High Winds Energize Stella

2019 Feb 24

First of all I hope all of my readers from the state of Mississippi made it through “tornado alley” yesterday without any damages to your home. I cannot imagine sitting through those type of winds. We have had tornadoes pass through this area but in all directions around us, in past years. Yet at 5am this morning I was bolted awake with a loud sound as if my driveway was filled with idling cars, trucks and motorcycles. No it wasn’t a dream. I got up to check outside from every side of the house. I was hearing sounds from my house I have never heard before.

IMG_2903

So when Stella and I stepped outside this morning around 10am the winds were howling but with the new app suggested by Maricacb a few weeks ago showed me they were only 19mph from the west and we might have a burst up to 38mph at times.

From the first step she took in the field, Stella was energized. She hopped her first few steps and then took off trotting out in front of me. I continue to give her the joint supplements so it’s possible she was just feeling really good this morning. She ran a few different times during the walk.

IMG_2904

While putting on my down parka I had decided I would take the Nikon D3200 this morning but by the time I headed outside I had changed my mind. I have fallen in love with the Canon G9 X Mark II after all the frustration I had setting up the manual settings. A reminder, that is manual settings but still shoots pictures with auto focus.

It did not take long to get use to taking  a picture by looking at the monitor in back of the camera instead of through a viewfinder. The much smaller size still gave me room to use it with a light pair of North Face gloves on. I’ll post a review of that camera sometime today. I have it written but want to review it and add anything new I have found the past month.

IMG_2906

As you can see Stella was pretty far out in front. She wasn’t exploring scent this morning nor was she searching out and eating deer scat. She seemed to be leaning into the wind as she walked and trotted, which was coming from her left side.

IMG_2908IMG_2909

This is looking back in the direction of the high cold winds. It’s the Southwest and the normal direction that gives me most of my winds, big or small.  Like I have said a few times before, from my past, I am always concerned about those three Sycamore trees on the left side of the house.  In 2008 with straight line winds I had two Sycamore trees that size pulled out of the ground and blown down parallel to the house, covering the front yard.

I would prefer those trees stay where they are instead of falling down the center of my house.  🙂

IMG_2910IMG_2912

This isn’t a real good picture but I was trying to capture the blowing grass to show how strong the wind was. In between photos, the grass was almost bent over ground level before rising up to the level you see in the picture.

IMG_2913

I barely caught Stella trotting. She did a lot of that this morning.

IMG_2915IMG_2916

Again, I barely caught her … I turned and she was almost past me.

IMG_2917IMG_2919IMG_2920

You can see by her ears the wind is even stronger as we were at the back of the field. With all of that open space, the wind was howling, and very loud.

IMG_2921IMG_2924

At times I will find those grocery store plastic bags blowing in the yard or this field. I always grab them, put them in my pocket and throw them in the recycling bin when I get home. This looked a little different from a shopping bag. I caught glimpses of a bright reflection as the wind moved it.

IMG_2925

It looks like someone lost their Valentine balloon.

IMG_2927

When I downloaded this picture it sure did bring back memories of a picture I took of Bertha in 2002. I was able to get that date from Bertha’s picture file information. 17 years ago already, hard to believe how fast time passes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here is Bertha in almost the same location in the field where I took Stella’s picture this morning.

IMG_2928

I think Stella was as anxious as I was to get back home. It was freezing cold and we would be walking directly into the wind all the way home.

IMG_2932

This picture may give you a better idea just how strong the wind was this morning.

IMG_2933

Yet, she strolled through the walk as usual with the breeze blowing her ears.

IMG_2935IMG_2936IMG_2938

I like to see her hopping and running by herself. In fact she tried to get me to play, which I did, but was unable to capture that with the camera. Did the high winds really have that kind of effect on Stella?

IMG_2941IMG_2942

After our walk I did walk around the yard to see if there were any large tree limbs blown down last night. There was really not many more than from normal wind activity and none of the limbs were very large.

IMG_2943IMG_2944

It was good to see all my roof shingles were still in place. Of course if had some wind damage I could file an insurance claim, pay my deductible and get a new roof put on. If nothing happened last night, it looks like I will be paying the full price for that roof when I decide to replace it.

2019 Feb 24IMG_2951

It was just a fast trip outside after lunch. Still very windy and cold and neither hound was excited about staying outside. By the time I returned from the mailbox, they were heading for the door.

IMG_2952

Heidi spent her afternoon rotating from this position on the couch, then running across the living room and jumping up in the big leather chair where one of her many blankets are located. That spot is only for sleeping, which she does quite well.

IMG_2954

By late afternoon Stella was at the door wanting out, so I decided why not … let’s take a walk.

IMG_2956

As you can see it was still quite windy.

IMG_2957IMG_2959IMG_2961IMG_2963IMG_2965IMG_2968

With an early announcement of the new China Trade Deal, it will be interesting to see this spring how many of the fields in this area plant soybeans instead of corn. There are some amazing annual sales numbers for soybeans, corn and wheat if that deal goes through. I have no doubt it will. It’s good to hear just how much it will help the farmers. I’ll keep an eye out for which fields plant soybeans. They normally rotate between soybeans and corn each year but I have a feeling most of the fields will be soybeans.

My little Apple app ‘Reminder’ told me this morning it was time to download my annual credit reports from the three reporting agencies. I have all three of them scattered throughout the year, every four months. Today was time for the TransUnion report. It was good to see nothing out of the ordinary had taken place as well as seeing what few monthly payments I make were being recorded accurately. I use Annual Credit Report.

Hauwei’s Mate X foldable phone is pretty amazing. I am pretty sure, in fact I am positive I will not spend the $2,600 to buy one once it is on the market. It’s not only the price but I don’t trust Hauwei as a company based on their past. I may be paranoid again but I have no doubt they have inserted tracking chips in their phones for the Chinese government.

Again, it’s not that I have anything information they need or want … it’s the principal of them following me by a phone. Sure there are chips made in China for my Apple iPhone but I trust Apple as a company. When they said nothing like that had happened in their China facilities I believed them. Later it was proven to be true by an independent inspector.

The past week Firefox kept crashing during normal internet activity. I would send a report to them each time it happened. By Saturday I was tired of it and went back to Google Chrome after trying Safari on my iMac. Safari was just too slow.

I have started a 30-day journal about my change to the Keto Diet. Each day I am starting each post with total calories – carbs – proteins – fats in grams. I will weigh myself once per week, every Saturday morning. I will post that journal here for anyone interested, on March 24th. I plan to stick to it for 30 days no matter what. So far so good, low carbs and I have not been hungry all day.

This morning was my 2nd day in a row of drinking black coffee, although on my first cup this morning I added a tablespoon of heavy whipping cream. It tasted just like it would if you bought a latte without any sugar, vanilla or cinnamon at a Starbuck’s store. One thing I have noticed after my first 24 hours of a strict diet … I don’t feel bloated and my stomach is smaller. After only 24 hours !!!!

After that initial excitement a few weeks ago for the new AAF Football League, I have not tuned in to watch a game. Maybe even as a football addict I need a break from any kind of football to prepare for next season, which starts in August for college.

Manny Machado finally signed for 10-years, $300 MILLION the other day in MLB. Since Bryce Harper is a better player it looks like he may get what he wanted or at least more than Machado signed for. Harper wants to be the first $400 Million professional player in any sport. As a sports fan …. I say that is ridiculous.

The MLB Players Union President is already talking about a players strike when their CBA expires in 2022. The last players strike was in 1994. I wasn’t around then since I was floating around on deployment on the USS Vinson, an aircraft carrier. I will say if they do strike in 2022 that will put me one step closer to pulling the plug on tv. I am almost there now.

High winds, sunny skies here today in ‘the tropics’ of Southern Indiana.

8 comments

  1. We hit 47 degrees today with beautiful blue skies. Really enjoyed being outside for awhile.

    Enjoyed the photo of Bertha, with her white chest. Can’t remember seeing a blood hound with white in their coat.

    Like

    1. Sadie had just a little white on her chest but not as much as Bertha. I think if they are bred correctly a red bloodhound should not have any white anywhere, like Stella. Glad to hear you were able to spend some time outside, it does make a big difference in the winter.

      Like

  2. Hey Steve– Thanks for the shout out! And I’m glad you’re making good use of Windy.com. The more I use it, the more useful it becomes. As you know, we were out of town for the storms Saturday. Got back yesterday. Looks like things here are the Farm are fine. Will probably find some downed trees out in the pine plantation but nothing serious around the buildings.

    Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for others in the state. The return flight takes us from Atlanta to a small regional airport very near where a couple of tornadoes touched down, and where there’s extensive flooding. Saw the birds-eye view. Not good. Some roads are washed out to the point that if you’re a kid on a washed out road– you don’t have school today!

    I gotta say, much as I hate twitter and all the rest of the new fangled stuff, in times like last weekend– they are life savers, literally!

    I so enjoy your walks with Sadie! Give her a little pat for me!

    Like

    1. Great to hear you are okay. I agree about social media but I have found my weather Twitter feeds have helped me with advance warning also. Slight correction, the bloodhound I have now and blog about currently is Stella .. no problem, just wanted to clear up any confusion. She likes pats on the head from her blog readers, so I will be sure to give her one. We are heading out for a walk right now actually. Thanks for stopping by the blog, I always enjoy your comments.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.