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.