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.


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:



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