Re: [gardeners] Rain

penny x stamm (
Sun, 30 Jul 2000 21:49:12 -0400

Oh dear, George, we've had 5.1 inches of rain, and found the
workshop under water at 1:30pm today.  Water had come in
over the 8" sill -- and we have an iron-bound rule NEVER to put
cardboard boxes down on anything except pieces of wood, but
you know how it is......... . . . 

Our usual method of coping with such an emergency is to put
up the old fashioned clothes wringer on the double tubs, bring
down about 8 bath mats and beach towels, and go to work. But
my back is out of whack, and Jim had to try something else..
He tried using the shop vac, but it was inefficient. Then he got
the coal shovel, and proceeded to whip the water out over the sill.
Very hard on a bad shoulder. At last I commented, gee, too bad 
we don't know where that darn hole in the floor is, that the builder 
left us with -- and Jimmie got down on his hands and knees and
groped around for what might sound like a hollow spot under the
tiles. I'm thrilled to tell you that he did find it, pried up the tiles,
and whoooooosh, the water ran in and out...!  Have lived here for 
47 years, and had never done this before..  Some people are just
slow learners.

Yes, everything in the garden looks clean and green indeedy...
But 1 inch of rain would have done that! 

Two more days of rain to go, with temps between 65* and 72*. 
What kind of a July 30th is this, anyway...? 

Penny, NY

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