Friday, March 11, 2011


Sometimes something bigger than your silly problems occurs and you remember how lucky you actually are. While we pumped out our basement today, fretted over not having heat and watched the floodwater rise, this morning's news brought the bleak horrors of what was happening to the people of Japan. They were hit with a triple whammy of natural disasters today, killing countless people. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. They've gone through things in one day most will never see in their lifetime. From a tremendous earthquake, to a tsunami, the massive whirlpool just off their shore, resulting in the subsequent fires and now a nuclear scare...they are a nation in severe grief. I can't even begin to fathom what they are going through.

I took pictures of the flood and will post them after I can download them off my camera. The power of nature is a fascinating thing. It can also be a deadly thing, as I was reminded as I watched the news early this morning. May the people of Japan be comforted during this most awful time.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A River Runs Through It (aka The Saga of My Basement)

The thing about living near water is that every once in while, mother nature plays havoc with you. Which, when you think about it, is true about anywhere. Anywhere you live, at some point mother nature is going to send a few hazards in your direction. With the astronomical rainfall we've had this week, along with snowmelt, our creek will yet again overflow its banks. We've done all the preparing that can be done, so now it's just a waiting game. Because the creek has decided to wait until night time, we end up staying up a good chunk of the night making sure our furnace doesn't flood and short out. So we sit...and wait...drink some get the idea. It's worrisome and boring all at the same time. So we decided to kick back and watch a few flicks in the meantime. Invite the neighbors, pop some corn...

Here's our movie list. Wanna come over and hang out?

1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
2. A River Runs Through It (the story of my basement)
3. Titanic
4. 2012
5. The Poseidon Adventure
6. Watership Down
7. Dickey Moe - Remember this Tom & Jerry classic? My favorite part is when the harpoon rope wraps around the whale with Tom attached.
8. Jaws
9. A few episodes of River Monsters

The Fire Department was just by to inform us that the fire house will be staffed all night if we need to evacuate. Since that's right behind my house (and up the hill), I should still be able to catch my connection if the power is still on. Maybe I'll stream (buh-dum-dum) some movies off my Netflix account up there. Because everybody needs uplifting television, right?

I'll post some pics of the aftermath.