Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Umbrellas Over Crown Point

It rained this morning. Very early this morning. The first thunder rolled over our house at about 3 a.m.. It sounded so much like a freight train that I got up and prepared to herd us all into the basement. In order to stay awake and listen for the warning sirens, I did what any self-respecting tornado watcher/waiter would do and brewed myself a pot of strong coffee. It was ready by 3:15 a.m. and I poured myself a steaming cup, booted up the computer, quickly checked the weather maps and.....did what any self-respecting blogger would do--I checked my favorite blogs. Around 3:45 a.m., the rain started. It pelted the windows and cascaded in sheets off the roof. Thunder continued to rumble all around town. By 4 a.m., it was time for another steamy mug and reading the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune--the Trib had hit the front porch around 3:30 a.m.. Lest you think that I'm a real news junkie, I was actually checking out Chelsea Clinton's wedding in the first two papers online! And I read Baby Blues and All In The Family in the comics.

M.I.L. Photo

At 6 a.m., it was still raining, I had finished off an entire pot of coffee, worked on a blog post, leafed through a catalog, read several chapters of "Home Safe" by Elizabeth Berg and was trying to decide whether to put on another pot of coffee when I heard it!! The basement sump pump kicked in. That is a bad sign and a good sign. The bad being that water was coming into the basement. The good being that the sump pump was taking it out. The original intent of basements was to keep water out of houses. I keep reminding myself of this when I see trickles of water inching across the basement floor. Although I grew up in a house with a basement (which was haunted and therein lies a story for another time), this is the first basement we've had. Andrew decided early on that we would treat the basement as a basement. No finishing off into living space. And, that was a wise decision.

We had THREE inches of rain in a little over two hours!!

Oh, and the cabinet doors come home tomorrow. I will retake my kitchen. I will cook again.

27 comments:

  1. After all of the waiting I hope that we get to see the cabinets! We had a TON of rain here too, no basements in my neighborhood though so we were OK.

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  2. Wow, what a good bit of rain. We could use a little of that here. Carla

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  3. Wow...all of that before 6:00 am- I was just getting out of bed! We need rain here, but I can do without tornadoes. (I thought of my son while reading your post- he bikes 2 miles to work every day, rain or shine.)Hope you got a nap in today. Yay for kitchen cabinets!

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  4. Wow you had a busy night. I think I would have done the same. My sister told us about the storm; she had water in her basement and rarely does. Glad it was nothing worse.

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  5. The umbrellas are a vision and a dream. Like in a beautiful fantasy movie. And I love hearing about your morning (night)! Our basement is finished and carpeted, but when a hard slanted rain comes, it comes in under the door, just did last week. I'm now very anxious to hear all about the haunted basement and see before and after pictures of your kitchen!

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  6. I'm glad that water is all you had to deal with. I also hope you can squeeze in a bit of a nap this afternoon. Take care...Mary

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  7. I just read your comment on my blog about your father. When my mom died, she was hospitilized in U.V.A. and it was January that we drove back and forth every day. Rain, snow, fog, blackness in the weather and in my heart. I, too, remember the awful daily drives, my friend. I see we have yet another thing in common, this strange bond of sorrow.

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  8. We had that rain here in northern Ontario Canada Tuesday morning.I've never seen anything like it. I was a tropical storm but it lasted at least 2 hours. Scary but it sure cleaned everything up. We had another short bout early evening.
    Unsual heat this summer brings surprises.
    Rita

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  9. That's a downpour! I am so looking forward to seeing your kitchen!!! =)

    Hope you got a good night's sleep!

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  10. We've been having so many thundering nights that I'm getting very little sleep since my puppy can't hold it togheter. Not my love nor affectionate hugs can calm him down. Fortunately, the fact that we've been receiving more rain is somewhat a blessing around here since the city has been warning us of the extreme lowered water levels.
    We sold our house last year...and I certainly do not miss hearing that sump pump ;o)

    Love the photo of the umbrellas.

    Hopefully today will bring you less worry and happier moments,
    Claudia

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  11. I can't wait to see the new cabinets - we've had some of those rains this summer. And yes, I believe a basement should be a basement -- it also is where our laundry lives!

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  12. first things first. I love that photo. did you add the umbrellas in PS or were they there. how did you do this?
    i lived in a house in KY that the basement was haunted. my dad, a baptist minister woudl say there is nothing down there, now go get the coal. years later, when he was very old he ADMITTED that he felt it to and that he did not like going down there either.
    glad the weater did not beat you up and the pump is working. we can't have basements in florida, 3 feet down is water. none in Savannah GA either. we need rain but i want rain not booming

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  13. Ready for a nap yet? Probably not after a full pot of coffee! Can't wait to see the kitchen and get the haunted basement story!

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  14. Sorry to hear that you had to get up sooo early. Sounds like you kept busy though. We could use some rain though. Hopefully you won't crash in the middle of the afternoon.
    Glad the doors are coming back --nothing like a kitchen that's out of order! Looking forward to seeing them.

    Have a good day!

    Melinda

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  15. Don't you love a good hard rain with thunder and lightning...only if nothing bad happens! When I finally fixed my roof I dared the rain gods to do their best. Unfortunately, it wasn't the rainy season so I had to wait. Good news, the roof is holding up fine!

    Along the same vein, you might find this interesting, there is a tunnel that connects the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the Sheraton Waikiki. Because it is under sea level, it is always seeping ocean water. When I first worked there I was a little skeptical but got used to it. It's also easy to get lost in the tunnels!

    B.

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  16. You sure made good use of your time! In my neck of the woods, we don't have basements. My grandmother did have a root cellar on her farm and as I remember, that was pretty creepy.
    Mimi

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  17. i came back to see how i missed the photo acknowledgement. its there i just jumped over it. i might try this in photos shop. gave me an idea.

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  18. That's a lot of rain. I didn't hear the thunder until 4:30 a.m., it got black but just a drop of rain then. Now, it's getting black again so we'll see. We've certainly had enough! Sounds like you had a good morning reading though. Love that Trib and no Blago all over the front page but bet it will be soon! Good about the doors!

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  19. That photo really is just so gorgeous. Sorry to hear that you had a bit of a fitful night! Although so glad that tornadoes weren't involved...

    Here's some wishful thinking: you and me, lunch at Classic Kitchen. I suppose if we had to we could invite Stefan and Andrew, too. :-)

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  20. I love the way you tell the story of your morning. I was swept right along like I was reading a novel. A pot of coffee and reading my favorite blogs: my very favorite past-time. Oh, and I love to hear the rain on the roof as well!
    Brenda

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  21. Oh Fancy, that would be so lovely! I've been pouring over old Gourmets and found the one that featured Classic Kitchen. That was such a special meal with special people in a special location.

    xoxox

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  22. Ooooooh, I like how you say the sump pump sound is a good thing and a bad thing!

    I love the umbrella picture, too.

    I just came across your Blog today through 'The Literary Gato' and I'm hooked - I WANT to hear the story of the haunted basement...Give it up!

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  23. Oh my gosh, you must have been a very early bedtime! I drove to northern Illinois yesterday afternoon and I heard that there had been rain earlier. I'm glad I missed it! At least you didn't get anything like our 5-7 inches in two hours a couple of weeks ago.

    The mosquitoes rule right now :(

    Can't wait to see you new cabinets!

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  24. Seeing all these beautiful umbrellas on the ceiling made me think of the Musical "Mary Poppins" I went to see with my daughter in the beginning of the year.
    I like rain at night.

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  25. I love Elizabeth Berg's books! Have a wonderful weekend! ♥

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  26. I have to wonder if you ever checked the weather! I can't sit near my desk without the urge to get into the blogoshpere...it's really an addiction, huh? Glad the pump worked, we have one, too. We don't actually have a basement-it's a crawlspace that you can walk around in...? I hope you got some sleep, too. As for being a news junkie, well...there are some signs, LOL!

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  27. I'm glad your basement is a basement and not living quarters. Hope nothing was damaged.

    LOVE Elizabeth Berg!

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