Wednesday, October 20, 2004

...and more rain

This poor beautiful tree was affected by today's rain a little more than we were during yesterday's mudfest.  With much of its heavy, severed branches covering two front yards and half of the street, this tree is still the biggest tree in the neighborhood.  Thankfully, the branches just missed crashing into the nearby homes and parked cars.

Believe it or not, this is only a small example of what happens when Southern California gets hit with rain - just rain - a year's worth of rain in four days.  The rest of the city was dealing with floods, accidents, power outages, property damage, mudslides...  I guess that would explain why no one had been there yet to take care of the tree and its precariously hanging limbs.

Buckets of rain fell as I finished my last dogwalk.  Good thing too.  I need a raincoat.


geminiwilder said...

wow. looks like new england there.
hey, i think you drove by my house when you
drove from NJ to Boston!  did you see me????  
were you on I-84 ??  our weather was pretty nice last
week, wasn't it...

I'm rooting for the Sox in a Yankee household here.
I think it's their turn!!!!


freeepeace said...

PHIN - Yes, it totally looks like NE on that street.  Hmm...84?  I think we took 95 on the way up.  Maybe 84 on the way to JFK Intl. for flight home.  Can't remember actually.  A lot of the trip is a blur.  LOL

babyshark28 said...

Wow.  I didn't realize it was raining so hard down there.  It rains a lot up here, but it seems to just drizzle continuously for days.  and then there's fog. more rain. more fog. an occassional beautiful break where we say "Now this is why we live here!" then a few more days of fog.  and then it's winter. :p

Love all the pictures, it's like her were the photo journalist about town. :D
too bad for the tree though :(

readmereadyou said...

I lived in CA for two years many moons ago and I remember the rainy season well. The streets looked like Venice, Italy.


olddog299 said...


What kind of tree is that? Sycamore?  How about a close-up of a leaf or three so we can identify it?


ggal3133 said...

awww that poor tree!

I was happy to hear that the Sox beat the Yankees! WOO :)
Also happy to hear that the Cardinals aren't out of it yet :)

aims814 said...

I've been keeping up, just unable to leave comments bc of connection problems. I'll just leave one here to let you know I'm here :) Stay dry! Get a rain coat.
Love you bunches!

s0ngbird1962 said...

Geez, you guys have wimpy trees in

And YAY Red Sox!!  I watched the game until the last few innings, was truly afraid they'd break my heart again.  

barbaramck said...

wow, big tree. sooo sad : ( there are trees down everywhere here too. i hope there will be some left to hug *wink*

i went to go grab maddy's bowl for breakfast and thought i'd check the level in my empty pond. holy cow!! there is at least 2 1/2 feet of water in there.

sorry, i'm not a huge baseball fan. i'm especially peeved cuz they canceled pre-season hockey arrruggg!! take care, much love! barb~

onestrangecat said...

poor tree.  glad you and huny had finished your walk before the rain.


lacapp8 said...

Hello Freee...   its been a long long time.  i'll have to go back and re read some of your entries to see what's been happening.

congrats on the Red Sox win, sounds like you support boston.  it was an exhausting week.  i'll root for them now that the yankees chokes and put on the worst performance in baseball history.   i will always be a new york yankee fan (its in my genes)  but i also root for the american league and the north east.

So, later, i'll re read.  and glad to see you are alive and well.   cute photos.  you've become very good with the digital camera ;)


lacapp8 said...

wow.  you were in New Jersey.   so close!  you may have driven right by me.  still love the CD.  can't wait to hear more songs.   what do you think of Sarah McLaughlin.  your lyrics remind me of here.  


mallory4284 said...

Rainy and blah here lately, too. It actually hasn't rained in a couple days, just some "spritzing" every once in a while. The rain was much needed, but it caused the temp to drop a bit too much. It's brrr here!!

Poor tree. :( Such a pretty tree, too. I noticed on my way home this past weekend how beautiful it is here right now. I love the red and yellow trees.

Have a good weekend!! :)

-- Mallory

jcgeorgiapeach said...

You poor're out there walking dogs, in the rain, all wet and little.  Were you holding onto this tree to keep from floating away in the flood?  Bless your heart.  I have a raincoat for you.  Come back to Arizona and get it.  If you don't get swept away first. :)  ~Peachy

krobbie67 said...

It's like a blizzard in Cali when a rainstorm hits. I fear it's going to be a very wet winter. So glad I'll be gone for twenty days of it. Oh yeah! Vacation in November and December. :-D ----Robbie

indigosunmoon said...

If it keeps raining like that...your going
to need more than a raincoat.  Your
gonna need an ark!!!  LOL

ryanagi said...

Wow! The tree looks like it was struck by lightening. Pretty common around here. I hope they can salvage it. -B

slowmotionlife said...

Ouch!  That looks like more than just rain!  Sure it wasn't a tornado??  Do you guys even get tornados??

luckyaugustgirl said...

Talk about a force of nature!!! :) Im glad noone was hurt!

txsguinan said...

Remember that song; "It never rains in California - but girl, don't they warn ya- it pours, man it pours...?"  Probably not; before your time; it was Number 1 when I was in high school; can't remember who did it.  (another note to self; stop giving away age... :)