Friday, June 17, 2011

a good day if you're a duck

We got thumped with a massive rain system over the last 24 hours.  It was like someone was emptying a bucket right on top of us, constantly, for hours.  After a wet summer last year and a winter with a lot of snow, the poor soil just can't absorb much more water so it pooled where it could and flooded anywhere low lying.

Portions of my back yard had small lakes sitting on top of the grass/rocks.

 Cooper just had to taste the water.
(If you click to embiggen, you can see his tongue lapping the water.  It cracks me up.  Apparently I'm easily entertained.)

Bentley was interested in what lurked in the puddles.

Soggy Austin and Robbie were less impressed.


The water dripping off of the lilac blooms was pretty.  I love lilacs!

 The wind picked up this afternoon and blew heavy, water-logged branches off of the trees.  The yard is completely covered in litter but clean up will have to wait until the wind dies down.  It would sure be nice to see some real summer weather for a good stretch now.

 And it's been an exciting couple of days because we have been attending Dan's formal retirement functions.  At the end of June he will officially be retired from his thirty year teaching career.  Unfortunately the lighting wasn't great for pictures and this is the only one that turned out sort of okay.

It was a crazy day for Dan.  He was in a rush to get to a dental appointment after school and found that one of his tires was flat so there he was in the pouring rain changing his tire.  It was a definite case of Murphy's Law.  He was a little late to the dentist and very wet by the time he got there.  Then he rushed home to shower and change to make it across the city through flooded intersections to the banquet and presentations.  He's glad that tomorrow is Saturday so he can take the offending tire to be fixed.

After two evenings of dressing up and going out, my jaws hurt from visiting with colleagues, and my feet, knees, and hips hurt from wearing heels.  Jeesh, I feel very old some days.


Jody said...

Yeah I hear ya (about the feeling old thing)...that's why I am hitting my weights again. Sheep wrestling is hard work :-)
Weather here has been warm and not too humid. Rain has stopped for now...hope it does for you too Susan...take care :-)

Lynn said...

Ok firt of all, when did Cooper get so big?!??! He looks so grown up!

and congrat to Dan. Does he have plans for his retirement or will he just hang around irritating you?!?!!? LOL