It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.... As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye... ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Monday, October 12, 2009

Storm's a Comin'


There is a storm moving in on us this afternoon. It's suppose to be a big one. The weather people say it's unusual for a storm of this size to hit us in October. I agree. We don't usually get the big storms until after Christmas.
So, yesterday I decided, at the last minute, to sand and paint the wood slats on our bench seat out front. The finish on it had disappeared from being in the hot sun for a couple of summers. It was a clear wood finish with a thin factory coat of varnish on it. The varnish was almost gone and the wood was crying for help. So I spent almost the whole day sanding and painting to make this pretty little bench proud. I love the dark green. It will be nice for the holidays and matches the trim on the house.

Last week, when the Prospector was gone, Annibel decided to play her.., "I'm stuck on the roof and I can't get down." act. She does this every once in a while, for whatever reasons, and no amount of "Here kitty kitty." makes any difference. She meows and acts like she wants to be saved but when I get the extension ladder and try to coax her down , she backs away. CATS!! This time she spent 3 days up there. The Prospector built her a ramp from the back porch to the fence the last time she did this. Do you think she used it? NO. It must not be to her liking. CATS!
Finally, feeling somewhat sorry for her and wondering which gutter she was using for a cat box, I climbed the ladder, with a bowl of kibble and got her to come over to me.
Try being 64 yrs old, twelve feet off the ground, bowl of cat food in one hand and grabbing for a cat that doesn't like to be held, on an extension ladder. Try carrying that cat back down the ladder while she is fighting to get away. Three days on that roof, sleeping under an eave near the back porch, she finally jumped from my arms about half way down the ladder and landed ON HER FEET. Maybe something scared her up there. I don't know. She's got a big garage to hide in at night. I don't know why she does this. She's a tough cat. She plays with Rattlesnakes for crying out loud.
I didn't fall off the ladder..., Annibel is OK..., but this cat is on my @#%&* list. If she does this again, during the storm that's commin', she's on her own.
The prospector goes up the ladder next time.

Just a final shot..., of the front steps and porch.
The sun is getting some cloud cover today. The wind is picking up. Anticipation is in the air. The humidity builds. The storm is coming. The goats are being restless and the chickens are already inside their house. I've cleaned the oil lamps and cleared the porch of chairs and things that could blow away. We are ready. I'm ready..., for a rebirth of season.
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10 comments:

LV said...

Enjoyed your post today. Trust the predicted storms do not develop. The weather has been crazy this year. Take care.

Madeline's Album said...

Your bench looks very nice. Hope you get the rain you need but not a terrible storm. Cats have a mind of their own, and it is said you can not own them. Your autumn decorations on your porch are lovely. Have a great evening. Madeline

GeorgiaPeachez said...

I bet you get some wicked storms out there! That cat is so naughty! Be careful on that ladder, I know someone close that fell off a ladder cleaning gutters and it's not good. Scares me every time I hear a ladder story! xo, suzy

jojo said...

be careful on that ladder, you can be sure that you will not land on your feet!
We are expecting the same storm on Wednesday, it is the remnants of a typhoon I hear. That should blow all the leaves out of the trees...;p

Jan Ely said...

Yes, batten down the hatches or risk loosing your hatches! Glad kitty came down. You know she loves to make you swear, don't ya?

ClassyChassy said...

Such an entertaining read today - I had to chuckle envisioning you with the cat food bowl and a struggling cat, climbing on that ladder! You are a kind person to go through the trouble for a scared kitty! Bless you!

Roslyn said...

I must be strange- as long as I am tucked up safely in my home I love storms!
I hope that yours brings lovely rain & no destruction.

castlewon said...

I'm ready and waiting for the same storm. And waiting... :-)
Watch that ladder derring-do

Laura ~Peach~ said...

that cat would still be on the roof if it were here... the bench is lovely and i hope you are notblown away!

castlewon said...

...and a lovely rain it was.