It’s the annual Mardi Gras flood! Comfort food needed.

The other night we received 3 inches of rain.  The Creek already was high from rain the past week.  When I looked out the window after waking it was obvious my work was cut out for me:

Backyard highwater

Backyard highwater

The large tree sits on the bank about 8 feet above the creek during normal flow.  It was time to move items either up the stairs or to the paved road.  Plants, on the stairs.  Motorcycles, on the stairs, no wait I’m no stunt rider.  So to the pavement they all go.  Now it would have been nice if the Mr. was home and all the batteries worked.  Not so.  The sidecar started, great.  The scooters and the Triumph? Up the road I push.  And the other two?  I’m not fully recovered yet to ride them.  So…


This view is looking towards the house.  The rest of the drive is not visible.  Floodwaters are nearing the drive, left.  It was a looong push.

Flood bike parking

Flood bike parking

Our neighbors let us park our bikes in front of their house when floods are iminent.  I was about ready to drop after all this pushing.  How did the other two make it up the drive.  Another neighbor and his sons to the rescue.  Fortunately they knew how to ride.  I drag my butt down the driveway, checking the floodwater level along the drive:

Highwater drive

Highwater drive

The scene above should have all dry land.  Back at the house, I organize some items in case the water reaches the concrete pad below our house.  This picture shows the water level downstream from the deck.

View downstream

View downstream


By this time I’m needing some comfort food.  Now some macaroni & cheese or a burger & fries would do nicely, but I’m too worn out and the scrounge cats refuse to cook anything.  Time for refrigerator soup.  Just open the fridge and pull out those plastic containers of leftover food.  Don’t worry, if it’s in there it will work when you can barely lift a spoon.  The soup was made from canned diced tomatoes, cooked spaghetti, garbonzo beans, and collard greens with ham.  Heat it up, add your favorite beverage, and be comforted.

Refrigerator soup

Refrigerator soup

And don’t forget the condiments:



Last year we had a flood on Fat Tuesday. Transport was by canoe.


  1. As someone that has been through a few household water events, there is nothing more frightening then rising water !!!

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