Thursday, June 18, 2009

Rain, Rain--Go Away!


Once again, I've made a fool of myself in front of the neighbors. 

Our house sits on the bottom half of the street and when it rains heavily, the water from four other houses meanders through our back yard and eventually finds its way into a gutter. 

As many of you have undoubtedly experienced, the last two weeks have been rainy. Really rainy. By now, central Virginia is usually donning her summer robes. That means the bright greens of spring have given way to the yellows and browns of June, July, and August. But not this year. We're as green as an English garden in May. And just as wet.

The other day, after hours and hours of steady rainfall, the pace picked up and the rain became driving. I looked out my back yard and saw the run-off from four houses streaming right to the foundation of our house! There was so much water that my kids' playhouse was floating like some Little Tykes Noah's Ark!

I donned some waders, grabbed the mulch shovel, and dashed outside. Wearing no coat, but a cotton skirt and t-shirt, I began to redirect the water flow by digging a deeper trench. Two of my neighbors appeared at their windows to wave at me. Yep, I'm the neighborhood weirdo, but the water ended up where it belonged.

Is the weather driving you crazy? 

8 comments:

Lynn said...

Yeah, we are getting the heavy rains here too. I was walking yesterday and saw a house with a rain filled backyard (like yours.) It reminded me of my childhood and how we had to flood irrigate the yards. I loved irrigation day!

I wanted to take my shoes off and walk barefoot into the water.

Soggy in VA said...

I live in Virginia too, and the rain this year has been making my life miserable. I've been waiting for weeks for someone to come out and do gutter work on the house, but of course they are all getting lots and lots of similar requests, and they also can't get any work done because it keeps raining. I too have no doubt amused my neighbors with my efforts to direct runoff away from the foundation. Had water in the basement twice in one week last month, but it seems as if my latest makeshifts are holding the floods at bay for now.

Stay dry! The sun is actually shining as I write this, which is a nice change from the past few mornings.

MareF said...

I live in Connecticut and I feel as though I should be a pollywog. I'm emptying the rain water out of my flower pot trays daily, but I haven't had to water my garden or fill my birdbath. The birdfeeder, however, is a little damp.

Maggie Sefton said...

Ohhhhh, yessss. In Colorado, we're still in Springtime mode with lots of sunny mornings, afternoon thunderstorms w/lightning and tornado alerts along the eastern part of the state where it's flatter. That's April weather. In May we got our lovely 80 degrees and more sun but kept the afternoon showers. But the first two weeks of June returned to April weather with 60's & 70's cooler temps but STILL kept the showers. Every day.

That's true for much of the West, and.....guess where all our weather systems go? Back East, out your way. We've got a nationwide weather pattern going.

Heather Webber said...

We've had a few hot days here in Cincinnati and lots of rain. There are mushrooms sprouting all over the yard!

Dru said...

Yes, what happened to the sun. It's been raining nearly every day here.

Anonymous said...

JB, I had to laugh at your description, and quite honestly the picture of your backyard. It was a sympathetic laugh, though, I promise!

The weather has been a bit soggy where I live but not too bad. And actually, I am a bit perverse in my old age. I lived in the bright sun of Phoenix for six years, and by the end of that time I remember feeling over-exposed. Now, I relish dark, dreary days. Hmmm. Goes along with the mystery lover in me, I suppose . . .

Linda said...

No rain here in Southern California. We need it so badly too. Though I love our sunny days, I wish you all could send some of your rain our way.