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21 June 2010 @ 09:03 am
Well, it has been quite the weekend here in Montana!

We have been having some pretty wild weather, but what happened yesterday afternoon was (literally) one for the record books.

Around 3 pm it go so dark in the house we turned on the lights, and commented that the predicted thunderstorms would be pretty solid rain-makers.

By 4:15 pm the clouds were looking REALLY ominious. Then the tornado sirens went off! We could see clouds forming into a funnel from the front porch, to the North and East of the house - with the prevailing winds being also in that direction, that meant it was moving away from us as it was forming.

Turned on the local TV channels to see some really good video shots of things starting to really happen. The live weather cam for one of the two stations in town actually caught the tornado forming and touching down on the local sports arena. Quite a bit of damage to that building - being declared 'destroyed' today - and quite a few other businesses in the general vicinity.

After the funnel dissipated - around 15 minutes, from a rough guess - the rain, hail, thunder and lightning commenced with a fury. We got an official reading of 2.24 inches of rain in less than two hours - that is the record books part.

The last time a tornado touched down in Billings was 1958. There was a large funnel cloud in 1999 - I remember that one well - but it never touched down.

We have made the national news, and there is video from more than one person of the destruction of the arena. One local news/radio celebrity was actually a block from the arena when it touched down, and filmed it as it happened.

No new damage to my roof, just lots of the usual dripping inside over the kitchen sink. Had to empty the temporary collection pans four or five times. Have heard from most of my friends in town - especially those who live in the area affected - and no one had any major damage so far. One person has a partially-flooded basement, but he didn't have power last night so no idea of how bad that might be, yet.

The files are safe and dry, and I never even lost power.

To top it off, there was an explosion and house fire two blocks away early yesterday morning - that would have been the lead news, I am sure, if the tornado had not blown it off the front page of the newspaper!
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
01 May 2010 @ 02:14 pm
I am watching and listening to President Obama speak at the commemencement of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. My niece is in the class of 2010, and my mother sent me the link to the live streaming video.

I didn't realize she was graduating today, and can only reflect that it sure doesn't seem like that long ago when she was a toddler and playing with the Legos I gave her one Christmas. Her degrees in physics and geology may or may not have come from that early exposure to building. :-)
Current Mood: calmcalm
22 April 2010 @ 11:08 am
To Aryanhwy - hope it has been a great day (considering the time difference).
Current Mood: awakeawake
01 April 2010 @ 09:47 am
Well, the weather guesser was right!

It was snowing big, fluffy flakes.

Stopped, for now - just a drizzle - but it could change back any minute. This is definitely Montana weather at it's 'finest'!


Drive safe, everyone! Stay warm!
24 January 2010 @ 02:11 pm
Just found this (don't be eating or drinking when reading!):


21 December 2009 @ 06:51 pm
Greetings to all my cooking-enabled friends!

I am wanting to take the juioe from a couple of cans of pineapple chunks and reduce it to more of a syrup consistency. My idea is that I should heat the juice, without the fruit, and add some brown sugar to bring the sucrose content up. Is this viable? I am going to try it - the idea is to have the concentrated juice + brown sugar as a glaze with the fruit chunks over boneless chicken tenderloin breast pieces that have been pan-cooked over low heat for a while before putting the fruit and syrup over the top - sound like a plan?

This would be a main course, with potato and beans as side dishes. I am experimenting, honestly.
20 December 2009 @ 01:14 pm
Here's the first sentence of each first of month post from 2009, for those who might care:

So, I did go to the Kingston Trio concert last night. Well, now I wait some more. Well, it was a banner day in heraldry-land - the Laurel PO Box was pretty full, for a change! Okay, so I have been home for a couple of days, now - nothing major to report. So, is Dreamwidth going to be replacing LJ, or a supplement to it? Better late than never! Happy birthday - hope you have fun today! SIGH. Okay, I made it home. Greetings! Well, it has been a while since I posted. Well, got the ruling from the VA in the mail today - and it is a pleasant surprise, too!

Not a lot to choose from, is there? :-)

Take care, all.
Current Mood: awakeawake
14 October 2009 @ 12:09 pm


The new computer arrived today! Yippee!

Looks and works just great, so far. Have not gotten things transferred or customized, yet - got an appointment at 2 this afternoon with my guru to work on all that.

Just wanted to let people know I was back from the abyss.



Current Mood: happyhappy
06 July 2009 @ 10:21 am
The weather here has been really odd - and Saturday night was even weirder than the funnel cloud on Friday!

 There is an area of Billings called 'The Heights' - used to be county, now incorporated and is literally well up in elevation from the main part of town. A church there hosts a lot of community activities, including a major fireworks show on the Fourth. They get a permit from the city, since it is illegal otherwise, and have a whole day of things for kids and adults before the evening show.

A small thunderstorm was moving through just about 8 pm (well before dusk) and a family that was on an exposed hill was dashing for cover. One guy was struck by lightning on his forehead - it apparently grounded out through the wagon he was pulling - and was declared dead on arrival at the hospital! Emergency workers were already in the area, with someone having an asthma attack and someone else suffering from a seizure right about the same time.

 CPR was attempted by the pros on site, but apparently it did little good.

They didn't announce that he had died until last night's late evening news

Witnesses said that there was NO loud crack of thunder accompanying the strike, which is really odd in and of itself.
02 July 2009 @ 08:11 am
Happy birthday - hope you have fun today!
Current Mood: awakeawake