I wonder if Noah has an Ark I can borrow?

The weather report for the next week or so is rain.  Not just rain, but rain, rain and even more rain.  Did I mention it’s supposed to rain a lot this week?  Ok, just checking.  Rain is what makes the flowers grow, but it’s also what makes the grass get out of hand if there’s not time to cut it in between bouts of rain.  So it’s going to be interesting to see how long the lawn gets by the time I’m able to cut it next.

Fortunately, my mower is still relatively new.  When I moved to this area in 1993, I purchased a Craftsman push mower from Sears and it moved with us to every house and property where we lived.  About three years ago I gave it to one of the neighbors up the street, they didn’t have a mower of their own, and their lawn every year needed to be mowed and almost never did, unless someone nearby came along and helped them out.  Seeing as I was interested in upgrading, my wife suggested giving them my old mower and getting a new one.  So I did.  Of course a year later they lost the house due to back taxes and I think the old mower was either sold or thrown away with the remains of the house when it was torn down.  C’est la vie, right?

For the most part, I keep lawn and other equipment for a long time.  It’s a habit I picked up from my parents, specifically my father.  I still have all of his tools in storage, some of which he inherited from his father, so a lot of them are actually pretty old.  I’ve upgraded some things like drills and socket sets over the years, though they generally never stay in the containers they originally came in, that’s one of my major faults.  I have several tool boxes in the basement that are a jumble of various tools, one of these days I need to go there and sort everything out.  I keep saying that, but inevitably, never do.  Shades of procrastination.

Even so, with all the rain, if I can get a little time and no pain in my various joints, perhaps I can do some sorting in the house.  I certainly can’t mow the lawn until it dries sufficiently.  Now that I have the roto-tiller fixed, perhaps I can clean out the garage so it has a place to stay when the next seasons arrive and its no longer needed until Spring 2020.  We’ll see how all that susses out.  Stay tuned!


A little reminder from Mother Nature

From what I understand, there was snow in the Adirondacks of New York Sunday morning.  We had to bring in one of the flowering plants that our friends brought from NC Saturday night, since if we left it out, it might not have survived by the morning.  Apparently Bougainvilleas don’t really like temperatures that are in the 30s.  I can appreciate that, since I wasn’t really pleased with the fact that it was in the 40s as I went to work yesterday.

hot-coldFor all the advances we’ve made as a species, there are still some things that we have to either take for granted, or plan ahead for, as much as possible.  The weather is most definitely one of these.  If I were to extend the analogy, I would include changes in the climate, both long and short-term.  The weather that we experience today is not a lot different from what I remember as a child in the 1970s and 80s, but it is somewhat different.  Back then one didn’t hear too much about skin cancer, melanoma, or what would happen to your skin if you spent too much time getting a tan ‘the natural way’ (there were very few, if any tanning beds back then).  Millions of people would flock to the beaches every summer, lay out on their blankets in the sun and get nicely brown without a thought of what might happen 20-30 years down the road.  It just wasn’t a concern of theirs, or mine for that matter.  Sunscreen wasn’t a thing, really, no one had heard or made mention of a cancer of the skin that could eventually kill you if left unchecked.  Certainly I don’t ever recall hearing about aerosols that were depleting the ozone layer of the earth.  All of that didn’t come into the news until I was in high school or in college.  But then again, when I was a child, it would have been in the news for my parents to read, or adhere to.  You don’t see many 4th graders reading the New York Times.

Science Fiction shows like Star Trek, or futuristic movies have often made mention of ‘weather control devices’ that either orbit the planet or somehow put reins on Mother Nature, telling it when to rain, when not to have a hurricane or tornado or some such thing.  While it might be nice to have rain be predictable, I think in the end we’d be having a great effect on how weather works all over, since how the winds blow effect more than just our general area.  I remember reading about ‘cloud seeding’ and how that might make it rain with greater intensity in certain areas that have been arid for decades, but in order to seed clouds, you must have them first.  I don’t think anyone has figured out how to ‘create’ clouds, at least ones large enough to make it rain over an area significant enough to matter.  Too, if you make it rain, you also have to make it stop.  I can easily see someone doing the former, but not thinking out the latter, and then putting it into motion.  That’s the stuff of man-made disaster tropes.

It’s cold this morning, so I’m putting an extra layer on.  At least until Wednesday when it’s supposed to warm up.