We have at long last arrived at my very favorite month of the entire year. Not too hot,not too cold, New Year's is either a distant memory or a long-distant storm.
But speaking of storms,
Our friends, former neighbors and co-workers in NW Arkansas and eastern Okalhoma have been getting pounded. Tornadoes, torrential flooding, loss of life, horrid damage, and some areas still out of contact as the bridges are under water, roads near streams are flooded, impassible and damaged, I saw a phot of a sinkhole / washout area that seems to have taken out about 25 feet of roadway in a well-traveled area.
Our friends, former neighbors co-workes in central Alabama getting the same. It appears that there was a tornado that hit part of the capitol city of Montgomery. And heavy damage all around the region.
Storms in east Tennessee as well.
And, in our region, what is termed a "microburst" hit a once-upscale area about 25 miles due south of us yesterday. A second line of heavy storms went through here a few hours ago, tearing roofs off of buildings, uprooting pretty large trees, blocking roads, and at this moment I am informed that more than 25,000 customers are without electrical power in the area. We only lost power for a few moments, but others probably won't be back up until tomorrow if then. And the line crews are working in dangerous circumstances.
So, yes, storms.
Wife and I took a trip yesterday into the NW corner of this county for a fund raiser dinner for a high school classmate. Now, since she graduated 40 years ago or so, and since we lived out of the area for 25 of those and for many of the years since graduation she had little or no contact with any of the class, the beneficiary was one of the few good ones. Seems that he'd been working outside the country, in China in fact. Had a very very major heart attack one that he barely survived. That's bad. What's worse is that his employer called him WHILE IN ICU to tell him that since he couldn't work he's fired. Yep. Oh, and they cancelled his medical coverage effective immediately. Leaving him thousands of miles from home, in a hospital, without money or anything. Friends and family here in the states had to scratch together the money to fly him home! He'll never work again, probably. Oh, and he's not eligible to collect unemployment. Disability? Ha! And he was the sole support of his family. Tough situation. So a whole bunch of people got together, raised money, had the dinner. Place was packed!! The Moose lodge donated the space, a local motorcycle group donated the food and served it as well, and the proceeds went to him. Lots of people donated items for a "Chinese auction" and many more bought tickets to bid on those items. A few other gambling-type games of chance were also going.
We spent more time getting there and back than we did in attendance. Wife's not up to much, but wanted to go even if only for a short while, which is what happened. But she did get to see a few friendly faces. Like the husband and wife across the table, she'd gone to school with both. And she'd done his homework assignments for him so that he'd maintain eligibility for the basketball team. He's essentially illiterate, part of growing up in an immigrant family (Welsh) that didn't speak or read English.
Today, we had our turn with the storms. Got so bad that niece next door made us come over and take shelter in their basement with her and the Great-Niece. Storm finally blew over, but it was exciting for a while.
Tomorrow, we have yet another doctor appointment for her. Noon, which is an odd time. They're starting to suspect she has a bleeding duodenal ulcer, which would account for some things. So we shall see.
The Old Testament reading today is chapters 1 and 2 of 1st Kings. David is not qutie dead, yet, and the issue of succession is upon them and the nation. One of the very bad things of polygamy is that number of claimants to the throne and the primacy. In many cases, the losers end up dead. And some of that happens here. The people, you recall, wanted a king so that they could be like the nations around them. They got their wish.
I Kings 2
The New Testament reading is verses 54-71 in chapter 22 of the Gospel of Luke.
Jesus has been seized, abandoned by His closest followers, and hauled before the religious leaders.