I truly planned to post this Thursday, but my head got in the way and a two-hour nap ensued. I’m okay with that.
My this and that for this week includes the following:
- more rain in 3 days than I’d like to see again for the next 3 months
- all the water sent ants into my kitchen in droves and a cockroach into my bedroom until his life was snuffed out by the woman who pays the rent around here.
- the sun has returned and the grass is already looking dry again.
- an alligator was spotted earlier this week crossing the street in the cross walk like a good, law-abiding citizen.
Just another week in sunny Florida.
So the thing about a tropical storm is, it’s not scary dangerous like a hurricane. Don’t misunderstand, it can be deadly if a tornado drops down out of the sky, as several did this past weekend. And if you’re foolish enough to go running around in the surf or swollen creek and rivers, drowning is a distinct possibility. But on the whole, if you use common sense and pay attention, you will get through it.
However, this one, even if she is named for me, is a pain in the butt. The bands of rain come through, dropping lots of rain, so I stay inside. Then the sun comes out, the rain stops, and I make plans to run errands. By the time I get my act together (okay – it takes me longer than most people…) the sky grows dark and drops a deluge once again.
All I want to do is go to the ATM and run over to Chipotle’s. Is that too much to ask? Rats, the sun is out again. I gotta go!
Here in Florida, there are two things you can always count on – sunshine all year long, and rain in the summertime.
So for the first couple days, I didn’t really pay attention to all the rain. Yes, it rained more than the typical afternoon showers we usually see this time of year, but whatever.
By yesterday, I was pretty much over it and just wanted the sun to come out and raise my saggy, soggy spirits. That didn’t happen. In fact the rain carried on all day and through the evening. It wasn’t until last night that I realized this rain was being caused by Tropical Storm Debby out in the Gulf of Mexico. And by the way, people, I prefer the -ie spelling over the -y spelling, but I was not consulted.
Today the wind picked up as the rain kept falling. I ran a couple of errands because I needed dog food and something sweet. Which I would probably go out in a Cat 5 hurricane to get, by the way. Not until I sat down after dinner did I find out that in Hillsborough County north of me, there is a tornado warning just being lifted, along with a tornado watch in effect until tomorrow morning. This little “rainy weekend” is turning into a dangerous storm. According to the local news, one person has died as a result of a “possible tornado” touchdown today.
And yet, on Twitter, people are griping about having their TV shows interrupted for news of weather warnings and updates. Sometimes I just want to smack people on the forehead with “I am an idiot” stickers, so we can all identify them from a distance and avoid them.
For those of you who are taking this storm seriously, stay dry and stay safe.