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Sunday, May 16

The Power of Water and the Rest of the Monograms

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Sadly, during these storms in Midland, we had people swept into ditches or low areas in their cars and they drowned. I wish people would listen carefully to the public service ads on the radio: "Turn around, don't drown." 

But those ads don't take into account that many times, people are trying to get to their responsibilities. They have to hurry to work, or home, or daycare, or their elderly parents' home. They are running an errand for a sick friend, or buying milk and bread for dinner, or taking their pet to the vet. They don't feel they can just turn around. It's so very sad.

We don't have sewers for rainwater here. Instead, the streets are made to have the water run down them, into sunken parks and a large ditch. The result is flooding whenever it rains, and unnecessary deaths. Midland wants to pretend it is still a town of 10,000. It is ten times that now.  It "has no money" for sewers, but evidently endless money for sports stadiums.

The world is very beautiful, and very hard.
Free C. Klein Monogram Images

Here are the last of the pretty watercolor rose graphics painted by C. Klein in the early 1900s. I have added letters to turn them into monograms.

Right-click to save. Regular-click to enlarge. Either size can be saved. And the size of the graphic can be altered in any of the online editing programs, such as at or

16 bloggie frens have visited the Comment Corral:

  • Doris Sturm

    It is very difficult for me to comprehend that in this day and age people still drown from bad weather...but then, what do I know. I just can't wrap my head around it.

    I hope you are having a good Sunday!

  • Anvilcloud

    Priorities, eh.

  • Carmen C.

    So very sad, and I can't say that if it were me trying to get to a loved one or pet that I would turn around, probably not. Now work would be different of course:)

  • Linda

    Very hard to hear about people drowning like that.

  • Debra

    That is so sad- but yes people will take risks not realizing that even what looks like a small amount of water can be dangerous. I am sure glad you are ok! Beautiful monograms- it is amzing the beauty some people can create!

  • Wildflower Cabin

    Good Morning,
    You are so very is sad to hear about people ending up in the ditches during these storms. It's so easy to think 'it will never happen to me' and they push on toward the things they need to get done (as you mentioned) only to end up in tragedy.

    On the brighter side...your monograms are beyond lovely with the pretty lettering and pink roses. A job well done! Thank you....

  • Anonymous

    Ah yes, nature is beautiful and can be terrible. So sad. Thanks again for the monograms. I'm gonna have to try photobucket. Is it pretty easy to edit the pics, like deleting the monogram and adding something else? Have a great Sunday. Sally

  • Amrita

    Some parts of our town become flooded during the monsoon -make s life very hard for everyone. Hope the sorms have abated in your area.
    Sonia, her hubby and Abner arrived this afternoon. We are having a good time.

  • ^..^Corgidogmama

    Can't imagine what a flash flood would be like...or living in an arid, non-green area.
    No sewers? Texas is such a vast state, with so many types of locale and terrain. Can't imagine any of it~
    Indiana is hilly, rocky and full of lakes/rivers in our north eastern area, and to the south west. Flat in the middle. Hilly, cliffy along the Ohio river.
    People never listen to the public service announcements it seems...thinking that the unthinkable would ever happen to them.
    What a horrid way to go though...swept away like that. Let's hope that things dry out for you there, and life returns to normal, whatever normal is!
    Take care of yourself.

  • Birgit

    Holly, I finally blogged about your wonderful earrings -- thanks so much again! :)


  • Linda in New Mexico

    I am always taken aback by people's logic or lack thereof. People drowned in their cars on I20 outstide of Nashville just waiting....waiting. I just don't get it. It is all so very sad but we have become a society of folks who don't think about consequences. Mother Nature is a b**ch, she will bring you to your knees either with the beauty of it all or the fury of it all. We silly humans have forgotten that.

  • Ms Sparrow

    Years ago, I was in Arizona during a downpour and saw how frightening it is to have torrents of water cascading down the streets. Wouldn't you think they would at least have gutters or run-off basins to channel the water safely? Why can northern cities do this and not the south?

  • Holly, the Old Western Gal

    Ms. Sparrow! We are not the South! The South is over east of us! We are West Texas! We had nice gutters in the South! We had nice gutters in Tucson! We are crazy and snake-bit out here!

  • Baggaraggs:

    I am so sad about the flooding there and the loss of life is always so sad. No one ever things that something tragic like that will actually happen. I am so sorry that you ahve had a bad day. I wish that they wouls consider drainage areas and canals like we have here. Love to you friend. Robin

  • Bernie

    So sorry about the flooding in your area, so many areas are in distressed right now, it is scary.....You letters were beautiful, thank you for all you do for us my friend.....:-)Hugs

  • Home and Heart

    I am sorry to hear of the sadness. There is way too much of it! I love these monograms! Are there other letters I missed? Thank you!

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