Raspberry Smiles

Stamps:  Reason to Smile, Tea Shoppe; Ink:  More Mustard, So Saffron, Raspberry Ripple, Pretty in Pink stampin’ write markers; Paper:  Raspberry Ripple, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White card stock;  Floral District designer series paper; Other:  Word Window and Modern Label punches, Dazzling Details, sponge, Big Shot, Apothecary Accents framelits, Finishing Touches edgelits, stampin’ dimensionals

Here’s another Reason To Smile card.  This is the set you can purchase for only $5 when you place an order of $50 from the annual Stampin’ Up! catalog in July.  It’s only available in July, so this is a cool deal.  And we need something cool today!  It’s super hot here in Virginia.

I have a big reason to smile today.  I have never in my life been afraid of thunderstorms.  My mom always made them an adventure.  We’d set up a “tent” in the living room (a bedspread or sheet between two chairs) or we’d curl up on the sofa and read.  And read and read!  Mom’s voice never wore out, even if the storm lasted for awhile.  I always liked thunderstorms, because it mean a guilt-free afternoon of reading.  Until last night.

Last night was the most violent non-tornado storm I’ve every seen.  It got really windy.  I mean, really windy.  I’ve never seen it like that.  Large trees in the neighborhood were doubled over at 90 degree angles.  And there was a roar that sounded a lot like a tornado – not that I’ve ever heard a tornado.  It was crazy!  I wasn’t sure if I should wake Wesley and take everyone to the basement or just let him sleep through it.  He had to get up at 4 a.m., and I didn’t want to wake him up for nothing.  But, then again, I didn’t want us to be blown away either.  So I prayed.  A lot.  The storm calmed, and Mike & I sat on the porch for about an hour to cool off.  (Oh, did I mention, the power went out in the middle of the storm?  In 100 degree plus heat!)  It was hard to sleep, but I think I dozed on and off until 3:55.  Five minutes before Wes had to wake up for work, the power came back on.  So he got breakfast and a hot shower, I got coffee – hours later (that was one of the things keeping me awake.  Who could I talk into going for coffee if the power didn’t come on?), and we get a good look at some of the devastation from the night before.

God was definitely watching over us!  A couple of our trees lost a few small limbs, there were small branches, twigs and leaves all over the back yard, and the pool was full of leaves.  That’s it!  Our neighbors also seemed to be ok.  But here are some pictures of other areas of town.

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Amazingly, most of the damage was just downed trees.  There were some power lines down, and a few houses and cars did get hit by trees.  But, for the most part, there was little damage except for the downed trees.  And I’m very thankful!  Even more so now that we have internet access again.  Whatever did I do before the internet?

Hope you have a happy and peaceful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by.

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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2 Responses to Raspberry Smiles

  1. Mom says:

    Thanks for posting the pics, Buffy…….how hard it was for many people. I am so glad Alfred cut down the TALL pine tree opposite our bedroom window. It was looking unhealthy last year and he said he didn’t want it to come down on the house ( would have been just over the head of our bed)…….Divine guidance? or common sense? We were fortunate just to have limbs scattered around the entire yard!!!! Glad we are all back to ‘normal’ – whatever that is!!!!


  2. Linda says:

    We had a similar storm in Syracuse about 10 years ago – scary stuff! Glad you’re ok!


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