Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Calm Before the Storm



I wouldn't call it a calm really, more of a perilous pause. You can't take an eighty-degree day in April in the Northeast and not get something out of it when the evening cool rolls in.

You can surely feel that something coming. The air turns all dense and buttery, thick and thin at once. Like invisible water. Just starting to move. It crowds in all around you as you walk through it, feeling the strength of it and all the energy it has gathered up while the sun thumped down on it all day.

It is still...no leaves to move yet... the leftover grass lies pressed against the ground, the woodpile canvas shrouds the logs in silence. Distant sounds ring like an omen..is that train across the river coming right here up the hill?

Batten down the hatches. Unplug the computers, close the doors, feed the pony, air the doggy. It is coming.

Then a hay string on the dump truck canvas begins to twirl. Just an eddy. A thin little thread poking at it.

A bright pink flash cracks across the valley. lighting up the river.

Snap, crackle, bang, rattle, gust and howl, drip and slash, it is here just at dinner time. We eat our homemade spaghetti sauce dumped over an interesting mixture of assorted pastas that caught Becky's fancy and listen to it lumber down the valley....the first of what will surely be many of its ilk. I guess it must really be spring....finally.

11 comments:

June said...

I sat at the picnic table, holding down the pages of my book...

Hilary said...

Felt the same up here in southern Ontario. Beautiful description.. here from June's.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful description! We had the same thing here in S IN. Love your writings. linda

Ed said...

Yep, we got that last night at mom's house, lots of wind, rain, lightning and thumder..I slept like a log..:-))

Cathy said...

Loved the build up.
You got the rumbling and crackling that we waited for all day.
Little disappointing, but there's a lot of spring still ahead.

DayPhoto said...

A spring storm...we are still having winter storms...a spring storm would be nice. I like lightening flashes and thunder, just not real close to me.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Linda said...

Yah for spring storms.....so much better than winter blizzards.

threecollie said...

June, it was so sweet of you to link to this post! It sure felt like high summer for just a few very welcome minutes

Hilary, thank you for taking a little side trip to Northview Farm...and thanks for your kind words. We are back to gloom and cold, but the taste of summer was sweet indeed

Linda, thanks! I am usually a little nervous about T-storms, because we catch the worst of them coming up the valley. This one was just right though, enough, but not too much

Ed, it woke me up a couple of times, but not in a bad way. lol

Cathy, ours was just a little storm, although there was quite a lot of rain. I am sure we will see plenty more before the season is over.

Linda, I don't like them too well here at the farm, as we are right in the path of the worst of them stomping up the valley. We have had so much lightning damage over the years. However, at camp, when we can watch them cross the lake, I just love them

Linda, you betcha! I hope we are done with snow. I also hope that you are done with snow! lol the tardas are up and I think of you every time I see their little green selves poking up out of the flower bed.

Ericka said...

i love your brain.

Vicki Lane said...

Beautiful words -- lumber down the valley! I too popped over from June's...

threecollie said...

Ericka, thanks...

Vicki, thank you! And thanks for stopping by. I love meeting new folks.