Sunday, March 25, 2012

And then the rains came


I just spent an hour outside, fixing a roof gutter that got separated from it's partner -- the elbow, or whatever might be the technical term. I made a tourniquet with a Ralph's bag, and used my clippers to cut back the brush.

Wherever the rain has been hiding across our country, it has come out to play in my backyard and brought friends.

I'm drenched, to the underwear. To under the underwear.

California may get the benefit of climate change, though we're not particularly prepared for the off-season monsoons. And whatever late spring rain we receive will be at the expense of other thirsty places.

It's weird. Isn't it weird?

I saved the gutter and lost my clippers -- they got caught in the flood somewhere, but I never did like them anyway. A gift from someone, so I'm glad they're gone. Another incidental benefit of climate change.

30 comments:

  1. Those clippers will be washed down the Altadena Main Drain and into Hahamongna, coming to rest in the mud by the dam, which will be shipped to a landfill, which will be studied by archaeologists 1,000 years hence, who will wonder at the weird object they've found.

    The rain is very welcome, but I risked my life driving along the freeways to take a rabbit to his grooming appointment in Van Nuys.

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  2. I just crawled into bed with the cat and watched the movie "My Week with Marilyn." Don't hate me because I'm warm.

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  3. You are Wonder Woman. Do you feel empowered?

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  4. Well that's another fine mess you got yourself into!

    Otherwise, No Comment.

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  5. We got caught in the rain at Hahamongna. I guess we didn't believe it would really happen. Boz didn't think he was going to like it but he kept stopping to smell things. Wet things smell different!

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  6. Bellis, you need to meet Paula.

    PA, I'd rather be cold and clammy than be forced to watch anything about Marilyn.

    Margaret, not particularly.

    CP, that's what I was thinking, ankle deep in mud.

    P, Albert has some intestinal repeats after his picnic indulgence. We argued about whether these activities should take place indoors or outdoors. I won.

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  7. I'm guessing that the old This Old House adage, measure it twice and cut it once won't apply here. We had rain on Saturday and I swear everything in the yard grew six inches.

    Bellis, you're a good, good bun mum.

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  8. If your yard is anything like mine, you'll rue the loss of those clippers. After a rain, I need all my tools to hack back the weeds!

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  9. Envious of your wetness. Don't know what a Ralph's bag is but should I add it to my first aid kit?

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  10. why am I not surprised my your reply....

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  11. Oh Paula, I knew you two would get along.

    Bayside, weeds are the backbone of my new native plant garden.

    Pierre, should I add a first-aid kit to my first-aid kit?

    PA, don't get me started.

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  12. That other part is the "downspout" in East Coast jargon. Mine are forever coming disconnected. In theory, I could reconnect them, but then I remember that Dan is home, and send him 2 stories up the ladder (I rarely climb except to paint windows, because no one is better at cutting than I am).

    Maybe you should tie a cord to the next pair of clippers, so you can loop it around your wrist and maybe not let them escape into Hahamongna!

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  13. This photo - a rendering of "The Heart of Darkness"?

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  14. Rabbits are professionally groomed in California? We must make amends.
    If Dottie ever catches one, we'll give it a comb-out and release.

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  15. This photo - a rendering of "The Heart of Darkness"?

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  16. Marjie, that's so brilliant, which is why I'm not surprised it never occurred to me.

    Bandit, I wondered what was on the reading list these days.

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  17. Oh boy, I don't miss the rain one little bit. I'm glad it's good news in your neck of the woods.

    Thanks for your thoughtful words over at my place. You're right. Sometimes, I'm just too hard on myself. And impatient. That's a biggie.

    Big Hug!
    Carolynn

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  18. Whenever I describe a home repair adventure it is never funny and always full of "Woe Is Me."

    I prefer your way of doing it.

    (And I'm sure my friends would too.)

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  19. Bandit, grooming might be a euphemism or else Bellis' bunner is an Angora, or both.
    = : ) In any case, as indentured slaves we do what must be done for the bun.

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  20. He's not an angora, just a wild-type cottontail but he occasionally sheds a lot of fur, which is so fine it sticks to every part of me and my clothes when I brush him. It's easier to pay a volunteer at the Bunny Rescue (unless it's raining). How many bunnies do you have, Paula? Bandit, you make me laugh! Brush and release.

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  21. Ha!!! A little rain down south...a little snow up here... whenever I think of "climate change" and or "global warming" I think of the ice age and the worldwide drought that eliminated dinosaurs for all of eternity... somehow, I think Mother Nature has her own agenda... kind of like Woody Allen's "If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans."

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  22. Was that rain unbelievable or what?

    Aren't you glad for plastic bags? Well done on the repair.

    If you haven't yet, go see the Pacific Standard Time print show at the Norton Simon. It's excellent!

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  23. Love your rain. Wish we had it, too. Do you need to borrow my clippers?

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  24. Bellis, I only have one but he has quite a story. You have a tamed wild bunner? Oh, I would love to hear about that. And Keating sheds all the time. His digging box is ringed with hair and I just leave it so he'll feel more at home. Everything else gets vaccuumed up.

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  25. Since when did this post lose contwol to waskally wabbits? Oh, about midway down.

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  26. Karin, your garden looks so green and luxuriant.
    We have been having rain here too.
    So, my agaves thanks the rain.

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  27. Sooner or later, it's all about the bunner, KB.

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  28. I've given up trying to reconnect the elbow/arm/downspout thingie to the rest of the gutter. The rain now cascades off the roof in a lovely waterfall, which goes well with the river that flows in the sunken yard.

    Maybe I should get a bunner to make it all better.

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  29. Or get a rain chain, they're supposed to be lovely to listen to.

    And you can start here, Susan:
    http://andreas.tumblr.com/post/29167720/unbeknownst-to-most-the-world-is-completely

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  30. I think your rainstorm headed our way...it's crazy outside in Tokyo right now :D

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