Tuesday, May 08, 2007
And the Rains Came...
It freaking will not stop raining around here. Last year we were deep in drought. This year, you can't even go outside for fear you'll be washed away never to be heard from again.
Yesterday morning, I was supposed to get my teeth cleaned. Yes. True. Even Uber-glam authors like yours truly occasionally have to visit the dental hygienist--and believe it or not, I just spell-checked "hygienist." Nailed it. Yes!--where was I? Oh, off to the hygienist at 6 in the a.m. My dentist is forty miles away in Edmond. Because I like him and I like his hygienist (can't stop spelling that word!) so I've followed him when he moved. Like my hairdresser, Jimmy, who moved from two miles away up to OKC. I am so loyal. I cannot get over myself!
Okay. So I get up early. I shower, blow-dry,brush my teeth. All that stuff. But what I fail to consider is that it's raining and it's been raining--and it will continue to rain.
I end up twenty miles north of home and I cannot see the road for the rain and now and then when I roll into lower ground, I am absolutely positive I will be swamped and flooded and washed away. Never to be heard from again. I'll be found, drowned. My teeth unattended by said excellent hygienist.
Okay, I give. I decide to turn around. I get off the highway and circle back--mistaking a lane going the wrong way at one point for my lane and only discovering my error when I notice the headlights coming directly toward me. Hellllp!
Anyway, I finally get in the proper lane and get going back the way I came on the highway frontage road...when suddenly I see a yellow sign that says "Road Subject to Flooding." Like they couldn't have told me before I got on the thing--with no way to get off!
It was so scary, folks. I knew more than once that the water was too deep and my poor Avalon was not going to make it.
But at last. Impossibly, after driving through more than one insta-lake of way-deep water, I reached home.
Today, my teeth still need cleaning and it is still raining. It's going to be raining for the next several days, from what the weather experts report.
There is flooding in various areas of OKC and there will continue to be flooding. And I think I need a new dentist, one I won't get drowned trying to get to.
Oh, and my peonies--both the white in the front yard and the pink in the back--are in glorious, waterlogged bloom. I snuck out during a dry moment and brought some inside. That's them, above. So pretty. And what an amazing scent.
So how's the weather where you are?