OK, this is really weird (comments are now closed)

I took this picture last December, of a snow-covered pear cactus in the alley behind our house. This was right after a 2-day hurricane force blizzard hit our area, leaving our town buried under 10′ snow drifts.

WOW — thanks to the therapeutic value of writing a tell-all post about how miserable I have been feeling lately, and thanks especially to the wonderful, kind, and compassionate comments I’ve received since yesterday, I had a much better day today.

Thank you, ALL!!

However, although I don’t feel half as “crazy” now as I did on Friday morning, the weather here in east central New Mexico has gone completely insane!

Yesterday, our high temperature was 69 degrees Fahrenheit. Not quite the 71 that had been forecast, but very close.

In addition to Friday’s unseasonably warm temperature, we had an afternoon wind storm with gusts up to 75 miles per hour. At one point, I went outside to check on how our new metal roof was holding up, and I almost got blown over backwards!

But today’s weather has been even crazier than yesterday’s. This morning, we started out with temperatures in the low 50s. Then by late morning, our warm wind, which had been blowing from the southwest, suddenly turned and started blowing from the northeast, bringing snow and an arctic cold front along with it. Within an hour, our outdoor thermometer reading plunged from 50 degrees to just 13! In less than 24 hours, our outdoor temperature had gone from short sleeve summer-like weather, to a day at the North Pole.

Now, as I am writing this, our outdoor temperature reading is 4 degrees, with a wind chill of -15. Brrrrr!

When I moved to New Mexico in 2003, I thought I was moving to a place that is always sunny and warm. We do get plenty of triple digit temperatures in the summer. But what surprises a lot of people — including me — is that we also get single digit temperatures in the winter.

Last December, the day after Christmas, 2015, we had a blizzard here that was worse than any snow storm I have ever seen, including the five years I lived along the coast of Maine. The Goliath winds reached hurricane force and blew for two days and two nights straight. A freight train was blown off the tracks just four miles outside of town. Three big grain silos were blown down a quarter of a mile from our house. We had no electricity for 21 hours. Tall trees blew down, and roofs all over town were destroyed, including ours.

When the blizzard finally stopped, we had snow drifts over 10β€² high outside our house. The roads were impassable for days. Even a homeland security snow cat broke down, trying to reach stranded motorists.

More than 30,000 cattle were killed in this area, and several people lost their lives. I pray we never have a blizzard like that again.

I don’t like it when the wind blows like a hurricane here on the high plains, and I especially don’t like it when the temperatures go down so close to zero. But I am very grateful for our snug little house and our central heat. Most of all, I am deeply, intensely grateful for the love of the Lord and for my precious family and my caring friends. You warm my heart!

Thank you for stopping by. God bless, keep warm, and Merry Christmas!

UPDATE ADDED Sunday, December 18, 7:30 am: Our outdoor thermometer says last night’s low was 0, current temp is 1. Roads are icy, hubby was awake all night — his PTSD often causes that — and I woke up with a headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands. So, we won’t be going to church. 😦

But I’m still feeling Ok emotionally, and very grateful for my loving little family, my wonderful online friends, and our snug warm house (except we really need to insulate the crawl space, the floors are COLD right now). I am also super grateful for the two sweet dogs we rescued off the streets, a little peaches and cream poodle boy named Scrappy and a beautiful golden lab boxer mystery mix named Baby. They are both wearing sweaters and cuddled up with me now as I am writing this.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for all these blessings and so many more… like my yummy Earl Grey decaf tea with raw honey!

14 thoughts on “OK, this is really weird (comments are now closed)

    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote December 17, 2016 / 11:20 pm

      Yikes… feeling like your hands are tied sounds awful! You have such a great way with words. Thanks for reading and commenting and I am glad your hands are no longer tied!

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC December 17, 2016 / 11:26 pm

        I understand how much time responding to comments can take from a busy day – especially when you are doing your best to finish a memoir. But we still want to leave comments for whenever you DO have time (at least I do). A quick like is fine with me if you are otherwise slammed – just to know that you have come up for a brief breather and have seen it.

        I’m in a bit of a mess personally right now, so I truly get it (and hope everyone will understand that visits and comments etc. will need to be mostly curtailed so that I have time to handle a few things are urgent).

        No make wrong intended – I’m just happy to see that you are BACK!

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote December 18, 2016 / 7:55 am

      Haha, that’s a nice way of putting it! And I didn’t even mention in this post, about our frequent super cell storms, mesocyclones, tornado warnings, and hail that, in 2012, got as big as a man’s fists! Plus we have frequent summer dust storms, monsoons with occasional flash flooding, and a couple of winters ago we had a gigantic tumbleweed invasion. If you know Star Trek, it was like an alien Trible invasion!!

      The attack of the tumbleweeds was truly bizarre. Tumbleweeds by the thousands blew in off the plains and piled up as high as a two story house, all over a nearby town. People were calling 911 because they could not get out of their homes, thanks to the tumbleweeds! Firemen, police, and airmen from the nearby Cannon Air Force base were digging people out of the tumbleweeds! I am not even kidding. Do a search for Clovis, NM tumbleweed invasion… you won’t believe your eyes! (Clovis is not very far from us.)

      Also, on YouTube, extreme meteorologist Reed Timmer has a video from 2012 about our baseball to softball sized hail! Part of that video was shot just 1/4 mile from our house. I got some cool pictures of that mothership supercell cloud!

      We bought our house really cheap back in 2010. It didn’t take long to figure out why real estate is so cheap here. Home insurance, on the other hand, is crazy expensive. But hey — it’s not boring here!!

      I hope you are doing well, Linda, and staying warm. Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚

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  1. rubycommenting December 18, 2016 / 4:08 am

    Linda I love anything weather and enjoyed this report on whats going on where you live. Im sorry about the tragic effects it had. I had no idea weather could be so extreme in New Mexico, I thought like you, always hot and sunny.

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote December 18, 2016 / 8:19 am

      Oh my gosh, Ruby, since you enjoy reading about severe weather, read the long comment I just posted above your comment, to lbeth1950. We have all different kinds of bizarre extreme weather, year round. We often see professional storm chasers driving through here.

      I think on my next post, I will share some of the pictures I have taken of weather related events, since we moved here in 2010. A massive super cell cloud, that was right above our house. Softball sized hail. A mesocyclone we had in May of last year. Dust storms and monsoons and tornados and invading piles of tumbleweeds… whew!

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  2. luckyotter December 18, 2016 / 7:19 am

    I’m so glad you are feeling better today. Hugs!

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  3. Shattered in Him December 20, 2016 / 9:48 am

    So glad you are feeling better! My WP has been very slow and wonky, so I am seriously behind in catching up. It seems to be moving quicker now, so…

    Anyway, I am putting together posts in order to recognize other bloggers and spread the love. I wanted to do one acknowledging some bloggers addressing PTSD, healing, etc. I would like to put your blog on it and Prairie Girl’s, too. Thinking of you and I hope your spirits stay lifted!!

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote December 20, 2016 / 9:59 am

      Thank you!! Our outdoor temperature is all the way up to a more normal 45, the dogs can go out and play without turning into pupsicles, and I am about to lace up my sneakers and go for a good long walk-jog around town. So it’s a good day here. I hope your day is good, too. ❀

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    • Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote December 20, 2016 / 10:05 am

      I forgot to mention that according to Accuweather, our low reached -5 Fahrenheit night before last, and we had a high wind on top of that. So now, clear sunny skies, no wind, and 45 degrees feels downright balmy!

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