One September Day

Monday, September 27, 2010

What NOT to do on a rainy day!

This is my rainy day story.  There is no better reason to share this on my blog, other than to re-entertain the hilarity of the situation....
 and, I guess.. give you a good chuckle!

Busy, Busy, Busy!
The last two weeks have held many activities and responsibilities aside form our "norm."
Canning.. Juicing... and making apple butter, etc.. Just add to the Craziness of it all.

(For those that read this, thinking I am sporting the "Superhero Mom Cape".... Let me take this opportunity to dispel that theory!)

Rainy Day Story!
Rare chance to slip out the door without the kids, to run such an "exciting errand" ( sorry, a little sarcasm here..).. Pick up a Juicer/Steamer at the local Cooperative Extension.

No Rain in site.
Me.. Driving with the windows down.. listening to James McDonald, and seriously enjoying the 10 minute drive of Sanity.. even if was a silly errand.

Rather strange that I notice my temperature gage on the van is saying that it is almost overheating!
I knew that we have had sporadic issues with the radiator,,, but being the "country girl" that I am... do not get overly stressed about these things.  ( Well,, not too often.)

Temperature gage is now peaking at the top, and steam is blowing out from under the hood.
Are you alarmed?
I remember a friend of ours lives about 1 minute up the road...
I get there safely.. pull in...

Before I am even out of the Van.. TORRENTIAL Downpour!!!  Out of the blue downpour.
The kind where the road is so hot,, and the rain is is causing a steam to roll of the pavement,, and I am having a hard time differentiating between the steam rolling out from under the hood and the rain!

I jump out of van in this pouring rain and run to their door.  Their car is in the driveway... and so I begin knocking .. politely.  It is raining quite hard now... I am getting a "little" wet.  Now I am knocking a little "less politely."

( Remember we live in the country... not and overpopulated development.. with many homes to choose from)
This was the ONE and ONLY house en route!

No one came to the door.  Must be away.

Hmmm.. What to do?  I am resourceful.. right?
I "skooch" with my back along the side of the Farm house to avoid the rain,  ( did I mention this is HARD rain?)..
and make my way into their open barn.

Well, at least I am dry!  Good,, right?!
Until I look out and discover that I have left the lights on in the van.

So, I frantically search for a container I can fill with water.. and put into the radiator.
You would think that I could find something like that in a barn?
Oh.. wait... I found a hose,,, so I trace it back to its beginning,, around the edge of the barn, through the rain .. To find that the Handle was broken and unable to be used.

Now,, I am in a hurry, and so I make another run for the inside of the barn,, thinking that if I can find a container.. I could perhaps use "Rain Water?)
Genius .. right!?

Yes,, by now I am looking out of the barn.. laughing.. you have to laugh when these things happen.
What was making me laugh harder,, was thinking that the farm owners are probably watching me...puzzled, and maybe - laughing themselves?

Whala!!  I find an empty flower pot.  Success!   All I have to do now is collect some rain water,, and fill the radiator and I will be on my way!

HA!  I hold the pot out to the rain... and guess what!?  All of the success is gone from my "Sails!"
The Flower pot has a HOLE in the bottom.. ( you know for "drainage!")

Yep.. I am not laughing any more.. I am talking out loud to myself.. loudly... in the middle of an empty barn,, in the throws of a torrential downpour!

I decide to do what any sane person at this point should do...
MAKE A MADE DASH for the van and sit and stew about this.

So,, that handy flower pot with the hole in the bottom .. well... I turned it upside down and put it over my head for an Umbrella,,, and RAN!
With flip flops... in big puddles... and getting the bottom of my jeans very wet with farm pasture rain sodden gravel!

Once in the van. I realize that I am going to have to get to the nearest garage...

Driving against my better judgement...hoping that I will not do any further damage to the radiator.. I drive on.

FINALLY reaching my destination.. I ask the woman at the counter if she can fill a jug of water for me to fill my radiator over flow?
She replies.. "sure... but you know... this is VERY dangerous!"

Uh-huh... I know.
This is my life.

Thankful for the water..
Thankful the rain has ceased.
I lift the hood,, take off the overflow cap..fill the overflow...
and realize I drove the van wayyy to long,, and will have to sit and wait it out... it has to cool down.

What a fun "10 minute errand!!!"

What NOT to do on a rainy day!

Who Needs An Umbrella When you have a Flower Pot?!



  • At September 27, 2010 at 1:39 PM , Blogger cooperkelly4 said...

    that is one crazy day. Glad you were able to laugh in the midst of the downpour.

  • At September 27, 2010 at 3:58 PM , Blogger Angela said...

    Oh, what a story! I have to admit, I enjoyed picturing you snooping around the neighbor's barn talking to yourself in a torrential downpour! LOL :-)


  • At September 27, 2010 at 4:46 PM , Blogger Verna said...

    hmmm.... my first thought was "You took a shower without soap?"

    And I truely can picture you in the barn looking for a bucket or something to pour water with.

    Me, I would just have to open my trunk and I'd probably find something there that I could use...Wait, perhaps not now anymore since I did clean it out on Saturday. :)

    Too bad you weren't drinking coffee when you left and could use that cup.
    No rain here today. Thanks for sharing.

  • At September 28, 2010 at 10:27 AM , Blogger cooperkelly4 said...

    hmm, it says you have a new post up today, but every time I click the link it comes back to this one. Just thought you would want to know. =0)

  • At September 28, 2010 at 1:17 PM , Blogger Linda said...

    September, thanks for the vivid picture you planted in my mind! I can't say I laughed...I just felt your frustration honey!

    Hope the vehicle gets fixed and that you aren't faced with that problem again sweetie.

    I guess it might have been funny to you "after" the fact, when you were safely back home and re-telling the adventure! (:>)

    Love you,
    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  • At October 5, 2010 at 10:08 PM , Blogger Heather said...

    Oh my goodness! Thankfully you were ok. You sound very resourceful. :)


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