Hail with a side salad

Our maple isn't quite down to its last leaf, but there's plenty of bald patches up there and more storms in the forecast.

Our maple isn’t quite down to its last leaf, but there’s plenty of bald patches up there and more storms in the forecast.

Herself and I spent some quality time together this morning, cleaning up the wreckage from yesterday’s blitzkrieg hailstorm.

I had to get up on the roof to broom off some of the detached greenery (and clear the gutters while I was at it). And then we set about collecting the stuff on the ground. This was about the time I decided that owning two-fifths of the block was something of a giant pain in the ass, or more specifically, the lower back.

We filled one of those big rolling trash bins and another smaller can with salad and sticks before saying the hell with it and going back indoors for lunch, after which we lost interest more or less permanently, especially since it looks like another storm may be blowing in here directly.

In other news, poor Cuddles lost his pretty pink shirt in the Giro. He has one flat stage for liver-gnawing purposes, tomorrow, before the ground tilts upward and the shit gets serious. Should be fun to watch. Rigoberto Uran Ran Ran Ran Da Doo Ran Ran looked tougher ‘n’ whang leather out there today, and taking time back from him will be like trying to steal stupid from Louie Gohmert.

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8 Responses to “Hail with a side salad”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    The weather down here is beyond weird. Red flag again today and tonight, and Bisbee had thunderstorms! 75 for a high on Saturday! WTFO? It is May, right?

    Did the hail damage the shingles on Chez Dog or the “House Back East?”

    The Giro has failed to capture us this year. But I still hope the old dog from down under can pull it off. Maybe he will be smart enough to retire when on top and stay retired.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That is weird, Pat. Should be about a thousand and ten in your neck of the woods — er, sand — right about now, yeah?

      Our roof looks good, but it’s only a couple of years old. I need to get up on the place next door and have a look-see. The Crack House® across the alley has had a bunch of work done on it over the past couple of years, to no particular purpose, including at least two roofs (rooves?), and it looks like the newest one has taken something of a pounding. ¿Que triste es la vida loca, que no?

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Yep, 10 to 15 degrees below normal for the next 2 days. And a chance of measurable rain in the higher elevations tomorrow. But, things are supposed to get “normal” again on Monday. Might have to attempt another camping trip next week to “clear out the headgear” if you will kindly permit me to steal a classic Mad Dog phrase for a moment. Well time for a benadryl and another beer if there is to be any chance at a little sleep tonight.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I’ve been enjoying an extended bout of insomnia along with the usual seasonal allergies. Wake up at 3 a.m., then again at 4, 5 and 6. Gah. I either need drugs or better window treatments.

        I had been thinking about doing a quick bike tour this week. Thank God I dithered. Lycra doesn’t put up much of a fight against the kind of weather we’ve been getting.

  2. Libby Says:

    The President visited two counties away this afternoon. Local news crews were covering the scene. All of a sudden we had a tornado alert and coverage of his trip was interrupted. I rushed my cat into a carrier, pulled the shades down, but didn’t make it to the cellar before the power went out. Camped out in the hallway. The worst passed a few miles to the north. Power back, sump pump running. Very lucky here.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yow. Tornadoes don’t play. Lucky indeed, Libby.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Libby, glad it didn’t ruin your day. Went through a similar situation twice. Once when I lived in Augusta, Georgia and while hiding in the hallway bathroom, no basement, I watched the large pine tree in the front yard rise out of the ground then lay down. It was spooky since there was damage at all to the house. Second time was at SIU in Carbondale, IL. Had just moved there when we had to run for the basement in the campus library. Glad AZ doesn’t have them.

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