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Why I Love

Do I need ocean front property when I can hear the wind blowing through a wheat field? You never get the meaning of a “sea of grass” until you can hear it. Its why I love it here.

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The backyard view

I love the view, no buildings or traffic. Just the beauty of a clean fresh landscape.

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A near by windfarm

I love the innovation. People are constantly using what we already have to make life better.

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Beautiful thunderstorm same system went on to produce an EF4 near Rozel , KS

I love the terrifying yet beautiful weather.

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Play in the water, get exercise, and water the grass multi-tasking at its finest

I love the freedom to raise my kids in that “old fashioned” way. Work then play is our way. There is more self esteem in a job well done then having it all handed to you.

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Sunrise

There is pride in having a reason to get up. My kids don’t sleep until noon.

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Beautiful DD

They are still beautiful and accomplished. They don’t suffer from living a life of farm kids. One day they will be proud they don’t spend all day at the pool like the “city kids,” I know I was.

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Is the Weather to Blame?

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Lightning can strike miles from the actual storm

It always amazes me how many people don’t take safety precautions when the weather is or could get nasty. This week’s lessons for my kiddos have revolved around lightning/storm safety.

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Damage in our yard from recent storm

There are 2 major rules for lightning safety that EVERYONE needs to remember the first is simple. “When it roars go indoors.”  See simple if there is thunder there is lightning and at that point seek shelter. The other rule is the 30/30 rule. If the thunder sounds 30 seconds or less after the strike its close enough to strike you. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder. See 30/30 rule.

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Moore, Ok tornado

The second thing is if you hear the sirens in your town get to your shelter! After tornados like Moore, OK you would think people would become aware but you still see videos by yahoos on their porch with their camera wanting to see/tape the twister. 

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Weird clouds

I know, as a kid, it seemed like every storm that came thru the sirens went off or we spent half the summer in tornado watches that never even lead to rain. The thing is radars and weather knowledge has increased exponentially since I was a child. Brave storm chasers/scientists like Reed Timmer have continued to bring new information that leads to more accurate warnings.

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Descending rotation

Basically, if there is a siren there is rotation, if there is rotation it could quickly end up on the ground as a tornado, and if there is a tornado you want to be safe.

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Aftermath of Moore, Ok

Beauty Beyond Destruction

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Beautiful thunderstorm

I believe disasters like Moore, Oklahoma are chances to allow our humanity to shine! I have heard and seen many of the same popular videos and pictures everyone else has. But little known tales of greatness are hidden in the rubble. A man put out the call on Twitter asking for milk replacer to feed a litter newborn kittens. Storm chasers rushed to the area to help with rescue efforts. Yet there are people turning this into a sales pitch, fix your house with tools from Sears. Sickening! The tornado was targeting conservatives! Where is your decency? Was Hurricane Katrina an ethnic cleansing of liberals? No, disasters like these affect lives not politics. They affect people not just their tool supplies!

Colors of Spring

I love the smell of roundup in the morning. Okay maybe not but here are some familiar sights in my neck of the woods.

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Sprayers doing burndowns

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Tractors and planters

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Thunderstorms

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Flower beds needing weeded

Sweet Spring At Last

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Happy May?

Woke up this morning to no power and snow yes snow. Crazy weather!

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Summertime Blues

Well these last few weeks of summer are going to be killer. I LOVE my kids but I can’t wait for school to start(guilty conscience kicking in.) This summer has been horrible! Its too hot and too dry! My DH has been working long hours due to a work force that is missing a few bodies. You know kind of like a puzzle missing a few pieces, you can still put it together it just has a few holes. It really makes me wonder how those courageous single parents do it. There have been so many summer plans that could not be fulfilled due to the heat. My kids all have cabin fever. Is that even possible? No dancing in the rain or playing in mud puddles. No picnics, no spending time at the park, no reading outside, nothing! Its too hot. So here we are huddled around the ac registers getting on each others nerves just like winter. How are you beating the heat this year?

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