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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dripping Dry

A lot of folks are wringing themselves out here in New England, so we consider ourselves fortunate. In spite of the fact that our house sits on, and below, granite ledge, after a 10-inch deluge two weeks ago, thanks to vigilance and three, count 'em three pumps, a sopping wall-to-wall carpet in the basement was the worst of our worries. In fact, we felt pretty pleased with our clean rug once we returned the steamer we rented to purge the remains of that nuisance.

Of course, on Monday it began to rain again, dumping a total of seven inches this time. Eighteen homemade sand bags later we succeeded in diverting the lake of water that formed on our patio just as the leaking window well began to fill up again. When the rain stopped two days later we surveyed the 2'x4' wet spot on the basement carpet and, well, that breeze that brushed your ear yesterday morning? That was my sigh of relief. If you've been watching the news, you know it could have been Oh. So. Much. Worse. In the eighteen years we've lived here, there hasn't been a winter Nor'easter or a raging blizzard that has scared me as much as a March downpour on saturated ground.

So, I'm grateful we've made it to April and in honor of that momentous feat, I’m going to take a long weekend. I’ll leave you with a couple of quotes I borrowed from The Artist's Way, as well as wishes for a joyful Easter if you celebrate, and a lovely weekend if you don’t.

Be really whole and all things will come to you.” Lao-tzu

We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way.” John Holt/Educator

“Learning is movement from moment to moment.” J. Krishnamurti


Michelle McLean said...

Glad you didn't float away! I'm in PA and have been lucky so far. We had quite a little flood last month (nothing that touched our house, thankfully, though our street was under water) but so far we've been okay this month. Have a great long weekend :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Considering the photos I've seen this weekend of RI, it could've been a lot worse. Take the weekend off and relax.

glnroz said...

kick back and grin,, and have a good time.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

That flower photo is heavenly, and your prize for all the rain. I'm glad you didn't suffer too badly. Have a restful, joyful weekend.

Tamika: said...

I should really pay more attention to the news- I had no idea!

Praying for you Liza! Happy Easter!

Anonymous said...

We just went through all of that miserable non-stop rain here in Phila. area. It will stop use it wisely jump start spring cleaning!

beth said...

WOW! You guys got dumped on! Glad you made it through without an ark!

Helen Ginger said...

Thanks for giving us an update. It's wonderful to know y'all made it through relatively well. And you're great to look on the bright side of having a clean rug. ;-D

Straight From Hel

Theresa Milstein said...

What a wet winter and spring! At least in Cambridge, MA, we avoided most of the snow. What a lovely few days we've finally experienced.

Tomorrow, the roofers come to repair the roof from a storm that we had a few weeks ago. Let's hope we all get to dry out for a little longer.