THANK GOODNESS FOR THE RAIN!!!
Tropical Storm Dolores sent a few drops of rain (okay, more than a few!) up the California Coast. We had lightening and thunder, very scary, but I was good with it as long as it came with rain. I have lived all of my life in California and to be honest, we really don't get a lot of lightening. I'm sure there's a scientific explanation, probably the same as why we don't get many tornadoes. But last night...WOW!
Saturday was a quiet day, spent most of the day cleaning up the rancho as we were having a birthday BBQ for my husband. Absolutely beautiful in the afternoon. A light breeze, warm temperatures. Here is a picture of the beginning of the sunset.
And here is George, while he was still happy...he loves company. More pets and scratches than he knows what to do with. LOL
An hour later, the lightening moved farther away...and then, we lost electricity...Keep in mind, that means no water, no cooking, no coffee, and NO internet! LOL My husband has a generator out in the barn, but we kept thinking that the power would be back on any minute. SEVEN HOURS LATER!!! It seems that we were one of 12,000 customers that lost power in our county. We took a quick trip into town for a bite of breakfast, came home, and then just hung out. The power came on at the same time that I needed to get Dad's lunch. A blessing!
We can still hear the thunder, but it's moved beyond the foothills, so life is good. I went out to check our rain gauge. A little over 1 1/2 inches in less that 14 hours. I know, it doesn't seem like much, but so welcome in California!
Here's a picture of the ditch in front of our house. The culvert was plugged this morning, which sent water over the road, but it happens on wet years so we keep a 20 ft. pipe next to the side of the road that we shove through the culvert to unplug it. I had to laugh. At least 10 cars went through the water this morning and not a single person stopped to help. We've lived on this road since 1985. It never fails to amazing how "un-neighborly" some people can be when it includes mud and mess. LOL
So, take care, peeps. The sun is out, the thunder is gone. The ground is soaked and my flowers are happy. It is a good day. Be kind to one another.