Saturday, August 16, 2008
Could be an interesting week here in the nosunshine state.
I've had an inch of rain already this morning ... it's ten AM as I write this. Yesterday I emptied the rain guage of 4 inches that had fallen in the last couple of days.
None of this is TS Fay related. The current storminess is just a product of a long line of Gulf Coast storms flowing over us off the Gulf of Florida.
We are pretty well stocked for this and other storms to come.
So, you won't see me in the lines at the store buying goods that I should have bought ahead of time.
I will clear out the gutters and retrench a few little drainage gullies that carry water off the driveway and into the pond, pick up some of the yard items that can blow in a strong wind, and refresh and refill the 60 gallon water barrels I keep just for this sort of thing.
(When the electricity goes off ... we have no water)
There's a full propane tank for the cooker and charcoal and oak stored dry for the grill, so we can still cook if we lose power. The very trees that surround (at a safe distance) and protect PFHQ by absorbing wind energy in a 'cane are also a threat to our power supply since the line snakes through a gauntlet of older oaks. A single big limb could put us off the grid and that could happen in even a minor storm like Fay appears to be.
Unfortunately for the county, super nurse may have popped her Achilles Tendon yesterday and she's battling some infection.
She's in charge of hurricane shelter staffing and management and is already stressing ... doubly so since she's injured and sick.
First week of school could be even more complicated than normal with Fay on the way.
Speaking of storms ... this little prepubescent feline certainly caused one last week when it popped into my food post and I happened to mention my lack of appreciation for their felinicty.
Who knew people really liked cats?
Well, here's the good news:
This kitten must know my gal Sara N. Dippity. After exhausting my known supply of cat lovers, and keeping the whiney thing around for 4 days longer than I expected, I found it a most spectacular home.
It was close though.
After several days, I still had not found a home for this cat.
My mercy knows limits, especially with the stray cats that irresponsible cat owners produce and dump, so reluctantly I loaded the Havahart trap into the trailer and headed out to the county animal shelter. It was a teacher planning day and I needed to check in at work before dropping the kitten at the shelter.
I parked directly in front of the school entrance, popped in to check in and let them know I was running a short errand, and headed back out the door.
Walking in front of me was perhaps the only coworker I had not cat propositioned that week.
I called to her and asked her if she would like a free kitten.
I knew this was hopeless, because the receptionist had been trying to give away 6 unplanned, unwanted kittens all month and SHE sees everyone.
To my surprise, not only was she interested, it was love at first sight and she took the kitten home to live on her miniature donkey hobby farm.
Sara strikes again!
I just thought y'all would like to know ... let's not start the whole dog/cat thang again.
It's all good.