Yesterday, like any other work day, I got up with my alarm, made coffee, turned on the computer and started reading my emails. I got to the comment from Kim about keeping dry. (Kim is located about an hour north of me) Hmm that's right, this is supposed to be a big storm! I think ohhh how I wish I could stay home, call in sick, but I'm a supervisor and I really need to set a good example for my staff. I leisurely finish my e-mail and go get ready for work. As I was leaving I look on my patio. OMG!!! my patio was under a good two inches of water and it was still raining fast and heavy! At least it was casual Friday and I had my jeans on, sheesh, I spent the next 4 hours sweeping water off my patio. At one time the water kept returning from the side yard I was sweeping it into, so I had to go out and dig a ditch so the water could disperse. Here I am, blisters on my hand from the broom, in my little red poncho, drenched from my toes to my knees out digging ditches! Who would have thought? (Kim? did you get a Voodoo doll?) All I wished for was to stay home so I could build a fire and applique in a nice cozy condo! Careful what you wish for! I guess I need to be more specific with my wishes.
I have no pictures of all of this, I was a little too busy. I finally got a hold of the property management and they sent a landscaper out to see if they could help. The rain had slowed by then and most of the water OUTSIDE of my patio had drained. He dug out a little more and showed me why and where the outside drained so quickly. He also confirmed what I thought was happening. I share a common wall to the left of me and have another neighbor above me. The left side of my patio is the low end! So basically I was getting the run off from 3 other patios. I tell you that water just kept coming!!! The landscaper will report to the property manager that a drain needs to be installed to prevent this from happening again.
By 1:30 all looked like it would be ok, it stopped enough to sweep most of the water off and the worst of the storm was over. Off to work I went. I didn't want to, but I'm glad I did. My staff were all having the day from hell too and really needed help.
So that is my stormy tale of woe. I feel badly for all of those that got it worse. No rain yet today, I don't think it will get as bad as yesterday. Before it starts I need to go to the post office and drop off my old TV at the e-waste site. I'm going to make a pot of soup out of my left over turkey breast and work on my focus list. Enjoy your weekend! xoxomar