Spring day/Winter storm

Last weekend the weather was like a beautiful Spring day.  It was upper 60’s, sunny and the ground was soft enough from recent rains to make digging easy.

We dug up and moved some plants to make room to widen some pavers down the side yard, adding seven pavers to widen the side access path.   We also widened the brick path to the door.

The rain started Wednesday, taking any faux Spring kind of vibe away.  It was raining so hard it soaked the back door from top to bottom under a three foot deep portch eve.  We have about a one week repreve from more rain so hopefully this weekend we can end the year doing some weeding.

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Rain and Kittens

It rained most of the night.  POURED in fact.  We were awoken to Tuggy meowing for food this morning.  Something about having this cold and it being rainy and dark lent itself to sleeping in.

There were wet miserable cats outside today and we kept the food bowls on the porch to try and keep the rain out.  Winnie and Jellybean (For those of you seeing this on the website and not in a subscription email, there is now a page at the top titled “Guide to the Cats” to help keep all of these ridiculous cat stories straight.  Oh and I added pics) were sopping wet so I rearranged and hung a garbage bag over some cat beds so they could try and stay dry.

I did see them through the window, under the plastic and huddled together in one of the beds but I did not go out for a picture because they would have ran back into the shrubbery and rain.


We need the rain, and I personally am used to driving in it having been in Seattle most of my life.  But folks in LA can not seem to drive in the rain.  Everyone is afraid to get wet, so if your willing to go in it the grocery store and gym are pretty empty.  Also most houses here do not have gutters, so its like walking under a shower getting in and out of the house.

Clean and filthy

What our rain did yesterday was give the entire city a much needed shower.  In the mean time bring all the grime off the trees, roofs, air and leave in on all the surfaces.

The air today was lovely, sparkly almost.  The sun was out and everything was fresh and clean.  My car was another story, but since I have a membership to the car wash I ran through there on my way home from the gym.

The sun is back out and it is a beautiful day, with that just showered clean sheets feel to it.

Running out of day

So much today.  First thing is it rained.  I mean it RAINED!!!!!  I hadn’t seen any rain since April.  There was a report that we had rain in May but I didn’t see any.

Today it poured and flooded the front walk and back by the porch.  The newest cats in the yard who had never seen rain were quite confused on just what to do and where to hide.

It was some difference from the 90 degree weather we had over the weekend.  It is over and we are back into the 70’s tomorrow.  There is rain again in the forecast next week, guess we shall see if we are needing to have Thanksgiving inside.  Weather here can certainly change in a week and we may not get any more rain.

I went to the gym this morning, cardio and lower body weights.  Then to Costco and back home to unload everything in the rain.   I made a turkey meatloaf because I had both an hour and ground turkey that needed to be used or frozen by this weekend.

Granted I would have waited until tomorrow had I known I will have to work from home (Ah Shucks).  Our building is being fumigated so both 2nd and 3rd shifts need to work from home tomorrow.  But I made it today, so there is now way more prepped food in the fridge then we can even get through in the next few days.  Guess I’ll just be making salad and heating things for the next few days.

Because it hadn’t rained in so long I left for work early just in case people were crazy or slow or wrecked or all of the above.  It was actually quiet an easy commute in.  Then work was so busy I haven’t had time to think up a proper blog.  But here is to NaBloPoMo so that’s what I got….weather, work and turkey meatloaf.



A very very rainy vacation.

It started out in September.  We had gone to see friends in Manteca and the new home they bought, we only had the weekend because it was during the school year.  So we agreed to go up and visit during Winter break and probably help with a deck.  Framing, or planing or building.  Since the deck us unsure so was the plan.

Needless to say I took this week off.  We planned to drive up on Saturday morning.  But Friday they cancelled.  The weather up there has been very stormy, rainy, windy and quite foggy.

Since I can’t take any time off from Feb 1 to the middle of April I went ahead with the week off.

It rained here too.  All week.  Everything is horribly wet and dreary and I know all my old Seattle friends are “whatevering” me right now.  But its true.  We have let the stray cats into the garage.  The rugs on the porch are sopping wet.  Several inches of water on the back patio.

So no outdoor projects for us.  We have got to some yoga, ran errands, went to the beach for breakfast earlier in the week and went to a matinée of Bohemian Rhapsody.  But otherwise there has been some binge streaming, reading, cooking and a lot of absolutely nothing this week.

It is certainly a different speed for us.  But I’ll be back at work next week and school starts for Spring the following week.  Hopefully we will look back at this lazy week later in the year and be glad we didn’t do much.

Rain Rain Rain

Tomorrow should be sunny and 70 degrees.  No more rain in the 10 day forecast!

Today however was rain.  Lots and lots of rain.  Flooded streets.  Our back yard flooded.  The feral cats are hiding out in the garage, soaking wet.  It started last night and rained straight through the night.

Today while walking from the parking lot to the gym, my shoes were soaked to my socks and I was moving fast and jumping over the biggest puddles.  I could wring out sleeves in the few moments it took to get out of the rain.

I ended up leaving for work an entire hour early.  I would have worked from home if I didn’t have to pick up the on-call telephone for this weekend.  But the extra allowed me to drive at a reasonable rate and not rush.  I actually was to work very early but at least I wasn’t like the poor schmuck who was tired of the slow pace and tried to go around us in the flooded left lane and stalled out in the water.  He raced passed me and others, splashing water all over us.  Then we trucked by him slowly stalled out in the water but at least we were still moving.

Being from Seattle I know how to drive in the rain.  Slow down, and not just your speed.  Your steering, your acceleration, your braking, your reaction.  Just slow down.  Now that doesn’t help you when someone else is an idiot and stalls out on the 10 freeway.