It is Monday and we are several days into an ‘historic’ rainfall that is saturating inland as well as coastal South Carolina. Luckily the newest hurricane threat Joaquin, destined for landing along the Carolinas, diverted out to the Atlantic Friday evening. If not for that, it would have amped up an already massive waterload to a super-storm much like what happened along the Jersey shore a few winters ago.
It’s interesting to note that these torrential downpours differ from Colorado storms in many ways. The most striking is in the delivery. Sheets of rain fall down in a soft pattering soak here in the swamp, while mile high storms tend to pelt the earth with bullet drops. But, either way, flooding is flooding leaving catastrophic consequences in its wake.
All that to say, our little rental is built on what I call ‘stilts’, so we are dry for the duration even though our normally swampy, spongey yard areas are now covered over with lake-like water. Many others have not fared as well, I’m sorry to say.
Our front porch continues to provide safe refuge for MamaCass (like the new expanded name? Cassie works as an appropriate nickname, too) and her two newest babies. Hubby named them both this time around. Curious (the calico) and FraidyCat (the black and white). Long story short, MamaCass gave birth on Labor Day. Curious was so tiny and blended in with her mother’s own calico coat, we thought Cassie had only the one kitten, Fraidy. After a few days, the mini-litter disappeared from behind the outdoor AC/Heating Unit under our kitchen window to some undisclosed place. Cassie frequented our front porch so often throughout the following days and weeks, we thought for sure her tiny bundles didn’t survive.
…Until September 30th when MamaCass introduced me to her wobbly-walking offspring. Driving into the driveway that day after errands, I spied MamaCass lying alongside the bottom of the porch steps and oddball fuzzies floating behind her.
– Cassie’s babies were alive –
Since Thursday, October 1st, MamaCass and kitties have sequestered themselves by the front door…waiting out the storm…like the rest of us.
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety