I write romantic suspense and warm, family relationship type novels, often with a touch of humor. Many of my books have featured animals as key players--dogs, cats, llamas, cockatiels, horses...even our son's pet albino corn snake, Sssssid, who appeared in my first Superromance back in 1999.

Animals have been a big part of my life since I was a child. How about you? I hope you'll become a "blog follower" here (see the right-hand column for a place to click) and will come back often. So...let's talk about our pets!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Rain, rain, rain....

Has anyone seen Noah lately? I'm thinking that he is going to appear at our door any day now and say, "Grab the animals--it's time to get on the ark!"

I just ran outside to take a picture. Can anyone tell me why Tucker is standing in the middle of puddle, over fetlock deep, instead of heading for higher ground?!

My rain gauge was at 5 inches yesterday morning. It has rained buckets since then, and even now, on Thursday morning, the sky is dark, rain is falling, and the Doppler pattern on the local news channel's internet page doesn't look promising for the rest of the day. We've gotten another 3 inches in the rain gauge since last night!

Which means it's a "Cat in the Hat" day for the two dogs, who have to stay inside and who are looking exceedingly glum.

And the barn cats are Not Happy. They parade up to the house every morning and plant themselves in my Hostas to stare at the door, as if magical thinking will make me appear faster. Once I appear, they happily wind around my legs to see which one can send me to the hospital instead of down to the barn to feed them--which could only make sense to a cat, but there you are.

But today--they were a bedraggled, damp, flat-eared lot, their soft little mitten feet muddy, their fluffy, upraised tails sodden. And from their narrow-eyed glares, they seemed to hold me personally responsible for the weather.

We all squished across the lawn together, six wet cats winding around my ankles, me slipping and sliding across that waterlogged green sponge...and then across the slick-as-silcone sloppy mud in the barnyard. Luckily, I didn't fall and flatten a cat, but it was close.

But ahhhh, the barn. The lovely sound of rain spattering on the roof. The cozy smell of new hay, and cedar shavings, leather and horse. Is there a better constellation of scents anywhere? When I was young, nothing was more perfect on a rainy day than to go out into the barn with a stack of Black Stallion books, and stretch out on the back of a horse in a box stall, or to go up and sit on the hay to read. So this dreary day brought back golden memories.

How about you--are you part of this crazy, heavy rain pattern as well? And what are your best memories of rainy days?


  1. The summer my parents ran the livery it rained for six weeks straight. Harldy normal Colorado mountain weather. I spent a lot of time in the barn reading, listening to the rain and the horses (there's not a white noise machine that can beat rain and horses). I would have loved to be able to hide in the the barn with a stack of Black Stallion books when I was a kid.

  2. It's actually pretty hot in my part of the world. I love summer but I also love autumn and the rains. Especially if I don't have to go anywhere and can relax in my bedroom and read, read... Like you, one of my fondest memories is that of reading while rain is knocking on my window :)

  3. Oh my, you had 5 inches + in ONE DAY?!? Our annual precipitation on this side of the Colorado Rockies is about 17 inches, counting our winter snows! Poor kitties! Lucky frogs!

  4. Bill, it's been crazy. Last year we had devastating flooding. We're out in the country, on a hill. But in town (Cedar Rapids has around 150,000 people, I think) the downtown area was totally under water.

    We lost our huge, beautiful library, two lovely, historic theatres, a 500-bed hospital had to be evacuated during the night. Something like 1300 homes were flooded and uninhabital after that. Whole neighborhoods are being bought out and are being bulldozed for green space and flood control. Many houses have sat empty, windows and doors gone, for over a year. If my memory isn't serving me well, I hope someone here will correct me!

    This year we haven't had that same set of weather circumstances, praise the Lord. But over the last couple days, we have had torrential rains. The news last night showed a number of small towns being hit by creek flooding--homes and main streets under water. We ended up with nine inches of rain in our rain gauge.

    Then again, we've had weather patterns of drought here, too, over the thirty years that we've lived here.

    I just thankful for our sump pumps, and portable generator!

  5. I did make an error. It was 1300 **BLOCKS** that were submerged, not 1300 houses. Over 36,000 people were displaced by the floods last year...not to mention the entire downtown, so many people lost both their homes and their jobs. It was unbelievable, seeing all of that damage. Anyone interested in more details can google Cedar Rapids, flood, 2008.

  6. Wow. I remember hearing about the flooding, but I didn't realize that it was that extensive. Let's hope that this year's better, but you've had a LOT of water. Wow.

  7. Roxanne - this photo is beautiful. If the view from my window looked like that, I would never leave home. For any reason. LOL And as for the rain...well, I'm here in San Antonio, Texas, living in the worst drought in recorded history for our area. The grass is brown. It's 100 degrees. The dogs all go out to potty and are panting their heads off before they can even get back inside. If you could only throw a bit of that rain in our direction... :)

    Blessings, Teri

    Teri Wilson ~ Romancing the pet lover's soul


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