312: Boom boom boom

This morning's view of the pond

Noah joined me on my walk this morning.  As you can see from the above photo, the day started out sunny with a few clouds building on the horizon.  It’s gone from hot, bright, and sunny to cloudy and thundery this afternoon.  There’s an almost constant rumble in the background, the sound of storms off in the distance.

Standing by the creek

The creek and pond levels are incredibly low.  We’ve had a bit of heavy rain this afternoon.  I don’t think it will raise the pond or creek levels, but it was good for the garden and trees.

Noah and I spent a lot of time back in the woods.  He’s asked for a photo (possibly a poster) of the woods for his birthday gift from me so I spent a lot of time taking pictures of views he thinks he will like.  Since Noah likes the special effects that can be done in Photoshop and Picnik, we’re going to work on that over the next few days and see what we can come up with.  Whatever we end up with, I promised him a limit edition.  I’ll have to get his permission to post it on the blog.

Yesterday was tons of fun.  I especially enjoyed the time with my granddaughters.  The Exquisite Emma and I went out for a walk and picked a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  She decided on the flowers, and I cut them for her.  She arranged them very prettily in a blue glass vase.  I’m positive it’s the most wonderful arrangement of flowers in the whole wide world, and I told her so.

Emma's Bouquet

The photo doesn’t do it justice.  I didn’t have time to grab more than a few quick shots of the bouquet, being busy spending time with Emma, Maddy, and the rest of the family.  The Magnificent Maddy is as cute as ever and enjoys singing.  One of my favorite moments with her was listening to her sing Dynamite.  Cute, cute, cute.

Sunshine and heavy rain

Noah’s birthday bash went well.  The ice cream cake could have used a little early thawing (it was difficult to cut), but otherwise was scrumptiously delicious.  M and Noah did a fine job of making both the cake and the ice cream, and putting it all together.  Kudos to them.

After the second round of storms today

Tomorrow M the Younger and Merdi (his wife) will be joining us for the day.  Those who have followed my blog for a few years know that my father, as a deacon in the church, officiated at their wedding ceremony.  Prior to that he had performed baptisms and funerals, but never any weddings so this was his first wedding.  I think he’s performed a few more since that time.  At any rate, Dad was so thrilled that they asked him to perform the wedding, they have become favorites.  I know he’s looking forward to spending time with them.

Summer storm

The thunder and lightning are announcing that the next round of storms is moving closer.  I should probably shut the computer down until it all passes.  Even with surge protectors, I’m old-fashioned enough to think it’s better to turn it all off rather than have it blown out by lightning strike.

Summer storm II

36 Comments on “312: Boom boom boom”

  1. What a beautiful bouquet – I’d love to have something like that on my table at home! The little guy isn’t so little anymore, so I don’t have to worry as much about little fingers grabbing things that they shouldn’t 😉 . Now, if only all this rain could cool things down a bit…..

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Holly. 🙂

      It seems to have cooled things down here a bit. It actually felt quite pleasant when I went outside a few minutes ago.

  2. Emad says:

    Excellent Photos !

  3. Wow, that looks like a serious storm. Also, Emma bouquet is lovely, and Noah sure sounds like sweetie! Glad to hear he had a great birthday!

  4. LOVE the rain on the table!
    Hope those storms get here before too much longer…

  5. Judith says:

    Are thunderstorms the norm for this time of the year where you live? As always, great photos.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Judith. 🙂

      Normally we’re fairly dry this time of year, but pop-up thunderstorms do show up every now and then (which is a good thing for the plants).

  6. your pictures thrill my soul. Thank you so much for sharing them.

  7. I LOVE the summer storm pictures! I think I prefer the second one? Hmm… can’t quite decide..
    Can’t wait to see Noah’s birthday picture of the woods. If YOU took the picture, YOU own the copyright, and technically don’t need his permission 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Michaela. 🙂

      True, the photo is mine, but I told him I’d give it to him and it would be his. That was part of the gift.

  8. Your pictures are incredible! I love storms and rain!

  9. Kel says:

    the summer storm on the glasses is a great capture

  10. Karma says:

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful time with the family. I love the fact that your grandson wants a poster of your work for a birthday gift.
    I’m getting so tired of and jumpy about these summer storms. I used to love a good summer thunderstorm knowing that they usually pass through harmlessly and put on a nice display. Now each time the sky turns dark, my stomach clenches a bit and my heart beats just a little bit faster. We had huge hail and strong winds again yesterday; thankfully no outages or difficulties, but I’m starting to worry about the health of my garden!

    • Robin says:

      I don’t blame you, Karma. I had an up close and personal experience with a tornado years ago (about 20+ now), and I was scared of storms for the longest time. Even now when I watch a storm, I’m a little jumpy if it gets too dark or too windy or the weather service issues a tornado watch.

      I’m sorry about your garden. I hope it does what nature does best: Recovers and thrives.

  11. TBM says:

    Love the photos

  12. tedgriffith says:

    Beautiful pictures, Robin! It is good that you are getting rain and the temps have brokes some.

  13. Derrick says:

    Man what I would give for some rain here in north Texas.

    You are a wonderful storyteller. You could pull it off, even without the images; but the images do add much to your tales.

  14. Chloe [Photographer] says:

    these are beautiful, a lovely story telling collection

  15. Hallysann says:

    I love the splash on the table in the first summer storm picture 🙂

  16. eof737 says:

    That colorful bouquet caught my eye and the downpour too… must have been quite some rain…. 😉

  17. Christine Grote says:

    Emma’s arrangement is one of the loveliest ever. You’re right. (Sorry about the goof. This darn iPad. Definitely a love-hate relationship.)

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Christine. 🙂

      No worries about goofs. I usually try to take care of them when they’re pointed out or I notice them. I know how it feels to leave a typo somewhere and wish it would go away.

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