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Our Version of "Irene" - Livin' the Good Life

Aug. 29th, 2011

09:50 am - Our Version of "Irene"

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Yesterday, our little homestead endured a furious storm. I don't know if I've ever seen so much driving rain here before. The wind seemed to be coming from all directions at once, with marble-sized hail pummeling our windows and bouncing off the sand. Part of our wooden property-line fence came down, the carport roof of our rental next door blew off, tree limbs were found strewn about, our sheets drying on the line were later found barely recognizable in mud puddles, and it all came on so fast, we didn't have time to prepare. Our electricity was off for 9 hours, so after the first 6, Steve brought the motorhome up next to the house and turned on the generator so we could get power to our refrigerator. We heard that power might not be restored for another 18 hours, so we thought we'd better take action and save our freezer-full of meat. Thanks to my extremely resourceful husband, we were able to get things up and working in a timely manner.
I took a long walk around the neighborhood this morning, and I saw no apparent damage to roofs, fences, or property, so I believe the storm was centered around our house! It was all pretty exciting, but the main fun was after the storm. We went out to inspect our swale and were in for a surprise. (Nathen dug this swale a few years ago to trap storm water on our property instead of letting it all run off into the wash.) It was full! We jokingly said, "Let's go swimming!" because it had been a hot muggy day, and we were yearning for some relief. I got out my rubber raft, and Gabe jumped into the muddy water without hesitation. Thanks, Maya, for the record.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 7th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
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That looks so fun! Next time we get one of these do you mind if I come over for a swim?!
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From:lestermom
Date:September 7th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Sure. But, I need to know who you are.
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From:Danielle Eastmond
Date:September 9th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
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I'm Danielle Eastmond--full-time mother of five, devoted wife to Tom, astronomy/math teacher (former) and follower (time permitting) of a few select blogs. I've commented on some of your posts over the past couple of years as well as some of your daughter-in-law's. I spent about half of my childhood in Joshua Tree. (My dad still has his house over on Hilltop.) Right now I live most of the time in Newport Beach, but my brother lives over on Chollita, and my husband and I just bought a little house on Alta Vista. One of these days, when work isn't enslaving us, I hope to return to the desert permanently. I don't remember how I stumbled on your journal, but I know that anyone who finds traces of fairy activity in her yard, gives marvelous puppet shows to children, loves and makes beautiful music, has successfully raised five sons, has devoted a good portion of her talent to helping women give birth naturally and at home, has been married to the same man for most of her adult life AND among many other accomplishments has managed to score having her first grandchild right next door is someone I definitely want to listen to. Whew! I hope you continue posting because I'm sure for everyone who comments, there are probably quite a few who just enjoy keeping up.--If I run into you downtown one of these days, I'll be sure to introduce myself. (If you happen to notice a tall redhead with five kids in tow, ages eleven to two, that would be me...) Oh, and my nine year old daughter wants to thank you for your earlier "fairy posts." As a firm believer in fairies, she felt very vindicated to see that there are even "desert fairies."
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From:lestermom
Date:September 9th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Danielle! If you will contact me via email: darlene.lester@gmail.com I will let you know when we are having events that you and your children might enjoy attending. And do introduce yourself next time you see me!
Darlene
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