"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Texas dirt was blinding as the wind ripped and roared

across the prairie yesterday.
And if you ever wondered what I look like.............well, this is pretty close after yesterday.
My husband's truck broke down a little ways down the road from our home as he was heading to work yesterday morning. He had to leave it behind and go on to work. Yesterday afternoon, the dirt storm was in full swing, when he and I had to go down to drag this truck home.
I do not like to pull vehicles, and I do not like to be pulled in a vehicle. Both are very stressful to me, especially when I am blinded by a dirt storm.
Dirt stung our faces, tumbleweeds came at us like a wild stampede, scaring Sophie, who found a safe retreat inside of the truck. Not only did my hair look like it does in the photo, but my expression was a close match.
There are feathers of different colors of white, red, and speckled black, stuck in the tumbleweed lined woods that blew off of my poor chickens. I think I have enough to make a pillow! But never fear, my hair will be smooth  and I will smile again, with no dirt in my teeth......
 This is life on a west Texas prairie.
How about you?
Are you hanging on to your hair, dress, or hat as you struggle with dirt or snow blowing?
I would love to hear!

16 comments:

Mary Ann said...

Oh my goodness! That picture! Perfect! It is blowing hard here this morning in Kansas, too! Hard enough that the chickens wanted to stay in, and I obliged them. Glad you got the truck home.

lil red hen said...

Wonderful picture! I never imagined you looking like that! lol I always wear a scarf and my hair looks plastered against my head. We're having the strong winds today and it makes a roaring noise as it whips through the pines.

Sometimes when I have to pull the farmer, I can't keep from jerking the tractor and at times the chain has broken; then he wasn't too happy with me.

Sherri Farley said...

That's a hoot! It's blowing a gale and spitting snow this morning, but I didn't have to get out today. Love that photo!!

Magnolia Tea said...

At least you got lift! *smiles* (Love the old pic.)
We are having hefty gusts here in the foothills ourselves. I thought someone had knocked on the door earlier, but it was my fake trees falling over on the porch. We have the possibility of a little snow Friday night, but we won't hold our breath on that one. That forecast rarely pans out for us. Mostly snows only in the higher elevations. We would love a nice snow though. The sled is ready just in case. ;)

Country Gal said...

Just rain blowing no snow as of yet . That picture looks like me on a windy day after taking Miggs for a walk lol ! Windy here and cold today with rain but that is to all change to snow come Fri evening into Sat morn WOOHOO ! I hope so, Miggs and I want to play in the snow and I want to take winter photos ! Glad you were able to get the truck home . hope all goes good ! Have a good day !

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Did you husband have to push the truck? O that is a tough job.
An incredible photo and I wonder what the story behind it is.
Still and clear here now, but a three day storm is on its way with lots of rain. And what felt like a earthquake this morning!

Paula said...

*HAHA* This picture looks just like Mrs. Tweedy in Chicken Run!
I KNOW your hair surely didn't look that frightful, Kathleen! :)
And I think we are getting those same winds... I've been chasing stuff around the yard all day long... *sigh*

Vickie said...

Hi Kathleen - some of your dirt blew this way, too, even through east Texas. It rained a bit and everything is covered with sand and red dirt. And we don't even have red dirt here where we live! That wind was terrible!

Glad you got your truck home - now for the clean-up! Guess we're going to have a "Red" Christmas!

Mary @ Colony Mountain Folk Art Dolls said...

Dust from Texas, Oklahoma or Kansas blew into Arkansas and got mixed in with rain which ended up falling as muddy rain. Sure sounds a little like Dust Bowl days to me.

sweetvintageofmine said...

Hello! First time visiting your blog and I enjoyed it! Sorry, about your day and I hope it became better after getting the truck back to the house! I am your newest follower! LOVE the name of your blog...from one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

The Farmers Daughter said...

Such a wonderful sense of humor! I love it! My hair looked just like that yesterday, too--winds from the north and COLD at 50 mph. I can't imagine dirt in with it, too! Love that photo.
Christmas Hugs,
Dru

Daisy said...

Oh dear. Sounds like it was quite an ordeal. Glad you made it back home.

Muddling Through said...

Kathleen, that does NOT sound like a fun time to me. Hopefully today you will be your usual happy clean self! Merry Christmas!

Sunny said...

I hit into 2 sand storms going from Van Horn TX and into southern NM. Finally made it to Tucson and going to enjoy Christmas with my brother! Have a very Merry Christmas< Kathleen!

Mini said...

Hope that dirt storm has blown over & all is well at your end

Marie said...

When we moved to Lubbock when our daughter was quite small, we found out about Texas winds! :-) My friend and I invented the "Lubbock look" hairstyle, and your picture wasn't too far off! I also loved the dirt that would blow in through cracks you couldn't even see and coat everything in the house. Ah, the memories...:-)