Monday, February 17, 2014

Unnerving

There are some situations which rattle your confidence.  When you were a kid they scared the hell out of you, but as you get older, more mature, you collect a few scars and it takes a little more to shake you.

We were flooded in 2007. We had lived here less than a year and flooding was not on our minds when we bought this place. We just saw a nice new house out in the country with a lot of what we wanted.

Our flood risk is normally highest in the transition from fall to winter, usually around November and early December. We get big wet storms sweeping in off the north pacific. They slam into the front range of the Cascades and depending upon the temperature they dump feet of snow, or inches of rain. Eventually it all comes down the rivers to the sea. It becomes a problem when it all tries to come to the ocean at once.  

This makes me nervous:


THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE CHEHALIS RIVER AT PORTER FROM 8 AM TUESDAY UNTIL FRIDAY MORNING. AT 3:45 PM MONDAY THE STAGE WAS 19.7 FEET. FLOOD STAGE IS 21.0 FEET. MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. FORECAST...THE RIVER WILL RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE AROUND 8 AM TUESDAY AND CREST NEAR 21.8 FEET AROUND 10 AM WEDNESDAY. THE RIVER WILL FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE THURSDAY NIGHT. * IMPACT...AT 21.0 FEET...THE CHEHALIS RIVER IN GRAYS HARBOR WILL FLOOD LOW PASTURE LANDS AND SOME ROADS. HIGH TIDAL LEVELS AT ABERDEEN WILL WORSEN FLOODING ALONG THE LOWER REACHES.

Porter is down river from us, 8 miles as the crow flies, so by the time the river crests in Porter we should have seen the worst of it, though the curve suggests a pretty slow fall.

Flood stage at Porter is 21 feet, we are having minor flooding now:  We've got water in the ditches and Elma Gate Road is flooded between here and Rochester.  There's water over the road where our street meets Elma Gate RD.  It is unnerving.

Our house to the right, neighbors to the left
 
this morning at 7:00am
It's like standing next to a ferocious tiger in a steel cage. You know as long as nothing goes wrong you are safe to stand there, but one slip up and you are toast, or an Hors d'oeuvre as the case may be.

In this case we won't suffer any teminal maulings, however if our friends at the National Weater Service misplaced a decimal point, or if the North Pacific blesses us with a little more 'drought relief' than she currently is promising, we coud have some serious trouble very quickly. For the sake of everyone I would gladly share some of this with my pals in SoCal.

But that's not what you tuned in for, you want news (and pictures!) of parakeets, and we have both in full measure.

So funny, I sat down to the dope scope on Monday the 10th to say what a shock it was that I had not made a blog post in a WEEK!  I had actually started typing, ... and then that pesky rabbit 'life' went hopping by; of course I got up to give chase, and here I am, back in front of the 'confuser' in just about the same situation, only a week and some days later.  How does that happen?
 
From left:  #1, #4, #2, #3, Billie, and Kermit  
 
So here is the news with the little birds.  Chick #1 turned 8 weeks old on Saturday just passed! 
 
birthday bird, all feathers, no bald spot! 
 
sleepy birthday bird
We had a big party! Lots of millet spray, a big cake with birdseed frosting, and a salad with all the favorite ingredients; grated carrot, chopped broccolli and corn, heavy on the diced, boiled egg.  What a blowout!  Once eveyone settled down we gently broke the news that this meant that chick #1 was now officially eleigible for ... adoption.  the rest of the chicks will pass the 8 weeks milestone in the next seven days. 
 
Olive (#3) the would be gymnast - teasing a cranky Billie Holiday
 
 easy there mommy dearest!
neener, neener, neener
 
 no telling what this means
(tell me I'm not cute!)
 
They're big now! Looking at them they are hard to discern by size from the adults.  And they do all the adult things now;  They talk (but not nearly so much as Papa),  they bicker and play fight with each other, they fly pretty well, and they all sleep purched as high as they can get in the cage.  But they still do lots of juvenile stuff too:  Lots of 'three point' landings (that beak is awfully handy) they hang upside down alot, sometimes on purpose, sometimes not so much.
(#4, nap time)
 
(#2, the blue-est of the bunch)
 
So I am crafting that Craigs list add now, also cooking up some cute 3X5 cards for the store and post office BB's.  I know I am going to hate to see them go, but I also know I am going to be happy to see them go.  It's the handoff that is going to be a challenge. 

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