Stuck Inside, What To Do

I know this is the rainiest Summer I’ve lived through, and all this rain is driving me insane.  When the almost 2 weeks of nonstop rain ended I hoped we would have a few rain free days, but it hasn’t happened.  We’ve at the very least had a few afternoon popup showers every day right about the time we can finally make it outside to play.  

Ellie hates it as much as I do.  She wants to play in her pool, and I want her to run all her extra energy out.  Neither of us are getting what we want, so that’s left us both cranky.  I think she has managed to play in her pool maybe 3 times all Summer.  We might as well set the dang thing up in the kitchen and let her have at it!  Truth is we’ve been outside so little that I haven’t even bothered setting up the baby’s shade umbrella.  It’s propped up on the back porch waiting patiently to be used.  I had planned to buy one of the Kwik Cabana II sunshade tents so the baby and I wouldn’t be stuck inside all Summer, but with the lack of outdoor time I think that $45 is better left in my pocket for now.  

Speaking of the Sun all this crappy cloudy and rainy weather has reminded me just how crappy our indoor lighting is.  Normally in the Summer I don’t bother turning on most of the lights in the house during the day because I let the natural sunlight poor through the windows.  In my office I have french doors that brighten the whole room, but that’s another thing I’ve been lacking this Summer.  

All these gloomy days mean I’m using the crappy lighting in our house, and I’ve realized just how much our lighting really does suck.  It’s so bad I really don’t think it justifies the increased power bill.  Now that we’ve got some extra cash rolling in I might stop by http://www.lighting55.com/ to see if there is anything on the site I like in the price range I can afford. I think I deserve to treat myself to a new light in my office.  Maybe I’ll save that for later since I need to get some work done while both kids are taking a nap.  I’m still in shock they both went down at the same time!

Warm Huh?

So it’s supposed to be warm today? Weather man said it would be around 72 today, but I’m not seeing it. Maybe in theory it would be around 70 if this freakin’ wind wasn’t blowing like mad.

I finally got a few hours sleep this morning, but I woke up this afternoon to the wind howling like crazy through this house. If the wind is blowing, you’re going to hear it here. It howls through the air conditioners in the windows (thank goodness for the vinyl covers we have) and through the attic. I finally drug myself out of bed around 1:30 to take the dog out, and oh my god it is NOT warm. I let him out the door and had to go back in and bundle up before I could step back out into the wind.

I see now that not only have they released a high wind advisory in the last hour, but the temperature has also dropped 5 degrees. I think I’ll stay inside bundled up in my blanket. No wonder I keep getting sick. All this stupid weather needs to make up it’s mind.

I See Sunshine Peaking Through

Yay! The rain is almost gone! Hubby got to work today even though it’s been raining a little on him. He decided since the showers are coming and going now he’d rather take his chances of sitting in the Blazer waiting for a shower to pass instead of missing another day. Down here we’re still getting a few sprinkles here and there, but for the most part the sun is trying to pop out and dry things up.

Tazdog asked me last night how much rain we’ve gotten. The small Clemson Airport is showing that we got about 5″ in the last 2 days, but I know we got a little more than that here. That’s about 22 miles away from us, and it’s the closest official total I’ve seen so far. My Grandma has a 3″ range gauge on her deck, and she said she emptied it twice.

I went to the local radio station’s website, WGOG, because I know they have their local weather watchers who report in everyday. This is what I found.

U-S Weather Observer Barbara Wilson has measured 3-point-13 inches of rain the last 24 hours near Walhalla. Add that to the previous 24-hour period . . . and you have 5-point-30 inches of rain. Wilson admits that because the Fay rainmaker has come in waves, some locations elsewhere in Oconee have measured greater amounts—such as one man doing work yesterday at Keowee Key, reporting one-half foot. And another man who lives near Walhalla says he emptied his gauge at four inches—and that was yesterday morning.

We’re just a couple miles from Keowee Key, so I do believe we’re closer to the 6″ mark. It’s definitely much needed rain. I’m just happy we got it.