We’ve been busy, trying to play catch-up from our late spring when all of a sudden, Will says he pulled his back, lifting the idler wheel into the crawler/loader he replaced the track tensioner seals on. Then the pain got worse. And worse, instead of better, radiating into his groin area. On Sunday it was really bad so off to the ER we went. After all days’ worth of testing and a CT scan, the doctor said he thought he’d passed a kidney stone and had residual pain. (He had previously passed a BIG one in 2014.) So we came home and he spent two days longer, lying down as sitting and walking made the pain bad — lying down, it was gone. Finally, today, when I threatened to take him to the doctor again, he said it was better. He even acted better last night, sitting up to watch some TV. And today he’s walking around outside, threatening to work on the haybine he needs to repair. I told him in no uncertain terms that was not going to happen yet! But I have hopes he’s on the mend.
Last night we got a horrible storm! After a long period of intense heat and drought, we were informed there was a severe thunderstorm moving our way. Half of us said “Yea!” while the other half said, “Oh oh!” We needed the rain badly so our late-planted crops would germinate, but we didn’t need a bad storm or a tornado! I went outside and took a look at the sky and went “Oh oh!” again. Those cloud banks looked fearsome! The wind picked up and picked up.
We ended up with 90 mph wind gusts and boy did the wind generator scream! Then the rain dumped and more wind. I was just going to suggest we take a walk to the basement when it started to abate some. Finally, the storm passed, and we breathed a sigh of relief but hoped the tomato transplants hadn’t been broken off. I checked this morning, and they were fine. Whew! The closest town of Cook did suffer some damage that may have been a small tornado — trees broken off and uprooted, a roof torn off a house and such damage. Our friends’ hoop house at their nursery, The Watering Can, was twisted out of shape and destroyed. So, yes, it was a pretty bad storm, all in all. We were grateful that we suffered no damage and got some rain. This morning, the corn and beans are up! Hooray! — Jackie