I LOVE the Rain, its so moody, gothic and noir, even the wet streets at night reflecting the neon adds to the "Gotham" feeling, the dark corners, and slithery sounds of tires squashing though puddles.
Ahhh yes I had to work late last night, rain and rain, fortunately Doyle came to pick me up so I would not have to depend upon public transportation, not that I'd mind but of late Doyle is becoming more protective, if the traffic of San Francisco wasn't so congested and people driving like idiots I would enjoy going though this city, but stupid drivers and pedestrians make it difficult to seek the simple pleasures of just enjoying the city at night, in the rain, in the dark.
Driving back over the Bay Bridge (I'm sorry Darklings but I refuse to call it the Willy Brown Bridge it is the Bay Bridge and that is that), but driving over the Bridge I love the grittyness of the older part of the span, I keep hearing that song so often associated with a Mickey Spillane movie, I think it's called "Harlem Nocturn", as we drive over it, and then we go through the Tunnel at Treasure Island and bam we are on a bridge that is something out of a Star Trek Movie----Oh Darklings the aspects and designs of the 21st Century hold no charm for me. I find them boring, a sterile sameness that just kills the soul.
Oh for the designs of the old Chrysler and Empire State buildings of New York, or the Gothicness of old New Orleans, it's like that song "little houses, made of ticky-tacky, little houses all the same", then it becomes such a relief to walk into my own home, away from all the 21st century "stuff".
Oh well if people are blind to such early 20th century beauty then they are truely blind.
My Gardener was able to take care of the trees that needed to be trimmed and he is soaking the severly damaged rose bushes in buckets of water with lots of plant vitamin B to help with the transplanting into the cemetery area, hopefully they will take and come back. I'm going to the nursery Saturday, rain or no rain to select some new bushes to put into that area along with seeing if there are some annuals that can be planted to take care of the squashed plantings, until I can put in something more "permanet". Louise my cousin will be coming with me, she has in front of her cottage apartment two cement planters so she needs soil and some plantings for it to help cheer up her entrance way. I know how plebian, how mundane, but not everyone can live a totally gothic/noir life although I'd like to try.
It sort of makes me wonder about evil characters like the evil queen in Snow White or Malifacent in Sleeping Beauty, who does their laundry? Do they have to put on makeup each morning? Do they suffer from headaches? They can't always be scheming on doing evil deeds all the time, I would think it would be tiring.
Oh well, and my contractor came by while there was a break in the weather, to look over the damage to the fence and give me an estimate, not as bad as I feared and I'll see if my home owners insurance can cover it, I know my neighbor can't, poor thing, she still is in a state over it but I've been reassuring her to not worry, as a matter of fact I'm inviting her over for dinner again tonight, I am concerned about her health and I want to do everything to relax her, Belladonna and Weiner Dog have been amusing her which is good, but still since her family lives so far away Sacramento I think, I want her to be in a "good place and frame of mind".
The arborist will be coming next week to see about her tree, I do hope we don't have to have it cut down, it is still a magnficent tree.
And the weather man is saying more rain is coming, more and more---oh that means people will be in the rain during the opening of the Oakland Museum's White Elephant Sale this weekend, and I do so want to go, well I guess it will be rain coats and umbrella's or something. I love the white elephant sale, you never know what one will find. The only problem is parking, such a bear, completely horrible, but we'll see.
One of my co-workers said the only way we can break the drought is if it rains at least every other day for March, April and May, we can hope. I'd hate to think of manditory water rationing, at least my cisterns are catching as much of the rain water as possible so that should help the garden and greenhouse, I have to thank my late Great-Aunt for thinking so far ahead on that.
Ahh but now I think I'll go ahead and prepare the salad, and bake the pie for dessert, it's all put together apples and cranberries, I came across the receipe in one of those little cook books, the pie crust is pre-made but I did have to peel and cut the apples. I think it will be a good warm yet refreshing thing to have.