A break in the clouds

Well, after this morning’s downpour and gusty winds, there came a break in the clouds and some blue sky and sunshine appeared.  Ozzie and I high-tailed it out the door and got in a decent walk.  A little shorter than normal, but it started clouding up again and I wasn’t really in the mood to get soaked.  The walk provided another break in my own personal clouds.  While quilting away and thinking about the problems I’m having with being billed for past medical expenses, I began having a bit of a panic attack.  Pounding chest, feeling a bit short of breath, and just feeling plain panicky and miserable.  Turns out the walk was a really good cure for it all.  And yes, I do know that I sometimes suffer from panic attacks, I don’t have heart disease, and I knew I was not having a heart attack.  I feel a whole lot better after getting in a good walk with my buddy.

Ozzie

And then the rains came

Stormy weather here today.  The wind is blowing and the rain is pouring down.  I think the Fitbit stats will suffer greatly today, but if the wind dies down, perhaps I can take the huge golf umbrella (no, I don’t actually play golf) and go out for a walk without getting totally soaked.  Poor Ozzie looks totally depressed.  He wants to play ball, but he hates the rain!

I hope you all can find a bit of sunshine today.

Bring it on!

I know most of you think I’m nuts because I love storms and I love the rain.  Well, truth be told, I guess most of you think I’m nuts anyway!  We’re really cookin’ with gas as far as the storm goes right now.  25 mph winds with more intense gusts, and this is the radar at the moment.  Sunday 4 oclock

Eugene is in the second county up from the bottom, just into the yellow, where that divot is in the middle of the screen.  So – it’s pouring rain, and what have I gotten done today?  I cleaned the stove and fixed one of the burners on it and replaced all the drip pans (the others were about 20 years old and had just had it).  I made sure the electrical supply to the sump pump was working, cleared a clog (mostly just mud and leaf debris from what I could see . . . trust me, I didn’t look too closely) from the sump pump and got it working again.  Put a load of laundry in.  Made a loaf of sourdough rye high-protein bread.  Have almost completed a queen sized quilt, and knit about two more inches on the leg of a sock while the computer was running on the quilting machine.  Got the laundry out of the dryer and folded it up and even put it away!  I really get energy from a storm.

I’m hoping everyone in the northwest will stay safe.  Hopefully not many will lose power and, if so, for not too long.  And I hope there will be no major mud slides or no big trees down.  For now, I’m snug as a bug in a rug and I’m enjoying it immensely.

That tool box

Well, dang it!  Apparently I need to grab my toolbox and head back under the house.  It’s raining cats and dogs now (along with a couple of hop-toads) and I’ve not heard the sump pump go for several hours.  This sometimes happens at the start of the season.  Over the summer things dry out, shift around, critters get in the pipes and stuff can clog the pump.  I shudder to think what is stuck.  I also am not happy about crawling under there in a down pour.  It’s not too bad right now, but is supposed to get pretty wild by late this afternoon, so I guess I’d best hop to it.  I already got pretty wet going out to see what the trouble was about an hour ago.  I just couldn’t bring myself to take the thing apart just then.  I’ve had my second cup of coffee (Happy National Coffee Day, BTW), and I’m ready to face it.

I’ve got a big quilt on the frame and am doing a rather intense design on it (One Song Needle Arts‘ Gypsy Feathers), and had hoped to knit while the machine completed each row.  Instead, I will don my elegant elbow-length plumber’s gloves and head back under the house.  Where’s the landlord when you need him?  Oh – that’s right – I’m the landlord!

Sunday noon

It’s coming!  I’d best get out there now.