- I did get my Boston ferns hung up as well as my beautiful red begonias. The begonias are hanging from each side of my porch pillars flanked by the Boston ferns on the sides. My automatic watering system is in place. I stood back and was pretty pleased with the results, that is until the first big red begonia blossom landed on the wide white porch railing. It stained the white paint red. I knew it was too good to be true! And worse yet, I came back a few hours later and the red stain was an India-ink blue! I’m not going to panic yet, perhaps a day or two and the stain will decompose into dirt and wash off with plain water. If not, I’ll try some kind of Oxy cleaner and if that doesn’t work, perhaps the Lysol mold-killing bathroom bleach cleaner will do the trick. There are also some stains from the petals on the white siding below the porch, too. And here I thought I found the perfect replacement for the fungus-prone petunias.
- Wow, what a storm we had Saturday night! I love watching the lightning storms from my upstairs sleeping porch. I’ll stay up until the wee hours of the morning to watch a good thunderstorm. I had all the windows taken out of the sleeping porch and the screens put in for the summer so it feels and sounds just like you are outdoors but protected from the rain and bugs It never rains in because of the low overhang of the roof on that side. So when it started raining hard and the wind picked up, I just sat in my sky-chair swing I have up there eating an orange and marveling at the pretty lighting across the sky. It was so great. It was very warm on the sleeping porch and suddenly the temperature dropped around 2AM. My teeth started to chatter and the wind started blowing from the opposite direction. Rain started blowing in horizontally and I jumped out of the swing and ran for the door of the house which I couldn’t hardly close behind me.
- I woke my husband up thinking we were having a tornado because I knew there were tornado watches out. Of course it wasn’t a tornado but it was a very severe thunderstorm. He went out and put the windows back in on the sleeping porch and went into the attic and closed the window up there that we always leave open because rain never comes in from that side of the house. The attic floor was sopping wet under the window. He sopped up the mess with towels. It was dark but we noticed the street in front of our house was flooding. By then the wind had died down some but the rain was still pouring down. The water was already up past the door of our car that was parked on the street so it was too late to move it.
Idiots at 3AM were driving through the deep water for fun which caused the parked cars on the side of the street to bob and turn in the water and causing more water to get into the cars. Teenagers or drunk adults (it is hard to tell the difference in the dark) were running and yelling through the water on the street at 3AM waking up the whole neighborhood or at least those who had slept through the thunder. We watched from our front porch until the water finally receded enough to move the car to higher ground in our driveway. I brought a stack of towels to my husband so he could try to soak up the water on the floor of the car. All his CDs were sopping wet. He did what he could to get most the water out of the car’s carpet. You can’t go turning on a shopvac outside at 3AM even though it probably would have been less noisy than the people running through the water.
- My husband vacuumed out the water Sunday morning and we are hoping it doesn’t mold. It would be nice to get a dry, sunny day so we can leave the windows down and get it to air out. Luckily, the house dried out fine and all that wind and rain didn’t even bother my hanging plants.