Father’s Day Journal Winner and More Fun Announcements

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The winner of the Father’s Day Journal is …


Father's Day Journal Winner

Jo was the third person to express an interest in the journal and that so happens to be the number the generator spit out. Congratulations Jo! (Check your email!)

Also …

Win a FREE book at

I NEARLY forgot that the next Buy a Friend a Book Week (BAFAB) is coming up the first week of July! Whew! Good thing I remembered. 😀 So … you know the drill. Beginning June 27th, leave your name in the comment section of the BAFAB post and if I draw your name July 3rd, you’ll receive a FREE BOOK of YOUR CHOICE from ($15 max). If you would like to know more about the program and grab the promotional button above to post on your blog, please read this page.

Also …

Because of the craziness that came with my blog move, the June photo contest was postponed … until July 27th! The photo contests have been pretty popular in the past and I have so much fun hosting them so don’t miss out! You can find out the rules, guidelines, prize list and pick up this promotional button

Photo Contest at

on this page.

There is a lot of fun stuff coming up so don’t forget to mark your calendars, or put me in your RSS feeds or keep track of what’s going on in Twitter!


(By the way, if anyone would like a Twitter button like the one I made above, just email me [email addy in sidebar] and I’ll be happy to make one for you, FREE!)

Monday Stuff

Weekend Snapshot(s) – Flooded

Share your weekend snapshot.

When it rains, it pours …

And how true that was for us this past Friday.

We had a low develop right over Springfield so that we had a line of storms continously pass over us for nearly 24 straight hours. Just when the storms looked like they were going to dissipate, they gathered strength and reformed and it continued to pummel us all day. As a result? Our city flooded, including us.

I had to battle the storms to pick up my nephews. I had promised them they could come over and spend the night, come rain and high water.

I had no idea the heavens would take me quite so literally.

The boys and I set out around 10:30. We had to go all the way to Willard, which is about a thirty minute drive from our house. I drove almost the entire way with my windshield wipers at full blast and still couldn’t see that well.

The rain let up a bit as we drew closer to their house, but we saw a wicked streak of lightening directly in front of us and it was within a mile – a bit too close for comfort.

The thunder rocked my car.

As we drove into the driveway and I got out to help my nephews put their stuff in my car, another bout of lightening zapped so close to me, I heard the sizzle/crackle as it made contact. Split seconds later, I remember thinking, “Shit. I’m standing under a tree with an umbrella. I’m a human lightning rod.”

The thunder was so loud I couldn’t hear for thirty minutes afterward. And my heart was pumping so hard I felt light-headed. It was that scary.

We all made it back to our house safely, but the rain continued to fall in heavy sheets. I began to get nervous when I noticed standing water, about six inches deep, all around our house. Even though my husband had had the foresight to dig out vent wells, I was afraid there was so much water it would go over those vent wells.

It did.

When the worst of the storm finally moved past us, I went outside to take some pictures. I was SHOCKED to see the amount of water gushing down our streets.

This was our neighbor’s driveway.

Neighbor's driveway

It’s a good thing they didn’t try to come home during this time period or they might have been swept from their own driveway.

The water traveled around the corner and entered a huge pipe. The pipe goes under our street and exits in this large drainage system.

Water Drainage 1

This drainage system is about four feet deep. As you can see, we got VERY CLOSE to flooding our ditch, which would have been BAD NEWS for the houses lining that ditch. In fact, you can tell it was already starting to saturate another one of our neighbor’s yard.

Water Drainage 2

I actually took a video of this and will post that tomorrow. While filming, another streak of lightening zipped right over me and you can hear the deafening clap of thunder on the tape. I nearly had a heart attack and high-tailed it back to my house shortly after that.

It began raining pretty hard as soon as I reached my house. After discarding damp shoes and making sure the cameras were still dry, I walked to our bedroom to look out of our window to see how much rain we had gotten up to that point:

5 Inches of Rain

In case you can’t read that? It was FIVE INCHES. Of rain. In less than 12 hours.

I thought we had broken a record, but after talking to my parents yesterday, they told me that back in 1999 we had gotten EIGHT INCHES of rain. Their backyard and storage shed flooded and they had just moved to town and a lot of their belongings had gotten soaked. We must not have gotten as much rain over here or I would have remembered it but I can guarantee I’ll remember June 13, 2008 when we received five inches of rain and had to put fans in our crawl space to dry it out.

Getting this much rain this fast is pretty unusual for this area. I was pretty stressed about water making it under our house (and washing away the new driveway we just had REPAVED the day before – luckily, it held up pretty well and we’ve packed some dirt around it to try and prevent any more water getting underneath it), but any damage we sustained was NOTHING compared to some areas of our city.

You can see photos here, if you wish.

Monday Morning Meme

Monday Morning Meme – June 16th

All you have to do is answer the questions below either in the comment section, or on your blog. And elaborate! Make these questions show your unique and special personalities. This meme entry will post at 12:01 every Monday morning and will be the first postentry listed on WFK all day Monday morning. (This is an all-day Monday meme, so please, play all day!)

Monday Morning Meme at

June 16th Questions:

1. Do you think that gift cards are suitable gifts to give? Do you find them to be impersonal? Do you like receiving gift cards? If so, from where and do you cash them in right away, or do you wait for the right item/price to come along?

2. Have you ever counted up all the pills and/or vitamin capsules that you take every day? How many are there? What do you take on a daily basis? Do you give your children vitamins? If so, what kind?

3. What five things would you put in a time capsule?

4. Would you rather be overdressed or underdressed for a party? Why? Tell us about the last time you were overdressed and/or underdressed; what happened? Did anyone notice you were over/under dressed?

My Answers: