A Different Badge of Honor

Yesterday, I woke up to the news with Buffalo and most of Western New York state buried in six feet of snow.  The stories have ranged from amusing (dog got snowed in and can’t go out to pee) to macabre (deaths, car accidents, being stuck on the thruway for more than 30 hours, etc.). And today, it looks like there will be even more snow dumped around the Great Lakes.

Photo taken by Kyle @Stormdesk. Photo taken by Kyle @Stormdesk. Courtesy of buffalonews.com

Photo taken by Kyle @Stormdesk.#BUFwx RT @TheBuffaloNews: On the way to work, stuck 30 hours on Thruway…and counting.  Courtesy of buffalonews.com

Another sent in a photo of his neighbor’s house in Cheektowaga:

Homes in Western New York buried in so much snow.  This is a photo taken in Cheektowaga by @dynodreams. Photo courtesy of The Weather Channel.

Homes in Western New York buried in so much snow. This is a photo taken in Cheektowaga by @dynodreams. Photo courtesy of The Weather Channel.

Patrick Byrne’s dog must be having a hard time going out to do his usual business outdoors with this:

Patrick Byrne's dog, Bonnie, sniffs a door blocked by snow on November 18, 2014, in South Buffalo, New York. Photo courtesy of Patrick Byrne/AP and NBCnews.com

Patrick Byrne’s dog, Bonnie, sniffs a door blocked by snow on November 18, 2014, in South Buffalo, New York. Photo courtesy of Patrick Byrne/AP and NBCnews.com

Well, what about us here in California?  Beau and I were greeted outdoors with rain since yesterday. Not showers. Not drizzle. Rain. Moderate-sized raindrops that have soaked our lawn and formed small puddles on the driveway.  The eves troughs were humming and feeding into the downspout and there was flow! I checked to see for myself.  However, the news said the rains might taper by the afternoon and we would have to make do with light showers for the rest of the day. I never thought I’d say this, being a lover of bright sunny days, but we need rain.  “Like the winter needs the spring,” as the song goes.

Driving along Hwy880 this morning. (c) Likeitiz

Driving along Hwy880 this morning. (c) Likeitiz

So, this morning, we were again greeted by clouds, fog, and the moderate pour.  I had to take the big umbrella out again or the dog was not too keen on going outside. The drive to work was interesting, to say the least, with the usual smattering of daredevil drivers trying to die on the wet slippery freeway. There was a silver lining though. On the news, they predict that California may be getting more than the usual amount of rain.  However, it would still not be enough to make up for the long drawn out drought.

Through the dry spell, I believe we’ve been good. We have dramatically decreased our water usage at our home.  We have been reusing water several ways. One way is by catching water from showering in buckets and using them to flush the toilet.

Buckets to save water while taking a shower. (c) Likeitiz

Buckets to save water while taking a shower. (c) Likeitiz

Reuse bath water to flush toilets. (C) Likeitiz

Reuse bath water to flush toilets. (C) Likeitiz

We reuse the rinse water for removing dirty bits on used plates and cutlery.  We shut off the tap when we’re brushing our teeth or scrubbing our faces. We shut off the shower when we’re lathering on the shampoo or soaping ourselves.  I use leftover water on glasses to water plants instead of throwing them out.

The Unwatered browned yard is the new badge of honor in Califorina. (c) Likeitiz

The Unwatered browned yard is the new badge of honor in California. (c) Likeitiz

The biggest dent to our water usage was when we cut the time and frequency of watering our yard. We did not plant new flowers on our beds. We watered enough for the perennials and the Redwoods to thrive. The lawn had to go brown. And it’s okay. It’s no longer a mark of a negligent household nor an errant property owner.

Another badge of honor is the unwashed car. I liken it to the guy who has dirty shoes who turns out to be a busy medical resident who has not time to clean shoes let alone get enough sleep.  (c) Likeitiz

Another badge of honor is the unwashed car. I liken it to the guy who has dirty shoes who turns out to be a busy medical resident who has not time to clean shoes let alone get enough sleep. (c) Likeitiz

There’s also the ubiquitous dirty car on the road, with exploded insects, dust on tree sap on dust, dried up windshield fluid, and whatever else flies around the roads.

These are now a badge of honor— that we stand shoulder to shoulder with those who stand for conservation, for mindfulness, for looking out for the future generations. Or so, we’d like to think.

Postscript: Now that we might, just might, get a little more rain than the usual, I am thinking maybe, just maybe, the browned yard, the filthy car, the buckets of bath water in our bathroom and kitchen—-can these qualify as my rain-dance and the gods have given a nod?

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13 Responses to A Different Badge of Honor

  1. prior says:

    now how did I miss this post last month!!!! I am actually from Buffalo (well I have been away longer than I lived there – but have many connections there still – and your photos here are ones I have not seen from the storm!
    oh and enjoyed the badge of honors… 🙂

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    • likeitiz says:

      Well I sure hope you were away during that storm!

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      • prior says:

        yes, we are 12 hours away now. But my brother and his 30 yo son were taking an east coast road trip from NY to FL – – and they spent a week in arlington (seeing his other son) and so when he got to our place – he stayed an extra day here to see if he needed to turn around and go help – but turns out the 90 was closed and he could not get back in (another reason why I liked your choice of pics) anyhow, all was well and they went to FL and had a great father/son trip… but what a crazy lake effect snow storm! 🙂

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  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I couldn’t bear snow like that! You could soon be mowing you lawn again I think 🙂

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  3. Now, that is a lot of snow. If we get 4 inches or so we declare a national emergency in the UK!

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  4. auntyuta says:

    The snow pictures are just amazing. We also were shown some in our news today. You do well with all your water saving devices. We have done similar things when it did not rain enough, which happens quite often. I hope this bit of rain you’re receiving now brings some kind of relief. 🙂

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  5. Nothing like a downpour to make people drive like its the last lap at the Daytona 500.

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  6. Hear, hear for conservation and sustainability. Of course, we in the desert have been practicing variations on these examples for ages.
    As for the weather in Western NY, people ought to keep in mind that they choose where they live. And we live with the predictable. 🙂

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