Well, there has been a lot of weather in the news the past few days. East Tennesee here only recieved about a half inch of rain . Nashville recieved some twenty inches of rain
The Cumberland River has flooded parts of Nashville including Opryland Hotel and the new Opry House. Entire neighborhoods were flooded and at least 18 people lost their lives across the State of Tennessee. Everything is a mess. Opryland Hotel has been closed indefinitely.
Governor Bredesen has declared 52 of Tennessee's 95 counties a disaster area. The Red Cross and National Guard have been called in to help. Prayers go out to those who lost loved ones and to all the Nashville flood victims as well as those across our state.
I was talking to some of the old timers about the weather and other things. They love to tell stories and they all seemed to have different ways of predicting the weather.
One of them told me you know it is going to rain if you see a ring around the moon and if there are no stars in it rain will fall by morning.
Another told me if the trees turn up their leaves so you see the underside of them it will rain.
Another told me a story about the sherriff who had heard there would be a guy coming thru the county with a load of moonshine. He sat and waited for the man to pass and then he stopped him. The sherriff says to the man "I hear you're carrying a load of moonshine". The man says, "Well, now I might be" and stuck a loaded 44 out the window of the car. He says to the sherriff, " I have a Mother in heaven, a Daddy in hell and a sister over in Wilkesboro, North Carolina and I aim to see one of them before nightfall". At that point, the sherriff says, "You're free to go, drive careful", and walks back to his patrol car.
Jack, another oldtimer, always has "fish stories" to tell. He says the three things you have to watch out for when you're walleye fishing is a steep creek bank, a rock and a tree or you might end up with no fish and five days in the hospital. Now, that'll set you back a bit. Glad to see you are on the mend, Jack!
On another note, the rain has made things really green up around here. Gardens are beginning to spring up and the grass is growing fast. I can hardly wait for the cucumbers and tomatoes to be ready to pick. Nothing like growing your own vegetables.
If the signs are right maybe today is the day to plant zuchinni or maybe to sit in the lounge chair with a good book and watch the grass grow. Now there's an idea..........
That's it for today.