Friday, March 26, 2010

Well, that ought to help...

Experienced high winds today with gusts from 45-55 miles per hour.

THAT ought to help dry things out around here!

Long before we bought our property I decided that I hate the wind. Breezes I love. Wind, I pretty much hate - at least when I have to be out in it with my hair flying in a dozen or so different directions. Or when we're driving the highways in it. When strong winds are hitting you nearly broadside, to keep from going off the shoulder to the right you have to compensate by turning into the wind, toward the center line. Oh, but then suddenly the gust of wind will be passed, there's no more resistance and your steering wheel is still turned in such a way as to drive you right into oncoming traffic across the center line. Love that. So basically, you're trying constantly to merely stay safely in your own lane, not driving off the road to the right or into oncoming traffic on the left.

No, I'm not real fond of strong wind. We bought the land in winter and didn't have any idea that every single Spring and Fall we would be assailed with strong winds as the forerunner to the change of seasons. It can get so strong sometimes that it even gets scary. Our house is very sturdy and I have the uncommon benefit of knowing exactly how it was built, where every stud is and that we have extra sturdy boxes built in between the studs at the roof line for just such strength. Having built our own house, literally, it's pretty neat knowing what all is behind the walls and under the floors. But for some reason, though I'm safe and sound in our sturdy house, the strong winds creep me out. Not right away, but they eventually get to me.

When we first moved to our property, we lived in an ancient mobile home that came with the land. It was about 12 feet wide by 55 feet long. We lived in it for about a year. Man, oh, man, when those seasonal winds hit the side of that flimsy mobile home it would literally crash and slam into it. It sounded like something was hitting the side of the place! The windows were cheap, too, and we would sometimes even see the curtains move when a gust of wind crashed into the house and forced its way through the cracks around the windows. Though sometimes I get weary and a little uneasy in our real house now, mostly I have a feeling of safety and gratitude for such a sturdy, cozy, warm shelter.

Today's winds, I suppose, mean that Spring is here! Yippee! and Finally! After 90 inches of snow this winter, we are happy to see spring arrive. You never know though. We could still get snow for the next couple weeks. We got another inch or so just Monday night. Tuesday we woke up to a fresh blanket of white that melted off by evening. Though I don't like the springtime winds, I am VERY excited they are here to dry out our land and hopefully stop the influx of water into the basement. With ditches and winds, it already seems to be slowing. Another "Yippee!"

.....And now on to an apology. Sorry I haven't been posting much lately, folks. We've just been kind of overrun with busy-ness lately. I have lots of posts swirling around in my head that I want to write. I just don't have the time to devote to it like I would love to. Please hang in there with me...I'll get some things posted eventually!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Judi,
    Your comments about driving in the wind are so true. When I am driving from job to job in the van with the trailer on I get the same dilemma...avoid the traffic or avoid the pavement. Looking forward to more posts.