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The rantings and ravings of a mom of three wonderful girls as she finds new love while working like a dog and shaking her fist at the system. You know. Pretty much like everybody else.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Greetings From WaterWorld!

How's the weather up there? Monsoon-like here. Never thought I'd hear myself complain about getting 8-10 inches overnight.

But I am.

The ground is completely saturated and water is coming up in many basements. (Ours included.) Doesn't help that our upstairs neighbor didn't lock the basement door last night and it must have blown open during the storm, thus allowing even more water (than what was coming up the drain already) into the basement.

I found it submerged in about 2-3 inches of standing water this morning. The water had gone down some, but then the rain started again. And it's been raining most all day. So...guess what. It's pretty bad again. In fact, Gaming Area 1 is closed until further notice.

One of our major highways is flooded and has been closed. Some idiots out playing in the flash flooding were swept away. (This is Kentucky after all.) And, hey, we've made the national weather services' reports today.

Grab your innertubes and come on down!

Highlander had some mandatory training today and a couple girlfriends had emailed me about getting together for lunch. Not a standard Saturday, but that was okay.

My girls went back to their Dad's for a week, today, so the prospect of kicking around this place alone this afternoon was something I wasn't much looking forward to. Some time with good friends, good food and catching up with each other sounded divine, actually.

We all used to work together at my current place of employ. As it is, I'm the last one left. It was great to see them though and "P" made a scrumptuous lunch of smoked turkey quesadillas and some apple bundles (apples with butter, sugar and cinnamon, wrapped in pastry) for dessert. "M" brought a bottle of the best vermouth I've ever had. Okay, I haven't had much vermouth, so that wasn't really hard. I'd definitely recommend it, though!

Ironically, Highlander noted, beforehand, that I'd be off getting drunk with my friends while he had to work. (Funny, because I do so little drinking.) I assured him that it wasn't going to be that kind of afternoon. Lucky for me, there wasn't TWO bottles of that wine or I guarantee it would have turned into EXACTLY that kind of afternoon.

Highlander got out of his training class early, due to the weather, and we're kicking around having a pretty quiet evening at home.

Watching the rain.

And building an ark.

Pleased that we're on high ground here.


Blogger AaA said...

It's been a little damp and rather chilly up here too. I'm worried that it's going to be a severe winter thanks to this damn global warming.

9/23/2006 7:51 PM  
Blogger Tony Collett said...

And this is the weekend of the big Earth Festival up here, so of course we're going to get rain.

9/23/2006 9:58 PM  
Blogger MJ Norton said...

A little rain overnight Friday into Saturday - just enough to leave the roads sounding tacky - but that was it for actual rainfall here so far. We even had sunshine this afternoon, but the humidity climbed past 80%, prompting us to close the windows and put the AC back on once we came back from the movies.

60% chance of some strong, scattered storms tomorrow, but that appears it until next Friday -- at least according to the forecast here.

Sorry to hear about the gaming area (basement) taking a hit. I know how those spaces are, and the mold/mildew smell that tends to linger for days or even weeks afterwards.

9/23/2006 11:23 PM  
Blogger MJ Norton said...

I'll add a couple Martha-ish tips to the last part above: A spray bottle with some diluted bleach, followed the next day by some Fabreze or a knock-off (all three of which are likely in a local dollar store) should help deal with the after-effects in the basement.

That should require relatively little effort and cost about $3 and change (I don't know what the state tax is there) if you hit the dollar store for them. Spray the diluted bleach (be sure to cut it with at least equal parts of water even if it's a dollar store brand you know is already watered down; you can always hit it a second time, but you can't take it back if you get too much out into the air) around the floor and bottom foot of the walls. The Fabreze (or knock-off) can just be sprayed around down there a little later to take care of lingering odors including the diluted bleach.

Doing a little of this even before the water backs off might not be a bad idea, as it'll help prevent the mold/mildew/odor problem from developing.

9/24/2006 12:23 PM  
Blogger SuperFiancee said...

Nate -

I've been enjoying the cool temps. Ah, fall!! But between the rain we had over Friday night and the continuing rain we had on Saturday, I couldn't tell you what the final totals were. But it had to be 10-12 inches in about a 24 hour period.

TC -

Hope it dried up enough to be able to enjoy the Earth Festival. Or whatever else you got into over the weekend.


Nice day today. Big puffy white clouds everywhere, but no rain. Thankfully!!

The basement is drying well. As soon as I got up this morning, I went downstairs to check on things. It was already smelling pretty bad, and the floors were wet, but no standing water to speak of. We opened the outside door and it had a chance to air out all day. It has dried up considerably.

Our upstairs neighbor (whose brother didn't adequately secure the door) said she'd sweep up the basement (of all the dirt/leaves/etc. that is now EVERYWHERE down there). I've got some bleach and some febreeze already (hey...what 'Martha' wouldn't?), and I'll hit it tomorrow. Thanks for the tips!!

There were some casualties, but none of our stuff. We have everthing up on tables or concrete blocks (just in case). Some stuff left by previous tenants was sitting on the floor and the boxes are soaked through. We'll have to get rid of those things.

As such, Gaming Area #1 should be back in business by the end of the week!

9/24/2006 10:06 PM  
Blogger Your Girl Friday said...

Well, hello from the southern hemisphere!

We too are experiencing freakish weather. We FINALLY made it into spring (I thought winter would never end!) and what do we get, neverending rain, hail and 130km winds, freezing cold + bush fires.

So after my spring shopping spree for sunnies, dresses and thongs... I put my overcoat and beanie back on. :(

Someone up there must be damn pissed at us.

9/25/2006 1:44 AM  
Blogger Spider Girl said...

The farmer's almanac predicts a severe winter this year, by the way

9/26/2006 12:36 PM  

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