Well, I’ll be honest, I’ve had a very erratic sleep pattern the last couple of days. And almost all of it had to do with our recent stormy weather. That, and the fact that Mlle. Renee felt she had to sleep with me … to protect me from … whatever. And frankly, Renee is a bed hog who thinks my legs and feet are the perfect pillow for her to use as a head rest. Also, I didn’t have a trust in the weather wizards’ claims that the storms were over for the night. At least not when you can hear thunder rumbling and grumbling throughout the night. Come morning I was more than willing to sleep in until noon or more. Unfortunately, the TV stations were spreading non-stop damage and destruction reports about the northern reaches of the metropolitan area … and friends and relatives started calling to see if I was still there. After assuring all that I was still here, I couldn’t go back to sleep. So I had a bowl of puffed wheat with red, black and blue berries. The berries are always eaten separately and never in the cereal bowl. And I, too, watched the endless replays of the previous evening. The weather folk hadn’t been able to get their act together on whether our weather had been three separate tornadoes along a 23-mile long stretch, or one really twisted twister that had hop-scotched across the area.

Finally I decided that after I had been telling everyone I had been damage free, I should actually get dressed and go out and do a visual inspection. Here’s the 200+ degree panoramic  shot (moving right to left) covering the north, west and south views from my house.BackYardPan

You can click on the photo to enlarge it for easier viewing. Yes, I always ask myself if it is wise to live in middle of a virtual forest in the midst of tornado alley. The shade is so nice though. And the only damage I could find were …DSC07371

… a few fallen leaves and twirlers …

DSC07372… and a couple of short undeveloped branches.

Also the western end of the property look like it was pretending to be a bog or swamp in waiting.DSC07373

The bad news was …




Yes, the invasion of the invasive honeysuckle in the middle of my yew hedge!


Anyway, I went inside and took an afternoon nap. And then I couldn’t fall asleep last night. It’s a little cooler today, but that’s because we have a heavy cloud cover.



About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on June 2, 2013, in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING! and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. A line of trees can act as a wind break. In the South, we saw areas where funnels took an upward turn because of trees. Of course, that kind of wind can also rip trees out of the ground. I guess it’s a crap shoot.

  2. I did a happy gasp when I saw the honeysuckle. I love it

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