We hit a break in the squall line just now. So far this morning’s count is at five, with another particularly eerie-looking round working its way inland. I’m bound to lose count soon.

A squall line, as I recently came to learn, is a weather phenomenon marked by a string of small but highly volatile thunderstorms that bring bursts of high wind and rain. They often precede larger storms — in our case, Ana — and cloud formations are distinctive. I’d like to add ‘color’ to that as well. In my experience growing up with tornadoes in the Midwest, a green sky never bodes well.

Neighbors, if you’re reading this, please forgive the state of our lawn given the circumstances. Consider letting it slide this once. Yours in community, Heather


That’s my weekend. Monitoring the news, baking to banish the rainy day blues, calming the skittish cat. It’s unfortunate timing this weekend with Mother’s Day and the many graduations scheduled. Hopefully the puttering annoyance doesn’t hamper plans too much. I imagine you all have a better weekend lined up?

The wind and rain is about to resume, so I should close and head outside to assess the house and grab the mail. But before I go: Hats off to all of the mums, mums-to-be and grandmothers. We’re blessed with ours, and send hugs and love their way tomorrow, and every day. Happy Mother’s Day!

Cheers, Heather

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Some interesting, fun, delicious reads:

  • Show your mom how much she means to you tomorrow, then share this adorable and hilarious video. Oh moms...
  • National Women’s Health Week, observed this year from 10 to 16 May, is a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health initiative empowering women to make their health a priority. Enter your age bracket to find out what you should be doing to ensure a healthy life now and in years to come.
  • On the 15th of this month (lots happening this week!), a day is set aside to recognize and raise awareness for Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) — a condition characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, dehydration, fatigue and weight loss during pregnancy. Mild cases can be treated through diet and bed rest, while more severe cases may require hospitalization for IV fluids and nutrition. To get more information on HG, visit the HER (Hyperemesis Education & Research) Foundation.
  • Come on, baby pea plants. Mama needs some two-pea pesto chicken salad on her plate.
  • An extremely scientific personality test… apparently my choice means I like the phrase “treat yo’self” — last week’s pinned words of wisdom… while I’ve never actually said those words out loud, that still made me giggle.
  • This week’s pinned words of wisdom.

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