If you live in Southwestern Ontario, you will understand when I say this was a crazy week. If you don’t, let me explain. On Tuesday, the weather was extremely unsettled, and there were weather watches and warnings for pretty much all of Southwestern Ontario. As the red warning areas on the map spread to encompass a larger and larger area and the severe thunderstorm warnings changed to tornado warnings, everyone began intensely watching the sky.
When I got home around 3:20 pm, I spent the next couple of hours standing out on my deck watching the dark clouds roll in and monitoring my family’s whereabouts. I absolutely love watching storms, but I don’t like it when my hubby and kids are out driving in them. Daniel, my 17 year old, had stayed late at school to work on a project, and when I heard reports of possible tornadoes just north of his school, I quickly texted him to see if he knew. The principal had heard the same report and had called all of the students left in the school to the drama room which has no windows. She told them they were all to stay put for the time being. My hubby called me from about an hour and a half north of here, and I could barely hear him on the phone through the sounds of the vicious storm in the background. He said visibility was pretty much nil from the wind and the rain, and everyone had their flashers on. The DJ’s on the local radio station in that area kept interrupting the songs that were playing to tell people to take cover. My hubby, of course, kept driving!!
Mike and Daniel finally made it home, and then I paced on the front porch waiting for my older son, Bryan, to arrive. I knew, watching the direction the storm was taking, that he would be driving right into the worst of it, and it must have been a rough ride because when he pulled into the driveway and got out of his car, the first words out of his mouth were “HOLY F#@%!!”. It wasn’t too long before we started hearing on the news and on Facebook that a tornado had touched down in Angus, Ontario which is very close to where Mike had been driving when he called me. The tornado blew out windows, tore up fences and sheared off the tops of some homes when it hit at about 5:30 p.m. Estimates now say that over 100 homes were damaged, but luckily nobody was seriously injured. Most people were still at work when it hit. The pictures that have been posted on TV and online show a wicked path of destruction, and I feel so bad for the people whose homes are ruined. An old neighbour of mine now lives in Angus, and two of her kids were home alone when the tornado hit. She was talking to them by phone as she raced home to make sure they were ok. Luckily, it missed them by two streets, but others weren’t so lucky. I’ll tell you, I sure hugged by kids a little tighter that night!
The weather eventually settled down and yesterday was a beautiful, warm and sunny day. It’s hard to believe the difference a couple of days can make. Anyway, now that the excitement is over, let’s move on to the matter at hand. It’s Friday, and that means it’s mystery photo time. I was experimenting some more with my new little macro lens for my iPhone, and although I didn’t have enough time to get this quite as crisp as I wanted (because I’m still learning how to use it properly), I thought it was still a really cool shot. Let’s see what you can come up with this week. Ok, ready, set, go…..
wowsers, that sounds scary, I don’t know how you put up with all this extreme weather. You’re getting pretty good at confusing me too, I have no idea what this shot is of so I’m going to guess it’s a bottle opener because I have to say something. We’ve got a friend coming down from London to spend the weekend with us so I’m desperately trying to get the house looking nice, We’ve still not moved in properly as we’ve been waiting to have new floors put in and some decorating done. The house used to be owned by an elderly arab couple and there are some interesting decorative choices including gold and maroon patterned wallpaper in the living/diningroom and conservatory which are being stripped on Monday and painted natural calico with the flooring guys following behind and ripping out the once white carpets and laying oak flooring.
It’s funny when you think about it. We have had a lot of extreme weather lately; however, I would still consider this one of the safest places in the world to live. When I listen to disaster news from around the world I consider myself pretty lucky :). You should do some before and after pictures to share with us of your new house. The oak flooring sounds wonderful. We have carpeting throughout our house, but one day I would like to try hardwood. By the way, did you save me any of that cake?????
there’s always cake for you in my house Cindy and as requested I’ve thrown up a few before pics I’ve taken with my phone as I’ve been unpacking on to facebook. They’re very much just snapshots but give you an idea of the enormity of the task ahead. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152097691267131.1073741837.602812130&type=1&l=2631c05f94
have you found gold in them there hills?
I wish :).
me too–then we could buy all the chocolate and books and space ships we want
Oh, and don’t forget fancy cameras to take pictures of the aliens :).
Mrs Chiselehurst was very annoyed with her new hair-do. It was supposed to be platinum blond.
Sorry to hear about your tornado. Sounds like a very unusual event for your part of the world. I’m glad you are all OK. 🙂
Yes, we’re fine thanks :). We do kind of live in tornado alley, but it’s not near as bad as the tornado alley down in the United States. Fortunately, it always seems to be in the areas surrounding us but never right where we are. So far!
Glad you guys are all ok. We had some nasty winds and torrential downpour in Toronto but no tornadoes. You’ve stumped me with this image. Looks like the underside of something. Maybe a vinyl tile??
Thanks Edith :). See clue below.
Ok, I know this is a really hard one, so I’m thinking that a clue is in order. I took the picture in the garage, and it’s something that you have to be really careful with.
Something tarnishing – a brass plate. Wild guess of course. I’m glad you are all safe and sound. You had a lot of big worries during all that storming.
Worries yes, but it was also very exciting :).
Were you perhaps thinking of massacring people with it. In a chainsawy way. 🙂
P.S We’re not that bad. Well not deliberately anyway. Well not all that deliberate. Well alright, a bit. 😀
Sorry to be so late with the answer, but I have been scrubbing bathtubs and floors this morning. YUCK!! Better to get it done early though so that I can sit outside the rest of the day :). I would have to say Graham is closest this week because he used the word “chainsawy” (not sure that is a word LOL). It is actually a closeup of the tooth of a blade for a mitre saw. It really looks different that close up doesn’t it?
Yikes, sounds like a close call! I saw something on TV about tornado’s in the US/Canada and did think of you guys and hoped you were safe.The weather can be so cruel sometimes.
I have no idea what that picture is, you’ve stumped me!
It’s a tooth on a blade of a mitre saw blade. And, the weather is beautiful now :).
don’t tell my husband I did not know
My lips are sealed :).