Is the “water” topic getting wearisome????

The resounding answer: yes! For some, the need for rain is desperate, but for us here in the upper Midwest….not so much! I love the water……the sound of the waves hitting the shoreline on a Minnesota lake is heavenly. The sound of bucket-sized drops hitting the roof of my house during the night: no! We have a delightful little pond in the small garden at the front of our home. DH has rescued a pump that had been used to pump rainwater from an underground cistern/catch-basin found at the back of our house when we moved here. He rigged it so it recirculated the water from the pond and the pleasant sounds are so soothing when seated on the hop 046    The waters of the Mississippi River that have been generally on the rise over the past couple of months have not been so well received. The campground is at a very low elevation in relation to the water (can you say “flood plain”!!??) so with all the inches and inches of rain water that’s hit us, and north of us, we have waited til last Friday to move to our site. The water was still high enough to keep the campers that, normally, were across the narrow road from us, from occupying their sites, but,shop hop 001  at least you can see some dry land, hmmm? The above photo is taken from our site. There should be a very large unit just the other side of that car. shop hop 002  A close-up of the site. The channel level should not be quite that visible!!! Now a shot of our spot…..I will turn around so you may see our site………………shop hop 003   This was taken last Saturday. Looks wonderful!!!! Well, Monday eve and early this morning we were blest with more of the wet stuff. So now, the site across the narrow road looks like this……………………..water and iris 001  Now I know you’re saying it really doesn’t appear that different from the first photo but by now the water will be at the top of that concrete pad and rising so that by Friday nite this whole end of the island/campground will be submerged.water and iris 004  Awning retracted, sliders in and DH is, at this very moment, moving our river abode to a nearby safe spot for I don’t know how long.  Our site is a 10.6’ site, meaning when the river level reaches that mark we must be gone and when the level reaches 11’ it all will be covered. Projections are watched carefully and more storms are rolling in tonight and tomorrow.


Yup……headed for 11.5’!!! and will hold over 11’ for a while. 5” of rain fell north of La Crosse last night with 50 to 60 mph winds recorded.

Back to quilting……………………….stay tuned……………………enough already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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24 Responses to Is the “water” topic getting wearisome????

  1. Thread crazy says:

    Oh so sorry for you all with all the rain. I know by now you are so sick of it, having all the snow and now rain.! We did get a bit of rain but not near enough. Don’t get me wrong, we’re thankful for what we got but we are so praying for more. Wish you could send it down this way. I’ve been quilting a lot myself…to warm for much else!.. Stay dry and thankful you were able to move your RV to drier pastures!!

    • treadlemusic says:

      I do wish I could send you some of this liquid!!!!! Even it out a bit!! Takin’ it day by day (moment by moment!!). Thanks for your concern. I think every region is having some type of weather related issue!!!!!

  2. LB says:

    It’s scares me that some of the country is in drought conditions and some, flooding.
    Take care and stay safe!!!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Will do. The camper is safely parked on higher ground. It’ll be after the 4th of July before we get back in, I bet. This is such a small issue compared to the devastation being experience by so many. Bikes are parked, too. A lot of my fave roads are blocked, due to high water.

  3. I’m so glad you got your camper out before the waters rose too high. Another blogger whom I follow tells of her parents losing their camper in flooding at an Owatonna campground.

    Flood prep underway in Faribault.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Am thankful that our location won’t receive the worst. North of LaX received 7″+ a couple nights ago and a couple/few inches more in the last day. Flooding is causing detours everywhere! Be safe!!!! Prayers for us all………..

  4. KerryCan says:

    I had to cringe when I saw that NOAA graph. We were displaced, for 6 weeks, by lake flooding a few years ago and I was obsessed with that chart. I’m happy for you that your real home is not near that water!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Me, too! We live on a ridge, well above any water level. One can become very “obsessed” with those charts when the impact is very personal, hmmmm? It’s updated hourly when the water is rising like this, so we all are constantly on our phones checking!!!!! Ha! You definitely can understand this situation!!!!! At least ours is not as crucial as yours was. Hugs…………Doreen

  5. witchylin says:

    That is not how a summer is supposed to be. It can’t be much fun moving your mobile home to higher ground and just waiting and watching the water level go up and down. Here’s hoping all settles down really soon and you can relax in your summer home.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thanks so much for your “sympathies”………I think it’s cuz last Spring had some huge similarities to this one. It’ll be a distant memory soon…….I hope!!!!!! Gotta get off this topic and back to the two “F”s……..Fabric and Food!!!!!!! LOL, LOL, LOL!!!!!

  6. Oh Doreen, you poor things! Hope the water levels go down soon so you can enjoy your caravaning!

  7. rosemarazzle says:

    Rosemary b here:
    Oh those June showers, er, downpours cause a lot of upset. So sorry you had to cut your lovely vacation short. That looks like such a delightful spot
    Did you bring your bathing suit? And high boots?
    This is going to be a long summer ahead. Here in the Cesspool, better known as Washington DC, we are blessed with heat and humidity
    i absolutely adore that pump set up at your house.

    • rosemarazzle says:

      Oh, and the trailer is the coolest ever!
      I am not much of a camper, okay, I hate camping, but this looks like super sweet home sweet home

    • treadlemusic says:

      Isn’t that pump the best?? The gentle water sounds it produces is incredibly soothing!! I’ve been to D.C. once (a drive through only) and I know it really isn’t a spot for me. We’ve been out of the Twin Cities metro/St.Paul-Minneapolis for 40 years and love our little slice of rural acreage!!!!! So glad you stopped by for a visit!!!! Many hugs…………….

  8. You’ve had your share. MOST important: stay safe.

    • treadlemusic says:

      We take no chances. I have a huge healthy respect for all rivers and especially the Mississippi!!!! Thank you for your concern and I will definitely take it to heart!!! Uber hugs………………………

  9. Jeanne says:

    So sorry you guys had to pull out. We’ve had 5.5″ in the last 36 hours and it sounds like more could hit us tonight – ugh! At least we are just getting rain; all around us there is lots of destruction. Not a great week for many people.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Precisely!!! Only a few tree limbs down around here. Another storm on its way right now. They had 4″-5″ just north of us over last night. It’s got to go somewhere and the Mighty Ole Miss catches it!!!!!!!! Take care…..hugs….

  10. Not the way to start summer indeed! Take care and be safe. The weather this year is just plain crazy.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Very well put……”crazy” is my word, too. DH is even more anxious since he picked out and bought this camper last January and we’ve spent 2 nights in it!!!!! There are many others at this campground that have more distance to travel from home than we do (22 miles for us) and have to deal with taking care of food in the frig, etc. For the most part, we aren’t getting hit with the serious stuff!!!!! Thanks for dropping by!!!! Hugs……….

  11. Gloria says:

    This is sure not the way summer is supposed to start! Mike and Georgia have water over their road and are not able to drive down to the cottage either, it goes up and goes down, then up and down again. Not much you can do about Mother Nature but it will definitely shorten everyone who boats and camps, summer. Next week I’d supposed to be way better, hang in there.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Well, it is very true that no one but the Lord is in control of such………The level is forecast to be at the higher level all next week so I’m hoping to quilt at home….sigh…..just to pass the time!!! LOL!!!! Sorry to ‘hear’ of Mike/Georgia’s place.

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