Saturday, May 2, 2009


"The rain is raining all around" *

Mother Nature has been doing her laundry again, and must have a huge amount to do. She started throwing out the wash-water last night, tubs and tubs of it. I could hear the washtubs clanging and banging most of the night; I don't know what her tubs are made from, but they create sparks when thrown together and make a terrible noise.

Since midnight, according to my online Weather Bug, we've received well over 3" of liquid sunshine, and it's still coming down. The county in which I live is under a flood watch until Sunday night, as is most of central Arkansas. There is just so much water the ground can absorb.

I had occasion to drive across one of the Arkansas River bridges on Thursday, and the river was, as they say, "high." We've had a wet Spring. With runoff from the rain that has fallen today, flood control procedures are in place, I'm sure. Thank goodness for the locks and dams which put some restraint on the flow of the water. Even with the dams in place, I've seen the river overflow its banks several times; let's hope that doesn't happen this time.

Fortunately, I completed most of my errands yesterday, so I can enjoy watching the rain without having to get my tootsies soaked damp.

* "Rain" from "A Child's Garden of Verses"- Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)


Sniffles and Smiles said...

Ah, so beautiful!!! A lovely photo! And what a wonderfully poetic way to view the rain..."mother nature's wash tubs"...I LOVE that imagery...Glad you can stay in as well! Love to you~Janine XO

Peter said...

I loved the washtubs "clanging and banging" and "creating sparks". I agree with Sniffles and Smiles, you have used wonderful imagery.
It is great how some people have a gift for looking at a situation or a day that many would find uncomfortable, and can find the poetry and creative fun in it. I'm almost looking forward to our next thunder storm, so I can see and hear mother nature doing her laundry!

Thank you for the really kind comments you left on my blog too. Best Wishes, P.

Snap said...

I guess I passed all of the rain on to you! Loved Mother Nature doing the laundry ... have to remember that! Maybe then I won't feel like getting under the bed with the cats! :D

Patty said...

We've had rain off and on all week, BUT today the sun came out. Sounded like an orchestra of lawnmowers going. I of course thought it was suppose to rain all through the week-end, so I mowed the front lawn between rains on Wed. and the back yard between rains on Thursday. Then I had the mower to really clean up, since it was covered with wet grass. But it was done today and i didn't have to worry about it. I did hear we're to get more rain tomorrow (Sunday). But it is April and they say April showers bring May flowers. Whoa, wait a minute, I forgot it is now May isn't it. Time goes so fast, it gets away from me.

Snowbrush said...

Go west, young lady. About 500 miles farther on, and you will be well out of it.

Hilary said...

I love your storm description.. and the use of "liquid sunshine." You're such a positive sort. :)

nanny said...

Oh My! Will it ever end? I am so ready to go outdoors, mow, weedeat, etc.

Jeannelle said...

Oh, I loved your description of the rain as Mother Nature doing her laundry. Clever! I hope the rain has given your area a reprieve.