Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The 2nd Day (Yesterday)


Yesterday afternoon, I found myself opening the small window in our bathroom, before snatching up our dogs, and taking residence in our linen closet. I sat in the closet, consoling our dogs, and thinking to myself; this is not going to be good, this tornado is going to hit where we live.  I couldn’t reach my family to make sure they were okay.  I sat in the closet with a flashlight, water, food bars, legal documents, a gun, blankets, pillows, and a cell phone, with the closet door cracked open to hear the weather radio.  The city tornado horns were going off outside, notifying residents of rotation and of a potential tornado nearby. My cell phone screeched with an alert notification stating get below ground.  I took a deep breath, closed the door, said a prayer, calmed my dogs down, and held the door knob as tight as I possibly could.  I felt an immediate pressure change and then heard an eerie roar.  It was just a couple of minutes but felt like hours.    The strange pressure change and roar left, out of the blue, my cell phone rang.  It was my son, he said he’s okay and will be finishing up working for the day.  I heard from my husband, Bulldog Man.  He told me he was okay, and he wanted to make sure I was okay.  I was relieved to hear Bulldog Man and Tank were safe and okay. Then I lost total phone service, and heard nothing more from husband or son for hours. 
I crawled out of the linen closet with my dogs, and realized I was okay. I also realized our parents, kids, and friends were hearing about this storm over all the news channels and would be trying to contact us to make sure we were okay and wouldn’t be able to get through.    For hours, we had no phone or computer service.  When my husband and son came home we tried to get phone service, with no luck.  We all piled up in a truck and drove out of town, south toward the large casino, in hopes of finding a pay phone or getting cell phone service.  Briefly we were able to get cell service and realized we had 30 messages from family and friends wanting to know if we were okay.  It took two hours to get intermittent cell use to get ahold of our other kids, our parents, and close friends to let each know we were okay. 
We are very blessed and okay, unfortunately Oklahoma lost many adults and children in the storm the last couple of days. 
With amazing grace, our family will be out helping friends, strangers and animals.  Please keep Oklahoma in your prayers.
The next couple of days, I will welcome a new blogger to my blog and post my give-away.

After the storm yesterday,  while driving out of town to find
phone service we had a beautiful sunset.

30 comments:

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    1. K,

      Thank you! I'm happy were safe too. If I could only get rid of this continuing headache.

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  2. Thanks for the update. God bless you, your family and the citizens of Moore. From a Texas friend

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    1. Mizdeb,

      Thank you for your kind words Texas Friend!!

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  3. Sandy, glad to hear you and family are well!
    A back-up to your cell phone may be handheld two way radios, GMRS/FRS. In your area they may be good enough for 5-8 miles. Some communication is better than none.

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    1. Mike,

      We have the two way radios GMRS/FRS, they don't work well in this location. They work better out of our areas. Hubby and I just invested in a ham radio. More to come on that when we receive it.

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  4. So, so, so glad you & yours are safe Sandy! Please don't hesitate to ask for our help, if ever needed, seriously.

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    1. DFW,

      I really appreciate your kind words, and I won't hesitate to ask for help if we need it. Right now, I'm putting tools, gloves and items needed together so my husband, son and I can help the victims.

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  5. I don't pray but I am sincerely glad you and your family survived the storm. When I saw it on TV you and your family were the first thing I thought of. Please don't take my post personally, it is not directed at you.

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    1. Mr. Rat,

      I haven't taken your post personally, please don't worry. Thank you for your kind words.

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  6. Glad to hear from you & thanks for keeping us updated. I can't imagine having to go through what you did, nor the hell others hit by the tornado had/are going through. Bless you for helping others not as fortunate.

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    1. Carolyn,

      This is something no one wants to go through, it's scary and you're thankful for family, friends, and those around you. Thank you Carolyn for your kind words.

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  7. The time I got into the closet with pictures, documents and valuables, I stood there hearing the roar as it passed over my house. I began to wonder why water was pouring all over me. Oh, yeah, that happens when the tornado really wants you roof.

    Glad you made it and all your family.

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    1. Linda,

      Thank you, I'm sorry to hear you had to go through this too.

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  8. I truly miss my storm cellar in Indiana. It's so hard to trust a closet to protect your life. Due to YOU, I'm in the process of gathering all legal documents in one folder. And, you might want to visit my blog. . . just sayin'.

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    1. Lotta Joy,

      I'm glad your putting your legal documents in one place for easy access.

      Storm cellar may not be a good thing living in Florida with the hurricanes and all the water.

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  9. Oh you poor dear. How frightening! So glad you are safe. I was intrigued by what you took in there with you. Why the gun?

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    1. Michaele,

      Thank you. You asked why the gun, because after such an event people come out of the wood work to steal your belongings. They consider you a prime target.

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  10. very very very glad you and yours made it through ok!

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    1. Ruth,

      Thank you, thank you, thank you :=)
      I won't hesitate to say, these two storms scared the crap out of me.

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  11. I know just how you felt....we have hunkered down several times just like that.

    How wonderful and that you and yours are safe.

    WE watch the news and can't even imagine how you begin again when everything is lost.....

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    1. Glenda,

      It's a real weird feeling when a storm like this is over the top of you.

      We were lucky, our home was fine, no damage. Just some property damage. I'm not sure how to begin again in this location if I lost everything.

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  12. Oh Sandy I am so relieved to hear from you I was so worried not knowing where in Oklahoma you lived. I am happy your family is safe and I am so sad thinking about the families who were not as lucky. My prayers are with them and also with you and yours.
    You are one of the bravest women I can imagine to sit and wait through something so unpredictable. Thank you for posting. HUGS B

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    1. B,

      Thank you my friend, I was not brave sitting through this storm. There was nothing else I could do. We are down to one truck, my husband was at work and had the truck. You can't out run a storm like this on foot, so I crawled into the closet.

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  13. Sandy, I've been constantly checking your blog. I hope that you are all still safe and sound. Prayers & Hugs to all of you out there.

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    1. Robin,

      My family and I are safe. Thank you Robin for your kind words from the heart, hugs, and prayers.

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  14. The weather has been crazy this year for you guys. So awful!!!!

    Glad that you and the others I know are safe!!

    Continued prayers being sent!!!!

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    1. A Girl,

      Yes the weather is real crazy. Thank you, were glad to be safe too!!!

      I really appreciate your prayers.

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  15. Sandy
    I'm so glad all of you are OK.
    It must be frightening, especially after what
    happened in Moore. My prayers are with all of
    those poor folks.

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    1. Kimberly,

      It was frightening Sunday night and Monday. Thank you for your prayers :=)

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