Friday, August 31, 2007

Flash Floods

It was 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the desert. That would be in the shade, my friends. It's nice to have a pool. We took our trusty little pool vacuum cleaner and got rid of the desert sand that likes to settle on the bottom--caught a few wasps and other bugs in the skimmer. Then a bolt of lightning struck the vast emptiness behind us. Mmmm, better get out of the pool. Thunder followed, and more lightning. And suddenly gales from Middle Earth haunted the neighborhood. Darkness greeted us around one in the afternoon.

The local mountains disappeared into the mists of Avalon and reappeared as if rising from the sea. A flash flood turned the desert into a torrid river. But 20 minutes later the dried up earth had already swallowed the flowing waters. And all is how it used to be. It's 10 degrees cooler yet the sun shines again. In the end, the storm managed to gather the tumbleweeds and drop them in our gardens. The rose bushes have lost their petals, and the pool could use a little more water.

We fared well this time unlike the city by The Lake--uprooted trees, flooding and damage to the local McDonalds. These are the days of our lives.

In any case, Mother has another entry in her 1942 blog. I'm just sayin' . . . you seriously might want to go read.

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Naomi said...

I'm glad you and your family were safe from the bad weather Gatekeeper. We've had a lot of heavy rain which caused flooding in some areas, here in England. Some poor people lost their homes and lives. I've just been over to your Mum's blog. Your Mum is a very brave woman to have endured those terrible conditions. Has your Mum thought about turning her blog into a book about her experiences?

The Gatekeeper said...

Hi Naomi, we did see those horrible floods in England. Crazy weather, huh? We're actually getting used to it here.

Thanks for visiting Mom's blog. We are considering a book deal, but those are hard to come by. If we self publish we'll need to find funs. All in its own timing, I guess.

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Anonymous said...

Gatekeeper, you flatter me by thinking I could write devotions! The only things I have written are here on my blog. This blog really is my first attempt at writing anything.
I have a few posts that I suppose could be devotional, start with the Christianity section on my blog, I suppose.

Sharon Lynne said...

Great post! Loved the tumble weeds and the petaless roses...and the pool situation.

I mean...I loved the description of it all...not the event itself!

The Gatekeeper said...

Yeah, once in a while I get a little creative.