Some pretty epic rain!

By , September 15, 2013

Colorado’s been getting some insane weather! Our eighty-something neighbor attests to never having seen anything like this before. We’ve had so much rain in our backyard gauge that I lost track of how many times I’d emptied it. I think we had probably 5 or 6 inches in a couple days, plus another 1/2″ today. Maybe we’ve even had more than that. Our yearly rain averages only about 16″, to put that in context.

At first, of course, I was delighted with the rain; I’m sure we all were. Free Water! And gleefully I shut off the sprinkler system. But right about when I emptied the rain gauge for the second time, I started thinking, Huh…this is a lot of rain.

Even the usual pitterpatter of a friendly rainstorm had given way to more of the bubbling aquarium sound. Which was coming from outside the house, right? And hasn’t the sump pump barfed water into the backyard yet? I don’t think I’ve heard it. It definitely should’ve done that by now.


To get to the sump pump of course, you must go into the crawlspace. And to go down to the crawlspace you must take off your shoes and socks, put on flip flops you don’t care about because the soil down there is really weird, take the phone with you just in case “something happens,” go out back and lift the wooden door, wait for the spiders to skitter off their webs into the shadows beneath the ledge, and then climb down backwards into the darkness. Once down, you can’t stand up straight, no, you must crouch down and clump around at half your height, search for the pull-chain next to the dangling bare light bulb, and then forge farther underneath the house.

The sump pump, sensing somehow that biblical-scale rains were imminent, had developed a crisis.


It was running, all right, aeration-pump-style like in a sewage treatment plant (or aquarium…).

Turns out, it was an easy problem. The hose leading to the pipe which leads to the yard had worked loose from the pump at some point. And although my fix-it solution was perhaps less Pro-Handyman and way…way…more Rube Goldberg, I did feel awfully satisfied when I got it in working order again.

I told my dad over the phone that I fixed the pump. “I’m proud of ya, son” he said. And we had a spectacular laugh because as I described my own botched repair job — perched perilously at the edge of the pooled water, flip flops sucking into the mud, teeth clenching the flashlight, drool dripping down my chin, up to the elbows in murky water, attacking the problem with scissors and string — it began to sound remarkably similar to a few of his own transcendent ‘repair jobs.’

I’m proudly continuing the legacy.


A bit of a mid-afternoon stroll around the neighborhood…

We’re extremely lucky — many folks are in dire straits, and some favorite mountain vacation spots might be looking drastically different the next time we see them. How sad… this new paradigm of extreme weather.


We have a little more rain in the forecast but then hopefully we’ll be back to our more old-school September weather, which is typically beautiful; I think September is Colorado’s best month.

Here at the homestead, things carry on as usual.


I hope all of you are well.


4 Responses to “Some pretty epic rain!”

  1. snowpeas says:

    Oh, it is just unbelievable what is happening in Colorado. WHERE does all that water come from?!! It is a classic case of too much of a good thing. Those are amazing pictures of your yard and neighborhood. I think you could use a rain gauge like the ones they sell here in Maine–5 inches, not 2 inches! I hope for everyone’s sake that beloved Colorado sun comes out and the beautiful September weather gets back to normal. And I LOVE your sump pump story–what an image THAT is! hehe…it must have felt good to resolve the issue on your own! 🙂 <3<3

  2. paPA says:

    And I hope you wore your PFD(personal floatation device) when you took your stroll around the neighborhood.
    The sump pump story is excellent–especially the drool and swimming around in the pool of muddy water and muck. You’ve been watching your father carefully. However, since investing in a headlamp, I no longer carry the flashlight in my mouth and my drooling has decreased by almost half!!
    have you built yourself a raft in case it continues to rain?
    And great pics, too. Have you ever thought of being a photojournalist?

  3. Tirzah says:

    Hi, Lindsey,

    Hope all is well with you. Hope the reason you haven’t posted for a while is that you’re busy doing fun stuff. Have the third batch of your Bubbie’s pickles going in the crock. Making your stove top cookies for the first time. Burned the first batch when I lost track of time looking at your blog. The second one looks great! Thankful for finding this blog. Hoping the blogger is happy, healthy and hopeful.

  4. f.* says:

    i love you 🙂

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