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Saturday, July 26, 2008

I Love My Flood

Splish splash, I was arrested for indecently taking a bath in my backyard.

I love our new pool. Okay, so it was only temporary, and it was only about 3 inches deep, but I loved it while it lasted.

We've been having amazing freak weather all summer and according to something I either heard, read or had subconsciously implanted in my head by superior forces, we had more lightning strikes in June than we had in all of 2007.

A massive thunderstorm today flooded our patio, dropped a few big hailstones, and turned the rest of our backyard into a swamp. The funny thing about this flood is that our basement didn't see a drop of water - despite what happened in early June.

As soon as the storm ended I went out to sit around the patio, splashing and relaxing. I waded out into our marshy backyard; the warm water felt good on my feet. Mud squished between my toes and streams of bubbles forced their way to the surface.

Don't touch the leopard frog. They will slice you in two when cornered.I decided to wander through the grass and see what became of the big anthill. The poor ants were drowning and using my legs to escape their liquid demise. Crickets were floating on the water's surface, hopping out of the way with each step I took. Then, out of the corner of my eye I saw a dark flash shoot past me. At first I thought it was some sort of speedy salamander. Then my eyes focused on the adorable leopard frog, sitting so naively still, hoping to evade me. He used all his skills - his spots, his green-ness, and his unblinking-ness to no avail: I saw him plain as day.

Crouched in the mucky grass I watched him swim, turn, and swim in the other direction. He looked cute and delicious. By now the ants were up to my epiglottis and I had to retreat. I brushed off the stowaways and enjoyed the pool in my yard until the sun went down. I loved it so much I'm now trying to devise a way to flood my backyard without alerting the water company, or offending any New Orleans residents.

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Blogger ZoeyBella said...

See, I'd probably take a running start and slide into that water just for fun - just because I can be silly like that. (I think I have the perfect puddle-jumping skirt somewhere too!)

11:50:00 PM

Blogger Ms. Creek said...

i used to LOVE playing in the deep mud puddles after a good rain! i would have joined you guys in a relaxing walk through your temporary pool! i'm glad you and suz appreciate the IMPORTANT things in life!

11:54:00 PM

Blogger SJ said...

Oh those New Orleans folk !
It's been raining here too no flooding which is good considering I am on the 4th floor.

9:23:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Aren't puddles of liquid other than blood fun and exciting? Yes, yes they are. Enough water to reach the 4th floor? That wouldn't be good. It'd be even worse if it was blood.

11:51:00 PM

Blogger Akhor said...

Frogs legs are so tasty!

Now I'm starving and it's only 9am.

10:59:00 AM

Blogger Becky said...

If I saw a frog I'd have screamed, not thought it was cute and taken a picture. I just can not handle any amphibian or reptilian creature, they all freak me the hell out. Bugs don't bother me so much, spiders are even okay. There is just something about frogs, snakes, slugs, and all those animals... they just look so slimy and sticky! YUCK! We all have our ticks and that one definitely makes me look like a total girl!

11:52:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Becky, you sound like my mom - no offense. She even hates those segemented plastic dollar-store snakes that wiggle when you hold their tail, despite their obvious fakeness.

12:43:00 PM

Blogger Monogram Queen said...

I still like to walk in mudpuddles... and I love toads!

1:38:00 PM

Blogger Jay said...

This summer has been crazy, hasn't it? Whatever happened to good old sunshine anyway?

12:28:00 AM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

Weeeeeee backyard puddles! I have not seen a real frog in years. Maybe I should try and flood my back yard. But I am sure all I will get is ghetto rats and empty 40's.

2:55:00 PM

Blogger Ms. Creek said...

well, as you'll see on my blog, my flood happened indoors, with NO frogs to enjoy!

9:24:00 PM

Blogger Velvet Ginger said...

Wow!!!You have really had the rain! We are in "Mon-soon" season here right now, but we haven't had much rain...still waiting, waiting...

4:23:00 PM


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