Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Can't Get No Relief

For those of you who wonder if I've totally lost my sense of the correct English grammar, let me reassure you. The title of this blog is a quote from Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" and seems apropos for the summer weather craziness.

First we could hardly stand to go out in the yard because of the heat index in the high 90s and over 100. That went on for so long I began to develop cabin fever from staying indoors in the air conditioning. Now we get this. The first two pix below show on the left what it looked like before last night's rain, and the photos on the right of each of them were taken this morning.

This is closer to the back of the house than we usually have in Spring.

Can you see that the bridge across the creek in the photo on the left is oriented across the creek (which is so low you can't even see it)  and the one in this morning's photo is sideways. The poor thing has been knocked from its mooring.

We very seldom have standing water in the front yard ditch.

The hubster tells me we have water in the basement and that the sump pumps are working as hard as they are able. We haven't had water in the basement (unless we didn't have power to run the sump pumps) since we installed the B-Dry System many, many moons ago.

Now the rest of the story. This is the forecast for today and tomorrow:

Do you suppose we should be in the workshop building an ark?

On a much lighter note, here are my latest finds from a used bookstore in Jackson:

Sorry for the glare from the overhead light. I included part of my foot to show you the results of yesterday's pedicure.

I am so amazed at the amount of rainfall from last evening and overnight, I almost forgot to tell you about my wonderful time yesterday with Kip. I drove up to Small But Mighty Arts to see what supplies she had and what extras I would need to bring for my Intro to Repurposed Books class on August 13, and was pleasantly surprised to find that she has nearly everything I asked about.

After talking for awhile in the art studio, we headed for Schuler Books at the Meridian Mall for lunch. Kip treated and we each had a lovely salad and a wonderful chat. She showed me some of her Zentangles - boy! I can't wait to take a class with her. I think I have found another real friend. 

I have been so fortunate to find some true friends through art. First I found Nancy and we have become such good friends that I can't believe that I haven't known her forever. Then I met Sandy and she, too, is a kindred spirit. I met Dee through an art class at Krasl in St. Joe, and I think we are sisters who were separated at birth. And now there is Kip. It is so wonderful for me to meet such strong, talented women who have become my friends. And I mustn't forget Cat who feels like a kindred spirit even though I have only met her through emails. I can't wait to meet her in person. 

I really need to get on the treadmill today even though I don't feel like it. I didn't get there yesterday and I am afraid if there is more one day of layoff it will be much harder to get back to it.  

I received the masking fluid that I ordered from Dick Blick and am anxious to try it out, but have decided I have to earn my art time by a trade off with the treadmill. I hope to have something to show you tomorrow.



  1. We got a lot too, but here on the hill it didn't stay. I'm sorry you and the hubster are having to deal with this ... and right before your trip to the wedding, too! Here's hoping it all just sinks in fast!!! hugs, nancy

  2. How about sending a bit of that water down South to North Carolina. We're too dry! Good luck on the sump pump playing catchup.
    Cool books! (Shades of my childhood - and of my mother's, too!) Have fun reading!

  3. Awesome pictures! =) And you're right, there's a lot of water in the ditch!

  4. WOW!!! Tina Amsler

  5. There are certainly other parts of the country that would love some of the rain, If only we could direct it! Enjoy your books.