Without going into specifics about exactly where I live, suffice it to say that I'm in the middle of that big red blob. Not on the edges of it where there's a chance that it'll blow over, but in the middle. Yay us!
It's no secret that I love storms. I really do. I don't even mind the occasional tornado warning. I have lived in Kansas for just over 14 years now, and while I haven't seen an actual tornado (yet) I do respect what they can do. However, I refuse to panic. I watch the weather, I watch the skies, and I take the warnings seriously - but I get accused of enjoying the storms too much. So be it. I can enjoy them and still be cautious.
The girls aren't here tonight - they are with their father so that they can go do a 5K in the morning. So I have all 3 boys here with me. We went outside for a while this afternoon so that they could burn off some excess energy and so that I could prepare. I moved everything that wasn't necessary off of the porches and into the garage and made sure that all of the toys were put away too. And I cleaned out the only gutters on the house - right by the front porch - so that involved climbing up onto the shaky garage roof. But I started out by pulling the trees out of the flowerbeds - not sure why, other than I was bored and needed something to do, and the trees were annoying me.
The boys had fun on the swingset for a while....of course, the backyard looks like a jungle right now, but I figure I'll mow after the storms. No sense in doing it now.
Jared had fun taking pictures of me on the roof of the garage....
And I got some cool shots of the clouds. The sun was setting for the second one so the colors were just gorgeous.
So as of right now, at 10:16pm CST, we are currently under
(OK, the severe thunderstorm watch was just dropped as I was typing this. Literally.)