My first trip to Jamaica (35yrs ago) was spur of the moment, FebruarygetmeOUTofhere, and a real blast. I did no weather research because JamaicaFebruaryYeah,baybee so I was totally surprised by the 2am torrential rains. The first one freaked me out – ‘omg. mah vaycaaayshun’s ruuuuined’ because it was just a ridiculous amount of rain that sounded like it would go on forever. Imagine my surprise when, 6hours later, I emerged from my room to the first of 10 sparkling days – and 10 2a torrential nights. Much later I realized that it’s this incredible combo that results in trees & flowers that seem to grow 3 feet in an hour.
We’re having a mini-Jamaica here; 90F in the day with these terrifying storms that come in…..(and here’s where it differs)…whenever the hell they feel like it. Saturday: gorgeous day 89F with sparkling sunshine. I was at a cookout when, suddenly, all the men started grabbing up tables, etc and putting everything in the garage…oooo-kay…whazzup, old dudes? Turns out ever. stankin’ oneadem has radar on their phones and they were tracking weather. Big storm coming in from Des Moines. So we all helped move stuff in, then pretty much hightailed it home.
To: Nothing. I got home and had plenty of time to mow the front lawn before a couple minutes’ Spring rain got me wet enough to have to towel-dry my hair. But that was it.
For about an hour.
Then. O.M.G. Where a moment before it was dry there came a deluge so heavy I feared the entire house would just float away. Then came The Wind. Seventy. Miles. an. Hour. Rain almost completely horizontal. Sunflowers bent double. Apocalypse-level rain. And then the tornado siren went off. Thanks, Des Moines! I snapped a leash on The Girl, grabbed my handbag with the car keys and flash drives and my extra glasses and hightailed it to the bathroom. Siren finally stopped. Then BOOM! all the power went out.
And it was at that moment that I remembered: Nature, for all its beauty and glory, Is Not Our Friend.
Sunday morning we woke up to one of the most beautiful days I’ve ever seen. Clear, clean, rain-washed air. And, despite the vicious pummeling my garden has never looked so glorious!
I’mo hop off here because we’re back to the tornado-level winds & rain and we’re on a ‘patch’ for power to the town. If I don’t get this up now there’s no tellin’…. we were without power for Saturday night and then from 10a to 7p Sunday, while they tried to fix the ‘patch’. With this crazy weather who knows if that patch will hold? I don’t even wanna know what that ‘patch’ is made of. 200 yards of gauze? 20 tubes of Neosporin? A mile of duct tape?
So. Bye! for now. whazzup with you guys? I will pull some storytellers (in addition to the last post’s folks) and send out some goodies! Are you having weather?
all Apres le Pluie (la Pluie?) with this insane weather, those sunflowers in the circular bed (center photo) are nearly 6′ tall. And it’s only mid-June!