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There are some pretty severe thunderstorms headed my way. For right now, the sun is shining, but one of the things I love most about July around here is that thunderstorms can roll in at any time. Of course, safety is important--I prefer the thunderstorms to occur when I'm indoors (on the 4th of July this year I got caught out in one walking back to my car after fireworks...that was less fun). Although thunderstorms are fun to watch, it's not a several-hours long activity, so it's important, even in the summer, to have plenty of indoor things to do.
Some of my favorite indoor activities are playing piano, writing reading and knitting. At present, I'm working on memorizing Mozart's Fantasy No. 3--but if the thunderstorm knocks out our power, my electrical keyboard will be silent. Knitting isn't usually something I pick up in the summer, but last March I started a project from the Jane Austen Knits magazine a friend gave me for my birthday--knitting a muff with a leaf pattern. Books are always on hand and I have several stories I need to work on.
Last summer, when Hurricane Irene hit, my sister and I were a part of a Scrabble-by-Candlelight game that was pretty fun. Sometimes, living in the countryside when the power goes out can be sort of fun, and something of an adventure. I have found that I don't feel the same way about the power going out in cities. Everything seems frozen in time in that scenario, but perhaps that's because cities are so mired in technology. Sometimes it's nice to have a forced break.