Got a paddle?
Jordanne joked the other day that she thought she saw the animals lining up two by two! Glad someone has a sense of humor because this rain is turning streets into rivers!
Over the last four days we got just as much rain we normally receive for the entire year. 12″ fell (yes, you read right TWELVE inches) here on the urban homestead leaving the grounds soaked and saturated. We aren’t out of the woods yet. Keep those boats and paddles ready! An even wetter & colder storm is expected today and tomorrow, then another chance on Saturday!
La Nina my foot! Folks are calling this a historic Pineapple Express with storms piled up from one side of the Pacific to the other These series of storms are shattering rainfall records and turning the LA basin into one giant mud puddle.
Of course, we rejoice at the prospect of so much liquid sunshine but then again so much at one time really doesn’t help us except to fill up the dangerously low reservoirs – they are saying that this should help ease the drought!
Being in such a dry climate, it’s a challenge to doing chores and picking produce around the urban homestead. Not set up for so much rain all at once!
Wet jackets, socks are strewn on top of doors. The living room”s been turned to a make shift laundry room.
The critters, especially the cats are going a little stir crazy. Romping around the house like they’ve taken an overdose of catnip. The goats are displeased there’s no sun and Fairlight has taken her frustrations out on cardboard box. I think she thinks if she rubs and butts it enough the rain will split and the clouds will part. Sorry girlie – ain’t happening. The chickens look so pathetic and the ducks, well, they are happily oblivious of the misery of their fellow creatures.
We humans are fairing a little better, though confounded at the historic deluge there’s nothing we can really do but make the best of situation tackling indoor activities, keeping the animals dry, feeding the bees their sugar and essential oil mix and doing outdoor work as best we can.
Funny thing is, the challenge that we are facing is that for 25 years we’ve adapted our growing methods for a dry climate. The recent and early wet winter has thrown us for a loop! The square inch method of gardening isn’t ideal for such wet weather. So now mold has become an issue and ruined a few of the raised beds that had lovely carpet of salad greens.
Though, I had planned on finishing a few knitting UFO’s (aka “unfinished objects”) a recent knitting gift had me clicking away at the needles in record time. Made the scarf in the nick of time as a goodbye gift to a long time friend who was traveling overseas. Of course I used huge 13″ and thick yarn!
Jordanne’s been in the kitchen whipping up some delightful & gorgeous eats
Holiday orders for preserves and soaps from our front porch farm stand are keeping us busy. A sincere thank to our customers for braving the rain and supporting local foods and farms! We have a few gift baskets to put together today not to mention picking a few veg orders so back to work!
How are you holding up with this deluge?