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Under 8 Flood Warnings and One Flood Watch

And more rain coming. We have storms through Monday, then tapering off and starting up again on Saturday again. But of course this is all subject to change. Even when it said we had barely any chance of raining, it was pouring.

rain 055 (640x427)Here they said no chance of rain.

rain 056 (640x427)I was running puppies out during these breaks, though at one point we did have a half clear sky. You know, you get complacent. You think it’s poured its guts out and that’s it. No more rain. It’s clearing. That’s what a normal storm would do. But…it’s not true. It’s an illusion. Get complacent and you’ve lost your chance to run out when it’s “dry.”

I ran out to get the mail one time. It’s a couple of blocks away, and it was one of the times I thought it had really ended. Another time, I grabbed my garbage can since they did pick up. Yay! I took the dogs out when the sky looked like this thinking I’d better really walk them and make sure they did their thing.

And then it let loose.

rain 064 (640x427)pouring rain (640x427)rain and tree (640x427)I will give the weather service credit for raising the percent to 45% chance of rain when it was pouring.

Soooooo, I had to get some really important documents signed, notarized, faxed and fedexed. I had gone out the night before, after they sent them to me soooo late and we were in the middle of a terrible storm. Thunder, lightning, deluge of rain. It’s dangerous. It’s not fiction. People most often drown in cars swept away in flood waters. But I had a deadline on the documents. Which is why I was soooo irritated that they hadn’t come in earlier and I could have taken care of the matter then. Even when I had gone out earlier to mail a package, and planned to go to the grocery store, the torrential rains started, and I returned home. Underwriters waited til the title company was closed. I didn’t get them until nearly 6 pm. Six-thirty, the fedex office was going to be closed. They also do faxes and notary. I assumed that since the rains were going to continue ALL NIGHT LONG, it would be better to go out then.

WRONG.

With that much rain in such a short period of time, roads were badly flooded. Lower riding cars than mine were sitting still, in a quandary, not sure what to do. Cars moved around the barrier, which I didn’t mind, but were headed straight for me, and I had to pull over when I could. I ended up doing the same thing when I saw the floodwaters ahead and trucks that ride higher than mine were submersed in water up to their headlights. A low riding truck had put his flashers on and just stopped before he entered the floodwaters.

Turn around, don’t drown has become the motto to warn people how dangerous it is to enter flooded roads. Car engines stall out. The car quickly fills with water. People drown. At Fort Hood, they were still searching for 6 soldiers missing after their truck was swept away in flood waters, 3 drowned, 3 are in stable condition, and 6 still unaccounted for.

I called the title company in the morning to let them know I was going to risk going out to get the documents signed, but that we’d had really bad flooding. Our streets are fine. The road we get on from there was fine. The roads leading to the main one where the businesses are located and where I needed to go, flood. Since I’m new here, I had no idea.

My neighbor had gone to the grocery store in the same plaza. I had heard him leave, so I called his wife to see how the roads were. She told me where he was at. So I tried calling him, but no answer. I let everyone know I was going and would let them know when I got there and got back safely. Then I got in my car and drove the wet streets, took a different road, and it was fine. Now, we’d had rain ALL NIGHT LONG. And that morning when I got up, it had started up again. But we had a two-hour break from the rain before the bank opened. I was there 15 mins before it opened. The post office is behind that, and the grocery store next to it. So I figured maybe I could make it to all three before the deluge began again. It was coming. The sky was turning pitch black. I was running out of time. I needed to get the paperwork done pronto, risk getting some groceries, and return home before the rains started and the road flooded again.

Okay, now this is like a book. Conflict, conflict, conflict. Deadlines. Ticking time-bomb. Threats. Bad stuff coming. Yet the thing I had to do was so important, I had to get it done, pronto. Motivation.

You always wonder why anyone in their right mind would leave their home in the middle of a disaster, unless their home is flooded and they need to leave to get to safety. Most of the people were trying to get home from work. Others, like me, were going somewhere. I had a really important reason. Anything else, and I would have said, no way, Jose, and stayed home. Not worth the risk.

So, I get the documents signed notarized, faxed. Drive to the postal annex and the clouds are looking eerily ominous. Darkening by the second. But no rain. So I run inside, get the paperwork fedexed, and run right next to the grocery store. I can do this. I wanted to get bottled water in case we have problems with our water. I needed potatoes. That’s the Irish in me.

And then it happened. I had just left the grocery store when it began. The deluge. Now…I wasn’t wearing a rain jacket. Dummy me. It was in the car. It was so hot and wasn’t raining, and I just didn’t think of it. I just thought: run in, and get out.

I had bought eggs. I think buying eggs is a mistake for me. I bought some and crushed them (since I don’t buy them but rarely), and then I bought some and we had the power outage and I had to throw them away. So I bought some and the rains were coming down hard, soaking me, lightning striking right overhead, I’m running for the car, pushing the metal basket ahead of me thinking, this is so not good. I’m throwing the 3 bags I picked up as fast as I could into the car. The bottled water is heavy and it took me a couple of minutes longer to throw it in the car. Then I had to run the basket to the basket corral. And then I ran back and got into the car and just sat, soaked, the adrenaline still pumping.

And I thought–oh, no, where did I throw my eggs?

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I kept thinking the road’s going to flood before I can get home. It was coming down hard. The lightning was cracking right overhead. But 5 cars were trying to back out at once. My windows had fogged up and I couldn’t see. I don’t usually have to use the defroster, so still having a time with figuring it out. I finally leave after 3 of the cars leave, and then I’m on the road, barely able to see because the rain is coming down so hard. The road is beginning to flood. I make it home, drive into my dry garage and just sit there. The adrenaline still pumping.

I unload the groceries, greet the puppies, put away the groceries, no, I didn’t look at the eggs. I couldn’t. Not yet. I let everyone know the documents were off, the title company, my realtor, my kids, my friends to let them know I was home safe and sound.

And then I checked the eggs.

All intact. And I’ll have some for breakfast.

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That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. Fog this morning. More rain coming. Weatherman says in half an hour, so I took the puppies out one more time. And I’m back to the real world of edits. And I’m not going anywhere.

Happy TGIF!!!

Terry

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Storms and 19″ of Rain!

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Storm Total Rainfall and Flood Reports

storms between night (640x427)I thought I had left a light on outside because all of a sudden, it was really light out at 8:30 pm, and then it stormed again.

More thunderstorms possible this afternoon. But in the meantime, sunny skies and look what I captured when I took the puppies out for a walk? A baby dragonfly.

blue dasher dragonfly (406x640)I think it’s a blue dasher.

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Oh, oh, just saw daddy cardinal with TWO baby cardinals feeding them! I wondered if there were two of them. But they were on the patio and by the time I noticed them, I missed getting a picture of all 3 of them together. More later.

Okay, off to write. Have a super great day!!!

Terry

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Fog, but more Storms Coming

fog 002 (427x640)dogs and bears 036 (640x278)Water droplets on chives.

dogs and bears 046 (427x640)Worked on bears while the electricity was on for a short while.

dogs and bears 039 (640x427)Dogs all crashed.

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water droplets on chives…butterfly iris(640x427)butterfly iris unfurled in rain…

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dove getting out of the rain (640x427)dove getting out of rain on back patio…you can see the raindrops falling behind him.

🙂 <3

Storms coming around noon, so off to get some stuff done in case we lose electricity again. It’s supposed to keep on through Thursday.

Terry

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Raindrops in a Downpour

Perfect raindrop off birdfeeder (640x599)You can see the rain heading toward the ground, but on top of the feeder, the rain hit the plastic and created its own special chorus. But I loved the raindrop dripping off the feeder best of all.

Pouring rain 111 (640x427)Rain off my neighbor’s house. He mentioned my rain gutters and how they have this rolling off their roof during storms and that’s exactly why I had the rain gutters put on the house as a condition of buying it. I had to put them on my old house, and my daughter has this problem too. I would have to go out with my puppies when I stayed with her and to get out into the grass, you and the dogs would get soaked.

Pouring rain 121Rainwater and droplets rushing of the roof into the gutters and down the spout. Someone mentioned capturing the water into a rain bucket to be used on plants in dry spells. Great idea, except that anything that collects water also creates mosquitoes here. So it’s not a good idea to have standing water.

But I do empty my cooled boiling water that I’ve cooked with on the plants. And boiling water on fire ant hills. So at least some of the water doesn’t go to waste. 🙂

Have a beautiful day!!

Terry

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Fog and Rain and One Shrub for All Seasons

Fog

Fog

We’ve had some gloomy days where it looked like this all day, perfect for writing spooky stories, don’t you think?

Raindrops on Berries

Raindrops on Berries–Winter Color

And I had to run out and get some shots of raindrops dripping off berries.

Green Berries

Green Berries–Summer Color

These are on the Firestorm Pyracantha, and it’s fun to see the seasons change.

Orange Berries--fall

Orange Berries–Fall Color

In Bloom--Spring

In Bloom–Spring

Okay, so got my seasons out of order, but you get the idea! I couldn’t sleep, so got up to do my blog during the free Internet time. I’m always running out here.

Have a lovely Wednesday. Making a little progress on The Viking’s Highland Lass. It’s halfway done!

I’m writing about fog in the story.

Fog in Scotland, Morning Sunrise

Fog in Scotland, Morning Sunrise off the loch

 

Terry

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Swarm of the Dragonflies

Swarm of the Dragonflies

Swarm of the Dragonflies–like miniature helicopters in flight

With the rain we had yesterday for a good part of the morning and then it stayed cloudy all day, the dragonflies were in a frenzy last night. It was hard to capture them, but you can see a ton of black dots on the clouds, all dragonflies. I couldn’t see them on the camera when I was trying to get a shot, only with the naked eye.

If you click on the image and then click again, you can get the larger picture. How many do you count? That was just a small amount of them. I cropped it because the picture would take too much time to load.

Have a great day! Don’t you think that would make for a cool book title, by the way?

Terry

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Massive Storms Still Hanging Around, but…

Rain shower in the distance

Rain shower in the distance

After all the flooding.

Storms returned and it poured right after I went inside

Storms returned and it poured right after I went inside

Building up quickly again and we had another torrential downpour.

Storms south

Storms south

Breaking up again.

Rainbow I took with my phone

Rainbow I took with my phone

Caught a rainbow.

Rainbow taken with camera but by that time it was fading. Used color enhancement and it appears there were two rainbows.

Rainbow taken with camera but by that time it was fading. Used color enhancement and it appears there were two rainbows.

Love the rainbows.

Sunset turned the clouds a pretty pink.

Sunset turned the clouds a pretty pink.

The lower layer of clouds had all turned pink, but as you can see, we still have a lot of massive storm clouds in the area.

Massive cloud system still in the area when the sun began to set and turned them pink.

Massive cloud system still in the area when the sun began to set and turned them pink.

We have heavy thunderstorms for the middle of the night and some tomorrow.

But I’m fine with it as long as the houses don’t get flooded. I know that it will eventually stop raining and we’ll be wishing we had some again!

Have a terrific Thursday!

Oh, and here is Max–I told him not to go outside while I was taking a video of the rain. Just like a little kid.

Terry

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Raining for Two Days–And That’s Great! More Before and After!

I shipped off nine bears yesterday and finished reading over SEAL Wolf Hunting.  I was up at 3 am to 11 pm and up at 4 am this morning. Argh. I just have too much to do and still have at least 14 bears to make. I’m working on dresses for 5 more Steampunk bears and then once 4 of the bears are dressed, need to sew on their hats and they’re done. I’ll try to ship them out on Friday.

So that’s why I haven’t been doing my blog. Trying to get a million things done, including finally running into town to do errands that I couldn’t do all last week because of the tile guys. Now my water heater isn’t working. I think it’s a fuse that’s blown. I need to get an electrician out to see about the circuit breaker. I think if I turn up the heat on the water heater, it blows the fuse. But if I don’t turn up the heat on the thermostat, my guests have barely any hot water, and I think that’s why I’m having such a time with my dishes getting clean in the dishwasher. Soooo, need to get that taken care of pronto.

This is a picture I took when the cornfields were high and the sky was stormy. I was actually trying to get a shot of the new shrubs and hoping they’d make it. But when I did it, I saw how horrible the driveway looked. I see it all the time, but it’s like I didn’t really see it. Some of it is because of the winds we have and the plowing they do all the time. But also, this has accumulated for about 17 years since my dad passed away. He was always keeping things clean. My mom couldn’t.

Blackened driveway

Blackened driveway

So, that was one of the things I had done. One of the workmen cleaned the driveways and the brick. I’ll have to show a picture of the brick after I take the new one. I thought I had, but I’d only taken of the Before. I’ve tried to hose it down myself, but it just didn’t work without a high-powered washer and they used bleach to also make a difference.

Here is the driveway when it’s clean.

Driveway cleaned

Driveway cleaned

What a difference, eh???

Okay, enough goofing off. Got to read over A SEAL Wolf Hunting one last time, and turn it in. And finish up the Steampunk Bears and show them off. And proof two audiobooks and read over A Silver Wolf Christmas once last time and turn it in. And reread Call of the Cougar again, and publish it. 🙂 <3

Have a lovely Wednesday! It’s a vampire day. It’s pouring. Speaking of which, not of rain, but of vampires…I’m having two artists redo vampire teen covers for me. 🙂 Will show off when they’re finished. 🙂 <3

Terry

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Reflections after the Storm & Rainbow Momma and Baby Bear!

I was getting ready to pick up groceries when I saw the beautiful artwork on my driveway–clouds, the blue sky, the cypress tree and crepe myrtles. I couldn’t paint a scene for anything, but isn’t this scene “painted” pavement beautiful?
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Rainbow Momma Bear and Baby

Rainbow Momma Bear and Baby

This shows the pose-ability of the large bear!

Rainbow Momma Bear Reclining and Baby Bear

Rainbow Momma Bear Reclining and Baby Bear

Momma Bear is sold!

Rainbow Momma Bear and Baby Sitting

Rainbow Momma Bear and Baby Sitting

And I’m off to get my word count today to reach 60,000 words and catch up on student lessons!!

Have a wonderful Sunday!!! Can you believe Monday is the 1st of Sept? Yes!!! High 90’s all week, but maybe a cooler break is coming at night….soon!

Terry

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It’s Raining! It’s Pouring!

We’ve soooo needed this! So yes!!!

Girlfriends Bear

Girlfriends Bear

Little Tin Soldier for Christmas Sweater Bear

Little Tin Soldier for Christmas Sweater Bear

Wizard--golden mohair bear

Wizard–golden mohair bear

Okay, I’m off to get groceries. My cupboards and fridge are bare! Sometimes I like to eat down all I have so that I can start fresh. Ever do that?

Well, it means I’ve had no taters (potatoes) for 3 days and that’s awful! Must be my Irish blood. LOL

I’m 1,000 words behind on my word count on A Silver Wolf Christmas because of critiquing so many student lessons and finishing up Jaguar Pride copyedits. Sooo, after I run errands, I’ve got to knuckle down. 60,000 is the goal for Sunday. I’m at 50,000. If I reach it, next week is 80,000 and I’m done! At least with the first draft. And that’s the most important thing! I know who done it! 🙂 Then I can edit it to my heart’s content, but at least the story is down on paper/monitor. 🙂

🙂 <3

It’s a super great day! It’s RAINING!!!

Have a lovely TGIF!

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