Yesterday afternoon, a huge hailstorm flew through the neighborhood. It destroyed most of my seedlings and cut off the phone, Internet, and cable! The yard was littered with hailstones, almost as if someone had decided to dump a metric ton of ice across it.
I'm pretty young, and I've only seen hail once - that's right, once. That hail was about the size of small peas. This was MUCH bigger. It was pretty cool to see the wet growth and dry growth of the hailstones - it was like seeing sixth grade weather science in action!
Then, power got cut off after a massive storm that lasted from 8 PM until around 9:30. The lightning was beautiful, branching across the sky, and it was very eerie watching the clouds roll in. My parents are blessed that they chose to live in a naturally disaster-free area - the rolling hills prevent tornadoes from forming, there are measures in place to prevent flooding, and there are naturally no earthquakes or hurricanes, so we may not see a storm like this for another ten years.
It's too bad about my seedlings, though! I managed to save my big tray of veggies, but my cosmos took a beating an my alyssum plants are nothing but a puddle - hopefully some the seeds survived to grow where they washed away too!
I also started a new sock - back to toe-up, of course. This pattern is my own design :) It's just an alternating row of mock-cables, and it's really easy to memorize and knit up. When I put the socks on, the cables remind me of little pink lemons!
Like the mug? It was under the sink when my mom moved in - I may have to steal it!