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August 28, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

No wine for you


Boys. Kids in rain on bikes and scooter.Image © ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. No permissions granted

Hey, mom. They are outside. Why can’t I go play with them?(Image ©)

He may have not had a collar on, but even priests can be forgiven of uniform infractions during hurricanes…besides he was in a kayak.

You have to improvise – and adapt during hurricanes…or most do.

The young (and fortunately athletic) priest heard a bunch of his Spanish-speaking parishioners were huddle in a parking lot and he knew they would appreciate a little reassurance and prayers, so his hobby vehicle turned holy transport and off he splashed to give Sunday mass for them. In route he realize a critical item was lacking, so he docked at a store – hoping an exception would be made for the godly.

But no. You can’t buy wine until after 12 noon on Sunday in Texas. Even if God sends you.

So no communion wine for them.

The priest was still chuckling about it as he floated off to pick up another priest and had for the congregation.

After so many days of Harvey’s heavy rain, loud thunder and lightning, people start getting giddy. Cabin fever is hitting.

Our neighbors have relented to let a couple of boys out to run off steam on their bikes and scooters during lighter periods of rain.

Dog who normally hate each other looked thrilled and act like best friends during leashed encounters in the brief moments of little dripping.

On the plus side, Molly Malamute’s hair has never felt softer – must be the frequent rain water rinses.

And if these ripping and tearing winds keep up, there will be no need to pay anyone to trim the old palm tree fronds.

It will be a winner on Shark Tank when someone figures out how to redirect flood waters to areas that would really appreciate some moisture. If the Roman had functioning aqueducts, there are massive petroleum pipelines, and fire fighting tankers move water towards fires…oh, I know not the same, and there are logistic issue, still…when someone figures it out, it will be bigger than wind turbines.

Fan palm fronds are piled up during breaks in the storm. Why? because the dog does' like things that looks weird and out of place so she barks like crazy until we fix it. ALL rights reserved. Image © Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

Palapa materials anyone? No it’s not a signal fire asking for rescue. Fan palm fronds are piled up during breaks in the storm. Why bother? Because the dog doesn’t like things that look weird and out of place so she barks like crazy until we fix it. (Image ©)

Just a few Harvey notes: It rained hard all night and it’s still raining with little break.

  • They have no idea what Harvey is planning. Now a tropical storm out over Gulf waters, there’s some dry storm spots on radar but this can mean the storm’s eye is strengthening as the eye wall gets taller and reorganizing or it could mean some dry air mass is pushing in from, the NW.
  • Predicted path? It was San Antonio area, then Austin, then straight across Houston to Dallas, the late last night maybe it was shifting to the east of Houston heading NE towards Little Rock or western Louisiana. The heavier rain bands are swatting as far as NOLA. New reports have the rain increasing on the N-NW edge of the eye which is still off the TX coast near Palacios which is not the far from Rockport where it made first landfall.  Second landfall is supposed to happen Wed. and now they are predicting in the Beaumont, TX area before the storm travels N/NE.
  • No matter what, it means more flooding for TX and Houston…for days. Water is having to be released from several reservoirs to protect the dams.
  • While we are located between Galveston and Houston. Water has not gotten over our street curbs. While Houston has a higher land elevation, water drains off more quickly the closer you are to the lake, bay, or coast. While it is the coastal plains/wetlands here, the topography varies some. It was once the ocean floor (with the all the ups and downs like underwater ocean floors) during the last time the seas were high (Climate change…I guess the dinosaurs cause the last shift with all their byproducts.HAHA). Also some areas are higher as channels in the water are dredged and the mud spoils dumped in one spot or another. So there are some higher spots, but you have to know where.
Lake with storm clouds. Hurricane Harvey. Image © View across Clear Lake. ALL rights reserved. copyrighted. NO permission granted

Look. You can use just so much of moody inspiration weather. View across Clear Lake Sunday afternoon as we got out to monitor lake levels. Looking towards NASA side of lake and the only high-rise in the area. There is senior citizen/assisted living center not far from this low, flat spot.(Image ©)

  • You’ve seen the horrifying image of that Dickinson senior citizen home with women sitting in the water? Not far from here. Location, location, location – which is what I have been telling local communities for years: Do not let big corporations build those nice, big, senior citizen/assisted living communities in an area that is an evacuation zone. It’s stupid. Yet there are two 3 story ones very close: one just finished and one under construction – and several more just a stones throw away. Putting a vulnerable group in a potentially dangerous zone is unwise. Yes, it’s a beautiful area with sea gulls, palms, and normally mild year round weather – quite walkable – but it is in hurricane/storm country. Federal funding should not be available to any builder, corporation for affordable/senior citizen housing in a vulnerable area. It’s dangerous and stupid as this flooding is showing…unless this is part of the New Healthcare Plan to lower costs by eliminating elderly people who are using up all the social security and healthcare money. (Those darn heartless politicians, right? Oh, they know developers’/builders’ lobbyists? Oh…it does look good on paper….) Dickinson is now under mandatory evacuation orders. Flash flood warnings back up.
  • So that’s the current situation – we still have electricity. And chips and beer and chocolate. (Haven’t had to get into the canned tuna yet, but wish the rain would stop so we could grill the fajitas….)
Island view before flooding. Image © All rights reserved. copyrighted. NO permissions granted

Before Harvey. Note the height of bulkheads and set back of fences. Lovely water views. Front row seating for amazing sunsets.(Image ©)

After view of flooded channel. IMAGE © ALL rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted

After. We walk over to the island’s bridge to view Hurricane Harvey’s flood waters during a short break in the rain Sunday afternoon. On the right, boys standing on the island with their raft after pestering their parents to death about being bored. Rather risky with oil and all sorts of stuff in water – like logs and gators that have been washed out of wetlands. Look closely and you can see wrought iron fences is not holding water out of yards on the left bank. There’s a white open motor boat that was docked towards the end of the canal (in both pictures) The boat owners hadn’t realized the open boat would fill with water and the level of canal water would rise so high. Desperately trying to suction water out of boat with garden hose…maybe spring tie those dock lines next time…and get taller poles?. (©ALL rights reserved)



  1. cat9984 / Aug 28 2017 1:43 pm

    Well as long as you have chocolate…. (and doggy kibble) 🙂


  2. RAB / Aug 28 2017 1:58 pm

    We’ve been watching the storm map up here in Connecticut. The Avocado has turned into a demented lopsided pinwheel-sparkler. Deceptively whimsical and merry. Continuing to send good thoughts. I’m sure your dry wit will prevail over Harvey’s rain-dump!


  3. Carrie Rubin / Aug 28 2017 2:01 pm

    So sorry about what’s going on in your state. And you’re so close to it! Glad you haven’t had any flooding in your own home. Hope you stay dry. The beer and chocolate are good staples to have. 😁


  4. PiedType / Aug 28 2017 2:21 pm

    Molly barks at the palm fronds? Good for her. Gotta protect the homestead from anything strange. Happy to see this update and know that you’re still okay. Worrying about ImALibertarian, who lives in Richmond. He was still dry last night but don’t know about today with the mandatory evac, etc.

    As for the excess water … if only there were a way to redirect it to Colo. reservoirs for drought relief and fire fighting.

    Stay safe. Stay dry. Yada yada …


  5. Kate Crimmins / Aug 28 2017 2:27 pm

    Glad you’re all safe there. This is a crazy storm or hurricane or whatever they are calling it now. *hugs (with mousies for RC)*


  6. Anne Mehrling / Aug 28 2017 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the first-hand account. The rest of the country is pulling for Texas.


  7. heretherebespiders / Aug 28 2017 3:25 pm

    Glad you are ok. Another FB friend of mine still has power but her house has water damage already.


  8. shoreacres / Aug 28 2017 3:41 pm

    Speaking of no wine for you — plenty of whine for Joel Osteen, apparently. Daily Kos picked up on the fact that he’s willing to pray for victims, but won’t open “his” church. I’ll take your priest in a kayak any day.


  9. Cecilia Mary Gunther / Aug 28 2017 4:32 pm

    Merciful heavens – so glad you are on one of the high spots.. Love the priest story. good luck to you out there.. c


  10. EllaDee's / Aug 28 2017 4:35 pm

    Just popped in from the Horticulture world to check on you. Happy you are doing ot in the same style we do during weather events, and that you are high, dryish & safe ♡


  11. RKLikesReeses / Aug 28 2017 5:02 pm

    If there were a pipeline for redirecting Reeses where they’re needed I’d load a 40oz bag of the mini’s in there and send it to you. You could always trade them for other stuff if things get tense.

    Oil and alligators? ::shivers::

    The priest story MUSTMUSTMUST be turned into a novel (or movie script!). A quest (wine), a flood, another priest, mass in a parking lot?

    Seriously, though: The Princesses and I are all hoping for your world to return to normal soon and if that’s too much to hope for then at least for your world to be dependably safe, comfortable, and easier to navigate. (((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))


  12. LordBeariOfBow / Aug 28 2017 6:12 pm

    This is one hell of an hurricane, must be amongst the biggest & best on record.

    Happy that the dogs had some fun. I do believe that picture of those young, (they all looked a damned sight younger than me) people up to the waist in water is an indictment of the callousness of developers world wide. O_o o_O 🙄

    An horrific experience for those ‘youngsters’; one that I would not wish to share! :/
    Is that true, can’t buy booze in Texas after noon on a Sunday? No wonder Texans are gun crazy 👿 🐻 😈


  13. petspeopleandlife / Aug 28 2017 10:28 pm

    Nice post but otherwise depressing to know that builders continue to build in areas that should not have a building permit. These folks need to get real and a perspective of things to come.

    Loved the story of the priest. Yea, and I read about Osteen the scam artist not letting folks into his precious house of lies er, I mean worship. Glad you are still safe. Sure hope it continues to be safe where you are.


  14. easyweimaraner / Aug 29 2017 12:20 am

    It’s good to be prepared … chips and chocolate are a good treatment for cabin fever… I hope the rain stops and things are on the way back to normal….


  15. Jay E. / Aug 29 2017 5:35 am

    Thanks for updating us; glad you’re safe!


  16. Under the Oaks / Aug 30 2017 8:03 am

    I am happy to hear you are safe!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2017 1:09 pm

      Our area was very lucky. We are grateful and ready to help others get back to normal-ish. Thanks for checking in


  17. Littlesundog / Sep 4 2017 2:18 pm

    I’m so glad to hear this bit of news… I’m way behind in reading, but I have been thinking of you every day. Be safe.


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