Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

COME ON FAT LADY...SING!


This weather activity in Oklahoma needs to be over but I fear the fat lady won't be singing until the end of June at least.  Yesterday Ron and I were running with the big dogs (big tornadoes) as we drove 80 miles to Tulsa at 9AM for an outpatient surgery.  We arrived in Tulsa safely and were heading  home by 4PM.  It seems everyone on this earth was trying to go east away from the Oklahoma City/Moore, OK tornado that was now heading our way.  Tornadoes were popping up all around us but we managed to get in the door of our home before the severe thunder storms started here and a tornado hit Twin Bridges State Park, just 7 miles east of us.  I was in our new bathroom hiding in the shower stall while Ron was in the den, in his recliner eating a bowl of grits. Poor fellow had not been able to eat or drink before his procedure and we were rushing too hard to get home, so he wasn't leaving his bowl of grits for anything. 

Our family has been threatened beginning with our daughter in Edmond/Guthrie area on Sunday, son and grandchildren in Broken Arrow and Tulsa to our Oklahoma City brother, sil, nieces and nephews and we all give thanks for escaping the monsters. 

The devastation in Moore, OK is unfathomable. Recovery and discovery continues. More tornadoes forecast for today.

35 comments:


  1. I am watching it on the news and no words can express my grief for all those folks.

    so glad you and yours are alright.
    please stay safe, you will be in my best thoughts.

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  2. Sonny -- Thank you. Hope you are feeling better. xoxo

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  3. I'm glad that you and your family are all okay. I'm afraid you are right that there is more to come. We lived in Moore when my youngest daughter was born 36 years ago yesterday. I drove by our house there when I was in OK in March, and now I wonder if it is still there.
    Take care and stay safe.

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  4. Thanking God that you and your family escaped the wrath of Mother Nature and hope/pray that will continue to be true.

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  5. This is so so sad. I'm praying for them too. sandie

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  6. Jeanie -- Do you remember that fourteen years ago on May 3, 1999 Moore was devastated by tornadoes. It is so sad for this to occur again with so many deaths.

    kenju -- I gave thanks while passing each mile marker on our way home.

    Chatty Crone -- Hope today's blast is much weaker.

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  7. Was concerned for you all....

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  8. I'm glad you and yours are safe, but my heart goes out for those others in the way of these storms. God help them.

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  9. I am so sorry about the poor folks in Moore but we are both so glad to hear that you and your family are okay. We have been thinking about you. (Rob)

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  10. I am glad that you and your loved ones are doing fine. My heart goes out to those who are suffering so much. Mother nature can be so tough sometimes, never the less God gives us strength and hope.

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  11. Changes in the wind -- Thank you Monica:)

    cube -- We thank God for giving us the sense to watch the reports and make correct decisions but we are careful not to thank God for our safety because that means God was responsible for those who were not safe. Isn't that a conundrum?

    Rob and Monica -- Thank you Rob. We are hearing the number of fatalities is lower than first reported, We hope that is true.

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  12. I'm glad y'all are OK - I was worried! The former pastor of my church is from Oklahoma and was sending out messages to his son, dil and daughter on facebook and they responded they were OK. He couldn't get through by phone or text, but somehow facebook worked.

    Hope the fat lady goes ahead and sings today and you can relax. lol at Ron eating his grits even if a tornado was coming his way. :)

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  13. Munir -- Our Mothering God gives us strength and hope and for that reason those affected will rebuild and survive and thrive.

    Lynn -- I'm thinking he was waiting to tell the tornado "Kiss my grits!" lol

    Yes we could not call our OKC family but we could text them. Isn't that weird?

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  14. So relieve to know you and your family and friends are okay, Annie. I have a close friend who lives in Muskogee and I know someone who lives in Norman so the minute I hear about that type of weather there, I think of all of you and worry.

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  15. Dreadful. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers for you and your family!

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  16. Glad you're okay. Keeping you in prayers for your continued safety!

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  17. Thank heavens you and your family are safe. The wreckage all around you is really awful, and I do hope you're wrong in saying it isn't all over yet. Wow.

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  18. Talon -- Isn't it interesting how we watch the weather now and think about our blog friends as well as close friends and family? Your Norman friends were very close to the devastation yesterday.

    gigihawaii --Strong storms in and around now with hail, etc., but no tornadoes in Oklahoma but it sounds like Texas needs to brace for another round.

    Kay Dennison -- Hello Kay:) Thank you for your prayers and mine are with you as well in your current turmoil.

    Kerry -- Our skies are overcast but we have very little to fear right now as far as we know. Thank you for your concern and caring.

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  19. So glad you are safe. I had forgotten you were living in that area. Tornadoes are so unpredictable in where they will touch down and that must leave all in terrible fear. Grits can be eaten in a bathroom shower stall!!! The size of these storms is growing because of the increase in heat. Heat causes energy and global warming means more nasty storms...if not MORE storms. We only have a few more decades of this, so I guess we have no choice but to hang in there. I REPEAT, I am so glad you are both safe and sound!

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  20. Tabor -- We are both safe but neither of us has ever been sound:)

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  21. G.A., glad to hear that you're okay. I have two blogger friends in OK (you and another out of Norman) and I was very worried that you guys may have gotten smacked around by Mother Nature.

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  22. I love your sense of humor. I think you are very "sound". So glad you are okay. I'd have been in the shower with you.. never did like grits! :)

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  23. I would eat grits with cheese in them anywhere.

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  24. I can't believe how much the weather has changed over all of the world....we've really messed up this planet haven't we!

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  25. Hello Annie
    Good to hear you are both fine - like Tabor I didn't put two and two together or I'd have come over sooner to see if things were happening in your neck of the woods.
    I'd offer you some rain but possibly you have plenty of your own at the moment
    Take care
    Cathy

    Cathy @ Still Waters


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  26. I was so glad to hear you are all OK and will keep hoping the tornadoes stay at bay. How sad and awful.

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  27. Couldn't grits be et just as easily in a small underground bunker?

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  28. I'm sorry you had to endure the risk of racing storms home. I thought perhaps your appointment would get postponed due to the State of emergency declared in OK.
    Glad to hear your family is safe. Tough to know 7 miles away got it!
    I was praying for you all

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  29. G.B. Miller -- Thank you for your concern. Your Norman friend was very very close to the action in Moore.

    Ancient One -- Thanks for saying I am sound:) You are welcome in my shower any time. lol

    Kerry --Love grits with garlic and cheese. Ummmmmmmmmmmmm

    Brown English Muffin -- I tend to believe upcoming generations will be led by God to restore hope. So happy to see you back in blog world. I need me some Baby C fixes:)

    Cathy -- Thanks for your concern and yes, keep your rain for now. We are catching up quickly from the previous droughts. We're seeing some strong well-wishes from Australia.

    Riot Kitty -- This morning we have awakened to sunshine!!!!

    Murr Brewster -- Wish we had an underground bunker. Perhaps this will be the year we buy one. Meanwhile it's the shower stall and roping Ron to get him and his grits in there.

    Snaggle Tooth -- Don't know what we would have done if we had to postpone this surgery. It is so difficult to reschedule. Thankfully the hourly weather report was spot on for us to arrive home by 6PM. We were just under the wire. It is great to have sun today. Thank you for your prayers,

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  30. The weather has us down too but nothing like what is going on down there.
    I'm always amazed at the fortitude of the rural states and the people who live there. I notice there doesn't seem to be folks standing around waiting for FEMA to fix all of this. Oklahomans will handle it. You should be proud of your state. Stay safe my friend.

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  31. Cliff -- You are so right. There is a true rescuing spirit among our neighbors and so we can only imagine how strong the people in Moore and Shawnee are at this time. My niece and nephew are aiding in this rescue like they did during the Moore tornado of 1999.

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  32. LOL Sorry for the confusion it was a Communion Party (Big old fan fair that was held after the communion) I should have made that clear with that rather drastic picture there! LOL oops! (Edited now)

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  33. It is a conundrum. How does God help both sides of a sporting event, for example? Should we all be atheists?
    Certainly food for thought.

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  34. OH gosh, Annie. This is so scary!!! Please be safe.

    Also...Thank you so much for all your kind messages while we were gone to China and I was cut off from my blog. Although I couldn’t access my blog, I got your comments via e-mail and they always brought a smile to my face.

    I’ve just finished my China blog posts so I need to work on our photo album because we have too many things happening this summer that will take up our time. Life does tend to occasionally intrude on our blogging. Thank you again for being such a wonderful friend.

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