Friday, April 28, 2006

Almost Tornado-like

It was scary

We had been anticipating this storm all day, and at about 6 p.m. or so, these really huge black clouds started rolling our way and they started CHURNING!

If I hadn't seen it with my very own eyes, I would have said it was on time lapse video or something, but the clouds seemed to have turned on their sides and were rolling into themselves as if they were trying to form a tornado overhead.

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Then it started raining and the clouds rolled on by...

PHEW!! Thank God.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Spring starts Wreaking Havoc

We had our very first Hail Storm of the Season

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These were quarter sized hail and we've had BASEBALL sized hail in 2004 which did massive damage to our RV, so I am NOT looking forward to more hail or God Forbid, Tornadoes.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Breaking Records might not necessarily be good

Global Warming is closer to home than one might like..


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RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN ANGELO TX
525 PM CDT SAT APR 15 2006

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT ABILENE AND SAN ANGELO...


AS OF 5 PM THE HIGH TEMPERATURE IN SAN ANGELO THIS
AFTERNOON WAS 98 DEGREES REACHED AT 4:50 PM.
THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD OF 96 DEGREES SET IN 1925.

AS OF 5 PM THE HIGH TEMPERATURE IN ABILENE THIS AFTERNOON
WAS 97 DEGREES REACHED AT 4:23 PM. THIS BROKE THE OLD
RECORD
OF 94 DEGREES SET IN
1904.

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RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN ANGELO TX
502 PM CDT MON APR 17 2006

...RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT ABILENE ...

AS OF 5 PM THE HIGH TEMPERATURE IN ABILENE THIS AFTERNOON
WAS 98 ( Note : It was 101 out where we were )
DEGREES REACHED AT 4:26 PM. THIS BROKE THE OLD RECORD
OF 95 DEGREES SET IN 1937.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Happy Easter Everyone

There are so many things to be thankful for.

Happy Easter Everyone.

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Friday, April 14, 2006

Multi Cultural Malaysia :
Three faiths, three events, one day


Borrowed from The Star Newspaper ( Malaysia )

By BAVANI M
bavanim@thestar.com.my
Photos by ONG SOON HIN, GLEN GUAN, KAMAL SELLEHUDDIN and LOW LAY PHON

THERE is something good about April 14. The date is of significance to the Tamil Hindus, the Sikhs and the Christians. It commemorates the beginning of a New Year, the birth of a brotherhood and the death of an innocent to save the world, respectively.

TOMORROW may just be another Friday for some but, to others, it holds special religious meanings.

Members of the ‘bajan’ team getting prepared for the singing of hymns during the Vasakhi celebrations.
To the Tamil Hindus, April 14 is their New Year. To the Christians, it is Good Friday and, to the Sikhs, it is Vasakhi.

Gurdwaras, Hindu temples and churches everywhere will hold special prayers to commemorate these holy events.

While some see it as a mere coincidence, others think it to be a day for triple joy.

Jaswant Kaur, 54, said Vasakhi was the most important event in the Sikh calendar.

Christians getting ready for Good Friday and Easter celebrations at the Church of St Francis Xavier in Petaling Jaya.
“We celebrate the birth of Khalsa,’’ she said. “It is celebrated by Sikhs all over the world.’’

Ajit Muker Singh, 58, said Vasakhi was an event important to the Sikh community.

“The fact that it is also a special day for the Tamils and Christians makes it all the more special,’’ he said.

The Gurdwara Sahib Petaling Jaya priest Paramjit Singh said the celebration began in India in 1699 when Guru Gobind Singh organised the order of the Khalsa by baptising five Sikhs.

“That day, which is called Vasakhi, normally falls on April 13 or April 14 and it is celebrated with the reciting of the holy book Sri Guru Granth Sahib at Sikh temples non-stop from April 12 to April 14,’’ he said.

Vasakhi also coincides with the harvest festival, which is celebrated on April 13, according to the solar calendar.

“Temples offer free vegetarian food during the three days and hymns will be sung all through the night,’’ said Paramjit Singh.

For the Tamil Hindus, the New Year begins at 7.11am (Malaysian time).

“The Hindu almanac for the New Year lays down the details of the planets and stars’ positions,’’ said Ganesan Gorukkal, the chief priest of the 60-year-old Sree Arulmeega Veera Hanuman temple in Brickfields.

He said one was able to predict the general happenings for the year based on these readings.

The Tamil Hindus would spruce up their homes a day before the New Year.

Jaswant Kaur ... ‘a most important event’ Ajit
The prayer room will be cleansed and decorated with flowers and fruits, and a lamp is lit.

Some believe that the “lady of the house’’ would be the first to wake up and she would then lead her family members, whose eyes will be closed, straight to the altar, where they will open their eyes for the first time in the New Year.

Housewife M. Logesh, 32, plans to cook vegetarian dishes for her family.

“I will make ponggal (sweetened milk rice) and cook five dishes after which we will go to the temple,’’ she said.

For Christians, Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross.

“We will retrace the steps Jesus took in the Stations of the Cross,’’ said assistant parish pastor Father O.C. Lim of Church of St Francis Xavier Petaling Jaya.

“It is a significant day, because even though Jesus died, but by his death we, humans, are saved from our sins.

“We may think it to be a tragic day, that an innocent man had to die a criminal’s death, but on a spiritual level, it is Good Friday because upon his death, Jesus saved us from sin,’’ he said. “And, that alone is a reason to be joyful.’’

The week culminates with Easter Sunday on April 16, with the resurrection of Jesus, which also marks the end of a 40-day Lent period when Christians observe fasting with prayers and abstinence.

Today, too, holds special meaning for the Christians.

Holy Thursday is a day when Christian priests re-enact what Jesus did to his apostles some 2,000 years ago – wash their feet.

“It is a symbolic gesture so that Christians will serve others as Jesus did,’’ said Father Lim.


Happy Celebrating, everyone

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Quite a Pause there..

My Desktop is just about Officially Dead

Right now we've rigged my monitor, mouse and keyboard to David's laptop, which is sitting by my feet, with a brand new hard drive - *starting from scratch, is what it means* - and enough space on my table to study. We managed to salvage most data from the old ( a.k.a. FRIED ) hard drive, and so that's a relief. Which means we're gonna be scouting for a new system for me. Oh well.


Spring weather can be so unfriendly out here in the wide open Texas spaces - we're getting winds gusting up to 45mph with an average of about 25mph EVERY DAY!!!!!
*sigh*

Other than that, it's mostly spring stuff happening - lots of planting and cleaning up and repairing and all that Jazz. Jay, a good friend of the family, is helping David get a lot of things done around the house - we finally got a decent roof up on the cattery, got a lot of plants in the ground and started in planters - are looking to plough up the land for a vegetable patch in the back, a big flower bed in the front, maybe a pond and a storage building in the back also, for the trailers ( RV and Airstream ) and Oh, yesterday we put together a Purple Martin House... :)

Saturday, April 01, 2006

My Computer Died while Defragging

Curse you Norton's

Anyway, my computer hung while being defragged on Tuesday, and its innards got all screwed up, and I've been out of the loop since. David's computer is running so many things that today was one of those rare occasions when it was open and I could check emails and stuff. Poor hunny's been trying to get my computer together for me all this time...

On a brighter note, I found out that I was chosen as a March Lucky Draw Winner to get a scrapbooking kit at a site where I was a member.....Yay!!


"Dear letti,

Congratulations! Your name was drawn to receive a free 262 Stamp Starter Collection Plus from Sugarloaf Products!

This incredible kit contains 262 genuine rubber See-D’s stamps and accessories valued at over $85, yet it's FREE to you just for registering on our site and entering our prize draw!

You don’t have to do a thing to get your prize. We have your address and will mail your 262 kit to you soon. Watch for it in about four weeks. "

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