A visit from the Pineapple Express
I mentioned to a friend the other day that we were going to have an extended visit from the pineapple express. He was distinctly puzzled...and then asked if we had friends coming from Hawaii.
No, I said...do you know what a pineapple express is?
According to the "Weather Doctor Almanac": The Pineapple Express is actually the Subtropical Pacific Jet Stream, a very moist, warm channel that has ventured further north than usual. Being tropics-born, this Pacific airstream has been linked to an origin in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands, the land of the Pineapple, and thus, the appellation, the Pineapple Express, arose among local meteorologists and the media.
What does this mean for us? How about 7 inches of rain from 5 pm Saturday 'til right now. Our creek is flowing and the frogs are SINGING!!! I love to hear them, but a friend told me that it means more rain is coming. We have had enough, thank you VERY much!!!
What have our lovely dogs done during all of this rain? Well...one of them, Callebaut or India, so desperately wanted to get out of the rain that they reached their paw in under the house and tried to clear away what they thought was blocking their entrance. And what was that, you ask? IT WAS THE MAIN WATER PIPE THAT COMES IN FROM OUR WELL!!! There was water flowing into the garage, under the house, and into the basement!!! The dogs couldn't go in their dog houses, or under the 18X22 foot pole barn we built. NO...they just HAD to go under the house. Farmer Jeff was kind enough to rush home and shut off the water (in my panic I forgot how to do it!) After a vain attempt to fix it with emergency purchases from Home Depot, we just shut the water off...and lived with no water overnight.
You have no idea, or at least I had no idea how often I wash my hands or turn on the water for little stuff like brushing my teeth...or SHOWERING!!!
All I have to say to Farmer Jeff: the cats never do stuff like that!!!