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April 5, 2017 1st Thunderstorm of the year for us

Hi furends, we hope you’re all fine! Yesterday, in the afternoon, we had the first thunderstorm of this year, and it was a really bad thunderstorm too.

It was sunny and warm until about noon, when it started to become more cloudy. Later at 2:40pm, as I went to go to my doctor for my monthly pain med script, I failed to look out of a window before I left. I didn’t bring my umbrella and also wore the exact wrong shoes for rain lol. As I walked around the corner to the main street, I was able to see the sky in the north… What I saw where dark thunderstorm clouds… But I didn’t care to turn back to get my umbrella and just hoped to make it back before the rain.

I took the usual short cut through the big property of our church. Even though I was in a hurry due to the looming thunderstorm, I had to stop as I walked through the inner courtyard of the church and adjacent monastery because of this:

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The tree that grows in the middle of the courtyard was in full bloom! It’s gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful! And now I actually have photos of all 4 seasons with this lovely tree. I had been taking pictures of this tree for years, but always missed the phase where it blossoms. So I took a couple of pictures of it, and went on my way, out into the huge parking lot.

This is the dark sky I saw to the north-west…

April 4 2017 2:40pm

Not even half a minute after this picture, the rain started, with huge raindrops. But it was thankfully not a heavy rain at that point and while I was at my doctor’s office for about 10 minutes, the rain had stopped. So made it to my pharmacy and then back home pretty much dry.

It started and stopped raining a couple of times until about 4pm. Then the sky got even darker, and I could hear thunder in the distance. That thunder was coming closer and closer. I watched as the workmen on the roof across from us scrambled to get everything secured and off the roof before the storm.

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At about 4:30pm the heavy rain and hail started. I filmed the beginning of it…

Knowing that it was going to get worse, I stopped to get away from the window with Murli. I could see what kind of bad stuff was heading our way on the radar images on the weather site I check usually.

The red arrow shows the approximate area where we are. It’s a huge thunderstorm, and the radar map shows my whole state of Styria with its counties. The white border, where the arrow points into the middle, is the outline of the city area of Graz. The second border around Graz are the suburbs and surrounding areas of the city, which is its own county. The red arrow just points to the center of Graz, where we live. But the area is many miles across. So the purple part the arrow points to was huge and it directly went over us. The purple color, with its darker shades of purple in the center, shows that it’s the worst category possible. Especially the darker purple part was exactly over us. On the bottom of the map is the color scale.

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Like in the video, it was all hail and rain at first. Shortly afterwards the lightning got really severe. It was almost constant lightning, and all really close. The mobile phone tower a bit down the street got hit a couple of times, as usual. No big deal for it, since they’re made to withstand it without trouble. But seeing how the lightning strikes it, with a loud bang and thunder. Since it’s so close, there’s almost no delay for the sound of the thunder and the strike to reach you.

Murli isn’t afraid of thunderstorms. It doesn’t faze her at all. Not even if it’s that bad. She finds it entertaining to watch the rain and the hail. But I picked her up and carried her away from the window and went into the kitchen with her. I’m not even sure why I do it, but I feel like it’s not safe close to a window with that many close lightning strikes going on. Some lightning rods on houses must have been struck too from the sounds of it. Thankfully all buildings have lightning rods, including ours. But yeah, for some reason I always feel the need to go away from windows, which is why I rarely film the lightning going on, even though I would love to film it.

The sad part of this all is that we planted lovely spring flowers on Mama and Granny’s grave, as well as on the grave of my Papa’s parents, my other grandparents, all loved very dearly. We planted those beautiful flowers just last week, but I fear they have taken a real bad beating by that severe hail yesterday. The hail was so bad after I stopped filming, that the streets were white, as if it had snowed almost. The hail was the size of hazelnuts, but it was lots of hail. It also lasted for a long time. We’ll take a look at the flowers tomorrow or on Friday. We would have gone today, but I had another migraine and Papa had appointments to go to.

 

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This was the sky today in the morning when I got up. It started raining soon after, but it’s just harmless rain.

Murli enjoyed the “Builders channel” on “Kitty TV” again a little later😸 Because it had stopped raining and the workmen came again to work on the roof.

April 5 2017 8:55am

I think I rambled on long enough for now… Sorry it turned into a relatively long post with many pictures… But I really wanted to share that with you lovely furends! Murli and I wish all of you a nice afternoon and evening❤️️

PS: I had migraines almost daily again this week… I hope I’m finally getting a break from it, because I really want to catch up on all you furends pawsome bloggies and comment! Hugs & purrs!

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January 29, 2017 Got upset by terrible abuse stories again

Yesterday in the afternoon, and again just before, I read about and saw the images about 3 very cruel cat abuse cases. And as a few of you will know, it seriously triggers my anxiety, which is usually pretty well-managed with medication otherwise.

Just so you know, for anyone like me who gets easily upset about animal abuse: I won’t describe any details, or even what happened in these cases, just that they were cruel abuse cases and my feelings regarding cruelty.

I spent the day totally beside myself and disturbed, and got a massive migraine, as I couldn’t stop thinking about these poor precious cats and what they have gone through, and how they must have felt. I can hear their cries in my mind and see the vivid images. It just breaks my heart every time. I feel despair at the knowledge that every day, so unbelievably many un-humans go out of their way to harm animals, and enjoy torturing them. So many! I feel powerless, as nothing can be done apparently, as people like this just exist and it will not stop. I can’t even find the right words to describe the absolute turmoil in my heart and soul I feel when hearing about all these horrible cases. It’s not about me, but about those poor animals. I emphatically feel with them, imagining the untold agony and fear they must have felt.

If I could have one wish, where I can wish for anything in the world, I would wish that no animal has to suffer anymore.

It also seems to me, that there is increasing heartlessness and violence in the western world. Abuse and sadism have always existed, but to me it seems like there is an increase of violence against helpless living beings, animals and humans alike.

I wonder if anyone has any ideas, as to how better deal with these things, as a person with diagnosed anxiety disorder? I can’t always avoid seeing or coming across abuse like this. I’m asking here, because many of the people in the cat community deal with, or come across abuse cases daily.

I haven’t really slept much this night either, as I kept having nightmares about it. And nightmares about something happening to Murli. But it is always such a comfort to have Murli next to me, safe and sound, happily snoozing under my blanket.

And then this morning, I saw another post about cruelty, which set of yet another migraine.

I really wasn’t sure if I should even post about it all here, as I must sound like a trainwreck? Sighs… But it does really help to write about it while knowing others will read it. It’s like it makes my heart a little bit lighter. So I apologize for this sad and unhappy Sunday post. More positive posts, as well as beautiful photos I took will come later today, or tomorrow at the latest.

Thank you all for reading!