“Thunderbolt and lightning, Very, very frightening me.”

The heading is of course, as you know, is a quotation from the “Bohemian Rhapsody” by “Queen.”
It has been quite a week so far.  First, my laptop decided to do some crazy things which I have still not fixed up.  I had to reboot my old laptop, which I am using at the moment. Fortunately there were just a few updates that had to be done and now it is going like a Boeing!
One Monday we, here in the Highveld, had quite a rainstorm with all the trimmings, like lightning and lots of booming thunder.  Lightning struck a power cable just outside my house.  The whole street has not had power since Monday.  Thank goodness for the generator.  The electricity department give a different excuse every time I call, which makes no sense at all.  Fortunately I have a solar panel on the Geyser, because the generator is not strong enough to keep the geyser going too. Only problem is that today the sun isn’t shining that much so I don’t know how much it is going to heat the solar panel up.  I might have to take a special extra trip to the gym tonight to use the shower.
It is at times like these though, that cause one to think about gratitude.  When I have electricity and everything is running smoothly, I tend to forget that those things are a blessing, and I take that for granted.  There is so much to be grateful for.   I think I am going to start a little notebook, and take 5 minutes everyday to just jot down what I am grateful for…

38 thoughts on ““Thunderbolt and lightning, Very, very frightening me.”

  1. When a person starts making a list of things to be grateful for, the list keeps getting longer. There is so much in our lives that makes things easier for us. I know that at the moment I am grateful for the system that keeps me warm 🙂

  2. I’m a born and bred Capetonian, but I loved the thunderstorms and lightning when I lived in Gauteng for a number of years. Still miss that – only thing that I miss. And the clean smell of everything after such a storm.

  3. I think about the small and large things to be grateful about when I take my 30 minute daily walk. We all need that quiet time to remember how fortunate we are.
    And when I can’t walk because of thunderbolts and lightning, I am very grateful for my stationary bike to exercise on. 🙂

  4. you learn more when things go wrong, in the hope we acquire a little wisdom, it’s really that simple, but the theme of your story, is also a movie, with the one and only, clint eastwood, your in good company

  5. I once started a gratitude book a la Oprah Winfrey. One had to write down 10 things every day, but they had to be different ones every day. I soon gave up on that.
    I enjoyed the rain over the weekend, but we had very little of the thunderstorm here. I don’t know if the complex has a generator for every section, but probably only for the Frail Care. My torch is ready, though 😉

  6. it is so true that we take so much for granted – basic things like running water, electricity, food…. and when one thing is taken away for whatever reason, we are then appreciative of having had them. We do the same thing with people.

  7. I so remember those Highveld thunder storms. They’re really exciting to watch from the safety of the house, but when the electricity trip, it’s no fun. I think your gratitude diary is such a great idea. 🙂 Hugs to you.

  8. You are so right about taking things for granted, I am such a big culprit of that, but from now on, I will count my blessings and try to moan less. Thanks Michelle, great wake up call.

  9. I was afraid that my power would also be off, but luckily not. I don’t even have a generator or a solar geyser – at least I have lots of wood and big cast iron pots and a little gas stove and candles and lanterns 😉

  10. Stunning shot as usual Michelle. I love rainy weather and it is a pity when there is problems because of it but it’s like you say, there are so many things to be grateful for. Lovely post hon. 😀 *hugs*

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