“…that lightning bolt was mine”

My sanity is still in question. I think I look like Barbara Bush with my eyes bulging out of my head. Yesterday a trip which takes at most an hour and a half took three and a half hours. On a normal ride home, I would have zipped through Boston on down to the bridge, but yesterday it took me over and hour and a half just to get out of Boston and not even far out of the city at that. I had to stop for gas and a bathroom break, an unplanned stop as I had expected to be home well before I needed either of those. My friend Tony came to the house twice to let Miss Gracie out and on the second trip he fed her dinner. I, in the meanwhile, was a crazy woman sitting in the car going nowhere.

As I was sitting in traffic I could see lightning bolts coming from dark clouds ahead. They looked like the sort I used to draw with black crayons when I was a kid. They had edges and angles. I liked watching the lightning especially because it was ahead of me. Come to find out, weather was ahead of me the whole time so I missed it all. The cape had torrential downpours and hail. When I got home, my lawn still had snow, and it was cold out, in the high 50’s. Luckily Tony had closed my windows so I avoided a flood. The road wasn’t as lucky. One spot had water covering the road and up and over the sidewalks. I saw the lake ahead of time and slowed down, but a car coming the other way didn’t, and I was blinded for a bit by the water spray from the car as it sped through. I checked my rear view and the car was dead on the side of the road, probably from a soaked engine. I left him behind, turned the corner and another corner and I, both grumpy and exhausted, was finally home.

Today is lovely with no humidity, lots of sun and a temperature in the low 70’s. I figure Mother Nature is trying to make up for yesterday. I’ll take her apology.

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8 Comments on ““…that lightning bolt was mine””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Snow!?! Wow.

    I’ve had trips like that coming down from NH or ME on I95 in summer with all the vacationers heading home. My eyes were bugging out in sympathy as I read your description.
    At least I95 has ways to opt out of sitting in traffic. If one is adventurous, one can take an exit and figure out how to get home on the secondary roads. I do that a lot. If I’m going to be doing 0 to 20 MPH, I might as well be doing it on a road where that is closer to the posted speed limit.

    Nothing much happening up here. It’s a lovely day. There is no reason for Nature to apologize to me for yesterday as it was lovely too. The weather all slid by my house except for a few claps of thunder and a bit of rain.

    Here is a spawn comic that made me think of you yesterday.
    http://www.gocomics.com/roseisrose/2014/08/07#mutable_1193337
    Hope the link works.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      It looked like snow. I took a couple of pictures I’ll try to post tonight. It was cold enough the stuff didn’t melt even though I missed the hail.

      I didn’t understand why both sides of the expressway were giant parking lots. I thought leaving before 3 would save me the bulk of the traffic. So wrong I was! I suppose I could have gone on the secondary road (I forget which one it is) you can get on in Weymouth, but I never imagined the traffic would be endless.

      I can see and hear my red spawn being insistent about the same thing. That is one annoying spawn with a lot to say. He is too small to trigger the squirrel buster, and he would try to scam me as well.

      Have a great day and enjoy the sun.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Thankfully this is not a tourist area except for early spring when the cranes comes, otherwise the roads almost always are rather car free.

    We haven’t gotteh that much rain here this summer but other places have, entire citis have been flooded. But the only place where the rain is needed no rain falls. There’s a forest fire far north from here needs the rain desperately but they only have hot weather and sunshine. It’s the biggest forest fire ever recorded here in sweden and it’s out of control. Lots of homes have burned down and one man has died and another is so badly injured that he most likely will die too.

    Otherwise it has been a nice day, the first one this week 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The tourists will be here until the long weekend in October (Columbus’ Day weekend). Years ago they ended with Labor Day in September but now the season is longer.

      That’s horrible. Fire is the worst. It can easily get out of control. Parts of California have had drought conditions for a couple of years and fires go out of control.

      It will be a nice weekend so I figure the cape will be crowded with tourists.

      Have a great day!

  3. flyboybob Says:

    When I got in my car this afternoon the outside temperature gauge read 103 degrees. Luckily a small line of thunderstorms dropped some rain at our place early this evening and dropped the temperature. The forecast for the weekend is for more triple digit days.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      It was chilly when I woke up this morning. For the next week we’ll have days in the high 70’s and nights in the 60’s.

      • flyboybob Says:

        And now you know why Bush 41 always vacationed in Kennebunkport Maine. Bush 43 vacationed in Crawford Texas.

        Why would anyone vote for a guy who couldn’t field a winning baseball team or leave Texas in August. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        And why he doesn’t stump for republican candidates.


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