Friday, December 28, 2018
We survived the storms of yesterday and last night. We had about 5 inches of rain in Blount County. Every time we woke up during the night is was still raining and raining hard. The pond behind the house is of course very muddy with water flowing over the spillway. We were concerned about the driveway and before we left for Tuscaloosa this morning Max walked it to be sure we could get out in the car. The drive actually was in better shape than we expected. It will need a little work with the tractor when it dries out but it was fine for the car. The drive is not going to dry out much before we leave because the rain starts again Sunday. The drive may have to wait til spring.
No problems with water over the roads on the mountain but there are some roads in the county that remain closed due to the rain. We did drive through a little water across Cedar Mount Road this morning and it was still over the road this afternoon. Not much – was safe to drive through – but it was there. Driving Clay-Palmerdale Road there were waterfalls coming down the mountain. Very pretty! Fortunately the rain stopped before we started our drive and the morning wrecks were all cleared from the interstate. Our drive was uneventful going and coming. Nice.
This quick trip to Tuscaloosa was for the purpose of meeting with the estate attorney and signing two deeds. We now know the game plan going forward to finish up the estate business. Hopefully we will wrap things up by the end of January and life will be a little more normal. We will still have real estate to sell but we will be back to handling things ourselves without having to deal with all the estate stuff. Beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Still so much to do but getting there.
The attorney’s office is on the banks of the Warrior River in Tuscaloosa, right on the Riverwalk. So after the meeting, we decided to take a walk. On one section there is an annual Christmas Tree show, Tinsel Trail, sponsored by Tuscaloosa’s One Place, a resource center for families. After the storm and this late in the season, some of the trees were not at their peak but there were some great displays this year. One of our favorites was the plumbing company that built a huge commode which served as the tree stand and then they decorated the tree with little toilet ornaments, plunger ornaments and the like. They won one of the awards. There was also a chiropractor’s tree decorated with bones. We’re glad the ob/gyn office didn’t do a similar thematic tree. The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Office and A barbecue restaurant also had cute trees. Anyway, Tinsel Trail was included in that area of the Riverwalk. We also noticed that the display has grown considerably from when it started a few years ago.
The river walk today reminded us of Lumberton. The river is in flood stage and the water was rising quickly. All the rain from up above Tuscaloosa is flowing that way. We noted on one of the bridges that the water rose about three inches while we were there. Picnic tables in the park on the river’s edge were only accessible on one side unless you wanted to wade. It was an interesting and fun walk.
Hope you all have a fun weekend.