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I am ready for a Monday and grateful the weekend is almost over!

     That probably sounds odd; a simple explanation is the combination of a sleeping pill Friday night and a series of storms dumping inches of rain overnight led to me discovering all sorts of flooding fun when I finally got up Saturday morning.

     Still, it can always be worse! I'm grateful that the wet carpet stench I had to live with Saturday is nearly gone now, though I'll have to hang the throw rug outside again tomorrow (chance of rain tonight).

     Grateful that nearly everything that got damaged was empty boxes stacked up in case my mom needed them/things I'd planned to throw out anyway.

     So, even though it feels like I went more backward than forward in getting my place ready for my mom coming, I am happy with my editing progress on Hope's Passage and my making a Puma-Lord figure easier than expected for future projects.

     My other treat this weekend was as I was standing outside, checking on the drying progress of the throw rug, with Shado making a racket in the cat enclosure near me--got the birds in the lilacs nearby all worked up. They were wrens, a whole bunch of them, and I got to see at least one gawky fledgling. A double treat, since with my editing a book about a certain avarii fledgling, I've really got fledglings on the brain of late. ;)
Where I'm At:
'Hope's Passage' editing run 2: pg 41 of 122
Emotional Status:
hot warm
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On August 10th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC), silvanime commented:
Mmmm... that does sound rather soggy. I hope the forecast is looking good from here on in. The smell of wet carpet can't be much fun.

Wrens! Were they a particular kind? I see mostly blue wrens or wagtails, so I'm not quite sure how that translates to where you are.
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On August 10th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Looks like it's going to be a hot, dry week from here on out. =P

Our wrens aren't related to yours; ours are all very brown and 'drab.' The wren that lives in neighborhoods is the House Wren, and has a big voice for such a tiny bird. =)
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On August 10th, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC), silvanime replied:
Amazing! They are totally different. Bigger for one. They look more like starlings to me. Thanks for that. It's always fascinating to see the difference between continents.

I'm not quite sure which is worse for you--the flooding or the hot, dry weather! I hope it doesn't wear you out. How long until your mum arrives?
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On August 11th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Bigger, really? They're among our smallest songbirds--the only ones smaller are kinglets and hummingbirds. Your fairy wrens must be minuscule!

I'm not sure which is worse either! Just need to be grateful I haven't had to deal with either this summer to date. =)

As for my mom--too soon! ;) It's less than two weeks now, as she arrives the evening of Friday the 21st.
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On August 11th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC), silvanime replied:
It seems I was having trouble getting perspective with the photos. To me, they looked about the same size as starlings, but Wikipedia tells me they are slightly smaller than our fairy wrens--so teeny tiny indeed!
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On August 11th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
That's good to hear! I was having a hard time visualizing your fairy wrens as smaller than our house wren.

I'm kicking myself now that it never crossed my mind to go get my camera. Maybe there'll be another chance...
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On August 11th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC), thegripe commented:
dumb question
Most Americans and even most Minnesotans, don't have their houses flooded when it rains. Yet you've now had to live with this unique form of water torture for most of your life. Ever thought about moving to a nice 2nd story apartment or condo? I know you don't like change, but I bet it would be worth it!
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On August 11th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC), shout_of_joy replied:
Re: dumb question
It was hardly an average rain: it topped 6 inches over in Chaska, and they have my area down for somewhere between 3 & 4 inches (8-10 cm)--it simply fell too fast, as the water was mostly 'sucked' back into the ground by the time I got up Saturday morning.

And I'll pass on a second floor anything. Higher up means more heat, and I'd rather have damp cold than heat anyday!