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    Wacky weather! Plus, GRAND Social No. 214 link party for grandparents

    Wacky weather!

    I was born in Minnesota, land of not only 10,000 lakes but lots of tornados, too. From what I've been told throughout the years, I was in a tornado when I was 18 months old. Houses were demolished, people died, and my mother was bathing me when the funnel clouds first swirled through our neighborhood.

    My family survived with nothing more than scary tales of the tornado. Mine are just retellings because being only 18 months old at the time, I obviously have no recollection.

    I've lived in Colorado for more than 40 years. Tornados pretty much never happen in Colorado Springs, where I've lived for more than 30 years. Last Friday, though, an Emergency Services alert blasted my cell phone, followed by a message stating "Tornado Warning in this area. Take shelter now."

    I was the only one home other than my animals, so I took Mickey to the lowest, safest spot in our house (didn't even attempting wrangling up the two cats who wouldn't stay put anyway) and I headed to the highest, least safe spot in our house in hopes of spotting the twister.

    No twister as I peered out the upper level bathroom window, but I did capture this (plus several other similarly ominous shots):

    ominous clouds 

    I waited and waited for a funnel. None arrived in my neighborhood, the danger passed, I let Mickey out of the safe space, and carried on with my day.

    No cool story to share about waiting out a tornado with my dog, but I'm happy to have gotten at least a few shots of the wacky weather. And happy a tornado didn't really wander over my way — for I'm pretty sure if one had, I'd regret (and feel forever guilty) that I hadn't wrangled my cats after all.

    GRAND Social No. 214

    Now the reason you're all here after all: The GRAND Social! Thank you so much for attending once again! You guys are the greatest. Truly!


    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.
    • Grandparents who do not blog (or want to share something other than their own post) are welcome to add links to other posts grandparent readers may be interested in.
    • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to the blog or website home page. Then click the blue button below marked "Add your link" and follow the directions.
    • I reserve the right to remove posts I feel are inappropriate. (Which hasn't happened yet, but I feel obligated to note that, just in case.)
    • Those who add links to the GRAND Social link party will be sent a weekly reminder when the party goes live. If you prefer to be removed from that email list, feel free to do so (and you'll still be more than welcome to join the party any time).

    • If adding your own post, including a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button anywhere on your page using the following code:
    <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="blank"><img src="" alt="Grandma’" width="125" height="125" /></a>
    • The GRAND Social linky accepts posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.
    • If you're not a linker, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Those sharing a link would be honored to have you visit, read and, if so moved, leave a comment even if just "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social." Bloggers who link are encouraged to visit and comment on the links of other bloggers, as well.


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    Reader Comments (11)

    Here's my tip for herding cats! Open a can of tuna, have Jim hiding nearby with a cat carrier, and then both of you swoop down at once! Repeat. (Do the "less smart one" first!)
    That photo is awesome in a "so-glad-it-was-just-pretend" kind of way!

    July 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

    That photo is amazing. I grew up in Nebraska, and I have vivid recollections of my mother waking me up in the middle of the night so that we could go downstairs during a serious thunderstorm. I don't recall ever actually seeing a tornado however. Thank goodness.

    July 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKris

    As a Texan, I know how scary this can be. Thankfully, you weren't blown away as you tried to spy the tornado!

    July 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

    Sorry you had to spend so much time watching for that impending doom but glad it didn't appear! Thank you for this latest Grand Social!

    July 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    I'm so glad that a real tornado did not appear, Lisa! I know they are rare on the Front Range but I've heard there have been a few in the past. Your photo shows the power of the storm!

    Fantastic picture of the storm on its way! We had a tornado warning recently and the grandchildren were here. So we wrangled them to the basement! But, as with your experience, the tornado didn't come to fruition (thank goodness). P.S. My husband, Paul, was also born in Minnesota, in Duluth. Cold country!

    July 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

    Those clouds look pretty threatening! Great picture.

    July 11, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterkrista

    I am an Okie so I sure do understand how these vicious things can take everything you have in a heart beat! I am sure glad you were not blown away!

    July 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTana Mason

    YIKES, so glad y'all are ok. I've visited a lot back east where they got a LOT of warnings, but only one tornado that I heard of in 4 years. I have to admit, that does make the weather VERY exciting. Tho it also makes me appreciate our mostly boring weather in the Roseville, greater Sacramento CA area. ;) Praying for y'all :)


    July 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKaye Swain

    Yikes. I'm Illinois born and bred. There is no way I'm looking for a funnel cloud from an upstairs window. I'll leave that kind of stuff to the storm chasers...

    July 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNonnieKelly

    Those storm clouds do look ominous. I remember tornadoes from my days in Michigan and it is scary! Glad you are AOK!

    July 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc
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