Everyone take off your life jackets – that promised boat ride didn’t happen today.
Tropical Storm Ida, which has rambled around the Gulf of Mexico for a few days, is now heading straight for the Gulf Coast and is promising to basically move directly over us after she makes landfall. As close as we live to the Alabama/Florida lines, any hurricane or tropical storm that comes in anywhere close to the panhandle of Florida usually affects us – mostly with rain. The winds had already kicked up here Monday morning, and the clouds rolled in early. It is very late in the year to have a tropical storm, but Mother Nature has a mind of her own about these things. Ted said “no” to even getting the pontoon boat out of the boathouse. Because our lake is pretty shallow, even a little wind gets the whitecaps hopping. A reader recently asked why the lake is no deeper than an average of 11′. It’s because the river was dammed as a power source, not for flood prevention. Even though there are spots in the lake that are 50′ deep, those places are not the norm because of the terrain of the area.
The really bad stuff won’t get here until Tuesday, the day I have to go into Albany (45 minute trip) for a doctor’s appointment. I plan to keep it, but I went ahead and drove into Cordele today (15 minute trip) to take care of everything else I would have done in Albany. That way, I can go straight to the doctor’s office and straight back home. We are forecast to have 30-40 mph winds and 2-4 inches of rain.
The pressure-washing of the house started today, but I don’t think it will be finished before the storm moves in. Once the deck is pressure-washed, Ted will coat it with water-seal again. My assignment is to repaint our adirondack chairs, once the mildew has been washed off. A busy, busy week that the incoming storm will not help.
We are trying to spiff everything up before the weekend because Jason and Blair are coming home. We did not get to see them this summer, so it has been six months since we have laid eyes on our older son and his wife – that is WAY too long! They are actually popping in on Wednesday to drop off our two grand-dogs for us to babysit while they each go to different meetings in different directions. Then they will return on Friday for the weekend. Can’t wait to see them!
So, no ri’vah pictures from me today – BUT there is always a Plan B. My good friend Samille has taken some beautiful photos recently of sunsets over the lake, and I asked if I could steal them and show them to my readers. Samille and Ralph live across the river from us, so they get the breathtaking sunsets (on the Crisp County side), and we get the gorgeous sunrises (on the Sumter County side). Enjoy!
This last photo is the kind of picture I planned to take today out on the lake. Thanks to Samille being out in their boat earlier this month, you still get to see one November afternoon shot. As you can see, the trees are just beginning to get a touch of color.
Tomorrow is a trip to the doctor in the middle of a tropical storm, so it should be an interesting day. I can “almost” promise that I will not be driving and taking pictures at the same time (as I have been known to do in Michigan). No new post on Wednesday, but I will see you right here on the river on Thursday morning, good Lord willing.