Aw, Hail!

Today was, for the most part, a lovely spring day. Late this afternoon, Joe and the girls were hanging out in the driveway blowing bubbles while I started dinner. And then the tornado sirens went off. Even though the big clouds were way off on the horizon, I waved them into the house, then went on out and helped clean up the toys and junk before we all got inside. Twenty minutes later, the storm hit and it was a doozy!

We hung out in front of the big picture window for a while, and then we took the girls downstairs just to be careful when it really picked up.

That’s a quarter.

We took the crank-powered flashlights downstairs with us, just to keep the girls distracted if nothing else.

And then Joe brought down a couple of hail stones…

Sophie said “Ice! Ice!”

The yards were all covered with hail stones, plus bits of twigs and leaves. But at least none of our stuff blew away, and there was no major damage in our neighborhood that I could see.


The storm passed, and the girls and I spent some time checking it all out.

The temperature cooled off pretty quickly, and fog lifted up off the ground.

Of course, there’s video.

And here’s the fiber-y scoop that I was going to give you before all hail broke loose…

Friday morning I finished plying that last bit of orange wool, then washed it in the sink to set the twist.

And then I ordered a Blue Moon Fiber Arts Fire on the Mountain Sheep to Shoe kit. The one I was drooling over last week. But later that night, I was in my office, and the poor naked spindle was sitting there staring at me.

And I remembered that I already have a bunch of high-quality roving laying around. It’s in the felting kit I bought last fall during the shop hop, stuck in my closet and left ignored ever since.

Felting? Spinning? Spinning? Felting? Decisions Decisions….

5 Responses to “Aw, Hail!”

  1. Wannietta says:

    Not that I’m jealous (hail just isn’t one of those things that you should actually wish for) but that’s kind of cool. I’ve been in some serious sleet storms, hard core blizzards and freezing rain that had me stranded for 5 hours, but that’s the extent of my extreme winter experience.

    After the B2B yesterday I’ve been re-bitten by the spinning bug. I’ll have to get the band fixed up on my wheel and get to spinning!!

  2. picperfic says:

    wow at the size of the hail stones! Loved the video, Barry enjoyed watching it with me!

  3. Katy says:

    Wow Julie is getting so tall! Looks like you had some good weather excitement last night.

  4. Jen says:

    Glad that you didn’t have any hail damage!
    I have never done any felting, but the way I sort of understand it is that you use wool with a lower micro for spinning and a higher micro for felting. Just something you might want to look into before digging in. I have about 60 or so lbs of spinning fiber that is taking up too much room. If you are interested let me know and I can send some pictures. I’m not looking to make any money off of it – the yarn/fiber stash is just taking over.

  5. Jenni says:

    Hey – the Science Times section (Tuesday in the NYTimes) had an article about the hail storm in MN. Imagine your wedding day – out doors, as the dark clouds gather…

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