Adventures in Imperfection

A Thunderstorm in Town

A thunderstorm passed through a few moments ago. My son fell asleep on the couch next to me, but not before he opened the window that sits level with my desk.  The study is filled with the lyrical sound of the last staccato raindrops pinging the gutters. Turns out that Dane loves thunderstorms, too and I treasure this commonality.

iPhone capture of the backside of the July 13, 2015 tornado

The storm is working her magic on me. Coupled with candles, Macy at my feet, and a diet cherry limeade, it’s all I need to get into the mood to write. Not that I have to be in any certain mood to write.

I know, it’s been like crickets in the halls of MamaMick. There are cobwebs in the corners, dust bunnies under the bed, and dried pizza crusts gathering ants in the discarded box. I’ve popped in long enough to say hello and then disappeared again–like Cheshire Cat.

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Most of my summer has been spent on an airplane or at a baseball diamond and I’m not complaining about either. The weekly trips to Atlanta and Nashville and South Carolina (and Omaha and Wichita and Kansas City) keep me employed and food on the table (IF I would ever make it out to actually buy groceries). And baseball? Well–you know how much I love the game.

I’ll be back soon. There are phrases and stories brewing in my head and even more already written in journals, notebooks, and on the backs of plane tickets and paper napkins. I’m going to spruce this place up, redecorate, move some furniture and reengage…soon.

For now, I’m going to enjoy the rest of the thunderstorm, count my blessings, and leave you images of what summer looks like in my neck of the woods. Thank you so much for stopping by–I never take your visits for granted.

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Watermelon crawl
Watermelon crawl
My happy place
My happy place
Dahlia Girl
Dahlia Girl
Eat me
Alice’s mushrooms?

And, to Bob from church. Thank you for reminding me to get my camera out again.

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A Thunderstorm in Town

by Thomas Hardy

She wore a new ‘terra-cotta’ dress,
And we stayed, because of the pelting storm,
Within the hansom’s dry recess,
Though the horse had stopped; yea, motionless
We sat on, snug and warm.

Then the downpour ceased, to my sharp sad pain,
And the glass that had screened our forms before
Flew up, and out she sprang to her door:
I should have kissed her if the rain
Had lasted a minute more.

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71 thoughts on “A Thunderstorm in Town

  1. Awww there she is!
    Nice to see your post pop up in my in-box. You are well loved and missed around here, but we all know how crazy busy you stay. Take care of you and yours–we’ll be here. 🙂 though I am excited to see what you’ve been working on. We need to compare some notes. 🙂
    Love that tornado pic. Wow! xoxo

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    1. Uh-oh! Are we going to be ‘insomnia sisters’ tonight?
      Hellloooo!
      I’ll have to send you a couple of other pictures my college friends took of that storm. We were on the back side, so didn’t get to see the swirl. My friends who were an hour or so west and south had the real funnel.
      Thank you for always stopping and reading – I know you’re busy, too. I have an extra stash of chalk and stone if you need to borrow 😉 xoxoxoxo

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  2. always so nice to see you here, even if it is short and sweet.
    Love the poem…hadn’t read it before, thanks for that.
    No thunderstorms in in these parts, but there were a couple while I was in MN…love them too.
    and you
    xo

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  3. Mama! You have emerged from the tumultuous rumble and booming of a summer thunderstorm, thrown down a gauntlet of words in challenge, and disappeared again through your looking glass. Whew! Hard lady to keep up with. Ha! Sounds like you are one busy person. Great to hear from you and I love the photos – especially the watermelon , such summer colors and memories. And the pics of your garden are awesome – so beautiful, like the gardener. 😉

    I look forward to reading more of your exploits when you have the time. We shall be eagerly awaiting. 😀

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    1. Hi Paul! You make my disappearing act sound so exotic LOL!
      Great to hear from you, too. My pot garden has had to fend for itself most of the summer, but the extra storms have helped.
      Hope you’re doing well and thanks for popping in 🙂

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      1. Yeah Christy, I noticed that too, but you know they are much more permissive in Kansas — Bwahahaha! Pot Party! Tweet it! #We’renotinKansasanymoreDorothy

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  4. Beautiful photos, and I especially loved the poem at the end! Lovely stuff… Don’t worry about us, MamaMick – we all have those times when we go dark for a while. Not dark of ideas, but not having the time to share our light, if you know what I mean. 🙂 Life, as they say, gets in the way. xx Dorreen

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  5. And then when you cruise back in, it is always with so much more enthusiasm, heartfelt wonder and a smile that goes for miles 🙂
    It is like chocolate ice cream, wanted and appreciated because it is touched occasionally (you do only eat it occasionally don’t you Michelle 😀 ), and not lost to a habit or a desire to be led astray 🙂
    Ok, I do astray to your blog, your words are always written from the heart, and I am drawn to that truth within like a moth to flame 😀
    Enjoy your wander, regardless of its purpose it refreshes the mind Michelle. Take care and enjoy. Mark

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    1. Hi Mark,
      So great to see you here – you always have such kind words of encouragement. Moth to a flame? Oh, that gives me the giggles and makes me happy.
      Remind me, what season are you having now? I may be completely wrong, but I didn’t think you are in summer right now. I know – odd question. I just like to visualize where my friends are 🙂
      As for the chocolate ice cream…I’m pleading the 5th!

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      1. Pleading the 5th accepted, I too have the occasional weakness in that area 🙂
        We down-under are doing the southern hemisphere winter wander. It is quite chilly in Australia at the moment. Well, the southern states anyway 🙂
        I say to people that it is a cold at 16 degree’s (60 F) and any English people in earshot are astounded as they think it is very mild 🙂
        Mind you, that is only because I’m on the coast, anywhere inland gets serious with frosts every day with the odd shot of snow in some areas to give them a change of scenery.
        We get more serious in summer, up to 45 degree’s (113 F)…then you know your alive, that is why we tend to have good swimmers, a life in the water to try to stay cool 😀 .
        But besides that, a lovely place to live. If you wish a little more visual, go up to my menu bar at the top and go into the gallery. I’ve taken photo’s from all over the place…mind you the camera (and operator), may need a little more training 🙂

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  6. Your world is beautiful, Michelle, all the way around, whether you are sitting still in your basement with Dane for a cherished after-storm moment, aiming at the light that makes you happy or capturing fruit and flowers and Alice ‘shrooms in the sun. I also smile thinking of you hustling around our world doing what you must to put that food on the table, too. I wanted to let you know that today, my friend. ❤

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    1. Like I had mentioned on one of your stories (the post with the summertime girl’s weekend) – you emanate warmth and friendship. Thank you for bringing the sunshine with you today.

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    1. Hi Ann! How awesome to see you here. Thank YOU for visiting me – I know you’re busy, too. But, that’s the great thing about friendships, right? There are no time constraints…but, I have a feeling you already know that 😉

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  7. Your photographs are amazing! We’re having an awesome monsoon season around here. Just yesterday we stepped outside in our bathing suits to hop into the pool and a massive storm came out of nowhere so instead we played in the puddles. I can’t wait to see what you do to your space! xxoo

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    1. My husband was near your neck of the woods this week – AZ storms are so awesome. Many times the trees get in the way of seeing the best clouds. You can see for miles across the desert. Great to see you, Karen!

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  8. So blessed that I’ve been able to be a part of your world of late, sweetie. Thank you for sharing this and for allowing us to travel with and through you, no matter what border you’ve crossed into or left behind.

    I hope you know that the thunderstorm (the one you both dearly love) is always present within you, blowing words into place and spinning characters into being.

    Enjoy the bolts of lightening and cracks of thunder. May they always bring you back to your Truest and most heartfull self.

    With seeds of wonder,
    Dani

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    1. I feel the same way, Dani! I’m forever thankful that our paths crossed.
      As for that thunderstorm inside me, I try to keep the radar up to date so that those around me don’t get drenched 😉
      Enjoy the rest of your week – I’ll be planting a few seeds in the garden this weekend just for you 😉

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  9. Ohhh, your words and photos are magnificent! Where is your neck of the woods?

    I like thunderstorms, but only during the day. They scare me at night. That’s when I make my kid sleep in my room 🙂

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    1. Awww…thank you, Samara! I wished I would have had my good camera for that storm, but the iPhone does in a pinch!
      As for where I live: I’m a true Dorothy – ruby red slippers living in the middle of Tornado Alley (though, I think it’s shifted more South over the years).
      All signs point to a missed calling as a weather girl: *I was conceived on the weekend of an infamous KS tornado. *My college roommate grew up in Greensburg, KS *Sometimes I work in Joplin, MO (both sites of two horrific and deadly F5 tornadoes) AND *I’ve been struck by lightning.
      All things considered, I should be afraid of storms – but, I’m just not! That said, I absolutely appreciate the need for a little dude protector – I have one of those, too. xo

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  10. *jumps up and down waving to Michelle*

    It’s great to see you and just wow — that picture of the backside of a tornado is incredible. It’s spell-binding, beautiful, yet daunting.

    Happy to see you, and thanks for popping in to give us a MamaMick fix. 🙂 ❤

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    1. *jumps up and down and waves back!!!
      As I told Samara, I wished for my good camera – though, even a good camera can’t capture that electricity that comes with a good storm.
      SO great to see you, Victoria.
      *Sets out the good crystal for the next visit

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  11. I love thunderstorms, all year, all times of day (except if I have to drive).

    Glad to “see” you here today, hang in there and update when you can!

    (go Orioles! 😀 )

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  12. What a treat to be looking through my reader for the first time in a long time, to find this gem. I’m away, visiting hubby’s family in northeast TN, and we had thunderstorms for the first 3 days of our short visit. We don’t get the thunder boomers and driving rain in WA the way the entire east coast does. Sometimes I miss them. Thanks for the photos; the watermelon looks delicious. When we get home from this trip and catch our breath, I’ll have to write a vacation post complete with photos.

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    1. I read the comments backwards – you just answered my question about summer photos!
      I hope you’ve had a great time in TN – I’m there about twice/month and it’s gorgeous! Travel safely and I’ll be looking for that vacation post with pretty pics! xo

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  13. Nice post, though I’m made a little sad to realize that thunderstorms no longer delight me as they did–I’m not quite the dog, cowering beneath my knees, but my mind clouds with concerns for cars and cornices beneath the imposing beams of giant trees, the things I need, that I don’t want to care about but must.

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    1. Right there with you, my friend! I think the worse sound is hail pelting on the roof and watching flowers (or crops, or vehicles) being pounded.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate you!

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  14. Wow! Those clouds are awe-inspiring…and scary. What awesome pictures you take. I’m glad you got your camera out again too. I love Alice’s mushrooms. Thanks for the summer shares.

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      1. Fungi are ‘fun’ like that–popping up all unexpected. The grass is not where I’m happy to see them though. I’d rather them grow by trees or in the forest.

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  15. I’ve missed you, but I’m always so happy to hear that I’m missing you because you’re living your life in a great way. I love baseball and summer and all the thunderstorms rolling through Colorado. The fact that you love it as well makes me so happy!

    Love yer face Mama Mick! 😀

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    1. Colorado thunderstorms are the absolute best! I’ll be in your neck of the woods mid-August…if memory serves me right, you’ll have that little bambino right about then! I think of you often, my friend. xo

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  16. I enjoy looking at this post from the reverse side…seeing the knots here and the seams there. I appreciate you so much, and am thankful…in the simple sharing and growing communions.

    and oh my god, did you put the Thomas Hardy poem at the end just for me???

    Regardless of the answer…you did.

    ❤ s LM… ❤ s
    until next time,
    Charissa

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    1. Just for you! I found this poem in my daily Garrison Keilor e-mail. It’s even more poignant to hear him read it. I saved it on my dashboard for several weeks and knew it would eventually find a home. I love that its home is with YOU! xoxoxo

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  17. Reblogged this on Charissa's Grace Notes and commented:
    I am reblogging this post by a friend of mine…

    It’s a brilliant piece of writing in its simplicity and lack of pretension. I love when a really good writer just types her heart and doesn’t try to “write”…in my own writing I have found that some of my best poems are the ones that just scamper out while “I” am not looking.

    Be sure to read the Thomas Hardy poem at the end.

    It’s enough to make you cry for a year.

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  18. Sounds like you’re enjoying summer’s sabbatical (and storms!). Your writing and photos are always a welcome treat, so thankful for the subscribe via email. Take care Michelle, and hope the rest of your summer goes by nice and slow.

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    1. Hello Anne!
      How awesome to see you here 🙂
      Our pooches don’t like the storms either. Unless it’s snow – they are nose-deep when that happens!
      Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words.
      Michelle

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  19. You sound a lot like me….collecting cobwebs in my own little space as the new school year approaches, football practice has started for my boys, and life is as busy as ever. But I wanted to pop in and say hello to my beautiful friend. I miss you.

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    1. Sandy!!!! I SO think of you and your football boys! I miss you, too. I’ve been over to your new site (love!), but I don’t think I’m putting up comments right. Living via iPhone makes me a poor bloggy buddy.
      I think of your beautiful smile all of the time and was so happy to see it come across my space today.
      I’ll be over to visit soon and we will pick right up where we left off. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and read today. Xoxoxo

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  20. hello my name is Sally
    I’m new to this ! I enjoyed reading this , but as I scan references to Alice in Wonderland I was trying hard to think who wrote that ! Couldn’t even remember ( brain fog)
    Then I thought how literary many of the sober blogging people are , but I grew up in UK and read such different books !
    I was asking myself , what did we read ?
    mostly Thomas Hardy … I thought … Jude the Obscure , mayor of Casterbridge , Tess …. No wonder I’m so depressed lol … Scrolled down
    A poem by Hardy !
    Freaked me out a minute , as in I was meant to read this !

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    1. Hello Sally!
      Don’t you just love when you stumble across something you were intended to read? It happens to me all of the time.
      I’d been saving that Hardy poem for several months, just knowing it’d have a place.
      Welcome to the bloggy world! I’ll be over to check out your site, too. Are you connecting and finding great folks to interact with? I have such an awesome group of friends (all noted in the comments above). If you are looking for folks to read, click on their sites, sit back, and enjoy. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. It means the world to me.
      Michelle

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