Watch out for Mother Nature, just ask the poor pine tree

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“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”
Mark Twain

“Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather…”
Can’t you just hear that sultry voice of Billy Holliday..”stormy weather”…
Unfortunately my encounter with stormy weather is never so…”sultry”…more rather like something form Tchaikovsky’s Overture of 1812 complete with massive cannon fanfare…..
Lightning and thunder. The sky grows dark, the distant rumbling growing ever stronger, the flashes of light brighter and nearer. The impressive calling card of the all too familiar summer thunderstorm. And yes I get nervous. I don’t know why but bad thunderstorms scare me to death.

I can remember once when I was little, being in the den with my mom, watching TV. A summer storm blew up as lightning struck something near the house causing a fire ball to explode out from the bottom of the TV. Mother whisked up my brother and me, all three of us screaming, and hurrying us out to sit in the car in the carport—something about how a car was the safetst place during a storm due to the tires….truth or wive’s tale I know not, but that’s where we waited out the storm.

After yesterday afternoon it is with good reason that I get nervous. Mother Nature seems to want to constantly remind me of the power she has over me….I get it, Nature is indeed the greater…I am but a mere player in her great teeming and seething ways…..

I was in the kitchen late yesterday afternoon getting geared up to start supper. A coming storm steadily announcing its impending presence by the ever nearing crescendo of sound. There were several “pops”, those familiar tell tale signs that lightning is too close for comfort, then the earth rattling reverberating booming. I usher the cats in from the deck, once I see and hear the approaching storm, continuing all the while preparing supper.

Suddenly there is a brilliant flash and a terrific snap—a snap of massive energy that sends 5 different pictures hanging on various walls scattered throughout the house crashing to the floor. I am literally dropped to my knees.. then BOOM……….the deafening thunder….Oh dear Lord, it has to have just hit the house! The cats huddle near me eyes wide open. I quickly run upstairs to the attic making certain things are not on fire. I see nothing. Thank God! But it hit something and that something had to be close.

Once the storm passes, and my poor, soaked to the bone husband, gets in from work, we go out to survey the yard. Suddenly I spot the victim. A tall pine that sits, or should I say sat, at the top of our driveway– yet directly across the street in a pasture. The pine tree is no longer what one would call a tree. It looks more like a tall splintered toothpick, with nary a bit of bark.

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What was Ben Franklin thinking??!! He’s out tempting fate and I’m hiding under the sheets praying like nobody’s business. Yes Mother Nature is one tough cookie…this cookie however, who is not too proud to admit, is a whimp—and proud of it —-the next time you hear a clap of thunder, just remember that out there somewhere is a normally stalwart woman cowering for cover……..

10 comments on “Watch out for Mother Nature, just ask the poor pine tree

  1. Val says:

    Did Billie Holliday cover “Stormy Weather”? I always here Lena Horne from the movie/musical version…which I now have stuck in my head. I’ll walk around heavy-hearted and sad ALL DAY, and then when night comes around? If I’m still feelin’ bad? *Thanks*

    Ball lightning would be a good reason to be afraid.

    I’m surprised you noted any delay in the lightning/thunder. I was near a close lightning strike once, it was like an explosion.

    The firstthing I ever wrote was in first grade — the story of a summer night thunderstorm up at Lake George. If you’ve ever been to Lake George, you realize the acoustics were amazing.

    • I too thought it was Lena Horne, who I absolutely love, but it was indeed Billy Holiday first, but I do know that good ol Lena has her renditions as well 🙂 There was probably not a delay…I was just so stunned—who knows…..all I knew was that pictures were falling and I was dumbfounded 🙂 …stormy weather……

      • Val says:

        I promise, earthquakes (close ones) are worse.

      • Yes Val…as we like to say around here “ain’t no doubt”… and you can keep those quakes out on the west coast as I can only imagine…I actually bought a beautifully hand carved wooden bowl up at Mt.Hood known as an earthquake bowl—it’s bottom is totally rounded, so if the ground shakes so does the bowl…I forgot to see what it did yesterday with that bolt of lightning…..:)

  2. My apple tree snapped over yesterday in the wind but it was in a weakened state already. The weather here has been filled with sudden storms so I can definitely relate. Lots of local flooding and more rain on the way.
    Your opening picture is a stunner. I am a Sky Watcher…blessings to you for safe storm passage. Joanne

    • I’m sorry for the loss of the apple tree—crazy weather for sure—another round just came through..but luckily I came out unscathed—more tomorrow and so forth—I fear it is our current pattern—we’ve had so much rain—deluge upon deluge—lots of local flooding—that’s what’s happening with so many of the trees down here—the ground is saturated that the first wind that comes along, sends them crashing down—-it is truly a weather feast or famine!!!
      Keep those eyes turned upward 🙂 hugs—julie

  3. Karen says:

    Just look at that tree…thank goodness it was the tree and not your house. I’m a wimp as well when it comes to lightning and thunder.

    • Karen I’m certain you’ve also suffered through your share of nor’easter….no matter what a storm is called, it there is lightning, wind and thunder —I’m toast 🙂
      Happy Summer lazy days in Maine…I had the best strawberry pie on deer Isle several years ago…..missing my Maine fix 🙂

  4. Amanda says:

    Billie Holida recorded “Stormy Weather” in addition to many other artists including Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Joni Mitchell, Harry Connick Jr., and others.

    So sorry about the storms this week Cookie. A severe summer thunderstorm is definitely not fun. When I was a little girl I would watch storms ( somtimes very violent ones) rolling in across my granddaddy’s fields…scary, amazing, exhilarating, and awesome.. All rolled into one:)

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