Well, after three atmospheric rivers, and a lot of flooding all over the county, the weather systems are calmed down for a little while. One man died, many farmers lost a lot of their livestock, and thousands of homes and businesses will need to be gutted and rebuilt. The county is dotted with sinkholes and roads that are eroded away from the rushing water.
The flooding finally made it to my hillside street, in the form of a blocked culvert that started overflowing into the street, and sending a lot of gravel out of the neighbors’ parking areas and into the street. Fortunately, it didn’t erode underneath the street. Really, since that is all that happened near me, I have nothing to complain about.
Then we moved onto snow. I woke up Monday morning to a dusting of the white stuff, but it didn’t create any issues for my morning commute. It snowed again a little on Thursday morning, but not enough to even stick. Friday night brought a new storm of wind and rain, and plenty of snow in the mountains. It made a mess of my yard, bringing down a couple of big branches that I’ll need to cut up and get rid of. The yard work never ends this time of year!
I really get tired of the constant battering of wind and rain on the coast this time of year. But given the tornadoes in the Midwest, I probably still have nothing to complain about here.
Last weekend my friend Shelley and I took a long weekend and went to the coast. We rented a room in a little motel, then got upgraded to a two bedroom suite with a full kitchen because the TV wasn’t working. We beach combed, and checked out the sights along the coast. It was a nice getaway, despite the rain and cold. We bundled up and managed to do ok.
2021 has been a brutal year. Our insurance broker at work always says that you are bound to have one or two bad years out of every five. I’m hoping I can apply that to life as well. I hope you all are hanging in there; there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Just a few more weeks; 2022 is bound to bring something better!
I hope you are all well.