Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Meet the new blog, same as the old blog

It's not really new, it just has a new name. I believe I've mentioned that we call our place Nutwood Junction, because back in the late 1800's and early 1900's, there was a little unincorporated town here called Nutwood, and the abandoned railroad bed is part of our property--the railroad depot was across the street. And that's how our place got its name. Nutwood doesn't really appear on maps, unless it's an old railroad map from around 1896 (found it at The Library of Congress website), so I had quite a surprise last night when watching the severe weather alerts (more on that in a moment). The meteorologist was clicking on the various storm systems, and he clicked on one and the towns in its path showed up. He said, "This storm is expected to hit Nutwood at 5:12." I felt a little bit of glee. Hey, that's our place on TV! Then I remembered why Nutwood was on TV--that pesky tornado warning--and grabbed the cat and headed for the basement. Since our little Nutwood is a media darling now, I thought it was time for a name change. Here's the map from Library of Congress. See Nutwood towards the bottom?

As for the weather lately--yikes! Some of it has been good. We got some nice warm days, and that's why it's been over a week since I've updated this--when the weather first gets nice, all I want to do is sit on the deck, read, watch the birds, and soak up the warmth. I feel like I've gotten very little done, but I should settle down soon and get back into my usual mode. With the heat and humidity come summer storms, and in northern Indiana, that can mean tornadoes. Last evening popped some big storms, and while no tornadoes have been confirmed, even just the straight-line winds were over 60 mph in some areas. We didn't get it too bad here, but we were under a tornado warning and the sirens went off, and when they said it would hit Nutwood at 5:12, that's when I decided the basement was the place to be. (Besides, it screwed up the satellite, so we lost the TV picture right then. I turned on the TV in the basement.) Thank God for basements! Things have settled down today, but the storms blew in a cold front, so I might actually get some things done today! No sitting on the deck for me today.

So did you catch The Sopranos this week? Holy moley. I was pretty sure Christopher was going to get killed off, but I had no idea it would happen the way it did. I think anyone who watches it will have watched it by now, so I'll go ahead and say that Tony killed him. A car accident was Tony's chance to suffocate Christopher. It was horrible. Christopher looking up at Tony, and the flat look in Tony's eyes...that was the look of a sociopath. <shudder> But what's so great about this show is that you still like Tony. How can that be? He's a pig, he's a philanderer, he's a killer...but you somehow still like the guy. James Gandolfini, man...give the guy his Emmy now! Only three episodes left...arggh! We've got all the seasons on DVD now, though, so I'm excited to watch it from the beginning.

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