Tuesday, April 3, 2012

We Are Back Home And We Are Fine

We were so lucky today I can't believe it.  There were terrible tornadoes this afternoon in Texas that destroyed so many homes.  However, the good part is no deaths have been reported as of the 10pm news just now . 

We have been in the Hill Country around Austin for a few days to look at the spectacular display of wildflowers this year.  The flowers lived up to all the talk and were unbelievably beautiful. There were some that looked like white poppies. I don't know what they are called. The bluebonnets were gorgeous drifts of blue with white flowers mingled in with them. But, we have been glued to the TV all afternoon so no pictures downloaded yet.  There was film of trailers that attach to semi tractors and weigh 16,000 pounds were picked up by the tornado and thrown through the air!  It was amazing.  A grandmother saved her grandson by holding onto his feet as they sheltered in the bathtub with two other children.  The tornado was pulling at the boy but the grandmother hung on to him.  That was a story with a happy ending.  I'll bet he has a bit of a problem with going to the bathroom alone for oh probably the rest of his life.

We don't have basements like other parts of the United States.  We have heavy clay soil and they make the foundations very weak.  That is what I've been told.  I'd love to have a shelter dug in our backyard, but really I'd love one in the garage so we could get to it from the house.

While we were driving we'd had XM radio on and hadn't heard a thing about the weather. The news this morning in Marble Falls didn't say a word about this kind of severe weather up in the DFW area.  Close to home we stopped in a small town to buy gasoline. There was a radio on in the gas station and I thought I heard a weather alert. I asked where they were talking about and she said Ft. Worth, Arlington and Cleburne, where she lives.  After we got back on the road I texted my sister and cousin to see how bad it was up in Ft. Worth.  They told me to be very careful and to wait about 30 minutes so the weather would have moved out of the area.  I got a local station on the radio and, oh my there were tornadoes everywhere.  There were about 4 on the ground at once.  We had been blissfully ignorant on our way home.  I don't remember ever having a tornado in Ft. Worth before the year 2000 when there was one downtown.  There was something about the twin forks of the Trinity River and an Indian saying that because of the convergence of the forks that would save us from destruction.  It made sense to me all my life and for sure we hadn't had a tornado.  Not so much anymore, and our city fathers are going to chang the course of the Trinity so it will be all "so nice" and sort of like San Antonio's riverwalk.  Don't get me started on that nonsense.  San Antonio has underground springs and we live in a drought area.  Politics!

Anyway, just wanted to let you know we are OK and our home is all in one piece, thank heavens.  I'm going to get a good night's sleep and see about the pictures tomorrow.  Also, the disposable camera will have to be taken down to get the pictures.  When we went out searching for wildflowers a week or so ago we forgot to get the digital so bought a disposable one at the drugstore.

The Hill Country is such a beautiful part of Texas, and y'all know how much I love my state.  I just don't seem to know how to keep it to myself.

Hope all of you are well and safely in your homes with loved ones and all that.


  1. So glad to hear that you are safe. I hope you have a wonderful Easter.

  2. so glad to know you're safe!

  3. Oh, Amber, how frightening.

    Seriously, you should think about a "fraidy hole", as we call them -- something dug into the ground with a big heavy door on top. As they say, it's not the wind that'll get ya -- it's the STUFF in the wind.

    Glad you are safe.


  4. Glad to know all is well there.
    I was born in Dallas and went back every summer to visit my dad until he passed away. I don't ever remember tornadoes there. These sure were, tho.

  5. I was checking out your previous blog about the wild flowers... absolutely gorgeous I get the impression that your 'bluebonnets' are the same as our 'bluebells' I too love the colour of these lovely blooms... much nicer than roses I think.

    Anyway, while checking out the 'net I came across details of the tragedy of the Titanic... and what a surprise I got 'details on my latest blog' talk about a small world - hehehe .. I used to make comment about having so much in common with my American friends ...
    Amazing !!

  6. Pearl,
    Do you have a fraidy hole? You are so right about the stuff in the wind...when I saw those trailers flying through the air..oh my! Just like the movie, Twister.

    We didn't have tornadoes until 2000! Man I don't like it when it get really bad like that.

    Oh yes, I loved your West Texas rain gauge...the bottle cap. Did you bag it? I thought it was hysterical. :)

    I didn't see any of my folks on the list, but I haven't found all of them yet. :)

    I didn't know I had another blog, but good deal you have seen the bluebonnets. :)

  7. I'm so glad to here you made it home safely. I have family in that area so I was praying and making phone calls! I sure do love Texas though! I lived there for many years and loved it!

  8. I thought of you and all my families. Some of my biological family live on the southern edge of the gigantic storm, one in Burleson, two in Mesquite.

    It was amazing -- no casualities.