It has been raining here since Saturday.
Yesterday the rain came in sheets. At some points, I couldn't see across the meadow, it was so heavy.
Satellite television and radio are usually not functioning, the rain and cloud cover are disrupting the signals.
I was able to watch The Weather Channel this morning, for a brief moment, and they had a crew up here reporting from Hayesville, N.C. Apparently the dam up there is under stress from all the rain.
That's not the only thing under stress. When people get confined to their homes for extended periods of time, some of the less stable relationships show the strain. Last night there were a lot of family disputes the Sheriff's Department had to handle. Including one where a husband and wife emptied their revolvers at each other in their living room. Then they both called the dispatcher to complain. However, they didn't hit each other and they didn't file charges. There's no law against shooting your pistol in your living room, I guess.
This rain has been just sitting over us and will continue to do so until Sunday. Today, it's just a soaking rain, as you can see from the radar image. But yesterday, it was all reds and oranges, just flooding down in torrents. My diversion ditches are holding, moving the water coming down the mountainside away from the buildings. Everything is certainly getting washed , all fresh and clean.
Steph's Art is back:
I've always enjoyed "Art by Steph", a website where the artist displays her animal paintings. She does a lot of really beautiful paintings of ferrets, as well as other creatures. Some time back, the web site went "off the air" and I was afraid all those paintings were going to be "lost" to me, as I wouldn't be able to pull up the website and view them. But she is back now, with a much improved webpage and even more good paintings.
She's always been nice about letting me post her paintings, and I appreciate that.
My wife and I have been looking at prices and locations along the beach, from North Carolina down through Texas. There's a television show called "Beach Living" on the Home and Garden Network, and they show you different potential places to live on the beach. Some of them are surprisingly affordable, under $400,000 for a really nice three bedroom, two bath home right on the beach.
The problem is hurricanes. I was living on the beach in 1985, up on Emerald Isle, N.C. when a big hurricane came through. I had to take M and our daughter (who was a baby then) to Raleigh, N.C. to get them to a safe area. We expected to lose the house we were renting, and everything in it. The hurricane tore up all the beaches but the place we lived in wasn't damaged. Now I watch the program and see these beautiful homes right on the water, and I remember that.
But a friend of mine bought one of those motor coach RV's that look like a bus. It was seven years old, but in good condition and he only paid $50,000 for it. What he does is lease a space in an RV park near the beach, and leave the motor coach there. When a storm comes, he just drives it to safety, and brings it back when things settle down. That seems like a pretty good compromise.
For just the two of us, I don't think we would need a gargantuan motor coach. Something more along these lines would do nicely. As long as it's comfortable, has a kitchen and a decent bath with a shower, we'd be fine.
It's something to think about. M seems to like the idea, and that way we could live in the mountains and at the beach too. There are still some problems to work out, but it's worth putting some effort into.
Don't know what I'll do the rest of the day. Probably read, or watch some television if the signal gets strong enough to do that.