Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Weather These Days

I grew up in "Tornado Alley" in Texas--Hamlin, Texas near Abilene.  However, I have never seen the weather situation as demanding as here in the last few days--the wather stations were on 24/7 showing radar and tracking tornado warnings (and now flood warnings).  There were some tornados near here, but no deaths, thankfully.  So sorry for Tuscaloosa.  I heard the Antioch sirens several times--it is enough to scare one to death!

And the question comes, if one is alone, does she go to sleep, or stay up all night and watch TV or listen to the weather radio? Do I really go into the closet, or do I stay out and watch TV?

There is something going on with the weather??? Such a large area of storms  and so much rain!  Yet, Texas is dry as a bone.  May be Al Gore is right.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Graduation Anniversary

I was fortunate to travel to my 50th Graduation Anniversary from ACU recently.  What a blessing!  Brandon went with me to help me navigate walking.  We mostly ate and fellowshiped about old times at ACU and how much the campus had changed since 1961.  An old film made in the late 50's about ACU was shown, and it was striking--all the females were wearing dresses or skirts, the males were dressed in "golf shirts" and khakis.  Buying books and registering for classes was done with pen, paper and adding machines.  There were very few trees on the campus.  The barracks and hutments were still up and full. 

We met in the Hunter Center which is luxurious and so fit for large and small meetings.  Trees and flowers were in evidence everywhere.  However, it was not a Chamber of Commerce Weekend in Abilene--the wildfires burning 40 miles south threw smoke and ash into the whirling wind.  A sandstorm joined them, and we couldn't see very far in front of our faces. Wow! 

At any rate, it was fun; we were treated like royalty.  I must say, we all looked pretty good for our age, even though 178 out of 300 in our class have gone on to glory (the largest mortality rate of any class so far).

ACU gave me so much--inspirational teachers, a great career, and lots of fond memories.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Things I Love about Nashville

There many things I have talked about to love in Nashville.  Right now, one thing is the lovely mix of red tulips and yellow pansies all over town--glorious!!!

And another thing today:  I went to Target to purchase boxes for cleaning out my linen closet--There was no motorized cart immediately visible--TWO employees went looking for one for me. When the one they found wouldn't work, another employee left her post at the cashier line (there was no one in line to pay out) and fiddled with the cart until it worked.

When I got ready to check out, another employee offered to carry the boxes to my car for me and did so with cheerful conversation.  Is this the meaning of Southern hospitality?  One can readily see why I prefer Target over Walmart!