Spent some considerable time in the old storm closet last night. The weather people started telling us a couple days ago to expect large storms so I was glad that last weekend my husband got my son's new closet put together and we moved all his stuff out of the closet. I then spent last Sunday night refolding and putting away properly all the stuff I'd been blindly stuffing behind his clothes! Just in time!
My daughter had a track meet yesterday and I worried all day long that they would be caught up in the storms but she called me about 5 o'clock to tell me they were pulling into Claremore. I ran into town totally unprepared for her to eat with my son and I. My husband was out of town so it was just going to be he and I and I was planning to just find something in the fridge.....now I had three mouths to feed. And a storm was coming!
I ran in as the wind began to blow and grabbed the old stand-by...tomato soup and cheese quesadillas. Quick, easy, cheap and the kids love them! I buy the tomato soup when walgreen's has them on sale and I use coupons to make them about fifty-cents a can. I use two for three of us. I buy the tortillas for a buck for twelve when Reasor's has them on sale and I buy the cheese on sale and stockpile the freezer. The entire meal costs me less than five dollars. I rounded out the meal with some strawberries and cookies while we listened to the tornado sirens sitting in the storm closet!
Shortly after we cleaned up, I ran and put Kate in the garage because the sky was beginning to get green. I was taught that when the wind died down and the sky got a greenish tinge, it was time to hit the hole! All of us but Grandpa, he'd stand outside and watch the storm. Not me. God gave me enough sense to know to get and stay low! We dragged out the boxes of junk out of the storm closet and all of us...me, the kids, and two cats got inside. Well, almost two cats. One doesn't like the closet so she hangs around just outside. I think if we ever did hear the 'sounded like a freight train' sound, she'd quickly jump in before we shut the door. All of us, plus two ipods, three cell phones, a laptop, two radios; one that uses batteries, one I can wind up or use solar power; a lantern, a flashlight, enough blankets and pillows to sleep an army and we waited.....and listened to the hail, rain and tornado sirens. It was actually pretty good quality time with the kids. I had them trapped so we had to visit and talk....
Thankfully, we had no damage and we had good rain. We've all been so dry for so long that most of us Oklahomans were excited for rain, even if it meant the chance of a tornado. Just another day in Oklahoma in the spring. We keep our eyes on the sky waiting for the next one to come along......the storm closet it cleaned and ready to go! Maybe I'll call a family meeting in the storm closet when I'm feeling lonely!