HEDGE APPLES FLOATING BY MY PATIO

By: joealaska , 11:11 PM GMT on October 06, 2013

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Saturday there were so many different sports on TV it was OK that it was pouring rain outside.

At 7:30 AM it all started with golf and THE PRESIDENTS CUP in Dublin, Ohio. This event happens every other year, during the years The RYDER CUP does NOT happen. The Ryder Cup is The USA vs The UK. The Presidents Cup is The USA vs The World (except the UK). They had heavy rain move through Dublin several times with rain delays. It was already going to be a LONG day with 2 full rounds scheduled for everyone. They played until dark, then had to quit and finish Sunday morning. It is a rare TEAM event in golf, with different formats each day. Saturday had twosomes playing each other. Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar played together and were very good. When they took off their hats to shake opponents hands at the end, I thought of a nickname for them.

Team Forehead.

At noon college football started, with games lasting late into the night. Louisville remains undefeated beating Temple by “only” 30-7. Kentucky kept it surprisingly close with South Carolina. Finally, a couple of baseball playoff games in the evening in case you wanted to watch a little sports TV.

It got very dark around 10 AM, then the rain moved in. Steady and heavy. Occasional thunder. I almost always have the patio door wide open when I am home. Every so often I look outside and see what’s happening. Soon I saw the creek in the trees was rising. Nothing new, it always rises from the TRICKLE it normally is. But this time was special. The creek rose by about three feet. It flowed over its banks and came out of the trees. Dutchie’s trees. Then it was lapping at the bank below my patio. It is a big bank, and it was enough for Saturdays storm. But it was entertaining if nothing else.

Fluff and Dutchie each sat in their own director chair on the patio and watched the rain from 3 feet away.

There was a decent current moving by, and all sorts of stuff floating by. Lotsa foliage and flora. Branches and bushes. And hedge apples by the hundreds. The area is normally a dog walk area for the apartment tenants. God only knows what else was floating by. But after a while it was just a heavy flow of water, everything had been washed away. But the rain stopped. I tracked how the water kept rising, crested, and eventually receded. The creek in the trees was roaring, but the water did go back within its banks. The cats even went out and checked out the saturated ground, walking in super slow motion in the wet high grass. Make a sharp noise at the right moment and they jump straight up 6 feet.

Just before dark I heard thunder in the distance, and now we had lightening. It started raining again, harder than ever. One time I looked out the window and there was no problem. 15 minutes later I checked again and the flood was back. Yeah, it was all pretty dark out there, but it is pretty close to the patio. The intensity was now higher. Before, the water flowed over the banks. Now it was RUSHING out. There was white water where it rushed through the trees and came out into the grass.

I never really felt threatened. It was cool to watch. Not too easy to see late at night, so I went to bed while it was still going on. The rain had slowed down. Dutchie wanted to stay out, so I let her. She had a roof and a chair. See you in the morning.

It rained off and on all night. When I got up it was stopped at the time. Dutchie was waiting on the patio. She was pretty wet and hungry. There was standing water still in the grass, but no flow. All the plants and bushes Dutchie hides in, near the trees, were flattened by the water flow. Then I saw a picnic table where it oughtn’t be. Normally it sits a couple hundred feet to my left. It is a community picnic table, mostly iron. Heavy, and not easily moved by water I would assume. There are only narrow legs, not a lot of surface area for the water to push. Yet the table now sits a hundred feet to my right. Stuffed in a clump of trees. Perhaps only Dutchie knows how it got there.

It has rained off and on all day, even though the weather “experts” say the big stuff is now passed. I heard numbers from 5.91 inches of rain to 7 inches. Today I heard about local flooding in Jeffersontown on the national news. That is just a few miles from here.

Of course, while it is flooding, it is nowhere near what FLOODING has happened elsewhere lately. Colorado, Arkansas and Missouri, and more.

Next weekend all six members of my family, including CYBER-IN-A-WHEELCHAIR, will be celebrating the folks 60th anniversary. Technically it will be a few days early. We are going to go to French Lick, Indiana, a little over an hour northwest of Louisville. Home of Larry Bird, an awesome new golf course, and an old resort built around mineral springs. It is a quaint town and area that has many interesting things to see and do. And take pictures of.

Taking a train trip through the countryside.

Looking forward to it.

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19. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
10:23 PM GMT on October 10, 2013
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18. Ylee
2:44 PM GMT on October 10, 2013
Hope the vet can do something good for Enya, Rotty! Prayers to you both!

Happy 60th, JoeKy and Dotmom! Looks like nice weather in French Lick this weekend!
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17. iaotter
2:35 PM GMT on October 10, 2013
Rotty,
Sorry to hear about Enya. What a sad time for you and for her. Give her lots of love from me. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.
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16. Rotty3
12:01 PM GMT on October 10, 2013
Arbie: her name is Enya and we estimate her to be around +/-43 yo.

At some point yesterday she must have fallen, as her face is all cut up and her eye is swollen shut. Contacting vet in a minute when they open.
Will try to trailer her one more time to vet as I suspect a bad tooth abscess may be part of the problem... may not be "fixable" in the end, but I have to try.

osdianna and Arbie: thank you for your thoughts on her. Know that it's very much appreciated.
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15. Arbie
11:19 AM GMT on October 10, 2013
Sorry to hear about your mare Rotty. She sure has been through some ups and downs. What is her name, and how old is she? If you don't mind, that is. :)

We're breaking out of the summer heat right on time. If you're going to visit southern Texas come in October. We had a beautiful clear day with moderate temps yesterday. I had to go eat lunch outside and it was hard to go back to work!
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14. osdianna
4:55 PM GMT on October 09, 2013
Rotty...sorry to hear your "sweet old girl" is declining. You and she are definitely in my thoughts.
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13. Rotty3
2:11 PM GMT on October 09, 2013
Congrats to 60 years together to Dotmom and OJ.
Lots of continued healing vibes for Cyberspliz and safe travels.

Glad the flood wasn't too big a deal overall in KY.

Fluffed up Karen spared my area, dropping not the previously forecasted 21 cm (8.5 inches) but "only" about 2.5 cm (~1 inch). Grateful for small favors.

Been pretty swamped at work and at home, including home computer having gone down (up? in flames)... well, not as bad as the trailer fire 3 weeks ago, but it apparently fried the motherboard when the power supply blew up - no surge protector helps when the internal power unit fries up.

The sadder event is that, unless a miracle occurs, my sweet old girl is crossing over this weekend. Please keep her in your thoughts. Been spending lots of time with her... backhoe operator has been contacted.
With her not eating (although she ate about 2 cups of grain pellets overnight), she's lost so much weight that there's not much hope... Unless she starts eating a LOT more. Like 15 lbs / day, not 1/4 - 1/2 lb... (6-7 kg vs. 125-250 g).
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12. dix608greys
3:00 PM GMT on October 08, 2013
60 years! A real accomplishment. My sincerest congratulations to you both. I'm sure the family reunion will be fun for all. They usually are.
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11. iaotter
2:31 PM GMT on October 08, 2013
Happy Anniversary! Dotmom and JoeKy.
Take good care of Cyberspilz.
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10. dotmom
10:22 AM GMT on October 08, 2013
Thanks to all for the special anniversary greetings. It will be nice to have all the family together. Cyberspilz is traveling by air to Louisville - bringing her walker. We will be renting a "transport" wheel chair for her so we can "push her around." She is healing nicely but cannot put weight on her right side for another six weeks.
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9. osdianna
4:50 AM GMT on October 08, 2013
Cool footage of the stream becoming a torrent, and of Miss Dutchie wondering what the heck that roar was. How are they with thunder and lightning?
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8. Ylee
3:18 AM GMT on October 08, 2013
I was wondering how you guys made it up there, with all that rain! Shame you didn't have a spotlight on the table as it floated past! But hey, a guy's gotta sleep, right? :' )

Is CS commuting by plane, or by car? Wonder if the airlines charge extra for a wheelchair? If by car, I hope the roads are smooth and clear!
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7. whitewabit (Mod)
2:47 AM GMT on October 08, 2013
Joe .. might be a small world .. someone I know is going to French Lick for a family get together .. wonder if its a relative of yours .. she lives in Washington, Il .. will have to ask ..
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6. Arbie
11:44 AM GMT on October 07, 2013
An early happy 60th to Dotmom and JoeKY. We also celebrated our parents 60th this summer. How is that for coincidence. We ended up having a mini family reunion with my parents surviving siblings and also long time church friends. Us kids were all able to get off work and make it up to Ohio for a few days so it worked out well. Not many couples are lucky enough to make it that far!

Joe's video reminded me of a recent walk in the rain my sister and I took in the forest in the rain. It only rained about 3 inches so the creek was up but not flooding. We walked with umbrellas until the forest floor got too slippery and turned around. The sound if the rain pitter pattering on so many leaves and the creek was very relaxing. I could sleep to that sound if someone made a recording of it.

Have a good Monday all!
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5. insideuk
11:38 AM GMT on October 07, 2013
There was definitely some current in that little creek, a RIPTIDE even.

Verging on a Baywatch disaster, only without The Hoff.

I think we can safely assume Joe had got the skimpy red swimsuit and slow motion jogging thing going on, but he wisely kept the video camera pointed at the kind of action that children can safely view:

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Glad to see that Dutchie holds back from the waters edge whilst she checks out the situation. Only after a good visual inspection does she take the picnic table on an Olympic slalom white water rafting expedition.

Never even got her paws wet.

She doubtless misses the massive meltage events on Haystack that she grew up with. She has trophies. One was said to have been presented by Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon at a glittering awards evening where Joe made a bit of a show of himself re-enacting scenes from Mamma Mia and Footloose...

Free bar.

Nuff said.
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4. dotmom
9:52 AM GMT on October 07, 2013
Well, I just watched the video and I am amazed at how the water "rearranged" the picnic table - downstream. There was a lot of water in that stream this weekend. Dutchie enjoyed.
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3. osdianna
4:07 AM GMT on October 07, 2013
Dotmom: We had our third straight day of sunshine...until about 4pm when the latest front began moving in, but it was still 62 degrees. Now, at 9pm our time, it is raining and blowing, but still 57 degrees...very odd.
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2. dotmom
1:55 AM GMT on October 07, 2013
osdianna: That is quite a tale about the lady and the dogs. Water is frightening. It has a mind of it's own. Our golf course was closed today because of the weather and that is the first time I remember it closing for weather. Also, there is a 3-day art fair down town and they closed for today. A first in 57 years. We need sun!
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1. osdianna
1:28 AM GMT on October 07, 2013
Exciting times for Dutchie, at least; just ho-hum for Joe. I'm glad you had the opportunity to see the flood...I confess I have been wondering about that creek. Most of us never get the opportunity to see what havoc water causes...fortunately. I have a friend who was walking on the beach at low tide, well out of normal harm's way, when a sneaker wave hit her and her two dogs...knocked her off her feet, buried the dogs in sand, and broke her leg when a log hidden in the wave struck her. She was so freaked out about the dogs that she didn't realize her leg was broken, until after the dogs unearthed themselves and she tried to walk off the beach. She had to crawl.

More of that rain heading your way...maybe flood lights on the patio? Water wings for Dutchie?
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