Bringing you all the chicken poop that’s fit to print, and some as what ain’t.
Friends, Christmas arrived bringing in rare and unseasonably warm weather. Rain, tornadoes, thunder, hail the size of baseballs and flooding ! We didn’t see all of this ill weather but honey it was house shaking thunderbolts and too much rain here on the Farmlet. It rained all day Thursday, and today. It’s gonna rain off and on throughout the weekend and then storm again on Monday with more rain for the rest of next week.
This is a *terrible picture, but you can see that the neighbors light pole now stands in a lake of water.
And our neighbor’s property across the way was even worse!
For those who might wonder our property drains quite well and we are thankful for that!
The kids in the neighborhood hardly got a chance to get out and play with their new scooters and bikes before their folks had to round them up and bring them back inside. Glad I’m not a kid anymore. That would have killed it right there for me!
So, like the kids on the street we were forced to stay inside too and dream of sunshine, drier and more seasonable weather, and then turn on the air conditioner so we wouldn’t overheat the house with all that cookin’.
Bob was so excited about dinner that he wanted All Y’all to see we had a good southern summer picnic affair complete with roast chicken, tater salad, collard greens, deviled eggs, and apple pie a la mode! What else you gonna cook in weather like this?
He dug in soon as I snapped this picture.
At the end of our quiet day we took a moment to be thankful that we had good honest food, a roof to keep out the rain, and the best gift of all, the remembrance of God’s Son born in Bethlehem all those many years past.
Thanks goes out the Kathee, Bob’s sister, for the lovely Bethlehem village she gave us a long time ago! It sure cheered up this gloomy window scene.
Oh, I almost forgot!
Polly and Fredrik were delighted with all the rain, and said,
best Christmas ever!
As I finish this post I hear more thunder in the distance. I am tired, but will soon be sleepin’ snug as a bug in a rug” as my grandmother Pauline used to say. Well, that is, if that thunder don’t move any closer! 😯
*Actually, all the pictures are terrible today. It was just too dark and I couldn’t be still enough to get a picture without wobbling before the shutter closed. 😛
37 thoughts on “The Crazy Chicken Lady Gazette Vol. 1, No 3”
I’ll do you a swap. Some of our heat and dry weather, in exchange for some of your rain… Glad you had a good Christmas despite the deluge!
Kate, we are already too warm for this time of year. We were at 72 on Thursday. We should have been in the 40s or 50s. We have too much warm air rushing in from the Gulf and battling with the colder air from the north. Always makes for deleterious weather and just not normal for winter at all! You want the water? Take all you want, but keep the heat. LOL!
It’s the same everywhere – weird, unseasonal weather. I’m just a little weary of 90°F…
Kate, yes, weird! 90 is hot even for summer here because of the humidity. You are in your summer season there. Do you get high humidity with the heat too?
Oh yes indeed! Anywhere between 70 and 90%, depending on whether it’s raining…
Kate, we shall suffer together in the knowledge that we are suffering together. 😉 We are saved by this Friday as the temps return to normal and on Saturday morning early, OH JOY, we shall be down to a freezing 27 degrees… How can you be 72 one day and then suddenly be in the deep freeze 3 days later?
Hmm, an interesting question for the climate-change deniers to answer!
Happy Christmas to all on the farmlet. Good to know that you ate well even if the day wasn’t quite what you’d asked the weather gods for – we blame the Geese 😉
Annie, thank you and I hope your Christmas day was blessed too! I hadn’t thought of it before, but it makes perfect sense that the geese would ask that big Water Bird in the Sky for RAIN for the holiday! LOL!
This warmth we’re having is like the old days — at least, twenty-five years ago. We went through a period where the favored activity on Christmas and New Year’s was a nice sail on the bay. Tee shirts. Shorts. Then, things changed, and a few years ago I built a snowman on Christmas day. Now, it’s warm again. So it goes. I take the long view on these things. Cycles and seasons.
I’m glad your Christmas was a good one, despite it all. We’re in for two days of rain ahead of colder and windier weather. I’ve got so many things on my to-do list it’s pathetic. So, of course I’m catching up with blog friends first — priorities, priorities!
Stay warm/cool/safe. I hope you have leftovers. That’s a good looking dinner.
Linda, Sailing on Christmas day sounds delightful even by California standards! We would have felt we were freezing out there in the wind and chop back then. Heck, we would have been in parka’s if the temps dropped to the mid 50-60s. 😀 I have priorities too, but Bob is home for the week between Christmas and the New Year. My priorities are shelved in deference to his needs. ❤
Leftovers? You bet! That was one of the Stay Puft gang who weighed in at 6 pounds!
Curious, this weather business… it’s far too warm here in Germany, the sun’s out, and so are all the kids on their new bikes when this would not usually be possible due to the snow.
Yer dinner sure looks tasty 🙂
Simone, it is curious and very unstable too! We were having overnight temperatures down into the 20s and then POOF we are in the 50s overnight with daytime highs in the 70s. It is predicted to go back down into normal ranges by the middle of the week. I never thought to say this, but I am much more comfortable with the colder weather in winter here. You know what to expect!
I hear you. I travelled to Germany with my big down coat and (fake-)fur-lined boots, coz that’s what’s usually required. Now I’m bloody melting! Buying a new pair boots tomorrow 😉
I know exactly what you mean! I had packed all my summer wear when the temps dropped to 27 overnight. I thought I was safe to do so because it was December. It is utterly weird to look out the window and see dark, gloomy and wet, only to walk outside and right into weather that smacks of summer! And the FROGS!!! They are singing their little gullets off and going to be really confused by mid-week!
Oh no… armies of frisky frogs for you to fend off 😉
You are so alliterate. ‘-)
I am happy that you seem to have found a safe spot amid the storm. I hope that you survived any further bad weather and get through to the new year unscathed.
Thank you, Tom. We seem to live in a very protected spot on the map. In 2011 when we had the tornado storm they seemed to pass very close but just to the sides or our little enclave. There was one, and F4, that was tracking for a direct hit, but it picked up for a few miles and then came back down just to the NE of us. YUP, we are very blessed here.
A good choice on your part of where to live.
Choice had nothing to do with it. We hadn’t a clue. It was pure providence.
That’s the sort of providence that I like.
The bottom just fell out of our warm weather. We’re expecting ice tonight and tomorrow and snow through Monday. I hope you haven’t had any of that tornado-type weather! We’ve dodged that so far!
Polly and Fredrik look like they’re having a ball!!
I was seeing that on the news last night, Lori! And, no, we didn’t catch the tornadic bits here, though a really bad one came through about 35 miles NW of the Mountain Farmlet and then caused serious damage in western Tennessee. Such a sad event with loss of life and property. Polly and Fredrik usually do have fun in wet weather, but when it rains in rivers they have a party! :V
I loved the cozy picture of your dinner – looks delicious. We’re having a lot of rain in southwest Ohio, too, but not as much as you folks.
Thank you, Lillian! It was delicious. 😀 And I am glad to hear that you are not having to row to your friends houses to visit over Christmas and the New Year! 🙂
I’ll be right down for those deviled eggs!
So glad your property drains well, Lynda!
It was much too warm for my Christmas taste, and I’m sorry for all the bad weather that caused so much destruction around the country.
Hope you and Bob are well, and sending best wishes for health and happy writing in the new year!
Thank you, Laurie. We are waiting for round two tomorrow. The big threat this time is wind at 40 to 60 mph that will blow down big trees because of the waterlogged soil. I don’t enjoy the thought of 100’+ oak trees coming down in our yard or anyone else’ for that matter. 😛
Love seeing the Bethlehem village!
Thanks, Kathee, it really is a lovely scene. 🙂
Glad you’re high and dry! Hope that remains the case. The pattern on Bob’s plate looks familiar, but I can’t place it. I was thinking Pfaltzgraff, but it wasn’t the pattern I was thinking of. So pretty!
It is Pfaltzgraff. It’s called Jamberry. 🙂 Yes, we are all drying out now, thanks!
Aha! All I could think was Winterberry. I like Pfaltzgraff–Folk Art is my pattern. Our son-in-law delights in calling it “Old Folks.” LOL
I love my Pfaltzgraff, but find it hard to keep it from marring (the stainless ware marks it). Do you have that problem?
I’ve not had that problem, but I did buy the cleaner. Only used it a couple times.
Me too, but the finish on mine is a monster to keep it up even with the cleaner. Ah, well…
Sorry to hear that. It’s such a pretty pattern.