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Storm in Sympathy with Texas

Written by: Christine
August 26, 2017


Last night we had a such a violent storm, I felt it was in sympathy with Texas. The lightning, especially in my second story bedroom, was blinding and constant. Between the thunder and lightning Bailey wouldn’t even stay upstairs with me.

The power went out of course. It turned out to be from one of our old pine trees falling on a power line in the back. Duke Electric was out to fix it at 6 AM.

Naturally, Mom and I both worried about the animals. They are all okay this morning, even the Guinea keets that we had just put out in their larger pen. Three of them had flown out yesterday evening, startled by Bailey, and I thought they were lost to us. But they were all back this morning. I was able to herd them into the pen so now all is well.

There were some fallen branches, which Dad is taking care of.

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The Sound of Frogs

At some point during the storm, the frogs came back. They make a monumental noise! You may think it becomes ‘white noise,’ but it sounds so much like thousands of voices, just out of understanding, that it draws my attention instead of soothing it. It can be downright haunting! Other times, it sounds like a semi-trailer truck on the property. Mom and I have both gone outside wondering about it before remembering it’s the frogs. Here’s an audio recording for you.


Last night, I didn’t understand, and now I do, why the frogs have been ‘gone,’ and why they ‘came back’ all the sudden. The Mayhaw Pond has water it finally! Even though it’s been raining all summer, the pond hasn’t filled. The storm last night changed that.

We have the news on about hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas. My brother, Phil and wife Frances live in Dallas, so they are okay. We just received word that my brother, Ken from Tallahassee will go out there to do damage estimates. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people there during and after this storm.