Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Storm

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

10 comments:

Vicky said...

I'm glad someone came over and helped you divert the water. I was worried about it getting into the condo.

Have a great day! I wish I could join you! I'll be organizing the stash room if you need me! LOL

PamKittyMorning said...

That's crazy!!! We had a lot of wind but no water laying around. I did go out.

Su Bee said...

What a mess! That was a whopper of a storm. I had a flooded yard also, and today DH tells me the horses shed lost part of it's roof. I still think we're the lucky ones! I hope you get a bit of that comfy sewing time; maybe we can enjoy this next storm instead of worrying, eh?

Perry said...

Glad your damage wasn't worse. Watching the weather last night I was worried about all of you'll out there in California. You'll have really had some kind of last 12 months.

Bon said...

Whoa, Mar, glad you didn't get flooded out. I've been watching pictures on the news. Glad I'm here in MI.

Cheryl said...

Glad that your are OK and things didn't way out of control. We have had rain, but nothing like was predicted. It's really cold and windy today.

Eileen said...

Well, Mar I hope this week has started off better. Our weathers have gotten mixed up. It was up to 70 here in the East today. It's January?

Hope you got some quilting done over the weekend. I know Kim did.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Boy does that bring new meaning to be careful what you wish for :O)... I am glad you were able to keep the water outside!

Kim said...

Oh, my! We all--all of us in Northern California--got hit to some extent, I think! Poor Mar! I'm glad you got it taken care of, but I sure wouldn't have gone to work! I bet you looked a little like a wrinkled prune after spending so much time in the water! LOL!

Nan said...

How awful, Mar! I'm glad it will be fixed and hopefully will never happen again! I hope you didn't get too much more rain after that. I was thinking of all of you who live in usually sunny California, and hoping everyone was surviving the storm. It's been raining like crazy here in Washington, but most of the time we can handle it. It sure gets old, though!
I hope your weekend will be a calm and peaceful one, and you can do whatever your heart desires!! Take care!