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September 13, 2021 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Stormy (A little script tease)

water (© image. Copyrighted. no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

Surf’s up. Uh, also the life guard stands have been picked up. Word to the wise…but has that ever meant anything to surfers and splashers? HAHA (© image)

Nicholas. As in last Czar of Russia?
It means nothing! Pure coincidence. Even if he turned out to be something of a drip and washed up. (Mutter. mutter)

We are waiting the arrival – well, actually the tropical weather advance scouts arrived last night. It’s only a tropical storm. It’s only a tropical storm. (Keep repeating that…Oh, wait. Just updated to Tropical Depression…)

But it’s mid-Sept and those have been the sneakers in the past. So we are wary.

No absolute panic. (Although I have no doubt the store shelves were stripped bare early yesterday).

We’re from here, and have seen it all before. What we didn’t already have on hand – just as normal Sept precaution – we picked up mid week.

All we really dread is loss of power. Walk outside  – even with the downpours – and it feels like an overheated sauna. UGH! Once the soggy mess abandons us for more unsettled atmosphere, the air will be totally still, with everything soaked, and the heat turned to roasting…some odd weather joke: “We washed it all down and now we’ll super heat dry it up!” Uh, thanks, I guess.

Wherever you are, you simply have to learn to live and work with with nature and stop trying to redesign it. Somethings are bigger than you. Get over it.

With luck this erratic storm will be pick up speed and move quickly. Timing is everything.

This is the coastal plains: flat. Put. Obstacles up, like subdivisions and strip centers and it floods.

But we are 2 blocks from Clear Lake and the marina so water drains off almost as fast as it comes down. And we are on high(er) ground. Never seen it over the curb.

While there’s always a first time, not seriously worried. We didn’t put up the storm boards over the windows. Just picked up the light stuff in the yard and cleaned the gutters (which in the pre-storm roasting heat liked to kill us. We should probably think about washing those out more than once aa year HAHA.

Right now wind does not appear to be a big issue. Always the possibility of tornadoes.

There big city of Houston is also getting hysterical ready. Houston is not on the water – about an hour ( going normal speed) inland. They get nuts there. The media once again. Just read a book or nap, people.

(Please stay out of the flooded streets. I guess it’s the lack of actual science teaching that a makes some feel like flood simply mean you finally got that swimming pool you wanted. Snakes, fire ants, illness ladened bacterial..and more right to your door! At one time they thought you would get polio from wading in that water. Enough to scare most. )

The thing is that the area is flat. There’s lots of concrete. It’s not storm surge that floods there – their flood waters come from the sky. If it can’t exit the premises fast enough, you get those “the entire city is a giant water park” images. Drainage hasn’t been really thought out – or plans followed through for decades.

Currently in the US Congress is a proposal looking for funding for the infamous Ike Dike project which some have been pushing for years as the way to “save” the area from flooding. “Protect the ship channel!” is their cry.

Actually the ship channel is perfectly capable of protecting itself. It’s a water way – a huge one. It’s worked for decades. Centuries.

Hurricane do not strategize and paddle themselves up stream from the gulf to flood the big city. Floods come from the sky , not storm surge.

Its seems logical to many that if you build a foolish/flimsy wall across all the waterways that any water trying to flow the normal path downstream to the gulf (and ALL the water from Houston and upstream flows this way to Clear Lake, the Bay, and the Gulf)  flood waters will be trapped behind a manmade obstruction…and create more flooding.

Designers have already said – in public – n writing – that the proposal does mean there will be “some” ( like blocks and blocks of areas along the Bay, the Lake….) will see new flooding. Gee, thanks. Really looking forward to flooding here. Your solution is to make your problem, my problem. (Please DC, for once, stall what looks to be only a huge “jobs program” and PR for political campaigns pitched to newcomers and naive believers)

It gets worse. In addition, they have already admitted – in writing – in public – that wetlands, fisheries/shrimping/oyster beds and natural areas will be destroyed. “Oh, but we will make new ones!” Right.

And that last statement is what gets me. Arrogance and self importance. Don’t mess with Mother Nature. Humans never seem to be able to put is back as good as it once was. 

Anyway, not the post that was planned. A really nice story was in the works, but later.

Off to make sure devices charged, locate the flash lights, put some mixing bowls full of water in the freezer to make blocks of ice, fill a couple of gallon milk jugs with drinking water, locate all the dog towels (and hoping the power stays on – so many wet dog towels.)

Molly is already practicing her suspended animation ….and looking invisible when the leash appears.

The palms, who love a good shaking, are delighted. Trees seem pretty happy with being able to get rid of those annoying discolored  leaves – they do awkwardly hate standing around in less than high quality green garments….like children who don’t want to take off their day clothes ’cause they know it means time to settle down and sleep.

Will check in with you later gator

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Dogs walking along a swimming pool (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Molly prefers her salt water tastefully contained with a side order of friends. (© image)



  1. easyweimaraner / Sep 13 2021 8:19 am

    that’s what we need to learn … to live with nature not against it… we hope no one will get lost where nicholas appears ….

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  2. shoreacres / Sep 13 2021 8:20 am

    I’m good. I’ve got everything charged up, and I scored some bottled Starbuck’s cold brew yesterday. I didn’t even buy Oreos for this one — a sure sign of confidence that Armageddon will miss us!

    I will say that a very good friend left a packet of Bel-Vita biscuits on the kitchen table a while back, and I tried them. I’d never had one, and I was impressed. I’ve added a few boxes of those to the pantry. The cranberry-orange are pretty darned good (also the cinnamon sugar) and they make a fine substitution for Oreos when it’s time for another bit of time tracking the tropics.

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  3. Littlesundog / Sep 13 2021 8:53 am

    Here’s to rolling with the punches that Nicholas inflicts. Small or mighty, these storms are to be respected. Hopefully just a good cleaning of those palm trees and a good power wash of the landscape. Nevermind scholarly architects and engineers that continue to rail up against Mother Nature to protect man-made structures or dummies that hope to “build back better”… she’ll rip them a new one and they still won’t understand SHE is in charge!

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  4. Susan/PiedType / Sep 13 2021 8:59 am

    I know you know how to deal with these storms, but it always sounds harrowing to me. Stay safe.

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  5. Kate Crimmins / Sep 13 2021 2:57 pm

    Stay safe!


  6. Helen Devries / Sep 13 2021 6:08 pm

    When we were in France theyi ntroduced a law to permit local communes to fine people who tarmacadamed previously green areas. Don’t think anyone tried applying it to farmers -a protected species – but the local maire applied ot to the local notaire after they fell out over some dirty deed…..


  7. sustainabilitea / Sep 13 2021 6:13 pm

    In no particular order:

    love your title,
    hope the whole thing is underwhelming, and
    from the I-can’t-believe-anyone’s-dumb-enough-to-say-and/or-believe that:

    “It gets worse. In addition, they have already admitted – in writing – in public – that wetlands, fisheries/shrimping/oyster beds and natural areas will be destroyed. “Oh, but we will make new ones!” Right.”

    We’re the government and we’re here to help. Yeah.



  8. disperser / Sep 13 2021 10:57 pm

    Shades of living in Hawaii . . . at the first mention of a storm, long lines at Costco and at gas stations.

    As for mankind versus Nature . . . too many people drives certain decisions and cutting corners. Fewer people would be nice, but that ship has sailed (loaded with people).


  9. Robin / Sep 18 2021 5:10 am

    Looks as though Nicholas decided to hang around down there for a while. Is it just me or do the storm names feel a little ridiculous this year? Larry? Mindy? I shouldn’t make fun of Larry, though. He dumped snow on Greenland and gave the surfers in the U.K. some waves to ride. Odette is swirling off our coast now, bringing us a few clouds, high surf, and rip tides. Ida created a ruckus around here with a lot of rain and tornadoes, but somehow Ida seems like a good name for a hurricane.

    I don’t know why humans think we can outwit Mother Nature (well, I do know why… money). She knows what she’s doing. Maybe the folks in charge of these things never saw the old Chiffon margarine commercials.


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