Up up and away were the first words in my head this morning.  First message is that this is a fun song and yet the up up and away that occurred in Moore, OK is a most horrid thing.  On facebook there are many prayers for the people in this area.  On the news was an interview with a country star that lived there and road those streets on his bike as a kid.  All over you hear of the devastation followed quickly by prayers and pictures of people helping.  This morning is not the light bright of up up and away.

When I think of up up and away it is quickly followed by the words in my mind ‘in my beautiful balloon’.  Of course balloons are associated with the Midwest in Kansas and Oz.  No joy in this area today.  Up up and away today is sad not fun only reminiscent of a tornado that lifted this entire town up up and away in devastation.

I am not a person frightened by weather though we have been through some not so good hurricanes.  A friend of ours posted on facebook that his son watched this tornado from the 36th floor of his office building miles away in OkalahomaCity!  I know our granddaughter in Missouri was well aware and preparing her family.  She is our resident weathergirl as she is petrified of storms.  At least in Missouri they have a basement, something they did not have in Texas.  While I think they will be fine Joplin, MO was hit a few years back.

It is preparedness that saves us in emergencies.  Do you have your emergency pack in your home?  Bet there is one in your car.  What about your house?  Got extra water?  Food?  Matches?  Batteries??  Generator? I like to think we are prepared and then again what good are seven cans of coffee going to do if we have no fire or pot in which to brew it?

Maybe today make a family plan of where to meet if you get separated?  The quickness and fury of this tornado almost makes the previous sentence useless.  Still a plan is important especially for young children like our granddaughter.

I will not ever forget the grasp she had on me one rainy thunderstorm filled night.  She ran into our bedroom and jumped on me and held on and cried.  I comforted as I could and she was seemingly inconsolable until the thunder subsided.   I could feel her fear through her grasp.

I keep telling her she could become a weather person and then she would understand all the noise.  I told her yesterday that she was pretty enough and she did not agree.  She is and believe me she has a plan for her family under the futon in the basement should they need to find shelter!!!  It’s the plan man!!

Prayers for MooreOklahoma.  I have no idea of their pain as I pray for healing love and kindness to engulf them all like a blanket in the cold.



SNOW????? REALLY?????


Yesterday I was all about spring springing.  I look out my window now and there is snow coming down.  It is light and not sticking and yet it is cold enough out so that it actually is snowing.  This is the curiosity about weather.  Last night they said there was a possibility of snow.  I wonder if it will accumulate or just comedown and melt.

As a kid, or somewhere along my journey, I decided that this kind of snow in the spring was a ‘dump snow’.  It is like God is cleaning house and found some snow still stuck in a corner and is sweeping it out as it is light and soft.

A teacher named Jaquie Kurow came up with a lesson about weather misconceptions.  She listed the misconceptions below and the lesson plan and where the children found their answers.  Very clever.  I found it at:

Some of the most common weather misconceptions that children have are:

Clouds are sponges that hold water.

Clouds are made of wool or cotton

Clouds move when we move.

Rain comes from the clouds sweating.

Raindrops are shaped like teardrops.

Thunderstorms are really angels bowling.

There is only lightning when there is thunder.

Another site I found dealt with childhood beliefs.  It is:

This site shared, in the children’s own words, their misconceptions of weather.  Go look they are cute.  They included the idea that lightening is attracted to noise so we have to be quiet except the child spelled it ‘quite’!  They shared that clouds crashing created lightening or thunder.  Crashing clouds could create anything it seems!!!  Thunder was attributed to God rolling an empty tank over clouds.  It was God snoring.  It was St. Peter rolling wine barrels to the gates of heaven.

So in my offering of ‘dump snow’ maybe I am not so far off other ideas.  The flakes in this type of snow are large and fluffy and rarely stay.  Though as I see it ramping up and some clinging to the green grass I am afraid this may not be the end of snow this year despite it being spring.  Then again I AM a cock-eyed optimist and will look to this today as being the last snow – the ‘dump snow’ of this winter season – even on the 2nd day of spring as it is slowing down already since typing these words!!!

Growing up in Maine we used to say ‘if you don’t like the weather wait a minute and it will change’!   What a difference a day (or an hour) makes!





The sun is shining through my window so much so that it is disturbing the screen of my computer.  The temperature is high 50s and probably will end up this afternoon being in the high 60s and may even touch 70.   Spring is indeed springing in the mid-Atlantic!

A little further up the Atlantic coast on the island on which I grew up, they have tons of snow?  Weather is interesting is it not?   I remember growing up in Maine and going from my hometown to southern Maine to visit my aunt in the spring and that was only 4 hours.  We would have cold and she would have flowers popping up!

Truly even in a storm the weather is certainly unpredictable as much as the forecasters try.  I grew up on an island off the coast of Maine.  I could get up in Southwest Harbor and be cold and put on a sweater and go to work in Bar Harbor only 20 minutes away on the other side of the Island and be hot with the sweater.  Even that close weather was different.

Here in the tippy top of Maryland we hear weather forecasts from Baltimore and Philadelphia.   The forecaster in Baltimore speaks of a big storm and it goes right under us.  The forecaster in Philadelphia predicts a big storm and it goes right above us.  They both have predicted the same storm and we catch a miss of nothing like what they told us would happen.  We are either protected by currents or hills or some other phenomena and do not get storms as often as we hear we will.  That is a good thing as Irene and Sandy both only gave us rain.  We were prepared and relieved and glad we only had rain.

That was one of the parts of science that I really like – the weather part.  I loved the different types of clouds and currents in the air and in the water.  It was interesting to me.  Probably part of that is I always wanted to learn to fly a plane!  I wonder occasionally had we had more votech instruction as I grew up if I would have looked into weather more as a life choice.  I wonder and then know that I would not as science was not my strong point.  It is still interesting.

The other thing today is that our ‘weather girls’ are more than simply pretty spokespeople.  I believe that many of them are truly meteorologists and truly understand what is going on in our atmosphere.

Despite the fact that it is not spring weather for much of my family and the floors need cleaning, the dusting has to happen, beds have to be changed and made and laundry has to be done, it is the first day of spring here!

YES! Today is the first day of spring.  It is sunny and bright.  My tulips are poking through.  The creeping phlox is beginning to get its spring green color.  It might just get warm enough to open the doors and windows.  Easter is coming!  We will see grandchildren!  Easter candy, chocolate eggs and jelly beans are in the house.

It is a beautiful day in this neighborhood!  Jelly beans for breakfast!!!