In The Wake of a Train

When you think about trains…and wake…your brain automatically goes to sound, as train can be very loud. When you think about boats…and wake…your brain goes to the waves put put by a boat as it goes through the water.

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Boat wake

Trains can wake you up…but trains don’t make a wake…oh yea…just watch. With the spring thaw the Mississippi is currently at 19 feet with full crest expected at 20.5 feet. The river leaves it banks at several places at different levels depending on the land shape but generally in down town area it starts flooding at 18 feet.

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May be only the beginning

We are expecting rain tonight and tomorrow so who knows what that will do but we feel fortunate as the snow melt north of us has been slow. Their warm up has not been all at once so the snow melt has been gradual which is helping. When I left work today, I went down to see what it looked like from the ground level as from the bridge level it looked really bad. It isn’t good but could be worse. You can’t tell but just past the chain link fence are the white seats of the park with only the tops visible.

I saw some ducks, a mallard and his mate, feasting on the grasses under the water at the edge of the parking lot. Then I saw the train tracks well under water. I had heard that if train tracks get under water they are OK as long as the water is less than a foot. Really?? Amazing. While I was looking at the band stand by the river and the chairs being under water, I saw a train coming, so you know I had to wait and see how it would do.

Sure enough, they crept along very slow but has no issues. So in question to the wake issue, yes, trains can make a wake.

So that was mt fun for the day and my first walking and photo opportunity. I will be curious to see if the added foot of possible flood water will make that not possible. And I wonder how long the flood waters will hang around. It took several weeks last year and there was a lot more snow this year but the spring rains have not started yet. So we will see.

So as we get into a warmer spring, let us also remember to warm and kind to all of creation. As Jimmy Dean says ‘It does a  body good.’ We all know what winter has been like and are so looking forward to spring. So remember…

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The Mailman Cometh, #SoCS 3/23/19

 

Mail is an event of major proportions according to Mimi, my black lab/coon hound cross. The first of the month brings bills but now that we are approaching the end of the month, its all junk. And since a lot of us receive and pay bills on line, is the mail man a dying thing? Who writes a real letter anymore. Not many that are under the age of 60. Sadly I feel its a dying art form.

But Linda Hill’s challenge for this Stream of Consciousness Saturday leads us to describe our last piece of mail.

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Well according to the Dispatch Extra, the local grocery store is now in the furniture business since spring is actually starting to show up. Various types of lawn chairs and awnings have discount prices for the grand opening of the yearly garden center being set up in the parking lot. They also have gas or charcoal grills for a fun outdoor experience, plus lots of flowers.

Then at the Mattress Outlet they are having a huge floor model closeout. Really? How do you have model of a mattress? More foam, less foam….

And Lowes is having a sale on the new models of lawn mowers. Again, why models. Its an engine with deck and 4 wheels with a rotating blade. It cuts grass.

The want-add section has an add for a lost dog. 1,000.00 reward. So sad. We do love our animals and periodically they can escape their housing areas.

Then on the upswing, Brenda and Jim are getting married in 6 weeks down at the park by the river. That could be interesting…no shelters there. Better hope it doesn’t rain.

Not really much else in the mail today. Although the warmth is bring out the tree killing process for multiple spring add. Almost as bad as Christmas.

So as you go about your conscious day of Saturday, remember to be kind to man and best alike. Kindness is a gift of gentleness, love and peace that reaches down to the soul.

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I Could Not Help It

I am doing some minor remodeling downstairs and I needed to go to Lowe’s for supplies. So as I came up to the register, they had in the aisle early bulbs coming up. I didn’t really need any bulbs but I could not help myself. I needed the proof that spring is actually coming.

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So tired of the  cold, so ready for the warmth of spring and the smell of flowers and the stores know this so that’s why they put these right by the registers. I admit it, I am weak and I fell to the ploy of management impulse buying techniques.

Once it does really look like spring, I know this year I will not have to buy as much as last year. A lot of bulbs already planted, hopefully the bitter -34 degrees didn’t destroy them.  Time will tell. Until then enjoy what Mitch Teemly calls Sprinter.

And as the sun begins to shine more warmly, try to shine yourself more warmly and be kind. It is a brightness that is much needed.

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Finally, #1LinerWed

It’s here, It’s here, it really is finally here, we jump and shout and twirl about as we sing and shout, It’s really finally here – Welcome Spring!

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And as we begin to thaw and relax hoping for more warm days, remember to always be kind.

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For 1LinerWed from Linda I chose to celebrate what day it is in reflection to the harsh winter we had. So come along and play with others playing with #1LinerWed.