Actually, to me that’s about any place with a population over about 50,000 (while “town” is anyplace with a post office and a quick stop.) Specifically, for most of us from rural southern Oklahoma “The City” means the metropolitan Oklahoma City area. I actually went to Norman, which is part of that conglomeration. I went to pick up my Oklahoma Food Cooperative order for the month. This month I bought a fairly large quantity of chicken and buffalo bones for making stock along with a buffalo roast, some seeds and plants, 25 pounds of wheat berries and a really cool handmade broom, which I plan to post about later. While I was “in the city” I stopped by Atwoods, a farm and garden store, and picked up some tomato and pepper plants and some grape vines plus 10 pullets. After about 2 stops in “the city” any urge I have to shop is gone and I’m ready to head for the woods.
This morning a cool front blew in and it looked like rain was coming as I headed off to work. I talked to my daughter later in the morning and she told me that in addition to a good rain we had received pea-sized hail that literally covered the ground in white. But, hail is moisture and we make it a point to never second guess the blessing of moisture. The plants that I had already put in the garden took a beating, but I believe they’ll survive.
This isn’t this morning’s cloud, but one that came through a few weeks ago during a series of storms that produced several tornadoes both north and south of us: