What strange and ominous weather we had yesterday. The winds were strong, gusts up to 60 miles per hour, and they cointinued unabated all day. At one point, the house grew darker and darker, until it was quite at the point of switching on lights. Tim had just left to get me an onion for the cream of potato soup I was assembling to use up the balance of a ham slice. Suddenly there was a long, long rumble of thunder. I never heard anything like it in my life. It probably lasted for a full 30 seconds.
I was watching it from the big window in the office. "Big storm coming," I thought. However, the sky began to brighten almost immediately. There was no more thunder. I never saw any lightning at all. It wasn't long and the sun was shining brilliantly, and the rain stopped. \The wind did not.
Tim returned with the onion and we marveled about that roll of thunder as I chopped it to drop into the broth with the ham to simmer.
It rained off and on during the day, sometimes heavily. The wind did not cease, not for a moment. I was peeling the potatoes for my soup a bit later, when I noticed it getting fiercely dark once again. Tim was in the office. I commented about the darkness to him. He was amazed by it too. Really, it was once again dark enough to switch on the light as I worked.
It was pouring down, and once again, there was a huge rumble of thunder that went on and on. We honestly cannot ever remember hearing such a thing. It rained heavily for quite a while, but there was no more thunder. We never saw the lightning.
It really didn't matter much to us, tucked away inside our sturdy house. One 12 year old boy was quite determined to get his school work caught up, all in one day. He did, too. Every bit of it. It took him 6 hours, but he was driven. He had a pool party to go to on Sunday and he did not want to be troubled by the specter of undone assignments. We organized his folder together so that he could hand it in on Monday.
He was giddy with relief to have the rest of the day to do as he pleased. What to do, what to do?
We had finished reading The Sorcerer's Stone earlier in the week, and our agreement was to finish the book and then watch the corresponding movie. So, we rented our first movie from Amazon Prime and settled in to watch it.
Our soup simmered in the kitchen.
The wind blew against the house, and intermittently, the rain pelted against the windows.
It was an enjoyable day to ourselves.