a surprise

Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today for a brief post about the surprising event of the day. You may remember me from such posts as “Behind The Grape Vine”, among so many, many others.

Here I am in an increasingly characteristic pose.
The guy I live with posted a different picture of me cooling off my paws, on Facebook, but this is now what I do every day, on my morning walk.
I didn’t see the huge trout while I was in the canal, and probably would have been totally creeped out if it touched me, but nothing happened except for cool water from the mountains flowing by my personal self.

If you’re wondering, and I knew you were, this water ultimately comes from Summit Lake (12,840 feet, or 3,913.6 meters, above sea level) near Mount Evans.
It’s not exactly warm.

But today was. I was so hot I didn’t know what to do with myself, except lie in the path of the swamp cooler in the kitchen.

Then it started to thunder, so I had to conceal myself in my Upstairs Fort, just in case.
And then this happened.

What a relief.

That’s all I have for today.

Until next time, then.

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24 Responses to a surprise

  1. lifecameos says:

    What wonderful heavy rain !!

  2. tonytomeo says:

    Ah! How awesome. It looks like it was raining cats and dogs, albeit with neither cats nor dogs.

  3. Cliff Booker says:

    Amazingly I was just looking back on our images of Summit Lake, Mt Evans and Pikes Peak from a trip we made in 2002 … such happy memories from before you were even a pup, dear Mani … and your minder was already a big name in rock gardening and far beyond. Enjoy the storm whilst it lasts.

    • paridevita says:

      It didn’t last very long, but it was enough. We’re hoping for more rain; it’s kind of the northern end of the North American or Mexican Monsoon, which isn’t as reliable as I guess the Indian one is.
      The guy I live with said that 2002 seems like a past life, for him, now.

  4. Elaine says:

    You look quite contented wading in the creek Mani. Our old friend Tommy used to do that too. He never learned to swim. Yeah for the rain. Impatiently waiting for something like that to happen here too.

    • paridevita says:

      The canal is pretty nice, and there aren’t a lot of creepy things in it; just trout, crawdads, and things like that.
      The guy I live with said we’re hoping for more rain, but it falls here and there along the Front Range, so some places might get some, but a neighborhood just a little ways away might get none. We’ve been in the “none” category for a while, until yesterday.

  5. Gysa says:

    The rain is so pretty

  6. Paddy Tobin says:

    A real example of “it never rains but it pours!” The creek is the place to be these days!

  7. Dutchgrrrl in Northern California says:

    Ooohhhhh – I would love to hear that sound. I had to play the clip a couple of times! Unfortunately, its 100 today but at least it cools down to the 50s here at night.

    enjoy the creek Mani – it looks very refreshing

  8. YES YES YES!!!!! HURRAH fore THE Rain Mani!!!!!
    WOO HOO as mee ‘angel’ Unkell Siddhartha used to meow…..
    Wee gotted heavy rain two…
    Love yore foto of yore purrsonal self inn THE canal kewlin off!
    Whew wee sure both need rain…..
    ***nose bopss*** BellaDharma an *happy dancin* BellaSitaMum

    • paridevita says:

      The guy I live with said he wouldn’t mind if it rained once a week until November. It used to do that, here. Not a lot of rain, but enough for the dryland plants in the garden.
      The canal is pretty nice, but the water is a little muddy right now. Can’t see the trout.

      • Mani wee wuud like weekly rain two. An no cray-cray Fundstormss with allmost Hurrycane force windss that rip branchess off treess!!
        Today BellaSita Mum went out to put out peenutss an seedss shee allmsot fainted from *heet*. Wee stay inn fore rest of day! Poor Birdiess an Squirrelss an Chipmunkss…where due they o to bee kewl??
        Yore Trout mite bee inn THE weedss stayin kewl??

      • paridevita says:

        I suppose the birds stay in bushes and stuff, to keep cool, though we see them here in the garden, especially wrens. There are wrens everywhere.
        I don’t know where the trout goes when the water gets muddy.

      • Wee have littel Wrenss here two Mani! They are named Fen & Jen. An Len an Gwen. They are so tiny!! Mee watchess over them so biggur birdiess to not hert or peck them!
        HURRAH fore a bit of rain….wee wake what wee can get rite mee frend? 😉

      • paridevita says:

        There are wrens all over the place here. I think we also have bushtits, which are about as small. They have little tiny beaks.
        And this evening, on my walk, there was a flock of barn swallows flying all over the canal.
        It rained for almost two hours here, this evening.

  9. Hot weather is on its way here up in western Oregon. I’ve gotta remember where I put all the new plants and get them watered before it hits and even then, some will fry. I wish we would get a consistent rain or two during the summer, but it’s only happened once in my 14 years here. Hope you got a good amount of rain.

    • paridevita says:

      The guy I live with takes those bamboo canes and attaches some sort of flag to them, to remind him to water new plants.
      It’s raining here, but not as much as usual, and the usual isn’t very much at all, compared to other places.

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