7 May, 0130 AM: It finally stopped raining! The high altitude clouds are gone and the moon and one star are shining through the dark, low-level storm clouds that are zooming by. The small stream at the bottom of the hill - which finally got back within its banks this afternoon (rain stopped for several hours yesterday, sun came out and the wind blew like crazy!) - is now just barely overflowing again... and roaring!
Yesterday during the afternoon reprieve from rain, I took my 3-year old granddaughter bike riding (I have to walk beside her ). The wind was blowing so hard it would actually stop her in her tracks. I had to keep my hand on her back and push her along - until we turned around, then I had to put my hand in front of her so she didn't take off down the road like a rocket! Just after passing by a neighbor's yard at the end of the road, we heard a long, loud snap and creaking noise. A large tree split and slowing got blown over against another tree in the yard! We went to their house, rang the bell and informed them of the tree. As we headed back home - and past the tree - a large branch broke off, dropped straight down and stuck upright into the ground - just as if someone planted it there! Once we got back to my son's driveway - and I was sort of hoping my granddaughter was tired of peddling against the wind and my own legs legs were a little tired - I heard, "Grandpa? Let's go for another ride!" "Okay," I answered. We went back down the road, around the bend to the intersection, turned around and came back. Now, I thought, she's ready to go back inside. Not a chance! She said, "Grandpa? Can I drive my dune buggy?" "Sure you can!" I replied. After taking off her elbow, knee pads and helmet, I opened the garage door and put them away. Eva climbed into her car, backed out and started her routine of driving around the property - with me walking quickly behind. By the time she made her 6th trip around the property, I was bushed! "How about we go inside and get a drink?" I asked. It worked! She put the dune buggy in "slow" gear and drove it back into the garage. Smiling, she said, "I'll beat you inside!" and ran in. I closed the garage door, removed the battery from her car and put it on the charger. By the time I got inside, she had already finished the drink grandma gave to her. She asked me, "Ready? Let's drive the dune buggy again!" "Oh no! Let's take a little rest" I said. Surprisingly, she agreed and headed into the next room and began to play with her dolls and toys. I was almost afraid to sit down because I thought if I did, I may not be able to get back up! While making a cup of coffee, the sun was disappearing behind the clouds more often than earlier, dark clouds moved in quickly and it started to rain. I looked out and spotted a rainbow to the east-by-southeast. Calling both the girls, I had them look out the window to see it. Then the sun was gone and the rain came down harder.
In the past 24 hours we had 1.0"/2,54cm of rain. Since 10PM on 1 May to date, we've had 3.62"/9,19cm or rain. The grass has been cut and now looks as though it could use it again!
All this rain has brought forth all the early flowers and ironically, the wind seemed to make the wind flowers (at my house) pop open as well! But between the thunderstorms two nights this past week and the high winds, the tulips and lilies have lost the petals already. Eva, the 3-yr old told me someone picked her mommy's flowers! I showed her they were still there, just missing the petals because of the hard rain and wind. That made her decide she wanted to pick dandelions so she could blow the seeds away!
Today (Sunday) we get - you guessed it - RAIN! It's supposed to be over with by 5 PM. Maybe we'll get to see another rainbow!