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Hanna

Friday, 3:27 pm

By Kate

Sep

05

2008

sunny

In the midst of the most fascinating political mayhem I’ve ever seen, one must take time out for practical considerations. I think we’re getting Tropical Storm Hanna tonight. Or the first rain bands, at least. Tomorrow the main deluge is scheduled along with quite brisk winds (50 mph gusts). I think the only real difference between this and a walloping good nor’easter is the name. I’d hope that the flashing around the chimney is up to the job, having had it recently repaired after it leaked during the last nor’easter. And then there are a few wood piles to protect.

I went out and covered them up a while ago. I wasn’t prepared for a storm like this yet, so had to use what I had on hand. I could have gone out to hunt down some new tarps, but I have other things to do and prepare for this evening and I didn’t want to spend the time crawling through Wally-World looking for tarps today. What I have is a thin sheet of plastic. Or thin vinyl...or something. I think it was supposed to be a paint drop cloth, but it was so darned slippery (and huge) that it was useless. It’s sturdy enough, but not ideal for the longer term. In any case, I tossed it over the woodpiles and secured it as well as possible with heavy logs, with the long tail end of the plastic wadded up and weighted down on the ground at the north-northwest end of the woodpiles.

This is the first time I’ve stacked wood in that location. It’s pretty protected—on the southwest side of the house with a stockade fence protecting the entire south side. The wind and wind-driven rain should come from the north, so the bulk of wind should miss the broad sides of the wood piles. Guess we shall see. This is a good test run for winter. Once this storm is past, I’ll know what I need and what needs the most protection. If my wood gets wet, well...no disaster. I still have the rest of September and October to dry it out again.

But still. Could live without a tropical storm. Wind-driven rain (sideways rain) really makes life miserable and ALWAYS finds a way into the house somewhere.



 

I wonder

Wednesday, 12:03 pm

By Kate

Sep

03

2008

sunny

I wonder how many times John McCain has lost his temper this week. I wonder how his “soulmate” is doing. I wonder how Cindy McCain feels about that. I wonder if she’s ready to run screaming from the country yet.

I wonder if Joe Lieberman will end up on a street corner holding a tin cup someday, unloved and forgotten by both Republicans and Democrats. I’d give him a nickel.

I wonder how people in other countries are viewing all of this. Do they think we’ve completely lost our minds? 



 

Poor John

Monday, 8:44 pm

By Kate

Sep

01

2008

clear night

If I were to take a WAG at the word John McCain would use to describe his staggeringly bad day, in the face of a major hurricane, greatly reduced convention, his VP pick lawyering up for her scandal deposition, and their joint announcement of the coming blessed event, the word would be DISASTER.

It feels almost unkind to point a finger at him and say, “THAT’S why there is this process called vetting a candidate (before selecting her), you maverick you.”

As for Sarah Palin, I have to question her thought processes when she accepted McCain’s VP slot, knowing the near certainty of her daughter being dragged into the national spotlight. Seems as if the decent thing would have been to decline gracefully. Some things are more important than ambition, no matter how hard to bear or how costly to one’s career. Protecting her child would seem to top the list. I don’t think I have much respect for this woman.



 

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