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Tonight was an unexpectedly traumatic for some of us.

We did NOT get hit by the tornadoes tonight that came through the area this evening. We lost power for about an hour and a half. No wind-zero. Light rain. Scary clouds. We had a basement party until the warnings expired. Then we had a candle party until our power came back on.
A tornado hit Springfield. Our pizza place 12 minutes away down on Memorial and Blackpatch is gone and so is part of Kroger and all of Springfield lost power. (We are Coopertown/Greenbrier) Cars got thrown around and some of them wound up on power lines. In videos people took long distance of the funnel there was no wind either. Unsettling.

My parents' double wide and all that were within are okay despite being in the path of a "large, particularly dangerous tornado", and it wasn't the one near us. My brother's city got hit worse than Springfield. He was over at my parents in Joelton so his wife could get some college work done at their apartment alone. She sounded shaken up. My brother and his prek daughter are trying to get home now. Apparently all the roads are blocked and people are just abandoning their cars and trying to walk home. The town is supposed to be heavily damaged.

Nine people dead in the area and now counting.

The men in the house are still metabolizing this new reality. Nobody's crying but you can tell things are not settled with them. I remember my first tornadoes and I think tomorrow will be traumatic for them tomorrow too and continuing on when we drive by the damage. I lived down south in TN and Arkansas until I was twelve so this is not great but not new. I think Mark knows why sometimes I wake up with tornado nightmares now (in which nobody's listening to me, but you know what? Everyone listened for the most part today!).
Not a post I expected to make this morning. I took goat pics. I don't feel like posting them now. Maybe later.
 

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Today I discovered that the brace wire on my pasture's fence is backwards with the wire going up towards the gate and not up towards the pull of the fence. The fence is still very solid though, so I guess the posts are buried deep in our rock hard clay and then limestone. Or maybe it still does something. Or maybe the brace is somehow different? ...How odd is alI have to say there.
 

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This is the very start of "harvesting" the last two years of manure from my barn for my coming garden so I don't have to grow in our red clay. Smells like dirt and fairly dry and easy to work up. After digging down to the gravel and clay I took out about a third of the stall's manure...and decided I should probably shift focus and dig the bucks' stall out first because their stall fence wall is becoming embarrassingly short with all the build up. I also plan to give them the "room" next door so they have bigger quarters so I'll need to dig out a cattle panel or two so I can move them (and I'll probably just spread the manure in their pen and skip putting that musky stuff on the garden).

But at that point the three year old was up and wanted breakfast and a fresh diaper so the manure moving will have to be maybe a tomorrow project. I also need to boost vaccinations tomorrow so I'll have to see what I get done.
 

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So after work I decided we were going to fill up the tires and drive quickly to a tire place.
A plug kit isn't very expensive and a lot better than "fill and drive fast". Also cheaper than paying someone to plug 1 tire let alone a few over time.

I think Mark knows why sometimes I wake up with tornado nightmares now (in which nobody's listening to me, but you know what? Everyone listened for the most part today!).
Do people not have tornado shelters any more? It seems that the likelihood of tornadoes in some areas is a lot higher now than in the past.

Today I discovered that the brace wire on my pasture's fence is backwards with the wire going up towards the gate and not up towards the pull of the fence.
Is the post the gate hinge side? If so the H-brace should have brace wires going both directions.
 

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A plug kit isn't very expensive and a lot better than "fill and drive fast". Also cheaper than paying someone to plug 1 tire let alone a few over time.


Do people not have tornado shelters any more? It seems that the likelihood of tornadoes in some areas is a lot higher now than in the past.


Is the post the gate hinge side? If so the H-brace should have brace wires going both directions.
Yikes, then it's either backwards or missing a brace. The other side of the gate has no brace, no H post. Big posts though.
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People have basements and crawlspaces, but no, not many people have tornado shelters here. The trailer park people often have nothing and tend to be the ones who die, and it's always been that way here, even when I was little and my parents were more than broke. Mom would rather be homeless than put her family in a trailer and wait for the tornados (and NOW they live in a trailer with us 10 minutes away). It's possible people are unable to afford the buried shelters or maybe it's because maybe because flash flooding often occurs with tornadoes and the shelters would fill up. It would be nice that for every 10 trailer homes or so trailer parks were required to put in a buried shelter large enough to house the families living in those trailers because lots of families do live there. It looks like the businesses that got demolished all had something. People here also do not believe in climate change because it's a politically charged issue to them and not an issue coming from a conclusion drawn from numbers. I don't want to get into that one though. Deadly December tornadoes are becoming a thing. This happened year before last in Mayfield, KY, I think. (Last year I think we just went from 80 degrees to -19 in 24 hours)

My dad just sent me this in 9 gag form. Fun era we live in with cell phones and dash cams everywhere.
https://9gag.com/gag/aDYeYpG


Huh... The tire plug issue sounds like a case of "young and dumb". I was not aware of a car tire plug kit. Bikes have them. Tractors have them. I guess it makes sense cars do too. It worked out though and somehow Walmart has decided that giving away free tire repairs with a walmart plus membership is a good perk for their plan that people won't abuse, so somehow we paid nothing and we made it.
I will go learn about using a car tire plug kit and decide if I need to get one. Mark and I thought our only option was to remove the wheels one at a time and bring them in and since we carry a pump in each car and WM is 7-9 minutes away with gas stations and wide shoulders the whole way we figured it was semi-safe to try the stupid way.
 
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