16 January 2007 by Published in: General musings 8 comments

I hate El Nino. It means that, while the weather here is mild in the winter time, it’s a soggy mess.

In the past fifteen days, we’ve had 4.3 inches of rain here in Central Ohio. That on top of the second or third wettest fall on record, and the wettest December ever. There is river and small stream flooding all over the state as a consequence of all the rain and nowhere for the water to go. Needless to say, my back yard, which does not drain well under the best of conditions, is a bottomless sea of muck.

Aurora is a year old today, and she has all of the youthful exuberance of any puppy. She loves to run and play, and she particularly loves running in the back yard. The problem with that is that golden retriever puppy + thick mud = incredible mess. And, the ground is so saturated that every time that she goes out, she comes back a muddy mess, even when she just goes out, does her business and comes right back. Mix in Nero, who is two years old and equally exuberant, and it makes for a hell of a mess.

On Saturday, she had to have six baths. On Sunday, it was another six. We spent all day, both days, bathing dogs, doing loads of towels, and mopping floors. Needless to say, it was NO fun. I’m not sure my back has yet forgiven me, and Susan’s knee just loves it, as you can imagine.

Tonight, we are celebrating. It’s going to go down to 17 here tonight and stay cold for at least a week. That means that the mud bog will freeze solid, and hopefully stay that way for a few days. I never thought I would be so happy to see really cold weather in my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hate El Nino. And I REALLY hate mud.

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  1. Wed 17th Jan 2007 at 12:17 am

    Here in Aspen, we have an entire season we call mud season. I highly recommend little dogs which you can bathe while you shower. So much more convenient! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Scott Mingus
    Wed 17th Jan 2007 at 12:19 am

    I am in Columbus much of this week for business meetings at Easton Town Center. I drove over I-70 to Zanesville today – wow! There are a ton of fields that are flooded. You guys certainly have had the rain.

    Last week I was in Cleveland with 5″ of snow; this week Columbus with floods and mud. I don’t miss living in Ohio in the winter…

  3. Steve Basic
    Wed 17th Jan 2007 at 2:44 am


    Are you related to Ambrose Burnside?? IIRC, he hated Mud as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope all is well.


  4. Dave Kelly
    Wed 17th Jan 2007 at 9:23 am

    Here in Petersburg we haven’t had a “cold” day since 9 Dec. Last nite worked in a season 27 degrees: plus winds gusting to 20…brrrrr.

    On a brighter note; I checked your titles on amazon.com last nite. Six months ago I couldn’t get spit. With your new trio selling decently, amazon suddenly has put up all your available titles. Whohoooo, you’re an amazon star. (about as good as a muddy retriever….)

  5. James Epperson
    Wed 17th Jan 2007 at 9:31 am

    You ought to try life with two Border Collies ๐Ÿ™


  6. Wed 17th Jan 2007 at 11:44 am


    What’s wrong with mud? You should just buck up and deal with it like the rest of us.


    Your obedient servant,
    Ambrose Burnside, Maj. Gen.

  7. Jim Epperson
    Wed 17th Jan 2007 at 12:15 pm

    All this discussion of mud reminds me of a letter from a Yankee
    in the Tullahoma campaign, in which he explains that “Tullahoma”
    comes from the Greek, “Tulla,” meaning mud, and “homa,” meaning
    more mud.


  8. Wed 17th Jan 2007 at 4:27 pm

    I’ve been on my own personal mud march since the monsoon season began in October. And like Burnside’s army, I’m pretty sick to death of slogging through it…

    This morning was such a delight, not having to deal with muddy dog feet, as the ground was frozen solid.


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