No light

September 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm (Family, Local interest (Baltimore-Washington), Weather)

On August 28 I wrote a post entitled “First an earthquake, then a hurricane…” The first line of the post is “What next?”

I now have the answer that question: what has come next is rain – drenching, deluging, unremitting, unceasing rain.

The historic district of Ellicott City is five or six miles away from us It consists of a few blocks antique stores, eateries, and various other independently owned small retail establishments. There’s the B&O Railroad Museum and a recently opened hotel, the Obladi.

Most importantly to Ron and me, it is home to our favorite restaurant, Tersiguel’s.

Old Ellicott City is bordered by the Patapsco River; a smaller river, the Tiber, runs behind some of the shops. Nestled in a valley, it is  in its way quite picturesque, and normally a pleasant place to stroll, dine, and shop. However,Old Ellicott City can also be described as geographically unfortunate. Over the years it has  been plagued by both fire and floods, making it a somewhat Biblically resonant place. On Wednesday it got walloped yet again, as shown in this video, which was apparently screened as far away as Brisbane, Australia:

(Tersiguel’s can be seen intermittently; it’s the white building in the far left corner.)

We’ve been lucky so far – no loss of power, no leaks or floods. But because of uncertainty and continuing rain, we had to cancel our trip to see the excellent small person and her equally excellent Mom and Dad:

Instead, we will go next month and help celebrate her first birthday.

Going without the sun for days on end has been one of the hardest aspects of this siege of stormy weather. Day after day of waking up to a sky the color of dirty dishwater can be profoundly depressing. Meanwhile, they’re calling for more precipitation. As one forecaster plaintively put it: Somebody turn off the rain machine! Actually as I write this, the Blazing Orb, so long hidden from view, is trying to emerge from its cloudy obfuscation. (Well, really, I have to have just a little bit of fun with this!) Go Sun, go! We’ll take what we can get. But alas, it is already in retreat….


  1. kathy d. said,

    Omigod! You must get to see that beautiful, adorable “small person” as soon as possible, even if by mule train, Pony Express, train, boat, whatever works.
    I don’t know who is cuter: your granddaughter or Yvette’s; actually, they are both going off the charts on the cuteness factor.
    It must be so hard to live a distance from her (and her parents). How tempting it must be to just want to move next door so you have grandparents’ visitations constantly.

    • Roberta Rood said,

      Thanks so much for this, Kathy. You really understand about the longing to be with a child! And yes, Yvette’s little granddaughter – the splendidly named Julianna! – is really adorable.

      The newest plan is to attend Etta’s birthday celebration next month. It’s going to take more than a hurricane, tropical storm, or earthquake to keep us away!

  2. Yvette said,

    Thank you ladies. 🙂 I am grinning from ear to ear. I was just reading your post, Roberta, and thinking how utterly cute your little granddaughter is. So we are both very fortunate women to have grandchildren. My friend Pat says this is the reward we get for living long. If so, it’s a good one.

    We were on the periphery of Irene here in NJ, but still my basement flooded. But luckily, we only lost power for a couple of hours. My daughter was not as lucky, they had to leave their house and go to a hotel until the power was restored

    August was an auspicious month. An earthquake AND a hurricane.

    I feel so bad for the people who really got flooded out. So sad.

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