Rainin’ and Readin’


I don’t use an alarm clock.  If I ever did, it was so long ago that I don’t remember it.  I just “know” when to get up.  Or if I don’t “know” for sure, I look at the clock and decide if it’s time to get up.

Anyway, this morning I “knew” it was time to get up. 

I was in the bathroom putting on some shorts and a t-shirt and washing my face so that I could go start the coffee, when I heard what I thought was the garbage truck coming down the street.  But, that couldn’t be right because this isn’t garbage day.  So, I turned off the water and listened.  Then, I realized it wasn’t a truck I heard … it was really loud thunder, and when I looked toward the window I could see flashes of lightening through the shade!

I immediately remembered a few mornings ago when, even though it was in a plastic sleeve, the morning paper was completely soaked by an early morning rain, and I had to just throw it away.

Let me just say here that I am a newspaper junkie.  We get both the morning and evening newspapers, and I read them both.  I do watch the morning news on Fox, but the newspaper is how I like to receive the majority of my news.  Dry newspapers are important to me!

So, with that most recent soaked paper vivid in my mind, I raced through the house, out the door, into the light rain that promised to turn into a real “gully washer” at any minute, and down the driveway to retrieve the paper.  But it wasn’t there.  We have a new delivery person, so the at-least-by-5:30-delivery I’m used to isn’t a “given” right now.

Just as I turned and started to run back up the driveway, I saw headlights coming down the street.  So, I turned around again (all of this, thankfully, still in just a light rain) and ran  back toward the street — I’d save him throwing it and just take it from him.  But then I saw it was an SUV and the paper person drives a car, so as the vehicle went past I turned again and ran back up the driveway and into the house.

When I walked into the kitchen, I looked at a clock for the first time … it was 3:45 a.m.  Hmmm. Even an internal alarm clock will experience a power failure once in a while.

By 5:30 the paper was in the driveway and all was right with the world.

Except … I wonder what the neighbor who was driving past thought of Sandra running circles in her driveway at 3:45 in the morning.  Sigh.  I’m probably better off not knowing.

11 Responses to Rainin’ and Readin’

  1. Linda says:

    If the neighbor driving by happened to be the one that I know, he probably didn’t think a thing about it. Thanks for a morning smile.

  2. Cheryl says:

    OH MY … should I retire and get up at 3:45 or keep working and sleep in til 5:30??? Perhaps your neighbor thought you were out for your morning jog???

  3. cathy says:

    So, what was THAT neighbor doing driving around at 3:45. Maybe he won’t tell if you won’t!

  4. C. Beth says:

    Oh, that is so funny! Love it!

  5. Sandra says:

    Linda — No, I don’t think it was THAT neighbor. I think he would have stopped and yelled at me, “What you heck are you DOING?!”

    Cheryl — Well, remember that the last four years I worked were at the jail and I got up at 2:30 to get there by four! So, I am “sleeping in” when it’s anything after 2:30! 🙂

    Cathy — Good point. Maybe it was someone hoping I wasn’t looking at THEM! 🙂

  6. Sandra says:

    Beth – Good. That was my intent. To give you all a Saturday morning smile. 🙂

  7. Amy O says:

    Love it!

  8. Hilary says:

    I would have loved to have seen the video… 😉

  9. Sandra says:

    Amy — Good. I love to write something that makes you smile! 🙂

    Hilary — Luckily, I can state with confidence, there WAS no video! (said in a very thankful, humble voice) 🙂

  10. Margo says:

    Just stumbled onto your blog looking for something else – glad I found it. And I envy your inner clock. 🙂

  11. Sandra says:

    Margo — Welcome. I’m glad you stopped by. And, yes an internal clock is nice to have, except when it has a power failure! 🙂

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