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Teacher-Moms, on the edge…

Oh shit! It’s spring!

I live in Texas so it’s next to impossible to catch this elusive season.  If you blink you’ve missed the perfect bluebonnet (not that my kids or dogs would ever sit still long enough to take that picture), and that one afternoon that would have been the perfect patio beer drinking whether you have to pick up and cart around 3 kids, tutor, clean the house, cook dinner, exercise, go grocery shopping, and do some laundry.  Better luck next year (you’d have better luck winning the lottery.)

No, spring here means rain, and storms, and hail.weather

I don’t mind weather – even if it’s severe.  I’ve been through hurricanes, close calls with tornadoes, and more hail storms than I can count, but Pavlov (aka my husband) has trained me well – if weather is on it’s way you better have your phone charged and the car in the garage!

Prior to my training – I got a new car…but it wasn’t exciting.

At the end of every soccer season we have a party, usually a pizza party.  So we’re at said pizza party and my phone is in the car charging (because my son wanted to play a game – draining my battery).  When it started to rain there was no sense in running outside to get it.  Until it started to hail!  How long does hail last?  We better get home kids!  Oh, did I mention I wasn’t in my car?  My car was in the shop getting an oil change so my husband brought home a car off the lot.  A really nice car.  A really nice new car.  A really nice new car…that isn’t ours…that’s getting hailed on…a lot.

hail-car-1Apparently you shouldn’t drive in hail, it’s some math/science thing about force and speed and really big dents.  And my new smart phone didn’t help me out at all when my husband was calling endlessly (prior to the storm) to tell me to get home, but it was smart aleck-y when I got home and I had 14 voice mails and 3 severe weather warnings.

 

Long story short.  A $70 oil change turned into $8200 worth of damage on a car with 37 miles.

Can you understand why I get a little drool-y and twitchy when weather blows in?  Not because I’m scared of Mother Nature, but because I’m scared we’ll have to buy another new car.

What weather calamity in your area causes a rise in adrenaline?

 

 

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13 comments on “Oh shit! It’s spring!

  1. amforte66
    May 15, 2014

    Oh. My. Gosh. That is terrible!! My husband would have been sooooo mad at me…and then I would have been really mad at him for being mad at me. Well, I guess you know better now, and so do I!! Great story. 🙂

    • Kevil
      May 15, 2014

      That’s exactly how it happened (the getting mad on both our parts)…live and learn. It was like a brand new car after we had it fixed…oh, wait – it was already brand new. Just the other day (the day I took the radar photo I got nervous because I just got another new car – literally, the week before, and I work 40 minutes from home. P A N I C !

      • amforte66
        May 15, 2014

        Wow! Texas is high adventure!! Soooo…do you stay in your car or get in a ditch if a tornado comes blown’ down the highway? My students and I are always wondering this. Why? I don’t know…we don’t have tornadoes in VA. 🙂

      • Kevil
        May 16, 2014

        Yes, for real. Getting into a culvert is the best because it’s buried and low and heavy (concrete). In the house the bathroom is best (in the tub just like the movies) with something heavy/soft over you. We don’t get that crazy but hail breaking windows is pretty common, and we get crazy wind storms here. That’s code for everyone gets a new fence.

  2. y. prior
    May 15, 2014

    wow- love the way you tell a story – flows so nice. and sorry about the hail damage – ouch!!!!! and well, one day beak in Florida in 1992 – I took a last minute road trip out of town (orlando) and a hail storm blew in and brought havoc. I still feel so grateful for that trip! ha! anyhow, cool photos too.

  3. Looking-glasses
    May 16, 2014

    Wow, I find the thought of tornadoes terrifying! We had an EF1 tornado pass within about 10m of our place last year and everyone flipped out because they’re pretty rare here. Thankfully, no-one was seriously injured and the damage was easily repaired.

    Being in Australia, our bigger worry is bushfires. We’re not that far from some big national parks, and the suburb next to ours is one of the most bushfire prone in Sydney. Fires can happen any time from October to April. It’s always scary when you wake up to the smell of smoke. I breathe a sigh of relief when we hit winter.

    • Kevil
      May 16, 2014

      That’s WAY scarier then hail, tornadoes, or hurricanes. At least with ours there’s a time limit – fires can go on for weeks or more with total devastation…YIKES!

  4. Maria Brinkley
    May 16, 2014

    What a sad tale! We have hail here, too, but so far I have never been caught out driving and got hail damage. I live in Queensland, Australia and our recent summers here have been searingly hot and humid.

    Sometimes the humidity gets to me. I wake up on a summer’s day and see the blue cloudless sky and think – oh no! Because it’s already 80 degrees and will probably be up around the 100 mark by afternoon.

    • Kevil
      May 16, 2014

      It wasn’t so bad. There wasn’t anything I could have done about it (except not drive) but there still would have been dents…I’m just really sensitive about car stuff because my husband works in the business. He can tell if we rubbed against it or touched anywhere other than the door handles. Gotta love a perfectionist 😛 We get hot and humid here, even more so in Houston where I grew up because it’s closer to the coast.

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