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Monday, March 9, 2009

A Real Life Test

The first week of March is Tornado Preparedness Week here in Illinois. Yesterday some areas south of me got a real-life testing of their knowledge and preparedness. It seems that no one was hurt, though, only property damage. Thank goodness!

We had a few really bad thunderstorms yesterday. I am so scared of thunderstorms- my main fear being that there will be a tornado with no warning. Yesterday I just sat down and knitted while it was storming- that seemed to help keep me calm, although Hubby says I was still very pale. I get the whole fight-or-flight response- I get all pale and nervous and jittery. Sometimes I'll even invent a reason to be in the basement.

We got about 3" of rain from the storms yesterday- and are supposed to get 2-3" more tonight and tomorrow! I am so thankful that my house is on high ground (almost the highest point in my county). We have never had a flood. And it took 19 inches of rain in one month (August 2007) to get to the point where our sump pump even ran! The pump has run more from us testing it than it has to actually keep the basement dry.


  1. Oh Jennie, you poor thing. I went through a low category cyclone (hurricane) as a child and it was a terrifying experience. I well understand you trepidation. I hope you are spared any damage.

    Keeping occupied is a good thing. Have you tried listening to calming music through earphones, say on an ipod?

    Take care...Ann :)

  2. This is a good reason to get your basement finished off. Then you can sit down there w/music on loudly or a book and sew or knit or stamp and not worry about the storm. I thought of you when our sump pump was going off every minute or so. I wondered whether your sump was going off at all and thought how lucky you are. I live in fear of the flooded basement.