Loss And A Broken Heart, My Miss Kitty
Hi there fellow Baggers . We were almost praying for rain in California and guess what !? Tomorrow will be the third day of literally non-stop deluge of rain . We have had no rain in the SF Bay Area since probably last Christmas , that was just a little drizzel . There is a front which looks like a Hurricane flooding places from Wash/ Oregon to San Jose . It is welcome and will rescur many people and their water based vacation businesses. The fires have stripped vegetation from the scorched Earth , killed thousands / Millions of trees and set the scene for the usual horrible landslides and mudslides up and down the Cal Coast . . I have seen this type of rain only a few times in Cal . In Ireland it is an everyday occurance for sx to 9 months of the year . Ireland has countless acres / Sq Miles of Bogland which acts like a sgiant sponge and absorbs most of the water and the countless lakes fill to overflowing . There is some flooding in some areas due to public works and ill advised home / business construction in places that habitually flood ... Stupidity or corruption or bad planning bring these floodwaters down on the heads of homeowners and Farmers . When I am in Ireland I usually would take a train to get to Dublin for Specialist appts or to get sliced open from Stem to Stern . The train goes West ( Mayo ) to East ( Dublin ) and crosses the middle of the Country . The middle of the Country is like a Bowl and this Bowl was filled with Bogs and Peat Swamps . This area used to act like a giant Sponge and absorbed the water and let it harmlessly flow into rives and lakes . Government and it's business partners have strip mined the middle of the country for Peat for many years . This is the same Peat that comes in bags and is good for your garden. When this is highly compressed it turns into " Brickettes " , hard solid bricks of Peat which is burned in a home's fireplace for heat and also for cooking with solid fuel cookers / stoves . . This is also used in bulk to burn in power stations . While passing through this area these days the water can be half way up the telephone poles , no linger absorbed by the Bogs that used to be there . , the countryside will often look like one giant lake with rock outcroppings becoming Islands and a safe place for some wildlife and Cows / Sheep . As in the US bad planning systems and a lot of corruption and bribery results in destroying the natural flood solutions .
As Joni Mitchell would say , " ...they paved paradise and put up a parking lot .." I intended to say something else but the rain pounding on the windows and roof sent me off on a tangent !! 🙂.
What I was going to write about was the fact that this day last year brought me some of the worst news I have ever had to endure . This day ( 24th Oct) marks the one year anniversary of the loss of my sweet Miss Kitty . We were going to go out and mark this day somehow in a meaningful way . . The weather was so bad we just hing out together in the kids apt ...I'm still here with Fran and Aedan . I took each of them aside and we had a hug as I told them that Kitty would be proud of them for the way they have handled the loss of their Sweet Mon and their best friend in the world . I might write a bit more tomorrow . Out Internet went out this morning so hope it is restored by the AM ..
RIP Miss Kitty wherever you are , , you gave me something I never had before ,( except for my family ) , unconditional Love and so many experiences that I never would have had without you . Miss you Sweetie .