Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Surprise Storm

We'd been having nice, cooler weather for a little while so on Saturday it was a little disappointing to feel heavy humidity in the air again.  Even the crochet group was questioning when we might actually see winter.
That afternoon I noticed that the light inside changed drastically and looked outside to see this.
I even posted to Instagram that it was an unusual cloud formation, not what we typically see.  
My husband read the weather report that said a chance of rain at 6 p.m.
There was thunder and lightning but what we really got was a very fast moving sand storm.  These types of storms don't happen often, but when they do, they are like little mini tornadoes that sweep through and then are gone within 30 minutes.

The first day of gardening and kids arts and crafts had taken place at the garden from 3-6 and unfortunately some of them got caught up in the storm with no place to hide.

When I stopped there the next morning, there was lots of garbage, downed branches and craft supplies strewn all over the place.  I was able to get one section of the garden mostly cleaned up and picked up all of the craft stuff before heading off to a meeting.
The branch there in the bottom right fell where two of the girls had been crouching for protection.  Fortunately, it didn't crack and break while they were there.  You can see also that it's a branch that had some of our yarnbombing on it.  
The branch is gone, but the yarnbombing is still there.  I couldn't pull it down and didn't have scissors to cut it down.  Proof that whoever took the other 4 pieces had done so with purpose and intention. 
What's really crazy is that some of the wind chimes the kids made that day were still hanging despite the storm.
Thankfully the garden was quickly cleaned up and everything is back in order again.
I've been lax in yarnbomb planning as I've been working on another big project that I'll tell you about another time.

Have a terrific Tuesday!


Lorrie said...

Those skies do look strange. I'm glad no one was hurt in the storm, but I can imagine their discomfort as they waited it out without a lot of shelter.

Createology said...

Thankfully everyone is safe from the sand storm. I think I would be afraid of those storms. You are such a good garden steward to clean it up. Keeping it clean and tidy might negate others from stealing your yarnbomb pieces. Blessings Dear...

Betsy said...

My goodness it was dark! I'm so glad the little girls didn't get hurt and the branch protects them while they needed it. The wind chimes are really cute..what a great idea. I'm glad some of the yarn art is still there. What makes people do things like steal yarn bombing? I'll never understand.
Blessings my friend,

Linda said...

That's a crazy storm. Glad you were able to get everything picked up in the garden. I'll look forward to hearing about your future project.

Dagmar said...

Thankfully no one was hurt, how quickly things like a storm can happen.....lovely to see it all cleaned up again.

podso said...

Wow, what a storm. I'm wondering if you got a lot of sand in your house. Your last photos look so beautiful and calm, you would never know such a storm had caused the mess you described.

Amy at love made my home said...

Gosh that really must have been quite some storm. Amazing about the yarnbombing and so sad to see that the other pieces really were deliberately taken. Glad that no one was hurt. xx

Laurie said...

I'm so glad the girls weren't harmed. I've never experienced anything like that. I bet there's sand in every nook and cranny.

Tanya said...

Ohhh - glad the sand storms are fast, though furious. Sorry about the poor tree limb - thankful the two little girls were nowhere under it. Fall is in the air here, though it's still hot...evenings and early morning you catch a hint of autumn (we get no turning trees, etc. - I miss REAL seasons!!!). Stay safe, my friend. Happy Tuesday

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Storms are always so unpredictable. Glad no one was injured and that you got it all cleaned up! Cant wait to hear about our future project!

Melanie said...

Wow, that was a crazy and wicked storm! Glad no one was hurt though, especially since the storm came through quickly. Bless you for helping keeping that garden so pretty and cleaning it up.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
That storm did come up like a big surprise and the good thing is that in about half an hour it is over with. Still it could damage a lot with all its force.
Glad you cleaned up and brought things back to order.
Sending you hugs and blessings.

Teresa Kasner said...

Egads.. that does not sound like a good storm. Sorry your garden got messed up.. bummer. I hope you get some good cleansing rain and cooler temperatures. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Diane said...

Yikes! That kind of storm you don''t need. Glad everone is OK. Blessings, Diane

Mereknits said...

Those poor kids must have been scared out of their minds.
Hugs to you,

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Another unwanted visitor in the garden. What a shame! I'm glad that the kids didn't get hurt.
It's great that you had so much fun celebrating the the yarn day with your friends. I started making T-shirt yarn to crochet some pillow cases and cat blankets.
Have a lovely evening, Tammy!

Poppy said...

Hi Tammy,

SO glad you and the kids weathered that wild sand storm, but sad to hear about the damage to the tree, although seeing that beautiful woolen blanket around it made me smile. How loving! I know all about those nasty storms, as we get them often on Crete!

Take care!


Helen Philipps said...

What a scary storm, especially for the children to be caught in. I'm glad you got the garden cleared up. I wonder what your new project is?! Hope you get some clear and cooling weather this weekend, Tammy.
Helen xox

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