Sunset last night, after the storm
I wanted to drive to town last Friday but the weather was stormy (as usual). Storms continued all weekend and through Monday. On Tuesday the rain subsided and I figured it was now or never. It was very cloudy, humid, and thunder rumbled in the distance. That's nearly perfect weather for here.
Five minutes into my drive down the mountain road it started raining. Then it poured. By the time I arrived at the edge of town the rain was so torrential that I could hardly see.
My first stop was at the town dump, where I have to take my trash (there is no garbage pick-up in the mountains). By the time I got out of there the storm gained fierce momentum and was so bad that I had to stop at the side of the road.
For nearly an hour, I was trapped in the car - which was being rocked by the wind. Big tree branches fell around me and hail pelted the windshield (which, by the way, is still cracked from the cold last winter). Lightning zapped dangerously close.
When it finally cleared enough to resume my journey, debris was everywhere and roads were flooded. My first stop in town was the bank and their computers were down. Someone told me that our county had just been under a tornado warning.
Hell, this is exactly what it was always like in the Missouri Ozarks. That's the only reason I left.
I won't bother describing the endless errands I had to run all over town - but the process took at least two hours. On the way home the weather looked very bleak again.
Less than a mile from the side turn-off which goes to my house, there was a road block. Police, emergency vehicles, etc. The highway ahead was blocked with fallen power lines and toppled trees. Fortunately, I was so close to home that they let me through.
Naturally, when I got in the house there was no power. And naturally I had loads of groceries that needed to be frozen or refrigerated.
I called my cousin (who lives 15 miles away) to make sure she was all right (she's been sick the past two weeks). Then I prepared for a long dark night.
There is no way to describe the absolute impenetrable darkness when you're without electricity in this backwoods wilderness.
The sunset was blood red and very dramatic, and the thick air was charged with lightning. I went out on the front porch and took a few photos, just as darkness was devouring the forest. I could hardly see and the photos don't do justice to the scene.
Naturally, my cat Scruffy bounded out the front door and went off into the woods. I wasn't about to go after her on a wild goose chase. As I tried to get in the front door I accidentally tripped over my other cat Bosco. I cut my bare toes on the metal door sill (or whatever the hell it's called) and fell flat on my face.
My profanities echoed through the forest.
So how did the night end?
Scruffy eventually returned. I did a lot of nothing in the dark. Another huge storm blew in around 10:00, and I laid in bed watching the wicked lightning from the window. At midnight I lit a candle and feasted on pretzels and a can of Coke. Then I went to bed again and dozed in the company of cats.
When I awoke near dawn, the power was back on. I finally made a sandwich and fed the cats.
So here I am - at the computer at dawn, eating a sandwich and preparing for another day. I have no doubt that I'll nap. I am completely exhausted.
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