September 18, 2003

It's Raining, It's Pouring...

the old man is snoring. Went to bed and he bumped his head and didn't get up in the morning.
I'm sorry. Don't know where that one came from....a old girl's jumprope song, I think. I'm losing it. Well, as I was saying... it's raining 'right smart' and the leaves are blowing sideways (with way too many of them landing on my roof, soon to be in my gutters on the high side of the house where my 20 ft ladder doesn't reach). We're looking at some winds up to 60 mph later tonight, but if it follows the typical pattern, we'll not get anything like the folks who have built up on the ridges.

Down in the valley at the house, we hear the angry winds rasping away at the trees on the crests, but unless they are from the south, which is uncommon, there are few unimpeded winds along our little stretch of Goose Creek. It's been raining since 1:00 and the ground is fully saturated by now, I reckon, so what we get between now and daylight will pond up and find its way to the creeks. Ann doesn't have to go in til after noon tomorrow, so we at least won't have to face this mess in the dark in the morning, provided the house weathers the storm without problems, and we trust this will be the case.

Ann and Tsuga just came in looking like drownded rats. The rain freaks the dog... he can't figure out who's flinging the water in his face and he gets mad and growls, then gets the run-around-crazies because it feels so good to him to be wet and cool. Silly mutt. Uhoh... lights are flicking, I'd better get this little update outta here. Hope to be around in the morning.

Nighty night. And don't let the bedbugs bite. Hey. That's a post for tomorrow.

Posted by fred1st at September 18, 2003 07:06 PM | TrackBack

Same here in Lynchburg, well except for the ridges we don't have them like you do. All in all it's just like I thought which was some rain and some wind. Nothing major. Even though it is realitively calm here we still closed the bookstore at 6:00 instead of 9:00. Whatever, the house needed a good cleaning anyway. The lights have been flickering and I have a candle burning for good measure.

Posted by: Seth at September 18, 2003 07:54 PM

Same here. The trees in the park waving around, but I haven't heard that ominous crashing I heard during the ice storms. All power is still on. Rain filling the creeks on either side, but so far still in the banks.

Remind me to tell you some of MY bedbug stories!

Posted by: travelertrish at September 18, 2003 10:24 PM

Jump rope and Peter, Paul and Mary, that's who I hear.

Posted by: travelertrish at September 18, 2003 10:25 PM

Rain, Rain, go away,
Come, again, another day.
In the voice of Mary Travis. Right on, TTrish!

Hope that you weather the storm well, Fred.
Seth uses foresight. Not me. When the lights go out, I grope for the matches in the mud room then go to the dining room to retrieve candles from the china cabinet. (It's a challenge to see if this old person can do so without stubbing a bare toe. Otherwise, I would just pick up one of our strategically located flashlights to make the matches and candles more easily found.)

Posted by: Cop Car at September 19, 2003 12:54 AM

We are hearing Virginia has been declared a state of emergency. Hope you are OK By the way you can send the rain to Eastern and inland Australia ANYTIME. It's going to be a dry summer - bushfires have already started.

Posted by: Jenny at September 19, 2003 03:12 AM

Yeah but you sillies... Mary Travis didn't make it up.. she got it from pre-existing common usage, which is why it worked in the song. The words themselves are not particularly powerful, but familiar. (or they were back then, at least)

Posted by: fredf at September 19, 2003 05:30 AM

Sorry to miss the storm-show, Dad. I'd imagine the creek is raging. Ma and Tsuga will no doubt push one another in...
Here in BC, there's been hardly a drop of the much-needed stuff we're supposedly known for. The fires rage on, and there's talk of borrowing water from California. How tides turn! But once ours come, they ain't'a'gonna go...

Posted by: Nate at September 26, 2003 10:10 PM

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