Weather safety prayers would be appreciated, please

It looks like this part of the country, as well as points north, are in for a torrid time of it this evening.  As the weather map below shows, the “dry line” blew up a couple of hours ago, and a line of severe storms is marching eastwards towards us.  We expect them to arrive by middle to late evening. Hurricane-force wind gusts, hail up to softball size, and flash flooding are in our forecast;  and we’re under a tornado watch as well.   It’s likely to be an “interesting” night, in the sense of the fabled Chinese curse!  Please

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For Oleg’s friends – Gremlin is in trouble

Those who know the photographer Oleg Volk (a decades-long friend of mine) will also probably know his cat Gremlin, who adopted him more than a decade ago, and rules his life with an iron paw. Sadly, Gremlin got into a fight with something bigger and more bitey than himself a few days ago.  He’s in a bad way in kitty hospital.  Right now, it’s unclear if he’ll pull through. His treatment and recovery is going to cost a lot, and Oleg’s asking his friends to help.  He’s set up a GoFundMe to cover some of the costs.  Needless to say, Miss D.and I have

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Have you ever baked or roasted sausages?

Here’s a question for the cooks and chefs among my readers. I’ve always either grilled sausages over coals, or fried them in a pan on the stove.  However, I recently bought some boerewors – South African-style farm sausage – and found it very dry, after frying it in a pan and pricking the sausages to release the fat from inside them.  The sausage itself is very tasty;  it was my method of preparation that was wanting.   Boerewors (image courtesy of Wikipedia) I’ve been reading up about baking and/or roasting sausages in the oven.  It seems a common enough practice – there are even recipes

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Storms, and a bleg

Pitsnipes Gripes (warning:  site content is sometimes NSFW) has  afascinating post containing GIF (i.e. animated) photographic sequences of storms.  Here’s one to whet your appetite. There are many more at the link.  Recommended viewing. Click on each image for a larger view.Also, I need to ask a favor of my readers.  My “Cochrane’s Company” trilogy is now fully published, with the first book coming out in May, the second in June, and the final volume earlier this month. As I write these words, the review count is as follows: Volume 1, “The Stones of Silence” – 64 reader reviewsVolume 2, “An Airless

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A special Sunday morning request

Normally I don’t put up regular blog posts on Sundays, instead offering something in my “Sunday Morning Music” series.  However, Kevin Baker, all-round good guy and author of “The Smallest Minority” blog, is in hospital.  He needs our help. Let his daughter describe what’s going on.  From the GoFundMe appeal she’s launched: Kevin was admitted back to the hospital last night (8/15/18) after collapsing and having to be taken by ambulance to emergency. He had just gotten out of the hospital on Tuesday. . . . A little about my fabulous father. This is a man who took me under his wing

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