Running for cover

On Saturday morning, we awoke to very, very dark skies.

“What time is it?” Steve asked. “It’s barely light outside.”

It was 8:30 a.m.

I was supposed to meet a friend to run later in the morning, so we got up and set about making breakfast. As Steve pulled eggs and vegetables from the refrigerator, I walked out to check on the garden, and to clip some herbs for a little breakfast garnish. I hadn’t quite decided what would work best: rosemary? Parsley? Basil?

Once outside, I started poking around in the garden, looking at what was coming up (a little bit o’ lettuce), and what needed to come out (the dead cucumber plant). I clipped a Golden Summer pepper and poked around in the grape tomatoes as thunder rumbled far off in the distance.

Then a raindrop slapped me. Then another, hard as hail. It wasn’t all that hot out, so this was no relief. This inspired panic as I realized, while I’d been mulling over the garden and messing around with the vegetables, I’d totally neglected the herb-acquiring operation.

The decision, in a split second, clarified itself. The sweet basil plant lay between me and the door. I ran over, clipped two sprigs, and made it up on the back porch just as the rain began pouring down in sheets.

“I hope this is enough,” I said, waving the basil around as I came into the house. “And I picked us some tomatoes to go with the eggs.”

Within two minutes, by the time I walked out to get the paper off the front porch, the street in front of our house had reached whitewater status. I had just narrowly missed a full-on soaking.


2 Responses to “Running for cover”

  1. 1 Alanna August 28, 2006 at 6:34 am

    Hi Genie, Here from Blogher, thanks for the link to your Mom’s hummus! I esp love the (Arabic dip) explanation! Today’s it’s so common, we might even have forgotten its roots! BTW my family lived in NE Iowa during my teen years and I was 4-generation at Iowa State. (Go ‘clones!)

  2. 2 inadvertentgardener August 28, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    Uh oh, Alanna…I’m not sure I can allow shout-outs to the Cyclones on my blog…I do live in Hawkeye territory, after all! Thanks for stopping by, and thank you for your great work on Blogher!

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