I often refer to how windy it is on the prairie that we live. Wind energy in our county has potential to be our economic development future. However, this week the wind is exceptional and beyond just a little breezy. Last night a horrible thunderstorm rolled through and we had 70 mph winds. Today the SUSTAINED wind is somewhere between 28-35 mph, gusting to 60 mph.
It is sunny, clear sky but the wind is not making the day enjoyable. It is dictating our life.
It is making it impossible for me to plant & garden.
I bought these beauties last Friday. To protect them from the storm last night I moved them inside from the front porch to the living room. This morning to I watered them all in the kitchen and moved them to our deck facing the northeast, protecting them from the southwest wind.
At some point though they are going to need to planted when I can survive & not fear getting hit by objects flying through the air because of this wind…like our deck chairs or the occasional grain bin. Yes some tornado like winds whipped up some nearby grain bins last night.
When the wind is not blowing and consuming what we can do with our daily lives, we have been able to enjoy some spring weather finally and get outside on walks and bike rides like this one on Sunday night. Nathan and I walked with the girls to Nana and Grandpa’s house while Hunter zoomed around on his bike. It was the perfect prairie evening. Temperature in the 70’s, no wind, fresh smelling air from recent weekend rains and no bugs (yet).
When our life is not being dictated by the wind gusts, my new morning routine is walk the girls to daycare (photo credit to Hunter). It literally is through a field, past the softball field and down a block so my feet get a little damp from the dew but a fun way to start our morning. Walking exceptions are made on days like today when the wind is wrecking our routine and we drove to daycare.
Our daycare provider has a cozy home that is a perfect place for our girls to be when Nathan and I are working. There are about four to five kids there most days. They get homemade meals, have “mother goose” pre-school time, do crafts and projects, play in the yard, go on walks, play in the local park and later this summer will go to the swimming pool. I like going to visit to see the girls periodically and just to sit to talk about motherhood with our daycare provider. She is my friend and I have to say she puts me more at ease with my working mommy life after a good chat with her.
Speaking of working mommy life, I need to wrap up a few hours of work projects today and then I am going to attempt to take much needed vacation days. So much to do in so little time!
The countdown is on until my sister marries Mr. Mike this weekend. I get a little teary eyed just typing that out, tears of joy and excitement. BUT before then I have details to do like getting a pedicure and a spray tan (easier than getting skin cancer in a tanning bed & much faster too), planting my plants, organizing closets, putting away laundry and repurposing suitcases. I never really unpack suitcases. They just repurposed from season to season. I am overdue and it is time to put away the winter and spring suitcase attire and get transitioned into the wedding and summer work attire suitcases. Then we also need a camping suitcase packed. Yes we are going camping for a couple weekends in June. Let’s cross our fingers that the wind has died down by then or at least has blown into someone else’s region to dictate their lives.