Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Stormy weather

It's tornado season in the South, but things don't usually get cranked up here until May. I hadn't gotten around to replenishing our stockpile of batteries, bottled water and canned tuna when we nearly got blown away on Friday.

Not only has the bad part of the season started early, this first storm system reorganized, arrived several hours early and hit during lunchtime rush hour. One minute, the weather was calm and mostly cloudy. The next, my whole family was crammed under the stairs with no power as an EF2 passed overhead, barely missing our neighborhood.

Total storm damage to the area is $10 $50 million. We were fortunate that our power was restored Friday evening, but several areas are still in the dark. There are more blue tarps covering far more roofs than when Katrina blew through here as a Category 1 hurricane. The subdivision up the street sustained heavy damage and my neighbors across the street are living in their RV because a huge oak landed on their house. Today, I drove through our old neighborhood a few miles away. Nearly every house on the first three blocks has moderate to severe damage.

AND

Jack has killed TWO SNAKES in our house in the last TWO DAYS. Katie found the first one in the kitchen on Monday (she isn't afraid of critters, so she announced it as if she was letting us know the mail had run: Um, I think there is a small snake in our kitchen.). I found another one tonight in the foyer...and nearly suffered moderate to severe damage trying to get away from the blasted thing.

As best we can tell, both were brown water snakes. Totally harmless and about a foot long, but once they get in the house, in my opinion they may as well be 15-foot-long venomous killers. Jack killed both with the garden hoe (so now I have hoe dents in my graphic orange '70s linoleum .). Jack--or someone who is not me--will be taking their little dead bodies to the county extension office for a positive ID tomorrow.

I am currently barricaded upstairs in Dagny's room with my laptop, glass of iced tea and comfy pajamas. Since I have all I need here, I see no reason to go downstairs ever again. Katie will be bringing my meals and refreshing my tea as needed.

As I type this, my feet aren't even touching the floor.

Snakes, y'all.
In my house.

It is going to take me several weeks to recover from this.