7/14/2011

Spooky

Monday morning, we had a very strange thunderstorm.  The storm was coming from the north-east; usually storms come from the south-west.  I woke up a little after 5:00 to "popping" sounds on the roof.  If you know anything about me, you know that my imagination can really run rampant.  When I heard that noise, the first thing that came to mind was our babysitter (when the boys were little) telling me that when her house caught on fire, she heard a large "pop".  I was a little concerned Monday morning.
I got up and went into our "spare" bedroom/office, and looked outside.  MS has a makeshift soccer goal that is leaning up against the house, close to where I heard the popping.  When I looked out, I saw that the wind was blowing pretty hard.  I thought maybe the wind could have been pushing the goal against the house.  I went ahead and took the girls out, and checked on the goal while I was out.  No way was that what was making that sound.  The wind was really blowing; I felt like I was Dorothy out there.  As I was standing at the side of the house, I heard the "pop", and figured out what the culprit was:
Apparently we have a hickory tree to the side of the house that we've never realized was there.  We have one in the front yard, right in front of the living room window, but have never noticed the one on the side.  In 7 years, this is the first time we've heard the nuts falling off and hitting the roof.

After I solved that mystery, I turned to walk back into the house.  When I looked off in the distance, I saw this big, black sky with lightening coming out of it.  It didn't look good at all.  I gathered the girls up, went back inside, and proceeded to wake up CH and tell him that it looked like a big tornado was headed our way.  As weird as the weather has been this year, it really wasn't outside of the realm of possibility.  That was my reasoning, anyway.  CH got up and looked outside, then we turned on the tv to check the weather.  My favorite meteorologist said we were getting to have a severe thunderstorm.  The storm came and went, there wasn't a tornado, and I've heard the popping sound every now and then.  Only now I know what it is.

15 comments:

  1. Creepy. Those noises in the night always bother me, too. The other night I think something was building a nest on the roof directly above where my head lay on the bed. I thought I was going to go crazy!

    Glad ya'll made it through the storm with no tornados!!

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  2. It's amazing how creepy a sound can be when you don't know what it is. I think that the storm coming from that direction would have also been really strange. I've heard of them doing that every once and a while, but it's certainly not normal. Glad there was no tornado!

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  3. Glad the popping was a natural phenomenon! I figured it was hail at first but then realized you wouldn't have gone outside in hail -- not with the girls!

    We got that storm later and it was a doozy. Thanks for sending it along. ha ha

    Can you do anything with hickory nuts that is interesting?

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  4. My mom was raised by a mother that was deathly afraid of the weather. When she was little, her mother would gather everyone in the living room and they would all sit and wait the storm out. My mom tried that with my brother and I and it didn't work so well. She ended up just staying in bed also - she said if we were going to die in our beds because of the bad weather, she might as well too ;-)

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  5. Guess there are no tornado sirens where you are - we don't have any either. In Oklahoma storms seldom sneak up on you because of the sirens. Did you duck into a closet? Glad all is well and you've solved the mystery Detective Perot.

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  6. I don't mind storms, but tornadoes freak me out!! I've had so many nightmares about them, I can't even tell you!!

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  7. Glad that you were able to figure out the popping sound ... and that it was nothing serious. ;-) Glad, too, that there was no tornado.

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  8. Glad you found out what the culprit was.
    Weather makes me super nervous too...Mother Nature is angry lately!!!

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  9. So, your imagination is related to mine? LOL

    Glad it wasn't what you thought!

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  10. I love thunder storms.

    I do not like strange sounds.

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  11. always good to check out sounds like that; glad it was just nuts and not anything else!

    betty

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  12. Glad the house wasn't on fire...I have a similar imagination : ) Hope there is no crazy weather when we're in town (soon!) Have a geat weeknd!

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  13. Glad that it wasn't a tornado. How could you not know about the tree on the side of your house? Glad you figured out where the noise was coming from.

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