Prairie Summers 

Sooooo it’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to write something. Schools out (and has been for almost a month!), the rain has finally stopped, and SUMMER IS HERE!!!!!! 

I don’t even know where to begin! Prairie summers are so much fun! (Well it’s all I’ve ever known so of course they are the best 😉) Ally’s softball team won provincials – Yay!!, Johnny’s baseball team hosted provincials – Whoop,whoop!, we’ve done some camping, and strawberry, saskatoon and cherry picking…..and of course the Boissevain Farmers Market!!  

But the one thing that can be counted on in a Prairie Summer is thunderstorms 😬. Yesterday was no exception. It was blinking hot and humid and anyone who has grown up in rural southwest Manitoba knows that Hot + Humid =⛈⚡️🌩🌪💨        

I personally am not a huge fan of storms. I like consistent weather – hot is fine – just don’t add humidity that will melt people’s faces off when they walk outside. It’s that humidity that messes with nice summer days. Yesterday went like this…

  • Open door to feed cats – face melts off because of humidity – turn on air conditioner 
  • Plan pool play dates (yes more than one) 
  • Pack 30 bottles of sunscreen and 50 bottles of water. Gotta keep the Ginger (me) somewhat shielded from the burning sun. 
  • Check temperature on phone- you know how the weather app tells you the actually temperature and then what it “feels” like well yesterday was  30 degrees – feels like burning 
  • Attend pool party #1 
  • Reapply sunscreen, hydrate and feed kids – go to pool closer to home. It’s now mid- late afternoon the clear skies are now being invaded by thunderhead clouds. My spidey-senses start going off. 
  • Hear weather-app alert going off – check phone – actually there’s three alerts – 1)heat warning (duh), 2) severe thunderstorm watch (of course), 3) tornado warning (just for fun 🙄). 
  • Check radar 
  • Check radar again 
  • Check radar again 
  • Tell kids it’s time for supper 
  • Pull angry kids out of pool
  • Head inside – get supper ready 
  • Go out and take a couple of photos from a “safe” distance from ominous clouds – burn rubber on the quad racing back to the yard when the rain starts. 
  • Walk in house – promptly tell kids we are having a picnic in the basement 
  • Watch radar till storm is over – and check Twitter to see #mbstorm was trending – then look at all funnel clouds, tornadoes and shelf clouds the storm chasers are posting
  • Text all friends living in area asking about rain/hail/wind damage. 
  • Check radar one more time – nothing showing up – go to bed. 

You would think I would get used to it – but no. Mother Nature is not to be messed with and I, for one, am ok hanging out in the basement while she rages on outside!