Thursday, August 5, 2010

August 3rd & 4th

Tuesday 3rd

     Not too much to report on today. Worked from 8 to 2:30 then did general maintenance stuff around the North Pole, like emptying the holding tanks and so forth. After we had got settled into bed for the evening, the weather report came for possible severe thunderstorms with high winds. So, I went outside and put the awnings up. Our patio awning is 20 foot and has 4 tie down points plus 5 “rafters” that will keep it stable in winds up to 50 miles an hour. However they were talking about possible hail and winds as high as 70 miles an hour, so in they came. As it turned out all that wind went to the south of us but we did get rain after midnight.

Wednesday 4th
      The day started off with a downpour. A serious downpour! We had nearly 4 inches of rain overnight with most of it coming down between 5 and 6 a.m. Nathan brought the girls over early on his way to work. He works less than 2 miles from here and it took him nearly an hour to get there because the streets were flooded. Our 11 acre lake “backed up” over the road and into the marsh on the other side. And the marsh backed up to partially cover the street to the north of that. Not far from us a woman was trapped on top of her car with water nearly to the car roof. And that was just street flooding not a river or stream overflowing.
     I worked from 8 to 2:30 and Nathan picked the girls up around 3:30 so I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with them. Ella said they were a little cranky in the morning. Getting up early and going out in a downpour can do that to you. She fed them and early lunch and then put them down for a nap. They needed to get rested because they were going to the National Balloon Classic in Indianola in the evening.
     After the girls left, we went to Village Inn for an early supper (and pie) before Ella had to be a work at 5.
While she was at work, I did some more writing on a story called “Dragon Moon” which you can read at my other blog:

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