The view from my perch on the mountain


As I gaze out the window a line from a Led Zeppelin tune keeps running through what’s left of my mind:

“If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break,

If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break,

When The Levee Breaks I’ll have no place to stay.” 



If you look closely you’ll see our darling daughter’s smiling face in this frame. The quality of the shot could be much better but please bear in mind that it was shot through two windshields (windscreens to those of you of the Brit persuasion) and a downpour. Adding to the challenge was the necessity of trying to trip the shutter between the sweeps of 2 sets of windshield wipers.

The smile on that face is the result of Momma and Daddy agreeing to add her sat TV/ Internet/ landline phone service to our account. This means she’ll have all of the above installed and functional next Thursday. Since she has no established credit history it would take much longer and cost far more to put it in her name because of security deposits and installation fees. Frankie and I are established customers so all that has been waived. We’re more than happy we could help with the red tape.

Besides, we really like to see that smile!




On our journey to town today I finally remembered to get a shot of what I think is an old root cellar on 4th Street. If there’s anything stored in there I hope it’s in water tight containers because I’m sure it’s floating by now. There is no door!




The branch (pronounced brainch in these parts) at the bottom of our street isn’t out of it’s banks…..yet….. but it is rising. We’ve been under flash flood watches and warnings for the best part of the past two days and they remain in effect until tomorrow. Being on high ground I won’t start worrying about flooding until I see ol’ Fish Hook (my brother in law) paddling past in an inner tube. All this rain is due to the remnants of Tropical Depression 5 (TD5) and another storm front behind it that is moving in from the Midwest.




Speaking of branches, Burd Town lost a 20 footer last night and it is lying out in our front yard. If the rain ever stops THE BOSS and I will have to break out the Sawzall™,cut it free and then into manageable pieces and haul it up to the tree line.

NOTE: No burds or feeders were damaged in this incident. Sawzall™ is the brand name of a reciprocating saw produced by the Milwaukee Electric Tool Company. These saws are also produced by several other companies and sawzall has become the generic name for this type of tool among tradesmen, no matter who makes it.



One thing all this rain is good for is the green stuff. After Halloween Frankie set Laura’s Jack-O- lantern in this then empty flower bed until we could dispose of it. Apparently a few seeds fell out because this pumpkin plant sprung up a few weeks ago and is now growing like crazy. It has a blossom on it but I doubt it will have a chance to produce a very large fruit before the killing frost arrives. On the other hand, you never know……….. Those seeds survived the #%&@!!! ton and a half of snow we had last winter.

We shall see.


3 responses

  1. Fizz

    If seeds didn’t survive winters, there would be very little flora and fauna around the earth, doncha know… that’s why nuts have had shells around them, and when the winter turns to spring, the shells get mushy and then grow stuff.

    For a smart fella, you sure can be a guy sometimes… 😉

    August 19, 2010 at 3:39 PM

  2. arlene

    Well Chip I guess that’s a smile worth sacrificing for. I’d do the same for my girls.
    That shelter is just like the oldAndersen shelters that people had in there back gardens during the war in UK, they were dug outs covered with corrugated iron and turfed over, they were kitted out inside with the necessities for an overnight stay during an air raid. We had two in the back garden when I was a child and the bridge between had sand in which was my sand pit, Long, long time ago.
    Keep dry

    August 19, 2010 at 3:44 PM

  3. penelopephoebe

    You have a beautiful daughter Chip, that not even rain, windscreens or wipers can hide.

    August 20, 2010 at 2:19 AM

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