Jul 252012
 

Sometime early yesterday morning a nasty thunderstorm swept through the campground with rain, lightning, and thunder that sounded like an artillery barrage. It was good to be nice and cozy in our snug house on wheels while the storm raged outside.

Since we planned to stay home anyway, we weren’t in a big hurry to get up and about, and when we did, heavy clouds still hung overhead. I spent much of the day looking at online stock photos trying to find something that would work for a cover for my new book, without much success. I just don’t have a knack for that sort of thing, I guess. I can’t describe even to myself what I want, but I’ll know it when I see it.

A little after noon, the sky seemed to clear up and the sun was shining. Terry said maybe we should’ve planned to go out and play tourist after all, but within an hour the sky had turned dark again and the thunder was rumbling. Then it started raining in sheets and the wind was really blowing the trees here in the campground. I told Terry it looked like we were better off staying home after all.

It was a fast-moving storm though, and within half an hour or so so it started to clear up. Then it came back an hour or so later, although not as intense. Here’s a photo I took out the window after the rain had eased up a bit.

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While I was pretending I was a cover artist, and proving to myself that I wasn’t, Terry started making some homemade spaghetti sauce. When I was younger a man, I got my nose busted a couple of times because I tended to poke it in places it didn’t belong, and as a result I have very little sense of smell. But the occasional whiff I did get of that sauce was wonderful.

Terry was multitasking most of the day; besides making the sauce she did a couple of loads of laundry, and put the finishing touches on the crochet project she has been working on. That lady is like the Energizer Bunny, she keeps going, and going, and going.

I’ll tell you what, Terry’s sausage pasta sauce over three cheese tortellini, topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, was a meal to savor. Delicious doesn’t begin to describe it. Later in the evening we had some of her freshly baked wheat oat flax bread from a loaf just taken out of the oven. Yummy!

If the weather cooperates today, we plan to drive to Fall River and visit Battleship Cove, which has a collection of US naval ships that includes the battleship USS Massachusetts, the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., and a couple of World War II PT boats, among others.

We have several other places we want to visit this week before we have to leave for Sturbridge next Monday, but a lot of it depends on the weather. The forecast right now calls for a clear day today and thunderstorms the rest of the week. We will just have to wait and see how it plays out.

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  3 Responses to “Thunderstorms And Pasta”

  1. Home made spaghetti sauce, tortellini, home made bread. Why aren’t we traveling with you?

  2. Sounds like Miss Terry really should write up a recipe book!! YUMMY….I can almost smell it myself. My sense of smell is diminished some too…got hit a lot of times in the nose and it bled too, as a kid…hmmm, makes me wonder. It was a real joy growing up with 3 onery brothers, let me tell you!!!

  3. terry the energizer bunny needs to take the day off, but knowing her as I do she will not do it. Guess the storms that hit us during the night must have detoured your way, we had a bit of everything hit us, we even rocked and rolled a bit. Now just super hot 98 degrees with 99% humidity right now. Had to take the MH to have the major service done on it. I drove the car over and coming back the ac went out, it was a very long 50 miles in this heat. Swimming Pool here I come. Waiting to see the pictures of your latest trip into town. Stay safe.

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