Oil Lamps, Power Outages, Hummingbirds and Hooligans

| 8/15/2011 9:52:51 PM

A photo of MaryWe finally had rain at my place for the first time in a couple of weeks 1.8 inches fell in one storm, and we had some wind damage.  A small birdhouse at the end of my driveway with an Auburn logo on it that one of the neighbors put up for me years ago was thrown off of the mounting pole by the wind.  I noticed it when I pulled in the driveway. I parked in the garage and picked it up on the way to the mailbox. When two wasps came out of it I threw it several feet away and ran for the hills. I still have a rash and a long red streak from my last encounter with the wasps a few days before. Later, I went back armed with a wasp spray that shoots up to 27 feet.  

It seemed strange not having to water everything. I chased around some hummingbirds for a while trying to get pictures and then picked a gallon of figs and got them ready for drying. I’ll cover the processing in another post.

After getting the fuzz off of the figs and cutting them in half, I kept hearing a rumbling that sounded more like a rock concert going on at the Al Music Hall of Fame than a thunderstorm.  As it got closer the vivid lightening started.  I grabbed my flashlight and candle lighter and read the paper while I waited for it to hit, and boy did it hit.  I have never seen lightening like that. After about 15 minutes the power goes off and my weather radio starts blaring that we were under a severe thunderstorm warning. Yeah right, tell me something I don’t know. I turn on the flashlight and started getting my old oil lamp collection down off of the shelves and from a couple of the iron wall hangers which are nice to have.  

 antique porcelin lamp 
Antique porcelain lamp. I found 2 matching ones in two different states 

I get a call on my cell phone from work. So I’m trying to hold the flashlight in one hand, cell on my ear and pulling the hurricane off of the lamp to light it with the other hand.

porcelin lamp in hanger 
Porcelain lamp in wall hanger  

Mary Carton
8/18/2011 8:39:02 PM

Thanks Dave. We've had so many severe thunderstorms & straight line winds, tornadoes this year that the power company has trouble keeping poles in stock. This has really been a crazy year. We had as much snow as we normally get in a hundred years and went straight to summer. I think the lamps are safer than using candles. Once I started collecting if I see one I like, it comes home, especially if it will fit in a wall bracket. Hope your flood goes away soon and your area gets back to normal. I saw that you won the other camera. You need to post the video on Youtube and put the link in your posts.

Nebraska Dave
8/18/2011 7:07:03 PM

Mary, you have some pretty fancy oil lamps for power outages. Does the power go out often? So far this year the power has not been off here. It surprises me because both our nuclear power plants have been off line since the flooding started last spring. They are located by the Missouri river and have water on the property but not in the plants. The water level is still way above flood stage and will remain there for a while longer. I hope that everything is back to normal once again. What ever that is around your place. :0) Oh, hey, and by the way your first video of the humming birds was great. I won the other camera from Samantha and will have to learn how to use it to post videos as well. Have a great day in the light.

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