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Sunday Storm

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So Sunday Billings got hit with a pretty bad thunderstorm. When I say pretty bad, I mean really bad. There is a lot of damage all across the town. Sunday is when I came back from Miles City. I was out picking up Clyde from the Fun Day. Clyde was having fun playing with the other dogs that I was in no real hurry to get home. Probably someone looking out for me there. We hung out during the storm out there and it really wasn’t that bad. There was some pea sized hail, maybe a little bigger, rain, thunder and lightening. No big deal. Typical thunderstorm in Montana.

So then Clyde and I are on our way home. We’re going along and it looked like it had out where we were. I got a little further east and I could see piles of hail. Again, no big deal. I get out to Lockwood and notice that the trees are missing most of their leaves and the ground is covered with them. Interesting. They must have gotten some bigger winds? Then I start heading towards home, the back roads, and it looks like a driving range! What the heck happened? The closer and closer I got to my house the more and more “golf balls” I seen.

Front Yard

Front Yard

Then I pulled into my driveway…wah wah…my neighbors house is TRASHED. There are holes in their siding, there are broken out windows, it’s a mess, and my yard looks awful. I pulled in and could not believe what I was seeing. Then I walked around my house and discovered that I too had a broken out window on the front of my house and the siding and gutters are just beat up. It’s horrible. I call my dad and ask him what I should do. He tells me I need to get the holes covered up. Well here’s the thing, I can’t reach the window, even with a step ladder. I’m just too short. Well my dad came over and saved the day! He rocks! Now I have tarped up windows and am waiting on insurance. Fun stuff.

Broken Window

Broken Window

I hope this isn’t a sign how the rest of the summer is going to go for us here in Billings. Usually we do not get these kinds of storms until August, when it’s super hot. But nope, let’s have one in May this year. Yeah…great fun. I have to admit I feel pretty lucky, I could’ve had so much more damage than I did. Windows can be replaced, siding can be repainted, gutters rehung, etc. I didn’t have to be here when the storm hit. That was a blessing in disguise. It meant that I didn’t have any damage to my car. Super lucky there. I hope and pray that everyone will be able to get back on their feet and recover from the storm.

Have you guys had any severe weather? Any crazy May storms out there?

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2 Shelves, 1 Huge Improvement

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This weekend I had my dad come help me with hanging a few shelves. I have been wanting some open shelving in my house for quite a while now, I was just terrified to hang them myself and have them come crashing down, breaking all the dishes! So my dad being the wonderful guy that he is helped me out in that department. Now I should be able to hang shelves myself now. Progress!

Here are the shelves in action:

Kitchen Shelving

Kitchen Shelving

I wanted to get pictures taken as soon as they were hung so I just put random stuff on there for now. Some will stay, some will go. It will all depend on how it all evolves. I’m going to put some more open shelving over by the sink as well. Just to store things like glasses and maybe plant an herb garden. I love the idea of open shelving! I have painted my kitchen neutral colors in hopes of the dishes becoming the stars. I love the Racheal Ray line colors! I also love that all the colors in her line look good together without being all matchy-matchy. The last thing I want in my kitchen is everything matching. I love bright colors. The orange, greens, blues, reds, yellows all of them! Open shelving is how I can make my dishes the stars, instead of the cabinets or walls.

Now I need to get some art hung in the kitchen. Baby steps.

OH! And for the low down on the supplies and action. I got the shelves from a hardware store several years ago, but I also saw them at Lowe’s when I was there getting the brackets. I chose brackets that would support a 12 inch shelf, these ones were actually for 7-12 inch shelves. I chose the color based on the art and accessories in the same visual area. Then my dad used a stud finder to locate the studs, marked the studs and put in the screws and hung the shelves. So far so good. We went with the extra support in the middle because of the dishes. I’m still debating on painting the shelves, my fridge, freezer and stove are white so it doesn’t look too bad having white shelves. So I think I’ll live with them for a while and see if they start to bug me.

Did you guys do any quick updates this weekend? Hang any shelves lately?