Deja Vu All Over Again: Black Creek Mardi Gras Flood


Water level on Fat Tuesday

Water level on Fat Tuesday


Confluence of Black and Little Black

Confluence of Black and Little Black

Our propane tank - don't float away! Last time cost $300+

Our propane tank – don’t float away! Last time cost $300+

Neighbors Tommie & Elaine's home. Note skiff docked where their vehicles normally park under the house

Neighbors Tommie & Elaine’s home. Note skiff docked where their vehicles normally park under the house

Patio below our house.

Patio below our house, on Lundi Gras

The waters are rising.

The waters are rising – Monday, Lundi Gras


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Scrounge Cat # 2 picks her next spot

Scrounge Cat # 2 picks her next spot

What a day – a tornado ripped through town, including the USM campus just before sunset. Fortunately we escaped  the worst part of the storm and are OK. You know something is up because the sky turns an odd yellow-green color before the wind and rain. More rain is predicted for the next two days, so we will be watching the creek for rising waters. All on a Mardi Gras day. This year I couldn’t make the parade in D’Iberville because my foot is still too swollen to wear a boot. May have been a blessing in disguise because Mr. Mike and I would have been caught in the storm on the ride home. Scrounge Cat #2 is using my shower as a litter box – in the cat world there are no accidents. Only social statements. Click the Food Scrounge News tab to ease your worries about multivitamins, coffee enemas, and health literacy.

Floods, Chickpea Curry, and PO’d Cats.

03 Back Water Blues

Click on the link for high water mood music as you check out the photos. It is an MP3 file, ripped from Our New Orleans 2005.  It was produced to raise funds for Katrina victims, who are still dealing with flood damage. Also please make a contribution to the Sandy victims. They have a long way to go.

The crossways log is suspended about 10 feet from the creek bottom during normal flow. Well, what is normal anymore?

Jan2013 flood 2

The leaning, partly submerged tree sits on the creek bank edge during dry times.  You can see the water creeping towards our concrete pad under the house.

Jan2013 flood 3

Another view from the back deck.

Jan2013 flood steps

Mr. Mike dragged my plant supplies to the front entry just in case the water flooded beneath our house. The garden supplies are still a mess from Hurricane Isaac.

Catnap in Jan2013 flood

Scrounge Cat #1 slept through the whole thing – think he cares?

I scrounged dinner from supplies on hand and a recipe from January/February 2013 issue of Cooking Light, pg 26 for Chickpea Curry. This after cleaning up the mess from Scrounge Cat #2 pissing on one of the few pairs of pants I can wear with my Frankenboot. Cats are totally in the moment, and right now she is in her nasty phase of kitty menopause. I cut her a little bit of slack (after some bad language) because I stopped being girl a while ago and can relate. So, my Frankenbooted left leg life with floodwaters and pantry scrounging: Chickpea Curry. Another tune as you read the recipe:

16 Louisiana

Chickpea Curry


1 cup rice

2 cups water

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, diced

1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala

2 15 oz cans chickpeas (garbonzo beans), rinsed and drained (I cooked 1 cup dry because I didn’t have canned; it did not take long)

1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes (diced or stewed work fine too)

1 6 oz package fresh baby spinach (yeah, this is ideal. I used a 10 oz package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed)

1/2 cup plain 2% Greek yogur (I used light sour cream)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper (fresh ground is great here)

1/4 cup chopped chilantro (I probably used more, don’t sweat it)

What you do:

1. Prepare rice using your normal method.

2. While rice cooks, add oil to a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat, swirl to coat. Add onion and saute 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in garam masala, cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

3. Add chickpeas (cook first if using dry), tomatoes, and spinach. Cook 2 minutes until spinach wilts (if using fresh). It may take another 2 minutes or so if using frozen. If using diced or some “whole” type canned tomato, break up the tomato with a spoon as the mixture cooks.

4. Stir in salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Stir in yogurt (or sour cream). Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over rice. Serves 4

I’ve made this two ways and both came out fine. The alternative is to add the yogurt or sour cream on top of the chickpea mixture when serving. It separates the creamy flavor from the rest of the curry.


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Enlarge and you can see the creek below. The water is brown.

Enlarge and you can see the creek below. The water is brown

The past four days have been rain, rain, rain. Wish I could send this excess water to people suffering from drought. The creek has risen 11 feet since Thursday. Four more feet and we’ll be at the “action stage”, as the US Hydrologic Service so delicately puts it. Not much to do but watch football playoffs and read Food Scrounge News. Click the Food Scrounge News tab for non-aqueous news.

These photos were taken from the deck at sunset today.



Black Creek rain 2


Black Creek rain 3


Home at Last, Home at Last, Thank the Lord I’m Home at Last

I made it home in one piece, though “rode hard and hung up wet” is appropriate.  We left Spartanburg Friday for LA & MS in the rain.  My friends took a different route home.  I bore down I-85 to I-20 past Atlanta.  The rain alternated drizzle to deluge.  My bike quit in a deluge about 50 miles from Atlanta.  Nothing to do but coast to the side of the road.  I fiddled with the controls and wiring.  The Triumph would crank but not fire.  A trucker stopped briefly and tried to fix it.  He agreed the bike wasn’t getting spark.  A few phone calls to AAA (have you ever tried to have a phone conversation with trucks going past 10 feet away at 70+ mph?) and the tow truck was en route.  Arrival time was “a few minutes”, AKA 120+ minutes.  A young man on a Triumph Thruxton stopped to assist just before the tow truck arrived.  There ain’t many of us, but we do stick together!  He checked out the bike and confirmed no spark.  The tow truck driver suggested we try one more thing before loading the Scrambler on the trailer.  He sprayed starter fluid into the breather hose/air box.  I hit the starter switch.  It fired!!  A few more squirts and the bike was rarin’ to go.  Rain water had gotten into the air system, interfering with ignition.  Ater spending three hours on a rain soaked shoulder I was ready to leave GA behind.  Mr. Doug (Thruxton) rode with me into the Atlanta metro area and made sure I was OK.

Triumph Thruxton road angel

I rode for another 120 miles before stopping.  By that time my brain was fried, so I decided to stop for the night and make the final push home Saturday.  The next day began sunny but dark clouds formed past Birmingham.  It was back into the drizzle/downpour scenario from Tuscaloosa to home.  Though I bought a can of starter fluid that morning, at times I had to pull over because it was difficult to see the road.

Sharing I-20/59 underpass with an H-D rider

I-20/59 underpass visibility break.  Note crap on shoulder.I-20/59 underpass break.  Note crap on shoulder.

A wet welcome

All ended well.  Mr. Mike, the scrounge cats and I had a happy reunion.  Thanks to all who helped me along the way.  I’ll end today’s post with photos of the group (312 Motor Maids from US and Canada) and banquet.  More photos next time.

72nd annual convention. Spartanburg SC

MM banquet and awards


Post-Flood Update

Floodwaters have receded however the cleanup continues.  More rain over the past week has delayed picking up debris in brushy areas.  The brush and vines I cut before the flood have washed downstream – who says _____ rolls downhill?

Floodwater below the concrete pad under our house

Looking southwest toward the creek

Note water line on shop

Scrounge cat 3 taking a break from cleanup


Pine Belt Flood – Ready to Scrounge?

This is a blog about food, gardening, motorcycles, cat parenting and such but sometimes there are circumstances beyond our control.  Take rain for example.  Rainfall amounts of 3-7″ over the three days will bring on the floodwaters.  For the past two days the cats and I have been confined to the house and deck.  The Mr. has canoed to the paved road, about 1/8 mile to the pavement where our vehicles are parked.  From there he drives 20 miles to work.  This is the scene about 9AM Thursday:

Concrete pad under house, 9AM

Concrete pad under house, 9AM

Water is near concrete pad level, 9AM. Creek is just visible in the background. Normally the creek is 8 feet below the concrete pad level.

Parking area in front of house, 9AM

Floodwaters are close but not over the pad below our house.  By 11AM water is nearly over the concrete pad.

Patio facing creek, 11AM

Front of house, 11AM

By 1PM, floodwaters had breached “ground level”.

Concrete pad under house, 1PM. Shop is in left corner of photo.

Looking toward front of house, 1PM.

Front drive, full flood mode, 3PM.

Concrete pad under the house, 3PM.  Photo taken from stairs.  We learned not to walk in flood water – snakes, fire ants, and other nasty things floating past you.

Concrete pad under house, looking toward creek, 3PM. Plant rack on the right is a three shelf unit. Only plants on the top shelf were left on the rack.

Mr. Mike, the cats and I are fine.  So are the motorcycles and plants.  Fortunately we are well stocked with beer, pretzels, and kitty litter.  Despite all this we love life on the creek.


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