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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

This Time, I'm Bringing the Unicorn

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We are in the middle of a deluge. Bobby and I had the displeasure of waking up this morning to a soaking wet bed. The roof over our bed was leaking. We've been in this house for three-and-a-half years, and the roof has never leaked. Of course, this is extraordinary rain.

Bobby initially thought that Lancelot had been working on licking the blankets. He's been sleeping at the bottom of our bed at night, and he gets into these obsessive licking phases where he'll lick something for an hour, until it's dripping. Then Bobby realized that it was a little too wet to blame on Lance.

I was in the middle of a dream when I woke up because Bobby was flipping the lights on to check the roof, then off again to keep from waking me (I presume). I was in an attic somewhere with Bobby and Erin, and a long black snake with yellow stripes dropped down in front of us. I grabbed it so that it wouldn't reach them, and it bit me. It was a rattlesnake (no it wasn't; rattlesnakes look nothing like this, but in Dreamland, it was a rattlesnake). It somehow bit both of my hands. The weird thing is that I could feel my hands going numb in the dream.

Then I woke up, and the roof was leaking, and the dog was soaking wet.

When Bobby checked CoCoRaHS this morning, we'd already received 1.5 inches of rain. Squinting out the window at the meter now, it looks like we've gotten about .3 inches since then. When I went into the Elves' room this morning, their ceiling was leaking too. Some reports are saying we could get 8 inches (~20 cm). We just planted some winter-hardy vegetables the other day, and we're most worried that the seeds will wash away, although Bobby made some makeshift covers for them with old sheets yesterday.

Bobby just called to let me know that he arrived safely at work. He took one of our weather radios with him this morning, and on the ride to work, it came on and announced that a waterspout had been spotted near the Bay Bridge.

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

  • OMG! What a nightmare! Leaking roofs and water in the basement are among the banes of home ownership. My sympathies. Hope you have buckets around. And a waterspout!? And eight inches of rain forecast? Yikes.
    • I haven't been down to the basement yet. We've never had problems with a wet basement, but then we've never had problems with roof leaks either. Extraordinary circumstances! :)

      It's really ramping up again. The water spilling onto the patio sounds like Niagara Falls. At least the rain barrel will be full.
      • *Scurries off to look at Intellicast and radar loop*

        That's quite a storm system! "Heavy rain" is forecast for the Boston area tomorrow but not nearly as much (1 inch or so).
  • Ouch. :(
    Good luck with repairs! *hugs*
  • We're on the same coast! It's raining for the third or fourth day this week now, except yesterday was clear. I have to pick up Baby Fingon later in the afternoon and he hates to get his head wet and he is not good with an umbrella. He is a real diva. It should be fun.
  • We had this kind of deluge in February and it leaked (an understatement) right on the Noldorin Princess's head (she grumbled but being a practical person - Noldorin - moved the bed away from the waterfall leak, put a bucke and went on with her life). We had to take away countless buckets of rainwater from the attic! It took over a month (and two more deluges) to be able to get a roofer whose estimate didn't require a loan from the World Bank. Then he finished the work on a Saturday, Sunday right after ... a hail storm!!!! Luckily, everything seems to have resisted and leaks have stopped (*touching wood*).
    So good luck, fair weather and affordable roofers!
  • Drat! Water damage is a horrid mess. :-( I hope you guys will be ok.

    I'll be praying for you!
  • Gah clicked a tad too fast. Looks like you have the amount of rain that flooded my town at the start of this month. Shall I beam down some floaties? ;) Water spouts are so impressive(with the amount of water we have, we do see them often). Poor Lance, being wet too (or was it Alex?). I hope the repairs can be done easily and you will have nice dreams in a dry bed this evening.
  • Definitely time to round up the unicorns.
  • I can so relate. I've had a similar problem last winter, when Germany was graced with more snow than I've ever seen. It started melting during the night and I heard it drip, thinking I should close the window. Just to realize that it wasn't dripping outside, but INSIDE.

    That's no fun.

    (We've had about 50 litres of rain during Monday/Tuesday, which was also terrible.)
  • Yeah, I just heard about the East Coast deluge on the radio this morning.

    I should probably call the Pony Parents and make sure they're OK.
  • Oh, no! I hope it can be fixed soon!
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