The reports of our demise are greatly exaggerated…

Dear Family and Friends,

We are OK.

Well, we are OK, although my knee is not overly ecstatic about its three trips into and out of our storm shelter last night.  After having been operated on a mere three weeks ago it was not primed and ready for the marathon stair climbing of last night’s tornado warnings for our little town…  I am not complaining.  adrenaline will get through adversity every time, and you will just feel it later.  It is later.  ‘-)

Thankfully, only a *small section of Charity Lane and Bobo Section Road were hit in our town last night.  This does not diminish the loss of property that anyone there has suffered, it only states fact.  So many other areas were hit much harder, and  have lost so much more in lives and property.

Here in Alabama we are bracing for more possible tornadic activity.

It is predicted to be in the mid to lower portion of the state. 

Please pray for those who have suffered loss of family,

and for those who may face terrible storms this evening.

Thank you.


*Charity Lane and BoBo Section Road are about a mile away.

Tornado in Hazel Green

This photo of a “rain-wrapped” tornado was taken from the parking lot of Hazel Green HS.

Photo courtesy of Eric Schultz /    Please follow the link to the full story.

Also hit was a store on the 231 highway:

64 thoughts on “The reports of our demise are greatly exaggerated…

  1. Littlesundog says:

    I’m so glad to hear you and your menagerie of family are safe and well! No matter that we expect spring weather like this, and we feel we’re prepared if it hits, we’re never quite ready when the real ugly ferocity of it shows up. Let’s hope this is the last of your wild weather!!

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Lori! And thank you for the message too! I never check text messages on my phone, because I know it isn’t anyone I care about. Yours was the exception to my rule, because it came in when I was sitting in the shelter… I was pretty certain it was personal that time!

      As for the weather, well, I kinda expected this year to be wicked. It was all that COLD weather and freezing this winter that had me worried about it. It got extra cold in the winter of 2011 too! The extreme winter and a tornadic spring seem to coincide if you check the almanacs. 😯

      We are so grateful that it wasn’t as wild as back then!

    • Lynda says:

      Cold packs were the first order when I was finally able to sit a spell and rest! Thanks, Kate! Cold packs several times a day are Dr’s orders till he says I don’t need them any more. So glad I have them!

  2. shoreacres says:

    Oh, I am so, SO glad to hear from you. I was watching that system on radar last night and was just so concerned. The one thing you have going for you is a basement/storm cellar. I think now and then what I’d do in this basement free zone of the Gulf Coast, but I mostly just cross my fingers and hope.

    I hope you get through tonight with no more problems. I saw that they’d put up another watch area. I’m sure you’ll be watching!

    • Lynda says:

      Linda, thank you! If you have space for it, and can afford it, it makes sense to install one. If not, then it’s lowest floor, center room, and something to pad yourself with. Scary, but it often works out just fine! As for the watch, we got through it without a hitch. Very tame here!

  3. Anke says:

    Glad to hear you made it through safe and sound. We were in our shelter too, yesterday. So glad we have it, it definitely makes me feel safer than just sitting in our small guest bathroom.

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you! Our home is vinyl aluminum and wood framed… the tornadoes in 2011 had me hunkered down in the pantry with a pillow over my head… I felt like that ostrich with his head in the sand.

      So yes, it is a terrific comfort to have a shelter! I’m so glad to know you were safe in yours too, Anke!

    • Lynda says:

      We did, Celi! The weather is going to be more restful for several days at least, and yes, we are so glad for our shelter… strangely, we have an open invitation to our neighbors, but none of them took the sirens and the weather radio seriously. We think it is folly to shrug off the warning system, but it is their choice…

  4. pattisj says:

    This is wonderful news–except that your knee isn’t happy about the stairs. Hopefully, no more visits to the shelter will be required.

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Annie! This year’s storms don’t hold a candle to the ones three years ago, but we are still saddened for those who lost family and friends. The knee is angry, but my Dr. doesn’t seem to be too worried about it. 🙂

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        I’ve probably mentioned this before Lynda (but it’s just SUCH a great remedy) Arnica ointment will take the inflammation and bruising out so fast that I guarantee you will be amazed how quickly you’ll heal up. It’s a little expensive initially, but a little goes a l o n g way (I’ve been using the same tube for at least 10 years: )

        • Lynda says:

          Thanks, Deb! I didn’t know about the arnica, but now that my skin has healed from the surgery I did use some China Gel on it last night. It was amazing how much better I felt this morning. It has many lovely herbal ingredients in it, but no arnica.

          Q: Won’t the arnica lose its potency after such a very long time?

          • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

            Doesn’t seem to have, no; if anything it may have increased in strength. This is the exact same (kind of; ) ointment I remember my Grandmother having at her house when I was little – right alongside the Vick’s Vapo-Rub. Not sure if it’s available down there in the States; but it’s from a company called Hubner, made in Germany and contains extracts/essential oils of Arnica, St. John’s Wort, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lavender, Wintergreen & Camphor – just an amazing old standby: )

          • Lynda says:

            China-Gel is made with seven herbal ingredients including menthol, camphor, ginseng extract, Angelica extract, lavender oil, aloe vera and witch hazel. Seems they only have lavender in common, although some of the ingredients have similar attributes. We do have Vicks. Urgh… I could tell you horror stories about my mother and Vicks with wool when I was a child… that said, it does work on congestion.

          • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

            Vicks with wool? Eeew!! Geez, having a piece of flannel stuck in that stuff was disgusting enough! I can just imagine how picky AND sticky that would’ve been – poor you!):
            It’s funny, isn’t it, the different patent medicines (still) in use, even today. Some things just WORK though, right? I remember buying this wompin’ big bottle of Chinese cough syrup after moving out of home and realising, once I’d smelled it, that it was the same stuff the doctor used to (repackage, apparently) give me for bronchitis when I was little. Too funny!

  5. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    SO glad to hear you guys all all right!
    Sending best wishes and hope for any and all in need. Many HUGS! Deb

  6. LB says:

    So very glad you (and your knee) and Bob are okay. Terrible storms this week! As I was driving to Richmond, VA in a driving rain last night (wow!), I was thinking about the suffering from the mudslide, and now the tornados! What a year this has been.
    Mother Nature is not happy with us!
    Take care Lynda!

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Laurie, it has been a rough year. And a special thank you for keeping watch on how I have been doing. The knee is tired and sore, but I am slowly healing.

  7. treadlemusic says:

    Thank you so much for posting this!!!! I was thinking of you (all) as the weather reports kept coming across the ‘puter. The rains continue here (and minor flooding compared to FL panhandle, etc!). Prayers for you all and concerned hugs……………………….

    • Lynda says:

      Hi Doreen! Thank you for your concern for all those who have been hurting in these storms. I have been a bit myopic about what has transpired during the week’s storms. I will have to look up the situation in the Florida panhandle. I rode out a few on the base at NAS Pensicola, and know how flat it is there. Scary.

      • treadlemusic says:

        DH and I have visited Panama City several times and really love it there but would rather live here in the S.E. MN/Midwest. The “battle of the seasons” doesn’t seem to be quite as dramatic!!!!!! Giving thanks for your safety and praying for healing relief for your knee!!!!! You’re right…..adrenalin is an amazing “drug”!!!!!!

  8. Bill says:

    I’m very glad y’all are safe, very sorry y’all had to experience that and especially sad for those who were not so fortunate.
    Blessing and peace.

  9. chatou11 says:

    Oh my, it seems terrible Lynda, I will pray for you and other people too hoping there won’t be more damage.
    Take care of you..
    friendly yours

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, it is a slower than I would like recovery, but I am recovering! I have been doing a bit of “LIGHT” bike riding (lowest gear, under 1 mile) and feel elated that I can do it without pain.

    • Lynda says:

      Julie, we have been blessed on more than one occasion to not have been in the path of a tornado. It is terrifying, and some day this place may be on the path… but, the underground shelter will always keep us safe, and the “STUFF” is insured and replaceable. 😀

    • Lynda says:

      Hello, Steve!
      Again I am long in responding, but no less entertained by your link on Mark Twain. I always enjoy your input where language and writing are concerned. The humor in this for me is, that while I know of the saying, I had never heard it attributed to Twain. I actually had it linked in my memory as something WC Fields might have uttered, but that still makes me incorrect. 😉 Nonetheless, it worked for my attempt as a humorous title.

      My knee is much better! I was actually able to vacuum the house yesterday and today I spent an hour in the garden and did not feel the need for a visit to the hospital. These are small and unimportant victories to most, but they mean a lot to someone with severe cabin fever, who is has been watching her carpets look like they needed a haircut and her gardens turn into jungles beyond reclamation.


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