That's a nice change from yesterday when the outer arms of tropical depression Isaac were smacking the heck out of us. Despite weakening greatly as it came inland, it still managed to spin all the way into the middle of the country and pass just southeast of us. The result was just over 24 hours and 5 inches of good, steady rain. The fact thast it fell slowly meant that most of it soaked in instead of running off; in fact, the weatherman this morning said that about 95% of it soaked in so the local rivers rose but there wasn't really any flooding. It felt odd, though, to have our weather come from the east rather than the west over the Rockies.
Since it was raining, J. and I spent all day yesterday finishing up the paint rolling on the 2nd floor, replacing light fixtures, cleaning up, and prepping for the carpet guys to lay the new carpet. We pretty much wore ourselves out, though. Today, we're going to take it easy this morning and go out for a decent breakfast and then hit Lowe's for the lumber we need to fix the deck and put a new railing on the wrap-around front porch. It will be nice to be working outside for once.
Tonight, we're planning on hitting Santa-Cali-Gon Days in downtown Independence. That's an annual fall festival that celebrates Independence's history as the place where the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails started. With a carnival, street vendors and great music, it's always a fun time. Me? I'm there for the root beer chuggin' contest and the fresh funnel cakes!