Friday, July 3, 2015

The New Normal during Rainy Season

Rainy season is upon us. 

Now that we've lived here for three years, we know the drill that becomes our new normal from June through October. Some examples:

  • We realize, but don't always graciously accept that there will be stray storms that occur in the wee hours of morning. These storms will wake us up from a deep sleep and require herding dogs inside and battening down louvers. Sinking back into REM sleep will not happen on those nights.

  • The dust pan, brush, bucket, and mop are on constant standby. This is due to the muddy paw prints that inevitably appear on the porch floor. No matter how fast you try to snag the dogs as they come inside, chances are the one with the most mud on their feet will slip by.

  • Unpaved roads, of which there are many, will become mud slicks hiding pot holes. Part of the challenge and adventure is trying to guess how big and deep the pot holes are.

  • Unexpected rains will almost always occur when (a) laundry is on the line, (b) the pool has just been filled, or (c) the floors are freshly mopped. If all three of these actions happen the same day, you can bet Mother Nature will get even...big time.
  • Power outages will occur, sometimes multiple times a day. This will mean resetting clocks and the pool pump multiple times a day.
  • Sinus medication will be kept in supply for me, especially if there is a slow moving front that comes through. Puffy eyes and congestion are not things of beauty.
  • We will have all three dogs inside the house during the time it is raining, especially if there is thunder involved.

    While Sam and Olivia seem unperturbed by wet weather,

    Lizi is a whole other story.

She can sense thunder when it's miles and miles away. Panic quickly sets in and she needs the safety of being in the house, near one of us, to calm down. 

And the cat?

Oy, the cat! During storms she either is asleep in one of her various nooks (like the top of the kitchen cabinets), tantalizing Olivia, or seeing how far she can push her luck with Lizi. Bronte and Lizi have a begrudging acceptance of one another, but there are days when all of the animals are inside that growls and hisses are overheard.

All in all though, we are fortunate that all the pets do get along for the most part and would make it through a major storm without mishap.

And what about David and me and how we spend rainy days? Well David is usually on his computer, puttering around his shop, or reading books.

I am usually in the kitchen, especially if I know we will be getting hit with wet weather for a couple days running. Matter of fact, I just spent the last two days making two dishes -- Lasagne Bolognese and Sticky Chicken. Take a side trip over The Wright Table to get all the yummy details.

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