We've definitely had a strange first week of February. We started with deep snow on the ground. And then the rain came down. And came down. And came down. The triad of milder temperatures, lots of snow to melt and heavy rain resulted in flash flooding all over western NC and especially our county. Many roads were closed because of the high water. Fields along the river basin were flooded with water so high the fences were not visible.
The following photograph is from our local newspaper and shows a flooded campground along the Davidson River in Pisgah National Forest. The distant area in the middle of the photograph shows the normal size of the river. The steps do not normally lead down to the river; they lead to the picnic area. The tables are either underwater or have been washed away. Curious as I was and as much as I wanted to go see the swollen rivers and waterfalls, I knew it was better to keep off the roads. Most forest trails were closed for safety of visitors and for protection from further damage.
My husband drove Lucy downtown to the groomer and otherwise we stayed here on the mountain. As I've mentioned before, Lucy hates the rain. She doesn't seem to get the message that the longer she takes to potty, the longer we have to stay out in the rain. She was still damp when she got to the groomer.
On rainy days she spends a lot of time among her pillows. Who knew she would love them so much?
You're not going to make me go out in the rain again, are you?
Sunday is the High Holy Day of football. The Carolina Panthers are playing and you might think I would definitely want my State's team to win. But you would be wrong. I hope Peyton Manning leads the Denver Broncos to the biggest win in Super Bowl history. Perhaps that might take a bit of sass from the NC quarterback. He is indeed a great player, but a bit of respect for other great players might be nice. He is without a doubt this year's MVP and I love his habit of giving the touchdown ball to a kid in the stands. But that does not wipe out the bad taste in my mouth after watching his outrageous post-touchdown celebrations, often designed to try to humiliate his opponents. So much for gracious winner.
[Note to the aforementioned quarterback: Contrary to what you seem to believe, you are not criticized or disliked because you don't fit the model of the stereotypical white-guy quarterback. I don't like you because you are a jerk. It has nothing to do with the "white guy quarterback" thing. You don't have to be white to be a jerk.
You said, "I'm an African American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven't seen nothing that they can compare me to." Well, sorry Cam. We've seen the likes of Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson of the Seahawks, Terrelle Pryor with Raiders, Josh Freeman with the Buccaneers and others. They manage to be African American quarterbacks without the flash and glamour you seem to need. So contrary to your own words, you are not the Prince of Football. Not by a long shot.]
All right. Rant over. Kudos to this quarterback for his excellent playing skills. And more kudos for his off the field involvement with underprivileged kids and his foundation. There are some things I greatly admire about him. But I'd like to see Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos teach him a little humility.
It is fitting that as a lover (and one of the millions of team owners) of the Green Bay Packers I have selected today's quote from the great Vince Lombardi:
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand,
And the determination that whether we win or lose,
We have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Whether you like the football, the commercials, the halftime performances, the companionship of friends, or simply the snacks, enjoy Sunday's game.
HAVE A MOST WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!
NEXT MONTH BRINGS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING.