There really isn’t much to this week’s Scattered Saturday, but it is definitely soggy and, as regular readers know, I have to go for the alliteration. I have been re-living through my Facebook On This Day my experiences of the flood of 2013. My experiences were not as horrific as some, for which I am grateful. No, I am not going to do a re-cap. I’m not even going to link back to my blog posts of the time, because I don’t know that they’re all that great (I don’t know if any of my posts are all that great, but they’ll have to do).
So after a short(ish) run yesterday, I thought to do a long run today, with hills and everything. Unfortunately, I paused for a cup of coffee and Facebook perusal before I left. I hadn’t gone very far when it started to sprinkle. I persevered until I heard thunder. Even then I was inclined to keep going. I kept thinking of Grandma in the pool. You see, my grandmother loved to swim. She had a four-foot above-ground pool which we went over and swam in all the time. If there was thunder, Grandma would watch the lightning and count the seconds till the thunder and stay in the pool if it seemed the storm was far enough away. I have since heard that this is not the right thing to do, because those thunder storms can move awfully fast. Still, what was good enough for Grandma… Additionally, once I’d started running, I felt I REALLY wanted to keep going for at least 15 minutes.
So it was a 15-minute run. It soon stopped raining, but by then I had showered and felt too clean and sweet-smelling to get all sweaty again. I thought I might run later, since it had stopped raining. I wondered how many showers I could reasonably take in a day but was willing to at least go as high as three (if my second run got rained out as well). However, it rained and thundered on and off, and I never got around to it.
And then Utica got flooded (for non-local readers, Utica is a half hour/45-minute drive away) (depending on if you consider the speed limit a mere suggestion). I found this out because I was having a Putter-and-Post kind of day. That is a day when I putter around the house, do something useful, then post about it on Facebook. Or post something else on Facebook or just read other people’s posts. I am nothing if not flexible about these things. I had not been inclined to go to Utica today, so that worked out for me. For everybody in Utica, not so much.
I tried to download some pictures from Facebook to share but had no luck (some laptop issue I’ll have to figure out, I suppose). So I thought I’d use my Tablet and take a couple of pictures of Herkimer (where I live). When I had looked earlier out the road was not a river, as it had been in 2013, but the gutters were widening and looking brown. By the time I took the pictures, it had stopped raining and the puddles had receded, but there was debris in the road.
It seems to have stopped raining, but I hear there is flooding in many streets. Travel is restricted, and many people are pumping out their basements. Oh dear. So far we only have a little water in our basement, so we are fortunate this time. I can only hope it continues, or I will definitely have a Wrist to Forehead Sunday! As always, I hope you’ll stay tuned.