This not sleeping has got to end, and end soon. I’m so fucking tired. I’ve tried just about everything, but no matter what I do, I only sleep for about 3 hours. I get up, watch some TV, drink some coffee, take a shower, and then, and only then, I can take about an hour nap. Anyway… Yesterday was another rainy day making a 3 day rain total of 3.8″ of rain here at the house. Around 10:00 AM UPS came and the driver said that Houghton was starting to flood again, so knowing I needed to go to the dreaded Walmart, I headed out before the weather got any worse. Before even getting to the main road, I crossed over Menge Creek, and it was over flowing it’s banks, as was the next unnamed creek. I got to the main road, US-41, and the waves were crashing onto the road with logs and such right at the edge of the road. The drive all the way to Chassell was a slow one with heavy, heavy rain. Just past Chassell, there were police with their flashers on marking an area where water was flowing over the road and a front-end loader was pushing dirt and rocks off the road. About 2 miles further, the same thing. Once in Houghton it didn’t look too bad until I saw one of the downtown road that was just repaired a week ago starting to wash away, again. I did my shopping and headed for home. US-41 was getting worse in those same two spots with MDOT at the seen. The waves seemed to have calmed down a bit where they were crashing onto the road earlier. Thankfully the heavy rain didn’t start back up as was forecast, so things shouldn’t be too bad. One more thing… the pellet stove. I got a quote for 1 ton of hardwood pellets delivered for $235.85, that’s $4.00 per 40lb bag (50 total bags) plus delivery charge and tax. That seems pretty good to me and under the cost of what I’ve read. Something else I never thought of about using a pellet stove, they are worthless if the power goes out. The damn things need power in order to work. I found this out because later yesterday we lost power twice.
Update… I just ordered 2 tons of hard wood pellets. That’s 100 40# bags. They will be delivering it today at 2:00 PM. Pretty fast service. According to the stove manual, one 40# bag should last 24 hours burning at the middle setting (5). Now, that’s over 3 months worth of pellets burning 24/7. I have no plans to burn that much, and definitely not at night, so I think this could last me through most the winter, we shall see though.
Added a photo looking out toward the back of the property. The gazebo is in the center of a circle of birch trees.
I think these might be the first rainbows I’ve seen since moving up here to the UP. There was heavy rain coming down with thunder and lightning, then all of a sudden, a peak of sunshine. I went out to take a couple photos of the colors in the tree against the dark stormy skies, but there it was… A big bright rainbow.
It’s been over a month since I’ve been out to try and enjoy myself, and today I did, mostly anyway. I headed out Arvon Rd to Back Bear Rd and then on Peshekee Grade, knowing the end of Peshekee Grade is really crappy where it’s paved, but it’s still a nice drive. Along the way I stopped at Quartzite Falls, took a few photos and onward. Somewhere north of the Peshekee, I was driving along minding my own business, then started to notice my rear view mirrors getting dark, so I stopped. Got out to find I was being chased by a thunderstorm, and it was moving fast right at me.
Was good to get out, and it did some good to my head and soul, even if it was just a little bit.
Pretty sure this flood is a hundred year flood. The whole area is devastated. Roads are gone. homes are gone, and some of the homes have been here well over one hundred years. A state of emergency has been declared.
It’s hot, damn hot, outside today. We reached 86°F at 3:05 PM. If it wasn’t for the winds, reaching to 26 MPH, it would be oppressive.
In other news; I’ve started getting the garage in order for my wood shop. It’s only about half-way done, but it’s a start.
Holy temp swings today with shifting winds.
At 6:00 AM it was 31°.
At 11:45 AM it was 74°
At 1:40 PM it dropped to 53° and held around that temp until 4:40 PM when it was 50°
Now at 6:00 PM it’s back up to 78° and climbing at a rate of 25° an hour.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. - Helen Keller
About Me - Ed Nephler
I live on Menge Creek, L'Anse, Michigan USA
Waiting for my last love, to come back.
I will wait the rest of my life. Truth.
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