Category: Random Thoughts

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

One of my most popular blogs is Driving Into the Storm where I talk about driving into a tornado warned county and watching the storm brew and build.  And of course parallel it to life.  We are currently waiting for the first real round of spring storms to hit my hometown right now.  This system has been predicted to be worse than the 2009 outbreak of tornadoes.  They’ve already started hitting in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Joplin.  The current line is two counties away where the ‘dry line’ (a term meteorologist like to throw around) is.  I’m fairly confident they won’t make it here but as always there are no guarantees.  We didn’t get all that warm today and right now it’s pretty chilly here.  Always a bonus as these storms need that warm air to come to full intensity.  All my neighbors know to come to my place.  I’m […]

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Ready

Spring just sorta happened over the weekend.  I left the office to greenish brown grass, the jonquils green but no buds yet, the lilac bush just a bunch of sticks.  I spent the weekend organizing, trying to figure out this new computer (and still have not one positive thing to say about Windows 8), cleaning, enjoying the warm sunshine, and plotting.  Yesterday I returned to grass covered with purple clovers, buds (not yet open) on the jonquils, and leaf buds on the lilac.  And a return to the Missouri hallmark of spring, thunderstorms and rain.  Today, April woke with the promise of pranks and practical jokes.  Thank goodness I was not ‘gotten’ … yet.  The day isn’t completely over.  The anticipation of spring blew in with the wind and grew with the rain.  Knowing that flowers will soon be blooming all around us.  Knowing that Easter is weeks away.  That […]

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Blonde Moments

Unless you live in a news-less cave, or possibly internationally, you have heard about the ‘wrong airport’ saga.  Sunday night a pilot on a 737 was flying from Chicago to Branson.  Cleared for landing the pilot landed at the Downtown Airport near College of the Ozarks instead of at the Branson Airport where Southwest currently has a flight schedule.  The smaller airport has a runway half the size of the bigger hub.  And had the pilot not pretty much slammed on the brakes, they were within 500 feet of going over the drop of at the end of the runway and onto the highway.  How does this happen?  That is the first question most people have.  Why did this happen is another question I’ve seen floating around.  Last night there were a lot more questions than answers.  The biggest in my mind was how the heck are they going to […]

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Happy New Year

I thought long and hard about the 2014 blog I wanted to write.  I’ve written many times through the years how I feel about the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions.  Not a fan, in case you missed any of those.  It’s not that I’m against making choices and proactively working toward improving yourself and your life.  I think when you stop working toward moving forward you stop…period.  However, I don’t see the point in waiting for a magical turn of the calendar to start working at making those changes.  Birthday resolutions, Valentine’s resolutions, Easter resolutions, Halloween resolutions could all carry just as much importance.  The most important thing is to set your goals for something and then make a plan to achieve them.  I feel like the majority of people don’t fulfill their resolutions.  I believe the main reason they don’t fulfill them is because they are vowed because of […]

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Merry Christmas

Christmas.  In the stores, magazines, and commercials you see perfectly decorated designer trees surrounded by beautifully wrapped presents with ribbons Martha Stewart can show you how to make, amazing looking food, and well behaved children.  Do Not believe the magazines.  Christmas is not a commercial.  It is not airbrushed food.  And it definitely is not perfectly behaved children.  Christmas is about having a heart of awe and wonderment.  Whether Santa visits your home or you have an elf sitting on your shelf Christmas is about so much more.  Try really hard to remember your amazement as a child looking at the tree for the first time after the lights and decorations were added.  The thrill of anticipation.  For some of us it’s more difficult to remember back that far but really try.  You beat on your sister a little less.  You complained a little less.  You didn’t care if the […]

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