Thursday, September 8, 2011

Flood 2011

Well, we're in the midst of yet another flood in the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers' region. Schools, roads and bridges remain closed, and travelling is restricted. I thought the '06 flood was touted as a once-in-five-hundred-year flood, but obviously it's more like an every 5 year occurrence. I guess Mother Nature doesn't keep tabs on zero placement.

I'm learning not to be complacent about anything. Normal, boring days seem like a wonderful daydream .A couple weeks ago Hurricane Irene toppled several trees in our yard, thankfully missing our house (a miracle ) but landing squarely on our cars. My car gained some character wrinkles but Dan's Impala was impaled. We are still recovering from that incident!

Our priorities became very basic. Do we have food and water? Is our house staying relatively dry? Many have been evacuated and displaced from jobs, homes and comfortable routines. We are practicing patience, gratitude and resilience. We know the sun is shining somewhere!

We've had a long, mostly delightful summer. We've had some park picnics, family gatherings, a short jaunt to Maine, and a quick trip to the State Fair! So despite these current conditions, we have many images to remind us that life is good!



This is our neighboring creek that dumped 150 truckloads of rock on our yard five years ago. Thankfully, it's staying in its banks but is undercutting the state highway.


Above, my son enjoying the Footsie-Wootsie at the State Fair.

Impaled Impala :-(

How did this tree miss our house?

Maine men

Playing with my food!

Beach boy!

Wedding at Blue Spruce Manor

Took Dad to church...where he was fondly welcomed...

I'm enjoying being a vendor at the Hamilton Farmer's market!

Breathtaking clouds!

My gang

Grandma D's SIX grands!


Becky said...

I've been thinking of you! It's a shame about the car and the owl's home too. I hope the lack of rain today helps the situation.We are fine, sitting above the river like we do. Yesterday the phone didn't work, but today it does and the power has stayed on this time. Your latest Greenprints illustrations are terrific!

Rachel DeVona said...

I believe you mean 6! (On the photo of Grandma D.)

DeVona said...

You are so right! GRANDPA C has 5 grands! I will change it!