Yes, I think I see it!  Could it be?  A patch of blue skies?

Yesterday, the biggest storm we’ve seen in years dumped 3 1/2” of rain giving us a five day rain unprecedented total of 15 1/2”  Incredible!

Thankfully, we are on high ground while other parts of the Southland didn’t fair as well as streets into torrents of mud and water.  Oh, another thing to be thankful for is a  good metal roof that we put in a few years back, so we didn’t have to worry about leaks.

The ground is so saturated that it couldn’t take any more and parts of the yard/garden turned into little lakes.

And picking produce?  Ha!  The heavy rain just wouldn’t let up so we hauled out the pop up that’s normally reserved for keeping the sun off during tabling events.  Well, it got christened for a  new purpose: to keep the water off our backs as we picked the produce orders for the front porch farm stand.   Gotta make do and become creative!

Funny how in one season we went from the hottest day ever recorded to the wettest week.   The weather is certainly swinging to the extremes.

Today will be a chance to clean up and catch up on chores (parts of the animal compound are a bit swampy, check on the bees) and hopefully we get a chance to dry out a bit before the next chance of rain this weekend.

Oh and there are a couple pots of marmalade on the stove so got to attend to those.   Busy busy!

Dealing with too much water

Water catchment fills up

Drainage became a problem

Pathways turned into big puddles

Sheets of water

Back patio turned into a lake

Blackberry wonders if this rain will ever be over ... either that or she's looking for that ark!

God's promise. Double rainbow!



  1. Nebraska Dave says:

    The globally weird weather continues. Hang in there. This too shall pass. Thank goodness you can still harvest produce for your orders. It seems that every part of the country got hit with weird weather sometime during the year. I’m praying the rain will stop for your area of the country. I have family in Las Vegas and it’s been raining there for three days which is unusual. Since Las Vegas has very few storm drains there is always certain flooding in the low spots with any rain. Fortunately my family being from Nebraska had the fore sight not to live in any of the dry river bed housing developments. Not a good idea to build a house on an old dry river bed.

    Merry Christmas to you and your household. May the clouds part and the sun shine on you Christmas day.

    • Anais says:

      @Nebraska Dave: Unfortunately because of five days of rain our front porch farm stand slowed down a bit. We had anticipated more order because of the holidays but nature has the last say. Yep global weirding is going to now be a part of our lives, guess we have to get used to it. Thank you for the holiday wishes. The sun’s out!!! Ahhhhhh Happy holidays to you and yours.

  2. Janice ENgelberth says:

    I have been wondering how your family was fairing. Thanks for the update. Have a great Holy Day Season!

    • Anais says:

      @Janice ENgelberth: The sun’s out …. ahhhhhhhh Happy holidays to you too!

  3. Laura says:

    Wow! It looks more like Seattle than southern California… Let’s hope this is a short spell.

    • Anais says:

      @Laura: I know, so UNLIKE So Cal. There’s a chance of rain again this weekend but the sun’s out now so we’ll take it. 😉

  4. grace says:

    thought about you all when I heard about all the rain in So Cal. hope you can swim:) By the way, I love your blogs and my winter project is to read through all of them (I’m up to 2003 so far) while its cold and nasty here in Indiana. I have noticed a lot of pictures in your recent blogs ~ AWESOME!! Love the pics!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Anais says:

      @grace: Wow, that’s some reading. There are certainly gems in there, sometimes I am even surprised to stumble on some really great post… and I wrote them! 😉 Glad you like the pics. Actually we started blogging before there were even blog platforms so it was really REALLY hard to share pics. Now that is so easy, we think that pics are often worth more than words.

  5. Steve says:

    Nice photo essay, it tells the whole story. All of our farm is tucked in for the winter. We will not break ground again until the end of April here in Nova Scotia. Our goats seem to enjoy the snow and they both have a nice winter coat going! Peace

  6. Dan Langhoff says:

    Someone drove their car into our water main box last night breaking the PVC pipe connection to our house. Surrounded by water outside, but no water in the house for showers, toilets, dishes, laundry, etc, perhaps for days because it has to be dry to repair the damage. Irony at its finest.

    We received close to ten inches of rain down here in Ramona, California.

    • Anais says:

      @Dan Langhoff: Oh man, that’s awful. Like you needed that just in time for the holidays. Look on the bright side, guess it’s a dry run for the future? 😉 Good luck with that.

  7. Heather H :) :) :) says:

    A lot of my SoCal friends are going through the same thing with the rain. Fortunately none of them have experienced other than a need for an umbrella. The photos are amazing.. It almost reminded me of home. I’m glad your home and animals are okay!!! Oh, the photo at the end of the rainbow. That’s amazing and it definitely reminds me of God’s promise. Thanks for posting that. It’s beautiful!! Have a Happy Christmas and Happy Holidays. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather 🙂

    • Anais says:

      @Heather H 🙂 🙂 :): Thank you, happy holiday and hugs to you too.

  8. Monica says:

    Those pictures are amazing! I can’t believe how much rain fell! Thanks for sharing that with us. We are experience some heavy rain ourselves. Crazy California weather! lol

    • Anais says:

      @Monica: Crazy CA weather indeed! And they were predicting a DRY winter. HA

  9. Vegetable Garden Cook says:

    Well now you know what its like up here in Oregon. It sure puts a damper on the garden!

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