Thirty-five years after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine exploded in the world’s worst nuclear accident, fission reactions are smoldering again in uranium fuel masses buried deep inside a mangled reactor hall. “It’s like the embers in a barbecue pit,” says Neil Hyatt, a nuclear materials chemist at the University of Sheffield.

Thirty five years ago, on April 27, 1996, a DAY after the disaster, I was outside with my son, who was playing in the grass, while I was on the patio listening to AFN, the military radio station for Hahn AFB and we were living in Argenthal, Germany when the announcement came. I was pregnant with my youngest son at the time. As I sat there watching my toddler run around, the warning alert came on the radio, and an urgent voice told of the nuclear meltdown, and said to stay indoors, and especially to say off the grass, due to fall out contamination. A DAY after!

I was horrified. And for all these years, I’ve wondered about that exposure. Maybe that’s why my hair turned curly in my fifties eh? 🙂

We drank raw milk from the farm down the street. We were warned not to do that either. Too late. So even though I’m a world away from Chernobyl now, that headline certainly struck fear into my heart.

I was down another pound this morning! So motivating! But I won’t have time to walk this morning as my mom’s coming over at 10. I might try and talk myself into a walk this afternoon around 3, but it’ll be in the upper 70’s and the thought doesn’t thrill me. But I’ll surely gain TWO pounds back after pizza.

Yesterday I stood in the garage for a bit contemplating finishing the quilt on my longarm. Of course I walked out five minutes later. I’m positive this has been on my frame for a year now. I promised I would finish it right after Christmas, and that was six months ago!

CJ Tinkle

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  1. Michele Engebretson

    Hi CJ, you never know the things you have in common with someone! We were in Germany at that time also! We lived in Schwaebish Hall. I worried about the effect it might have on the kids but haven’t noticed anything. I’m down 35# since the first of the year! Fingers crossed I keep going! Miss you on fb! Michele

    1. tinksquared

      No kidding! Our paths may have crossed! I have often worried about it over the years.
      35lbs, WOW! You go girl, congratulations!

  2. Diane Obernesser

    Love that quilt. You’ll get to it when you get to it. How much fo you have done?

    1. tinksquared

      I think there is less than half to finish. Maybe another 8-10 hours?

  3. Susan

    We were there too….couldn’t give blood until this year. But it was 1986 I think. We also couldn’t give blood because of mad cow disease…(:

    1. tinksquared

      Where were you guys stationed Susan? I’ve never had anybody ask me if I was exposed to Chernobyl when donating blood!

  4. mo pinwil

    My dear CJ, very close to my own thoughts about Chernobyl. The warnings were similar here and some regions of Wales on the mainland were in the direction of the exposure we were told. We live close to the Flammenville Nuclear Station on the Continton Peninsular in France and our government receive notifications if there are any irregular happenings on the plant which might endanger our island but to be sure I am non too confident that we hear all that has gone on. Five minutes worry never solved a thing and sometimes we can’t undo what is done. Like you I respect the earth and love to grow things I wish science would bend a little to respect the earth and consider the affects it has on all our lives and have enough foresight to realise that the earth and it’s people have to live with any drastic mistakes science makes. This on the anniversary of the dreadful incident at Bhopal in India with the explosion at a chemical factory that made pesticides, plus Big Pharma problems like Thalidomide and others. Makes me so very sad.

    I haven’t been online much lately as I am suffering ill-health which hopefully will improve soon. Desperately trying to reverse high blood sugar at present and losing weight is a problem for me. I don’t seem to respond immediately to a diet regime, not because of bad will-power but because it gets boring as I have to wait far too long to get a result.

    I can’t wait to see that lovely quilt currenty on your frame completed. I shall have to get a direct line to Ms Myrtle to talk her into giving you a little motivation to finish it. 🙂 .

    Here is trying to remain positive sitting on the island of Sunny Jersey, Englich Channel, UK.


    1. tinksquared

      I am so very sorry to hear of your poor health Maureen. High blood sugar makes a person feel so very crappy. I was only able to “diet” one time in my life, because I desperately needed sometime to focus all of my time and effort on, and that was after my son passed. I understand the incredible tedium of diets, which is why I knew I could never do it again, specifically keto, which left out all the foods that I loved.

      But I’m realizing now I don’t have to diet, I just have to be active. That seems to be enough to make me lose weight, as long as I avoid sweets. And the dried dates fill that void for me quite well.

      I will you the best of luck! High blood sugar is a very bad thing. One that strikes fear into my heart. I hear the new Apple Watch series 7 is rumored to be able to monitor glucose readings via a sensor, no sticking yourself! How I would have loved to have that for my son.

      Miss Myrtle is currently taunting me with her own violin, to pick up my fiddle and get with it again. She doesn’t seem to want to quilt either.

      Hugs old friend!

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