Flood Warnings
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Monday, 25 January 2010 12:27

I woke up at 6am today right as we lost electricity in the valley. It was windy, dark and pouring rain. The yard, road, field and creek were flooded. It was almost 60 degrees. 60 degrees! I read about a record breaking high temperature in Ohio in the 1950's that was recorded on January 25th: 73 degrees. Today is my birthday, and the weather is always kinda weird on my birthday, almost always overcast, rainy and stormy. I remember one birthday as a kid, maybe 5 or 6, in Pensacola, Florida and, my, how it poured. Some of the kids still showed up for my party, but we had to play indoors. I decided not to play indoors today, I wanted to see what the flooding had done. After the heavy rains receded, I went outside. Happy 32 years to me. xo

Clarks Creek after the torrential downpourClarks Creek by the bridge

Clarks Creek is the highest I've ever seen it. Rushing through in shades of earth. The surrounding mountains and hills are draining down into the little valley creek.

 

Sunshine on my birthday

The sun decided to come out this afternoon. So pretty. The valley cleared its throat and rose to the occasion.

 

Birthday Sunset 1Birthday Sunset 2Birthday Sunset 3Birthday Sunset 4Birthday Sunset Video

And left us with a happy sunset. Yay! That warmed the cockles of my heart. I accepted it as a birthday gift.

 

Eshenaur GuysEshenaur Trucks

This also made me very happy, to see 5 hard-working guys from Eshenaurs pumping over a foot of rain water out of the cellar and restoring our electricity and hot water. Tonight I shall have a hot shower by electric light. I'm feeling grateful. Our driveway had 3 working trucks in it at one point. It looked very serious and added some excitement to my birthday. Hey, it doesn't take much.

 

Birthday Cake 2010

The Earthy Cowboy went to Dingledein's and got me this delicious and creamy Italian Butter Rum cake,

 

My flask

and found me a Celtic pewter flask at a local Irish store. Just what I wanted! How does he know these things?

 

My birthday Dinner

He also cooked me a scrumptious dinner of Porcini-Crusted Filet Mignon with Fresh Herb Butter and these melt-in-your-mouth potatoes.

 

I smiled most of the day.