Thundering LeavesNovember 06, 2008
The other night a big rainstorm hit in Seattle. After a long day working around the house and in the winery, we were relaxing in front of a rented DVD. Suddenly, it sounded like the wall behind us was being detatched from the house. A scary, non-stop, metallic thundering began. So, out in the rain we went to see if Godzilla was slamming Mothra against the house.
No Japanese monsters were destroying the house. Instead a series of items had lined up like the “build-a-better-mousetrap” game kids play. Ahead of the rainstorm, wind had blown loads of leaves off of trees. Many had landed in our gutters. Now, the gutters were jammed…and overflowing. The overflow was a waterfall landing, ironically, directly on my galvanized watering can that rested just below a rainbarrel.
In the pitch dark and dumping rain there wasn’t much opportunity to get on the roof and clear the gutters that night. But, simply moving a tiny watering can sent the battling monster sounds away.
At this point, we have managed to remove our window screens and put away many of the summer garden ornaments and furniture. But the scary, stormy night reminded me (to remind you) it’s time to get those gutters cleared and accept that winter isn’t far away.