There’s nothing better than a Canadian spring when we’re blessed with torrential rains while the ground is still partially frozen and can’t absorb the extra water. They’re predicting floods in our area, and I’m not surprised. Fighting to keep the water away from our home’s foundations is a common struggle this time of year, no matter how well I reworked the grading the previous fall. Water will find its lowest point, and if that’s the basement, then I need to figure out how I can stem the tide. Mind you, this past winter’s thaw and freeze cycles were the most brutal in years, and that’ll do a number on homes and landscaping alike. I have more than a few repairs waiting for me once this weekend’s wet weather lets up, not least reworking the drainage on one side of the house where our and our neighbour’s downspouts discharge water within a short distance of each other. Maybe I should take up hydrology as a hobby. I’m certainly learning a lot about it these days in an effort to keep the basement dry.
At least the wee little dog is getting his daily walks again. Or I should say his daily sniffs. We don’t cover much distance — not surprising since he’s about to turn twelve — but his nose gets a workout. After all, he has several months’ worth of doggie Facebook and Twitter to catch up on. And with the spring thaw, the aromas around here are just wonderful if you’re a canine. Not so much for us humans, though, even if our noses can only pick up a fraction of what a dog’s can.
And in other news, Ashes of Empire: Imperial Twilight is nearing the 90% completion mark, so we’re still on schedule for an early summer publication date.