2020 August 17


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  • It was cooler overnight and stayed under 100°, so I’m calling it a win for the day. We could have used some rain but it never materialized. The 10 day forecast shower 0% chance of rain. It also shows highs below the 100° mark for the next 10 days. Yay!

  • Our big adventure for today was Ella going for some lab work. At least it got us out of the house for a little while.
  • Shared from Ella’s Facebook. Author unknown.

    AUGUST 10th 2020 Iowa (& others states in the Midwest) were hit with a storm like no other. Unwarned, unprepared, and left with devastating destruction. And nobody is talking about us. No national news, no press conference, nothing.
    Did you know?
    Today alone Iowa will produce 20 million pounds of pork and 25 million eggs. Just one day we produce that statewide.
    Did you know?
    Iowa leads the nation in ethanol production.
    Producing enough E-85 each year to drive a pick up truck around the earths equator 2.4 million times!
    Did you know?
    Iowa last year alone produced 2.5 billion bushels of corn, 553 million bushels of soybeans, which is more than any other state in the US and more than all but a handful of countries!
    Did you know?
    Iowa produces enough milk to fill 18 billion bowls of cereal totaling in 560 million gallons each year.
    Did you know?
    Over 97 percent of Iowa’s 88,500 farms are family owned!
    Did you know?
    Derecho in Iowa on August 10th 2020 destroyed 10 million acres of crop land!
    Did you know?
    10 million acres is 43 percent.
    Did you know?
    Derecho in Iowa left 1.2 million businesses and homes without power? And going on day five (August 14th) some still have no power!
    Did you know?
    There are linemen from all over the US here in Iowa helping us get power back to families without!
    Did you know?
    Derecho in Iowa on August 10th 2020 created wind speeds of 112 mph!
    Did you know?
    112 mph is considered a category 3 sized hurricane.
    Did you know?
    In a blink of an eye, homes were destroyed, vehicles flattened, sidewalks ripped up, giant trees ripped from their roots deep in the ground, food spoiling in homes without power, people already struggling due to the pandemic. People lost their livelihoods, jobs, animals and some lost their lives. Did you know this?
    If you’re from Iowa you are living it. But if not, you probably are unaware of the devastating destruction.
    Every day Iowa makes a difference for our entire country and nobody is talking about us right now? So many need help and assistance right now. Please share. Please send help to many suffering from a HURRICANE in IOWA.
    ****copied from a friend *****

  • First of all I must thank the unknown person, who originally posted this, for all of the information in the article. Secondly I will say that, since the time of the original post, news has gotten out and much has been done to mitigate some of the storm’s disruption of power and communication.
  • Also I must stress, this wasn’t an Iowa storm, it was a Midwest storm that affected at least 5 states perhaps 9.
  • Ella and I are from Iowa and much of our family and friends are still there and dealing with the aftermath. Yes there is still much to be done. Help, in whatever form you are able to provide, is appreciated. Pray for recovery.

This evening I had a nice, long (over an hour) phone conversation with Adam. I got caught up with their travels over the last month or so. They had gone to Florida and spent a week with the Pfefferkorn family. Then they spent time with Leigha’s family in Bandera, the cowboy capital of Texas. And also on Kerrville.Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

  • God bless and g’day.
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