Monday, September 15, 2008

Rainy Days and Mondays

Well I'm sure glad this rain is done. Today, most communities got between 4 and 5 inches of rain in just a couple of hours. I'm grateful we didn't get the wind Ohio (or Texas) got with this. I've heard from Mareseatoats and she says it's a mess. It's been about 25 years since she's experienced a direct hit hurricane (Alicia) and she says she has had her fill. Today, she has power but no water and her friend has water but no power. Together, they should muddle through.

It had been raining about an hour when it began to seriously rain. Torrential downpours. In 15 minutes, my street filled. I began to worry when it went over the curb and up onto the sidewalk.

I remember when I was young and used to make the best of a good downpour too. These girls lingered for a good long time just wading in the street. Even Duke yapping his head off did not deter them.

If I didn't make good use of the downpour, I made good use of my time. The first of Laurie's mittens is done. What a fun thing to make. I'm making these for all of my nieces and maybe a soldier I know who is shipping off to Afghanistan. It's cold there. I'll make his all black. Hmmm. I've never dyed fleece before. Any advice on dying fleece?

This is the flooding in my crazy neighbor's back yard. Now let me tell you, this guy is odd. Surely you recall the stories of him snow blowing his backyard last winter. If not, let me just say, if this were snow, my Monday would be awfully noisy. He'd fire up the snow blower about 6 am and not shut it off until the entire backyard was free of the snow. Any guesses where the snow would go?

The arc of snow is actually the snow being thrown from this nut's snow blower. Duke has a penchant for adding to the sound effects of this exercise.

On the bright side, although it's wet and muddy out there, at least I don't have to shovel it and I got a lot of knitting done!


Brenda said...

Oh my...I am glad you linked back to your post from February, because it gave me a laugh, and I needed one!!!
Yes...we will most likely be having the snow to deal with soon enough. And the snow blowing neighbors..who I actually envy because I wish I had a snow blower.
Thank God for knitting and quilting and all hobbies that keep me sane!

The Crusty Crone said...

Maybe its a bit of karma... the crazy neighbor getting the standing water. If he hauls out a water pump, watch out!

Rositta said...

Geesh poor Rudee, luckily it's not cold though, is it? I need a winter coat where I am but no snow yet. I do remember last winter, I got the same stuff...

Rudee said...

Brenda, this year I will video my crazy neighbor. Misery loves company you know!.

Crusty, I don't want to think about a water pump.

Rositta, it was a glorious 65 degree (F), cloudy day. Not one hot flash to be felt!

sue b said...

i have some black roving that's just taking up space--not a lot but enough for mittens. email me if you'd like me to send it to you.

Rudee said...

Thank you Sue B. I'll email you!

laurie said...

so you guys must be caught up on rain now? we're still about five inches below normal. and it's supposed to be sunny all week. can't say i'm complaining, though. it makes my lunchtime walk quite pleasant.

and yes, you definitely need to video that neighbor. what a strange thing for him to do.

JS said...

I too, was very tired of the rain we have recieved the past few days. I was so happy to get up this morning and see the sun shinning. JS