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Here Comes The Rain Again October 24, 2018

Century of Change, 1910 swimsuit

And the precip keep a’falling in the greater Austin area today. I’m thanking God I’m in the suburbs, as all of Austin is under a mandatory water boil notice, after the historic hill country flooding. Our lakes look like Nestle Quik.

Several of my friends’ lakeside homes have been destroyed. Many don’t have flood insurance because we’re lucky to get two drops of rain per year. This is a drought city. We go several months at 100 plus temps and not a drop of rain. Nearly every dang summer. It’s feast or famine.

And now it’s feasting time. You don’t realize how important clean water is until you need it. We have a whole house filter in our home, as well as a reverse osmosis on our fridge water, because I HATE the taste of nasty water. And our non-Austin, unfathomably overpriced city water tastes nasty. We’ve all been in restaurants with that chlorine-y water or at a relative’s house who serves ice that’s been sitting in her freezer for three months. Gross.

But Austinites would be happy for that nasty tap water today. All the local Starbucks are closed (though you’d think if any place could boil water, it’d be them), grocery stores have tossed all produce that was sprayed with city water, most eateries are closed (save the few that have workers coming in early to boil massive quantities of water to wash vegetables and clean dishes, while serving canned drinks), and no schoolchildren can drink from faucets. Needless to say, all of the plastic bottles have flown off the shells. Not a great time for such an environmentally-aware city.

And how are folks bathing? You’ve got me. They say it could last up to 14 days. Things could be worse, of course. But let’s never take clean water for granted.


The website cited above states that 99% of earth’s water is not drinkable. Most of you right now have a glass of water, or a mug of tea or coffee (made with clean water) adjacent to your keyboard. We are blessed, folks. The fortunate ones.



9 Responses to “Here Comes The Rain Again”

  1. 925brands Says:

    Rain rain go away..
    Come again some other day
    Rain rain go away…
    Bring my love a sunny day

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Too bad we can’t share the water with California and their wild fires. You said it, feast or famine. Hang in there!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. 925brands Says:

    Love your every post…
    Your post reminded many many goldie memories
    Keep on sharing smiles

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Glad to hear that you are not in the “must boil water” zone. I again thought of you when I watched the morning news and saw all the gates open on that big dam and the lines for water and the flooding. If you must find a silver lining, be aware that all the beer in Austin is perfectly fine to drink. Indeed, delicious!

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  5. Benson Says:

    Excellent post. We all need to be reminded of our blessings every now and then.

    Liked by 1 person

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