Tis the Season

With a name like Midwestern Ramblings you shouldn’t be surprised to know that I actually live in the midwest region of the US.  Spring is beautiful here.  We have some really gorgeous rivers and lakes surrounded by great landscapes.  Lots of different flowering trees that mix up the lovely natural artistry.  We also have tornados.  That’s right, The Wizard of Oz wasn’t far off with their portrayal of the Kansas twister.  It’s just another part of life.  Growing up here I remember having tornado drills in school where we would collectively gather in the basement of the school and assume the tornado position (not even kidding).  This position was more of a “kiss your ass goodbye” kind of thing.  I never really understood protecting my head with my hands if my entire SPINE is exposed to flying debris.  Even now there are weekly tests of the tornado sirens that sound exactly like air raid sirens.


Assume the position!!

I can always tell when there’s a good storm brewing by just looking up.  There’s a strange phenomenon that always seems to precede tornadic activities that the locals call “green sky”.  It really is a different pattern in the clouds and they appear green.  It’s like nothing else I’ve ever seen.  It’s eerily beautiful. 


Green Sky in Kansas City 2011

Of course there’s more accurate ways to predict tornadoes than just looking at the sky. Technology is always getting better at predicting dangerous storms.  I have always had a weather radio that will scream at me whenever a thunderstorm warning is near and it does the same scream when there’s a tornado watch or warning for me too (I’ve got an app on my phone that does the same thing for me).  Granted there is also what is called storm spotters.  These are people that have been trained to look for certain things with the cloud patterns.  It’s not uncommon to see cars parked on the side of the road when weather gets questionable.  Most of the time these are the spotters and often they are law enforcement officers.

Because we are currently experiencing one of these spring storms I feel the need to remind everyone the difference between a watch and a warning.  A watch (tornado, thunderstorm, or flash flood) means simply that conditions are right so keep and eye out.  Whereas a warning (tornado, thunderstorm, or flash flood) means it’s going down and you should take appropriate action.  

Since my mama didn’t raise a fool I’ve got some spare food/water (for the pup too), clothes, a comfy place to sleep if needed, and a good book all stashed away in my hidey hole down in my basement… just in case.



Happy Birthday Hubby!

Today is Hubby’s birthday. If it is anything like the last two years he will be working hard (not different from the other 365 days of the year) and probably find himself taking a tow to Junction City. On this day for the last two years he has done this. Not on purpose mind you but it just works out that way. It’s not a short trip either.

So what did his super wife pack for him today? Fresh baked cookies wrapped all pretty. Oh and to make sure they didn’t die a crumbly death I put them in a paper coffee cup to protect their tender goodness.


I’m planning on his favorite dinner tonight and a road trip is set for Sunday. We will be going out to a couple of small towns in beautiful central Kansas. I love exploring the country. 🙂

Happy birthday to the hardest working man I know!



I took this picture last weekend on my way to the tiny town of Maple Hill, Kansas. What’s in this town? The best steakhouse I’ve ever been too. It’s called Puffy’s but that’s for a different post.

This post is about home. Have you ever noticed how many movies reference Kansas? Sometimes it’s a punch line but it’s still mentioned. I blame Dorothy and her little dog.

I am the product of a railway family. It is because of this that I have lived in so many states. California is where my family is from but I was so little I only remember visiting and not so much living there. Then we were off to Illinois where I picked up a fun accent for a while. Next stop was Kansas till the last two years of high school. I finished high school in Texas and started college. But it just didn’t feel right. I missed the laid back friendly atmosphere of the sunflower state. So I left my family and moved back to Topeka.

Now I find myself in the large metro of Kansas City (Kansas not Missouri). One large city with a state line in the middle. I love it here. I’m close enough to all of the open country space that I crave but I’ve also got the cultural fun of the city equally as close. And since my family has left Texas to come back to Kansas it’s just about perfect.

So remember this the next time you hear about my little state in a movie. We have the city that produces more of the world’s airplanes than any other city in the world, we claim home to Brown vs. Board of Education, we were the heart of the wild west, Amelia Earhart and President Eisenhower were Kansans, and the Geodetic Center of North America is in Kansas. It is the beginning point of reference for land surveying in North America meaning when a surveyor checks a property line, he is checking the position of property in relation to Meade’s Ranch in northwest Kansas.