Finally. It’s been ages since Mother Nature’s had a drink around here. Not that the lawns are turning brown already or anything – but the brush fire danger is high. In fact, we had some IDIOT flick a cig out his or her window between exits 4 and 3 westbound on the Pike and voila – brush fire extraordinaire! The day started off overcast, then cleared up with sunny skies. Late this afternoon it got that dark charcoal look. Downpour imminent. No thunderboomer though. Just a cataclysmic waterfall from the sky – and right when I was leaving work for the day. I had to crank up the defogger to the max, as well as peg out the windshield wipers.
Didja ever notice that the road gets kind of greasy during the first rain after a long dry spell? Believe me, I could see miniature rainbows in the runoff on the pavement. Not that it slowed me down any on the Mass Pike. Speed Demon – that’s me. AKA Masshole Driver. Muahahahaha! Despite the flood I drove faster than I probably needed to. Strangely I don’t usually listen to music on the way to and from work. I’m too busy inside my head figuring out my day, and on the way back – my evening.
Anyhoo-I decided to be a good wife and pick up The Viking at work. Normally he rides his mountain bike back and forth every day (its a 2 mile trip one way). We’ve downsized to one car for the two of us and so far its working out OK. Those days where its bad weather I always try to make sure I offer to bring him to work or pick him up. 9/10 times he’s already got a ride – but I always offer. I have the (much) longer commute so kind of got the vehicle privileges by default. I had texted him as I left work, but he was unable to respond, nor did he pick up when I called so I just figured to swing by on the way home. Good thing I did. The downpour followed me from Chicopee. And The Viking was glad to see me! I made sure to park right next to the bike.
He got the bike loaded and we took off towards home. Traffic wasn’t too bad – considering. Clay Hill was awash with runoff and there was minor flooding at the bottom at the corner of Notre Dame by Mestek. The rain lasted till about an hour after we got home, and has subsided for the moment. Its still overcast, but” pink and grey” -ly so. The light is ethereal right now, and the grass has a neon green glow to it. The mockingbird is kicking up a fuss down the street and the air smells of petrichor. That wonderful, strangely melancholic, fresh after the rain smell that means green; and growing.
I’m thinking Mayhem will have a date with the lawnmower this weekend, as she wants to earn some spending money for Anime Boston at the end of the month. Chaos’ cat – Guy Walworth aka Sir aka Sir Guy – is hanging out with me in the porch window. So far, I have no allergic or asthmatic complaints – and I fully own up to the fact that I am a complete SAP and can’t say no when an animal needs rescuing. (Long story – but suffice to say that I do not recommend getting a pet with one’s boyfriend – pets are for long term, live together, stable relationships) Anyway, I’m hoping we get some more of the wet stuff tonight. The sound of rain on my roof will be lovely as I drift off to la-la land. But, I hope it clears up in time for the weekend. I want to get out and about with my camera.
I also strangely feel the need to find our old VHS copy of “Winnie the Pooh and The Blustery Day” The kids used to love watching that. Mayhem’s favorite toy when she was very little was “Heppa”. It was a Puff-a-Lump that she renamed after the song “Heffalumps and Woozles” I’m very confu-zzled…. . Anyway, it still smells awesome outside, and I am so grateful to be able to smell it. (normally I have no sense of smell due to chronic sinus problems). I’m enjoying my second glass of moscato white wine, and trying to decide what to have for dinner. Here’s hoping for a pleasantly relaxing evening – listening to the rain on the roof. Hugs to all.
- What Makes Rain Smell So Good? (blogs.smithsonianmag.com)
- Petrichor (shainalane.wordpress.com)
- Brush fire on Mass Pike put out quickly (wwlp.com)
- Gifting words (retetapentruimposibil.wordpress.com)
- Rain is (finally) here (wwlp.com)