Clouds

Yesterday evening, I decided I wasn’t in the mood to cook dinner. Which is something that has become the norm since I went back to work full-time. It has taken a backburner to the other things in life. Like BLOGGING!

Anyway, we decided to go to town for dinner.

We had some pretty powerful storms move through the area throughout the day yesterday. Luckily, we were spared any damage. It seems the storms got worse as they moved across and upward into Virginia.

By the way if your from there, I’m praying for you!

But yesterday evening the storm left behind some very unusual cloud formations. I have never seen clouds like this. Puffy, low, some black and some white. I made The Captain pull over or slow down or change lanes so I could get some pictures. I was just waiting for a funnel to come down and suck us up into those black puffy clouds, never to be seen or heard from again.

Take a look at some of those unusual clouds…all of these pictures are straight out of the camera as I do not have PhotoShop. Yet!

 

They looked as if they were so heavy they would either burst or fall down around us.

Now that I’ve scared the CRAP out of you.

Calm down.

We only saw a few rain drops while driving through all those clouds. They were mammoth sized raindrops, but few and far between.

Really, they were beautiful clouds. Unusual. But Beautiful.

Honestly, I expected a heinously vicious storm to come down on us like the mighty hand of God bringing forth judgement.

I cannot remember ever seeing clouds that utterly intimidating. I imagine the people living in the midwest may be used to this type of cloud formations.

I am not!

And believe me, I WAS utterly intimidated!

Not enough to stop taking pictures though. I was thinking to myself, if this storm is gonna get me, I’m gonna get a picture to prove exactly what it was that sucked me up into the wild blue yonder.

After all, since I wasn’t able to prove there was a dead chicken in the road. I feel a need to substantiate my credibility.

My friend texted me yesterday asking, “When exactly, did we move to Kansas?”

I texted back saying, “We didn’t, it came to us!”

Imagine how ominous I could have made those clouds look if I had PhotoShop.

Comfort Food

I found a rainbow! Again!

It was flying just outside my front door! We know these people personally. If you haven’t read about my Dad’s Rainbow, you can here.

My mother worked full-time when I was growing up. Dinners were quick and easy.

She would make chili or breakfast for dinner and sometimes creamed tomatoes with batter bread. Anything that was quick without a lot of cleanup after. Even though kitchen duty was mine.

But the one thing I remember her preparing the most was grilled cheese. We had so much grilled cheese that when I started housekeeping, grilled cheese was not on the menu. I was burnt out to say the least. Of course, by this time there was an array of quick and easy foods in the freezer section of the super market.

Recently, I had out patient surgery. As you know, you can’t eat or drink ANYTHING after midnight the night before. By the time I was released from the hospital I was starving and cotton mouth in no way described my thirst. The Captain looked after me with great care! Taking me and bringing me home again. In my somewhat groggy state, I was hungry but fast food was not appealing. I just wanted to go home and rest.

 

The Captain mentioned eating after we returned home and I couldn’t think of a thing that appealed to me, although I was famished. He suggested “Grilled Cheese”. Ooooo, yeah, that’s it! Just what I NEEDED. My eyes lit up. He couldn’t get it fixed fast enough.

He prepared me two, perfectly toasted golden brown Grilled Cheese. That hit the spot! And with my hunger satisfied, I napped the rest of the afternoon.

 

It was then that I realized, Grilled Cheese was my comfort food. All those years, I don’t know how I survived without having a comfort food.

Now I can’t get enough. For some people it’s chocolate that is their comfort food. Others it may be ice cream.

Do you have a Comfort Food?

What is it?

How do you prepare it?

Missing Chicken-UPDATED!

Do you ever wonder what goes on in a persons mind when they throw something out of the window of their car?

Pay attention to the things you see along the highway.

Fast food containers, bags, cups.

Cigarette butts.

Hats.

Shoes.

I could go on…You get the idea.

A hat, I can understand. It just simply blew off someones head. Maybe while riding in the back of a truck or in a jeep with the top off.

Or maybe even clothing that blew out. Did someone just not like that shirt anymore and threw it out the window. Or maybe it caught on fire from their cigarette they thought they threw out and it came back in the window with 6 inch flames. Geez!

Shoes? Did ya buy a new pair and didn’t need the old ones anymore? What’s up with that?! Or maybe they were hurting your feet and you just got mad and threw them out. Or, maybe they were in the rear floor and the cigarette you threw out came back and burnt a hole through the sole? So since one is no good, just throw the other out too?

Yesterday. I saw something I haven’t seen before.

A chicken!

Not a  chicken leg bone. Not one prepared and packaged for sale. A chicken! A whole dead chicken! Feathers and all! Just laying there in the middle of the road. Like it wandered out there and fell over.

I live in the country. I’m used to seeing chickens all over the place. But this was in town! Where there are no chickens!

Did it fall out of a truck? Get loose from its pen while riding down the road? Get delusional and wander off? If so, how long had it been wandering? It looked kinda skinny. It reminded me of one of those rubber chickens that comedians use as a prop.

I haven’t seen any ads in the local newspaper, offering a reward for a lost chicken. 

Maybe it was someones pet. Okay, it was riding in the passenger seat. On its way to the local farm store to get a treat. The windows were down. She flapped her wings at the wrong time and the wind sucked her out the window. She shoulda had a seatbelt!

I just wanna know. Where did the chicken come from? How long has it been missing? Is there a sad child somewhere mourning their missing chicken?

How long does it have to be missing before someone puts up flyers and offers a reward?

If you hear about a missing chicken, let me know. I know just where to find it.

Sorry, I was driving and wasn’t able to get a picture. I was in town, in five o’clock traffic. I think people would have thought it a little strange if I had pulled over and stopped traffic so I could take a picture of a dead chicken in the middle of the road. Maybe they would have thought it was my missing chicken and felt sorry for me.

Maybe, I should have stopped for a picture, just so you’ll believe me. I’m not crazy! There WAS a chicken in the middle of the road!

It’s quite ironic because a blog I read daily is called Chickens in the Road.

I don’t think this is what Suzanne meant when she named her website “Chickens in the Road“!

Suzanne, if your reading this, I really didn’t make this up.

Maybe I should stop and take a picture. Just for credibility purposes. I’m just afraid that with all that traffic, I might end up lying beside the chicken.

On second thought. You’ll just have to think I’m crazy.

I don’t want somebody taking pictures and writing about me in their blog tomorrow. Wondering who is the lady lying in the road and why was she carrying a camera and a chicken?

UPDATE: April 25, 2008

I drove by that chicken again yesterday. Hoping maybe the traffic would slow down enough to get a shot.

Traffic was slowing, had my camera ready. Yeah, I’m gonna prove I didn’t make it up!

When I got to the chicken, well, let’s just say it wouldn’t have been a pretty picture. Ewwwwww!

Oh great, there goes my credibility. (sigh)

 I’m gonna have to post anonymous so no one will know it’s me.