Friday, October 19, 2007

Only a Sprinkle

My lightheartedness is on hold today.

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A light rain shower surprised me on my way to work.



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Fleeting panic.

I had not used my windshield wipers in the new car I bought eight weeks ago. Sitting in a traffic back-up saved me while I fiddled with the control.



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It’s been a while since I’ve seen a puddle, especially one in the shape of a heart. A Carolina Wren bathed and splashed there for a while.

We received .25 inch of rain today.

Stage Four of water the restriction is being planned.

Outdoor watering will be prohibited unless it is life-sustaining.

There will be indoor water rationing. We’ll be monitored on gallons used.

A warm and dry winter is predicted.

Every time I open the faucet, I think about it.

I’m a hand washer.

School children need to continue washing their hands.

Disease is threatening.

Maybe I’m overreacting, but frankly, I’m frightened.



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The clouds began to clear before sunset and the breeze cooled us down.

I opened the windows and could hear dry leaves rustling and skipping across the street.



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A few minutes later, the sun cast a warm glow,



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then soon illuminated the clouds with its bright golden effects.



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It sank lower and cast deeper shades.



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The weekend will be cool and delightful.


Let’s pray for a predicted storm due next week. We need to be soaked for a few days. With that said, I’ve done enough talking about the weather on Mary’s View. I’m reminding myself that others in this world have suffered, and are now suffering, through far worse disasters.


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Good night. Have a great weekend!

34 comments:

Lynne said...

You too May, you too.

mon@rch said...

WOW, so many great sky shots here! Such amazing pictures my friend!

David in Greensboro, NC said...

You hate to be ungrateful, but a quarter inch??? We got about 3/4 in Greensboro.

When I first saw that first photo, I thought it was some scene from Star Wars! Awesome shot!

David in Greensboro, NC said...

So are y'all actually being rationed on water? If so, at least your city leaders have the balls to take some real action. We could use some real leadership on the water issue here--instead, our City Council has spent the week tweaking the noise ordinance of all things. As a local writer put it, after the elections, the next council will have some very tiny shoes to fill.

Sonia said...

Wow! Wonderful photos, Mary!

Love also Bella and Chloe! They always look adorable!

Have a nice weekend as well!

cat59 said...

Hi there,

Beautiful photos of the sunset. I wonder how much rain we got in Raleigh. I am on a Board retreat; make that a bored retreat. Hope you enjoy the cool weather this weekend even if it is sans rain.

Mary said...

David, Stage Four hasn't taken effect yet, but the plans are taking shape. I'm glad you had almost an inch. I'll need to look at your forecast for next week. Might be promising, although, it will take months to a year to catch up!

KGMom said...

Mary--lovely sunset photos!
Down here in Narlins, they had a humongous rain day before I arrived. Everything is squishy--just what these poor folk didn't need.

Carol said...

I also thought your first picture was right from Star Wars, very heavenly looking.

Still hoping and praying for rain for all of you!

LostRoses said...

It is scary to think about rationing water indoors, Mary! C'mon, rain. Very cool sky shots, and you had your camera handy which I rarely do. No wonder you get such good photos, you're prepared to see them!

kate said...

I will keep my fingers crossed for a storm with enough rain to make a difference. I had no idea that it was quite so dire there.

Both Bella and Chloe look completely unconcerned though - what an adorable picture! I hope you have a cooler and a wonderful weekend Mary.

Hugs Kate ox

NatureWoman said...

I hope you get more of the much needed rain, soon, Mary.
I'd rather shut off the shower water while soaping up than stop washing my hands a million times a day. And that's saying a lot because I love my shower.
This water thing will just give the oink oinks who don't wash their hands after using the restroom an excuse to continue their nasty behavior.
I love your sky photos. And I hope you have a great weekend, too. Weekend, one of the best words, isn't it?

Q said...

Dear Mary,
Heart puddles, Autumn sunsets, windsheilds full of rain drops, you are an artist! I am so connected to nature that I respond to each nuance of the weather. Being in a dire drought is very, very difficult. You have held up remarkably. I like knowing what nature is doing at your house! I never weary of seeing your flora, fauna and darling pups! Please keep us posted...inquiring minds like to know!
Sherry

Jayne said...

What a magnificent sunset Mary... just made me smile with joy. Water issues here are scary too, but we are closer to TN and less threatened than the Atlanta area. It will take some time for the water tables to recover from such a draught.

Chris said...

Your photos are amazing, Mary. I wish you some days of rain!

Jean said...

Such beautiful pictures.Any update on the water waster?

Alyssa said...

It's pretty scary when the comforts we are used to are threatened. I've read that water and the spread of disease will be real problems that we'll all have to face now and in the upcoming years. Climate change is knocking on our doors. Hopefully, you'll all have some sorely needed rain this weekend. It helps just a little when the weather is cooler. The sunset was beautiful - working second shift I rarely get to see one. It was much appreciated. Kiss the girls for me.

Mary said...

Jean,

The water waster is laying low. The day after I called I expected to see him finish power washing the driveway. It's still stained. So, I guess the water police got to him or my bad karma.

Larry said...

Oh my gosh-those are gorgeous sky photos!Mary-I actually worry when there's a drought. I start to think what if this and what if that.-I'm sure everything will be fine.-That .25 is just a start.

vicki said...

The water issue is cause for fear, I'm a-feared. Here in Chicago we're moving towards a tax or ban on bottles and I think that's a GREAT idea. Rich is working on the Chinese Olympics and very few people, relatively speaking, realize that Beijing doens't even have enough potable water for it's own residents let alone a million visitors. They ahve been building a pipline from the south for just such an ocassion, pumping wayer from the Yangtzee river, which recieves a direct dump of 40% human waste each day in the Southern provinces. Ive discourage him from going but he says it will be fine- Coke will just ship in billions of plastic bottles of water. ARrrrrg.
Nexy week, back to Florida where I'll see what's up with watering restrictions. I'm a serious handwasher, too, working with kids at the zoo.

smilnsigh said...

Sorry for the panic, while learning to use the controls. But it made a lovely photo op... all drops of rain on windshield. Very, very pretty.

I'm a hand washer too, so I can imagine how you feel. How about some of those hand wipes, for times when it's not really necessary to turn on the tap and use soap/water?

Yes, I'd be a little frightened too. -sigh-

But what spectacular sunset photos you got!!!!!!!!

Hugs,
Mari-Nanci
Photos-City-Mine

Cathy said...

Sweet Mary,

Only you could find a heart-shaped puddle :0)

That gilt sky takes my breath.

Those pups steal my heart.

Thank you.

Mary C said...

Hi Mary - I loved your sunset photos. What setting did you use on your camera? I am assuming you were using your Kodak. I would love to get sunset photos to look like that. Of course, I know Mother Nature had a hand in it, too. ;o)

RuthieJ said...

Oh Mary, the drought situation is so sad....every night we see it on the news, I think of you. You don't think they'll make you shut your pond down, will they?

I guess even a little rain is better than none....hope you get some more soon.

P.S. I would so love to pet those little doggies and have them sit on my lap!

dguzman said...

holy moly, those are beautiful photos. You're lucky to have such a great vantage point for the sunset. I have a good sunrise viewing spot (the backyard) but Neighbor Ed's house blocks the sunset.

I read yesterday that NC is in an area where the drought conditions are supposed to "persist or worsen" between now and Jan 2008. I immediately thought of you, and thought and thought some more, and then I worried. I wish you a multiple-day downpour.

Mary said...

Delia,

For the best sunrise and sunset photos - Delaware was the place. Nice and flat.

It's rolling hills here and I have a small area to focus on for sunsets - between the two houses across the street :o/

Anonymous said...

I can't begin to imagine water rationing. Thanks for keeping those of us that don't live in the drought area posted. I'm praying for rain in your area.

Jess Riley said...

Beautiful progressive sunset shots...I so, so hope you guys (and all of the southeast) receive a long, deep soaking storm. These new weather patterns are so scary, both in the southwest and southeast.

red tin heart said...

Mary I just love the photo of the puddle in the shape of a heart! God was sending you love that day. I am sorry you have had to deal with bad neighbors, I have my fair share of them, so I know how you feel. I hope you have a beautiful day. xoxo Nita

terra incognita said...

Bella and Chloe are so cute! :)

Great sunset photos, Mary, and I love the shot of the heart-shaped puddle. That's something I hadn't thought about until I looked at your photo-- it has been so long since we've seen rain puddles here.

We did have a little rain last week, a little more than half an inch, but not enough to make much difference at this point. Our county is on mandatory water restrictions now, and there is talk of shutting the schools and town businesses down at 11am daily to try and conserve water.

I'm hoping and praying for rain, for all of us who need it.

Sandy said...

Great sunset shots, Mary.

I hope the southeast gets rain soon. I never thought of that area would have problems like this.

red tin heart said...

Sometimes we laugh at those we love the most. It is just a bad, bad habit. lol xo Nita

LDahl said...

Hi, I rambled over here from Toni's blog. Have hope. Here in Kansas last year we were on fire, the big lakes were drying up and we were water rationing...I was carrying water out the birds/animals because we were not supposed to water outside. (oh, yes, my family has been known to call me Snow White...heheh*rolls eyes*)
This year my house has flooded five times, my son and his family lost their home and just about everything else to the floods. it rained all summer,the lakes are refilled and it is still green and it's October.And still it rains.
So, chin up...things could change!

Elaine said...

Hi Mary
Loved your comments about weather and water and, as always, your beautiful photo story. I, too, am a little afraid of this warming trend and its attendant problems. It truly is "An Inconvenient Truth".
Nevertheless, carpe diem, Mary--and keep blogging!