Devastation and how things used to look.


Bill and Will went to Moore, OK yesterday to help with the tornado clean up.  I will be taking Justin and Jemma on Thurs. and Friday to work.  Will has a full time job for the summer working for OC.


In this house Bill and Will helped the homeowner find the belongings they wanted to keep.


More tornado damage.



Here’s part of the group from Memorial Rd. church of Christ that went with Bill and Will yesterday cleaning up someone’s backyard.


This is part of the Orr family farm.  It is a big agritourism location.  They had 2 small trains, fishing pond, 1974 carousel, animal barn, pony rides, zip lines, pumpkins in the fall and a hay maze.  It was a 106 acre working horse farm.  I read in the paper they only have 3 horses, 2 ponies and 1 donkey that survived and didn’t have to be put down.  They are planning on being opened in the fall.  There website is  They have lots of school groups that go out there.  All the buildings sustained heavy damage.


This is the track they use for training the horses.


This is Justin and his friends riding the train at the Orr family farm in the fall of 2007.


This is Justin’s 4th grade class at the Orr family farm in the fall of 2008.


This was a the Orr family farm hosting a Girl Scout day in the fall of 2011.

With 2 elementary schools in Moore suffer heavy damage and the loss of life at one of them, it was a hard week.  On Monday afternoon while the tornado is racing through Moore, 251 children were checked out through the office at the school I work at between 2:30-3:30.  I was fortunate that Bill works close to Justin and Jemma’s school so he could make sure they got home safely.  None of the schools I or my children attend have storm shelters or safe rooms.  Seems terrible in light of the fact that Oklahoma is in tornado alley and tornado season is March 15th to June 15th.  Of course, OK has seen tornadoes in Feb. also.

One of the parents at my school sent a letter to my principal saying how pleased she was at how quickly, efficiently and calmly me and the other secretary were handling everything during that crazy hour on Monday.


Oklahoma, The Bi-Polar weather state.

Friday on the way to work, the DJ on the radio said we should change our license plates to say, “Oklahoma, The bi-polar weather state.”  At the time it sounded funny, later that day it came true.  The high for the day was 105 at 1:00pm.  By 6:00 it was 75.  The wind blew at 50 miles an hour.

Jemma was walking to the Nowlan Center, on OC’s campus.  As she walked by this tree it started to creak.  She kept walking.  She was ten feet past the tree and a huge limb fell out of it.   She said it freaked her out.  Her friend Jadyn was on her bike a few yards ahead of Jemma.

Lacking a white Christmas

We spent Christmas dinner at my uncle and aunt’s house, the Cedar Falls river runs past their back yard.  There was about 1/2 inch of snow on the ground that morning, but it melted off early.  With the little snow that was on the ground, Justin kept asking if we could go sledding.  There wasn’t even enough to sled.  I did buy sleds in WI and brought them home in case we have enough snow this winter to sled.

This is only the second time I can remember that we didn’t have snow on Christmas day.  The first time I remember not having snow was when I was 13 years old.

Every day in the newpaper my parents get, it has a crossword puzzle and sudoko.  My kids and my mom spent a lot of time doing them together.

My mom gave Justin and Jemma latch hooking kits to work on.  Jemma had never done one before, so she got a really small one and finished it.  Justin has done one before, he just needed to be reminded how to do it.

Round 3 with the AC

Our AC unit went out for the first time on July 27th at 1:00 am.  It  took Bill and I, 20 min. to figure out which breaker to shut off since we have 2 units and neither were marked in the breaker box.  The AC guy came out on July 28th around 2:00 pm.  He got it working after 2 new parts at a big price.  The unit is original to the house, so it’s about 35 years old.  He also gave some TLC to the other unit since it had been working so hard to make up for it’s down counterpart.

July 30th, Bill texts me on my way home from Dallas to tell me that the original problem unit isn’t working again.  After talking to some other friends at church on the 31st we realize we probably need bigger fuses in the fuse box.  A stop at Lowe’s and $3 later, problem solved.

That brings us to last night when it wasn’t working again.  Bill ran to Lowe’s and grabbed new fuses that were heavy duty, dual-element, time-delay, since we are trying a program through our electric company that we don’t use our appliances during high peak time.  These fuses cost $12.  He put the new ones in and they blew right away.  He took the box down, decided we needed a new fuse box.  Back to Lowe’s at 9:45 pm.  They are open until 10:00 pm.  Unfortunately they didn’t have a new fuse box.  The guy at Lowe’s said go home and clean it real good.  It blew right away.

That brings us to this morning.  The AC guy came about 8:10 am. He replaced the whole fuse box.  Hopefully we are done calling the AC guy this year.  Who knew a fuse box and installation could cost so much!

10″ of rain would equal about 9 feet of snow

That’s what my math husband shared with me when he got home from summer school today.

This was the southside of our back yard during the worst of the 500 year rain.

More backyard shots.

At one point in time the entire breezeway was covered in water.  We didn’t have any damage that I know of except for a little rain in the fire place.

I guess we should be happy it wasn’t below 32 degrees.

Pablo refused to go out to the bathroom in the rain.  Justin finally got an umbrella, put the leash on Pablo, drug him outside and told the dog they weren’t going to go back inside until he went to the bathroom.  He finally did.

Oklahoma Wind

Here in Oklahoma the wind blows ALL the TIME.  We sometimes take it for granted and sometimes we poke fun or crack jokes about it.  And still other times you can catch some locals having some fun in it.



Ice to Tornadoes


It’s hard to believe that 2 weeks ago we were sitting home because of ice. 


Today the tornado siren went off at 2:20pm.  It was very scary since I was home by myself, Bill was at North, Will was at Cimarron and Justin and Jemma were at Orvis.  At that time the circulation was over Mustang.  It caused damage on the west side of the metro and actually touched down at Coffee Creek and Kelly.


Bill left school as soon as he could and came home.  Cimarron let Will walk home but they didn’t let the buses leave until 4:48pm.  Bill went and picked up Justin and Jemma when it was time for school to let out.  Will, Justin and Jemma were in their tornado safe rooms at school and in their tornado prepared position with a book over their heads.


We just had a tornado drill at Orvis last week, so they were prepared.  Today is one day that I am glad I only work as a part time secretary at Orvis, I don’t think I would have left work on time since the buses didn’t leave on time.