Tuesday, January 06, 2009


I'm about to start loading critters 2x2 in my boat. My brother-in-law is the unofficial weatherman of Empire. He's emptied his rain gauge a couple times and he is estimating that we've had about 10 inches of rain the last couple days.
On the way to work this morning, I passed a pasture that normally has a gently flowing stream through the middle. Today the entire pasture (about a 100 acres) is now a pond. It's been a long time since I've seen this much rain.
It rained like this when I was a kid and Horse Creek, that ran in front of our family's home, over flowed its banks. All us kids ran up and down that creek participating in impromptu races. We raced sticks, planks, pine cones, or anything else that would float. It's a thousand wonders we weren't all swept out to sea.
You don't see kids doing that today....probably because their parents fear they will be swept out to sea.
So we're staying in tonight. Jilda has a pot of butter-beans on the stove and I can smell cornbread cooking in the oven. We'll have a tall glass of sweet tea and listen to the sound of rain on the roof.

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