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When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!

P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).

I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.

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June 28, 2010

A Storm From My Ninth Floor Windows

Boy, this one blew up from nowhere!  I was working away at my computer on my travel plans and thought "that sure sounds like wind".  Went and looked and it was and it was blowing in one of the great black storm clouds that I love seeing from up here - it looks like some kind of invasion or something.  So I decided to take pictures to post here.  They certainly don't do justice to the drama, but...

 
 No rain yet, but it's blowing across from the river...

and here you see the rain hitting town...
The hills over in Ohio are beginning to disappear...

And the grey between the cloud and the ground is, of course, the rain pouring down...

This looks like it's the rain right outside my window, but it isn't - it's the rain off in the distance and it's the first time I've ever seen rain actually coming out of the clouds this distinctly.  It was truly pouring sheets of rain!

And this is what was left of my view out the windows.

This was taken the morning after to show what the view is normally like from that same window.  And it looks like it may be thinking about raining again...

I suppose, all told, this storm lasted maybe half an hour?  And then all became clear, sunny and cleanly beautiful.  Took some of the mug out of the air (at least temporarily).  I went up to the roof garden last night to finish off my glass of wine, and almost every chair up there had been blown across the deck, some of the tiles in the tile top tables had been blown out of their setting, one of them broken, so I guess one can say "that was some storm, all right".

2 comments:

vrmichie said...

Those are awesome pics. I was expecting to see a posting about your travel plans so the surprise factor was almost as much as it was for you hearing the wind pick up. And what a view!

Christopher said...

I wish I was a little higher up in my building, than the 6th floor... it is interesting to watch storms come in, from a higher vantage point.

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