I love all of the lizards and tree frogs that come out to play at this time of year. Any day now the tree frogs will sing their mighty songs each night, especially after a good soaking of rain. I can't tell you how much I love that sound.
I love love love the powerful storms we get at this time of year. Lightning strikes hitting the ground, great claps of thunder that will scare you right out of your seat... love it!!!
Except, the thunder usually doesn't scare me right out of my seat and there are times when maybe it should.
Several weeks ago, I was sitting out here in the bitch cave, playing on my laptop and enjoying the raging storm around me. Any normal person would be enjoying said storm from the safety of the inside of the house, but not me. Oh no, I'm much too stoopid for that.
So, I sat here enjoying myself until a huge fork of lightning came down in the woods directly behind my backyard. At the very moment it struck, the sky let out a crack not unlike a sonic boom, but before I had a chance to jump out of reflex I felt a jolt that went from my thumb resting on the space bar, up my forearm, way past my shoulder, and up to my right ear.
I had been zapped. Not badly mind you. If it had been bad I wouldn't be here to type the tale.
But it did stun me enough to get my hiney indoors immediately.
Okay yeah, I grabbed my computer first. But then I ran inside immediately.
My forearm was actually aching for quite a while, but this was my first zapping and I had to let someone know! I quickly called Jimmy to excitedly tell him I'd just been electrocuted. The conversation went something like this:
Jimmy: Hello, this is Jim.
Me: It's me! Guess what just happened?
Jimmy: You iced somebody in Mafia Wars.
Me: Well yes, but not that. I was zapped by lightning!
Jimmy: Well, you're obviously not dead, so can we talk about this later? I'm late for a meeting.
Hmph. Thanks for sucking the excitement out of my victorious battle with Mother Nature. Next time I'm calling Jill. At least she would show some appreciation for my near-death experience.
This is not the storm that nearly killed me (pause for drama) but it sure was a beauty!
Jill was here that day and once the storm broke loose, we stood on my front porch to capture some of it. Listening to this makes me cringe because I thought my NY accent was basically gone. Not so apparently! Blech!
And then a little more video for your viewing pleasure.
I bet you're feeling mighty jealous of my beautiful storms, aren't you? Well, don't be because along with the lizards and the frogs and the storms, comes the devastating heat and humidity. The other day it was 100 degrees with a heat index of 123.
Melts the skin right off your face.