. But we do not have tornados or hurricanes, only the occasional earthquake or volcanic eruption.
    I hope you stayed safe and sound.

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    1. Hey Linda. I guess no matter where we live there are things to worry about. We were fine yesterday, thankfully. Thank you.

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  25. Hope all is well there for you-I understand-high winds scare me a lot! We had a bunch of trees blow down a few years ago, the highest winds I've seen. Right now we have thunder and lightening, not too badly-it is a powerful system. You and all the creatures stay safe!

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    1. Thank you! Yesterday was a stormy scary day for all of us, as that system traveled north. Hope you were safe too.

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  26. Here in Calif we have Earthquakes. What's scary about earthquakes is you don't ever get a warning. I live close to the San Andres fault. It's known as the Big Daddy of faults. I've been hearing my whole life we are 100 years over due for "The Big One". The biggest earthquake I've experienced was 6.5 earthquake in the 70s. And it wasn't any fun! I'm like you regarding storms, I'm terrified of earthquakes! I have a feeling it might be another 100 years before Big Daddy decides to shake things up here! Hope all is well with you and the storms stay away from you. Take care!
    Hugs from Darlene

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    1. Hey Darlene! I can't imagine being in an earthquake! And you folks there probably can't imagine dealing with all the hurricanes that we have. Hope it is another 100 years there before the big one. It's something, no matter where we live! Thank you!

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  27. I'm so glad that Nellie was willing to come pass the day with you.

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  28. You're not Piglet, you're a border collie! Trying to make you laugh so you won't be so scared ;-).

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  29. My Mother used to go from window to window watching the sky and wringing her hands crying. I thought it was really strange and never became afraid of storms. I was in a tornado once with the girls, it went right over the top of us:(

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