We’re Not In Kansas!

☆ June 13, 2017

Tornadoes showed up all over Wyoming yesterday. WRONG STATE, tornadoes. We signed up for negative 30 degree winters, 108 degree summers, 50 mph wind, annual wildfires, flash floods, rain so fierce it feels like you’re getting slapped in the face, scorpions and snakes, a dearth of trees, mud that swallows trucks whole, BUT NOT TORNADOES.

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The highlight of my day was getting this gorgeous photo of Charlie watching the madness after I’d lured him inside with an artisan venison jerky rib treat and locked him in. He prefers to watch storms outside, out in the open where he can see everything. Sorry, Charlie. Not happening when possible tornadoes are part of the equation. He scratched at the window for about five minutes, then curled up angelically on his mattress for the next several hours.

The wind downshifted around dusk, and I went out with Charlie and Chloe and gathered up all the fallen cottonwood branches and offered them to Daisy. She loves to eat the leaves.


23 Responses to “We’re Not In Kansas!”

  1. Barbara Sanchez
    June 13th, 2017 @ 7:18 am

    Shreve, when I saw tornados in Wyoming on the news this morning I planned to write as soon as I was online and see if you, Charlie & the family were ok — so glad you were already posting updates :) & glad you are all ok!
    Stay safe!

  2. Barbara Sanchez
    June 13th, 2017 @ 7:19 am

    I meant to type family :0

  3. Barbara Sanchez
    June 13th, 2017 @ 7:19 am

    UGH Farmily! Darn auto correct!!

  4. Torre
    June 13th, 2017 @ 7:42 am

    so glad you are all safe now!

  5. hello haha narf
    June 13th, 2017 @ 8:07 am

    artisian jerky could get me inside, too…

  6. Deborah
    June 13th, 2017 @ 8:09 am

    Glad you survived the tornadoes; they’re scary because by the time you know about them it may be too late. We had freaky thunderstorms, rain and hail on Sunday afternoon. That’s as rare in NorCal as tornadoes are in Wyoming.

    Now back to our regularly scheduled summer.

  7. Kelly B
    June 13th, 2017 @ 9:59 am

    Ah, Charlie is one of those crazy weather watchers that go outside when the storms are coming in. I’m glad you made it through okay and Charlie just decided to chill out.

  8. Beverly Murphy
    June 13th, 2017 @ 10:28 am

    very scary!! I am in Green River, in Southwest Wyoming, no tornado warnings here but we did have 50 mph gusts!!
    glad all is safe and well up there!!!!
    peace and love

  9. Karyn
    June 13th, 2017 @ 10:42 am

    It was in 2014 when working in Kemmerer that I experienced my first tornado. It was much less dramatic than yesterday’s, but I was outside when it went through…..yeah, they said they’d never had a tornado before either! The weather she is a-changin’!

  10. Nova Lockhart
    June 13th, 2017 @ 11:07 am

    Good to hear that all is well now. Can’t imagine how stressful this was for all of your ‘farmily’ !! Charlie likes to watch storms just like me.

  11. wright1
    June 13th, 2017 @ 11:17 am

    Glad the weather did nothing more than bring down some treats for Daisy.

    That image really shows Charlie’s underlying leanness, quite the contrast with his winter coat.

  12. shreve
    June 13th, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

    W ~ and he still has 3/4 of his coat still to shed! But now you can see his elbows… they fully disappear in winter :)

  13. Lindsay in Oregon
    June 13th, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

    Shreve, do you still turn Charlie’s fluff into yarn? I’d love to see if you have made anything else from it since you made those gloves way back when. Glad you’re all safe from the storm!! I don’t miss the threat of tornadoes from when I lived in Indiana!

  14. Calico
    June 13th, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

    So glad you’re all ok! Thanks for letting us know. I was also worried about all the outside animals with the danger of significant hail.

  15. Pat Horwath
    June 13th, 2017 @ 6:03 pm

    Incredible photo with its own frame!
    Fits the adage, “every picture tells a story”. Loving Charlie’s elbows!!

  16. pencilfox
    June 13th, 2017 @ 6:35 pm

    so glad you [and charlie] are safe!!

  17. mlaiuppa
    June 13th, 2017 @ 8:01 pm

    Charlie may not appreciate the protection but we do.

    Glad Daisy got to benefit from the excitement.

    Hopefully Charlie does appreciate those extra wide deep windowsills. I’ll bet the cats do too.

    I hope the chickens weren’t too upset.

  18. Patr
    June 14th, 2017 @ 6:12 am

    whew! Love the “Sorry Charlie” line – I immediately thought of tuna salad….

  19. Jenny C
    June 14th, 2017 @ 10:49 am

    Outstanding shot of Charlie watching the weather. Look at that beautiful coyote-love! So glad you were able to lure him in. I’m as bad as he is – the rare tornado in CO has me outside, watching.

    Last year, I got caught as one was forming where I was driving between Boulder and Longmont; no sign of tornado activity when I left home; it formed while I was away. Watched it come down right beside me and continued parallel to my route home. I couldn’t get away from it, try as I might. Scary, indeed, but so fascinating. I think it’s the colors of the air, the clouds and the funnel that are so mesmerizing.

    I’m enormously relieved that all is well with you and farmily after such a scare, and I’m glad Daisy was served dessert after the storm. Always a silver lining, even after rogue tornado-beasts. xoxo

  20. rockrat
    June 15th, 2017 @ 11:04 pm

    I miss cottonwood fire smoke from chimneys during winter in Socorro NM. Cottonwood cheese? Would that come through from Daisy.

  21. Patricia Long
    June 16th, 2017 @ 12:47 am

    I am glad you and Charlie got thru the tornado ok. I wish I could have seen the photo you described. When I lived in Abilene Texas as a child I remember going to the cellar whenever there was a chance of danger. Once the wind blew me off the porch when we were on the way to the cellar. I must have been six because I remember my Dad carrying my infant brother.
    Take care

  22. taffy
    August 17th, 2017 @ 5:31 pm

    This is such a dear photo of him up so close to the glass to be nearer the changes going on outside. I really have not known many dogs who would do that.

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