Friday, September 12, 2008

Show and Tell Friday!

The wonderful Kelli over at "There's no place like home" has started this friday feature, here's what she had to say:

Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!" Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, a new antique find, an old love letter. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!

Have you ever been in a dust storm??? I had never in my life been through any until we moved to Arizona. A few months ago on the way back home from shopping we drove through one, it wasn't too bad but still amazing to see.

Yesterday just as we were getting ready to head to the kids school for the Meet the Teacher, a huge dust storm blew through the base. The winds were up to 56 mph and it was hard to see walk through it, you have to keep your eyes closed because that dust really does hurt. It was so bad that it made the news.

Here's the pics I snapped.





And we even made the news:

The kids thought it was awesome but when you're driving it's pretty scary when you can't see 2 feet in front of you. Just another one of nature's amazing things.

Sadly there are still hundreds of people without power from this dust storm.


  1. The second to the last picture is creepy! I think I actually seen something about this on our local news (Fort Wayne, Indiana). How often does that happen in your area?

  2. been through one in my life and that was enough for me. Hugs.

  3. Hello Sandra, I have been through a dust storm. They are horrible! Great photos!

  4. Ah! We've gotten those here too. They are terrible!

  5. Wow. Those pictures are amazing.There are no sand storms here, thank heavens!

  6. Never been in one, and don't want to be.

    I can see why your kids were impressed, but no thank you!

  7. I only experienced one dust storm as bad as the ones we have here in AZ. It was when we were driving through Kansas back in 1954.
    We didn't get as much dust in our part of town last night, but when I saw that wall of dust on TV coming up from the airport last night I was concerned about both of my kids who would be driving home about that time. One of them works near the airport. I was glad when I knew they were both home safely. In California we occasionally had fog that turned the visibility to zero. Here it's dust. I'm just glad we don't have hurricanes.

  8. My goodness that does look scary! Really neat pictures though.

  9. I bet that can be scary when caught in the middle of one of those.

  10. Wow-it's like the reverse of a snow blizzard! Do you all have to wear dust masks and does it get in the house? Ugh.
    Thanks for sharing.
    And I do appreciate you stopping by my blog too.

  11. That is really amazing! I bet the dust does hurt. It's probably like the sand when the wind blows at the beach- only harder I'm sure!

  12. That was pretty bad yesterday! We live in Mesa and it's a good thing we were off the road by the time that thing blew through!

  13. Way back in 4th grade we lived in El Paso, and had dust storm drills outside. I remember many times all balled up on the ground while the dust pass. I hated it! I can't imagine driving through it-shivers!

  14. OMG that is scary! Hang in there...literally!!!

    I forgot to mention earlier. Fixed your Orange Chicken this week....THE BEST WE'VE EVER HAD!!! It's SOOOOOOOOOO good!!!


  15. Wow, that's crazy! It almost looks like fog.

    J is telling me now that the dust storms in Iraq when he was there would literally block out the sun they were so thick. Creepy!

  16. Yes, YES!! I lived in Arizona for about 12 years. And been through a lot of those dust storms. Traveling from Tucson [is this YOUR airbase --Davis Monthan?] to Phoenix, we had one so thick we had to pull off the side of the road 'til it went over us. Spooky.

    Well, where I live we're now 'downgraded' to tropical storm warning. Which is great news from our vantage point, but where our son lives it's another story...Houston is still in line for the 'big hit' later tonight or early Saturday morning. And we still have power. I've been trying to get as much work done around the house just in case water or power goes out before this storm hits land...I'm done. All I can do that is humanly possible. We've shuttered the windows up and just wait for the worst to pass us.

    Thanks again, for your thoughts and prayers.

  17. Yes, we live in Arizona too. I heard they shut down the airport. I was rushing home from soccer so we wouldn't be in the middle of it.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. It's nice to meet you. :-)

  18. Oh my goodness, that looks pretty scarey! The picture of the storm approaching is pretty cool, though I imagine I might not think so if I were in it's path!

  19. You've changed the cottages on your blog header! Where are you finding such fabulous pictures? I'd love to print a few for an altered book I'm going to make (thanks to The American Homemaker's post, I can hardly wait). Those are really neat pictures of the dust storm - I can't imagine anyone would want to be outside, let alone be outside with their eyes open!

    Have a great week and thanks for visiting my blog.

  20. Very a different kind of way. cool though.

  21. Hi Sandra,
    I've never been through a dust does look scary!

    Thanks for stopping by to see me. You have a good looking blog...I'll have to come back to see you!

  22. Only once in a really dry summer in Oklahoma... Here we have white out's in the winter with the dry snow blowing like that... usually really bad only once every 2-3 years. I've been in 2 of those... I'd take the snow over the dust though... at least it doesn't hurt.

  23. We get those here too sometimes. It's crazy and horrible to be caught in.

  24. That dust storm was amazing. We really got a lot of it here in the far West side. I hate them because then I have to sweep everything off!

  25. We have those here too. They are horrid! And really, really dirty!
    When we first moved here we had one, we didn't realize one of our house windows was open... Bad news. Bad, bad news.

    Glad you guys made it home safe!



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