Monday, July 7, 2008

The Contrariness of Being

Yesterday was such a wonderful day that I only need one word to describe it. Rain. Blessed wet wildly flying droplets of rain fell upon the gardens and lasted longer than the usual five minute tease. At seven pm I put on a pot of coffee and Mac and I sat on the porch sipping and laughing, amazed that such a small thing like rain could make us so happy. The cats dashed about in the sprinkles as though they'd never seen such before...oh wait, for a couple of them, they hadn't! It rained till eight or a bit after and at nine we went inside. I watched Bobby solve another case on Law and Order, CI and Mac went in to the computer. At eleven, as we prepared for bed, I heard the rain falling again. Mac allowed as how that was the best sound he'd heard in ages. He started laughing and I asked him what was so funny. "If it rains much more the watermelons are going to start exploding like firecrackers out there." Assuring him that I really didn't think that much rain was falling, we fell asleep to the sound of rain on the roof, and life was good.



I woke up this morning to silence. The fan I keep near the bed for the single purpose of making noise, was quiet. The whole house was quiet. Nothing moved, whirred, chimed or rustled. Silence. Silence makes me nervous. I crept from the bed and went into the kitchen and flipped on the light. Nothing. I went to the sink and turned on the tap. Nothing. I looked at the cable box, it was dark and daunting. No power. NO POWER! All I could think was "how am I going to get my morning news fix, my morning coffee fix and most importantly, my morning blog fix?" I find that I am an addict of electrical power. Without it I am helpless. There is no camp stove outside to prepare a pot of that wonderful wake up brew to which I can absolutely not function without. And then I heard myself say it. I tried to call it back, but my throat refused to suck in air and call back the words...I saw them hanging in front of my face, mocking me with their intent...and then my ears heard what my mouth had dared to utter...

"Damned rain!"

35 comments:

joan said...

Hi Sandi,

Trying to catch up with my blog reading. I'm way behind. LOL I cannotlive without my electricity. Not having my morning coffee would send me over the edge, not to mention checking email and all of the blogs. Glad you got your juice back up and running. Hey stay cool.

joan said...

Okay, this is what happens when I multi task. I meant to say stay cool in this heat. LOL I was doing too many things on my computer at once. Have a good day Sandi!!

Katherines Dream said...

Oh that was scarey...no power...silence! No morning fix...jeeps. What did you do?
Rain, rain and more rain...we have not had a summer really...but I guess my marrows will be happy!
Carol xx

Donna said...

LOLHahahaha....Boy, I can identify with this story!!! Happy day sweetie!!hughugs

Lee said...

LOL And into each and every life a little rain must fall. :) I keep the power company's emergency number on my cell phone. Can't tell you how many times I've used it but it has sure come in handy.

Congratulations on the rain. We've been having it too. Yay! Temperatures in the 80's during the day and low 70's to high 60's at night! Almost doesn't feel like summer. Or maybe it feels like summer should feel.

Hugs!

Akelamalu said...

You want rain, we want sun!

Abbie said...

That serene pic you painted about you and Uncle mac on the front porch is what I dream about everyday. So special.

Our pastor's fav words are Jesus didn't have electricity yet he changed the human race lol. Funny I think about that each time I think I need something i don't have to function.

ancient one said...

We are still wanting some more rain.. got just a little last night... we need a couple of days worth of slow easy rain. Don't need anything to take the electricity out, though..LOL

Jay said...

That was a perfectly lovely blog post!

I can identify with the panic at finding you're without power, though I do love silence. I rarely have the TV or radio, or music on. I'm content to sit with only the tap-tap of the keys to keep me company ... but there you have it, without the internet, I'm lost!

Veggie Mom said...

We've been suffering from storms and power-outages as well. It's fun with the kids the first couple of times, but it does get old, doesn't it? BTW, I'm hosting a Giveaway, starting tomorrow--please drop on by!

Jeanne said...

LOL never satisfied are we? Glad you got some of the much needed rain. I think we'll feel the same way when the humidity finally leaves us and we can take a good deep breath.

The Diva's Thoughts said...

LOL! The way you wrote this post was very funny. lol

I absolutely can not function with out electricity. I hate when to power goes out at home for any period of time.

~Kristen~ said...

Hi Sandi!
I just came here from my friend Terri's blog and I love it! Your blog is fabulous! I hope to visit often!!!

Lib said...

I love it when the rain hits the roof.We too use a fan for noise.:o)
Glad your electric is back on!:o)
Hope you have agreat wk.
Blessins',Lib

Judy said...

I'm glad for your rain! My sister in south Texas also had rain over the weekend...after a long dry spell. We'd gladly share a little of our over-abundant rain with you!

Kappa no He said...

I am with Akemalu. We are in the midst of the rainy season and I sooooo want to see a sunbeam. Just one. Maybe two.

Glad your power came back on though!

Sarah said...

If you want rain chick, we can provide.... we have lots here to spare!

Mary said...

Sorry about the no power but the rain must be so good You could come back to England and have plenty although the sun is shinning here at present!!!!

Tara said...

Hi Sandi

But youe ARE turned back on, thank goodness. Like you, I need my leectric-the computer, the morning tea...really, I just can't even think of hacking the camping thing!!
:0)
Tara

Jeni said...

Boy, I agree completely - no electricity means no coffee which means very slow, rather antagonistic mood and also, no tv, no computer and terrible withdrawal involved then from three addiction factors! Misery loves company - looks like you've found a lot of company in this bit of misery, didn't you? Peace!

Jules~ said...

I am smiling and giggling with you. How many times I have been in that same spot. Like it and love it all at the same time. Sorry you missed out on all of your morning 'fixes'.

Christine of Epiphany said...

Hahahaha!
Yeah, dontchahateit when blessings are mixed?

CrazyCath said...

Sandi you write so poetically! I just absorb your words. Thank you so much for all your visits and lovely comments at my site - I will eventually tidy up my sidebar and remember to get you on it!

Adla said...

I get a panic attack everytime the electricity goes off after a real heavy rain. So dependant on electricity I feel GUILTY being a girl scout so I TOTALLY RELATE Sandi:)

This sounds contradicting but I do like the sound of rain and it's after smell.

Oh you don't always get what you like do you :)

chat soon, Adla

Lori said...

LOL!!! we had a huge storm today and lost power briefly...whew!!! it was a close one...

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

Oh!!!! I feel the same way....we've had a waterlogged June and July may well be shaping up in the same direction....

I *hate* when the power goes out...luckily it only lasts a few minutes...but to face a whole day of it....oh dear....

I hope your power is back on for good!!

Mary Isabella said...

Sometimes when the lights go out I can of feel like I am on a new and exciting adventure,especially if our Granddaughter is here. We light candles and tell stories. It is kinda fun....Love....Mary

GoneBackSouth said...

Lovely description of how wonderful rain can be. It's pouring here at the moment!

JanaBanana said...

Hi Sandi.. miss you!! Had to drop in before Autumn wakes up.
Sorry about your power outage :(

Jodie Adams said...

You have me laughing. I too am insane when the power goes out. It's just not a good time. Love reading your post, they always make me smile. Love ya!!

Mima said...

You are dying for rain, and we are dying for sunshine, we are having a truly miserable summer, not quite the worst on record, but still horrid! Sorry to hear that your power went out, like you I would be lost without power - well for a start there would be no way to sit me up in bed!!

Sandy Kessler said...

as you know there was no rain that caused my fire Sunday night , maybe an earlier rain- however I'm without tvs anything. Computing in some strange other mode and yes we have become addicts but there is something so peaceful in its melody. I wrote a poem and will post it sometime ..For me in this heat, its always extra blessed. I did not say that during 3 hurricanes

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Love this essay...love the craftmanship of it and the way the words flow.

Jamie Dawn said...

Uh-oh! Your lesson here was well taught and well learned. I can't stand being without power or water. I need those modern conveniences!
If we have a drought and then get some rain, I will try and not curse the rain after it comes.
I will learn this lesson in advance.

NeereAnDear said...

Sandi I think we should elect Mac VICE PRES since he helped me with my zucchini

HUGS AND

CIAO FOR NOW!!!

JO