The Calm before the NEXT Storm!
On December 22nd I wrote about the arrival of the Pineapple Express. I had no idea what havoc this God-forsaken weather system would wreak. We have gotten something like 7 inches of rain in the last week and 4 1/2 inches of it in a 48 hour period. The picture above was taken Tuesday night as we were checking on the level of the creek and making sure it was not blocked and then flooding. It was fine...but we couldn't believe how high the creek was.
The next morning I went outside to take a peek at the creek level, with the help of my trusted companions. They were quite willing to pose for pictures!
The dogs were pretty crazy after having been locked inside for the better part of 2 days so I encouraged them to hang out and run around outside.
We are still very much on a learning curve about the chickens and my ignorance of the water-shedding abilities proved to be fatal to our beloved rooster, Jasper. He was out in the rain a week ago and I didn't think to dry him off...and he caught cold. His comb turned a pale color and flopped over. His eyes looked as though he didn't feel well. He got weaker and I isolated him, gave him antibiotics in his water...but he died this afternoon. This farm life has a lot of life and death in a shorter amount of time. He was a cute little rooster. We'll miss him...and now I have learned that if the chickens get out in the rain...I need to towel them off. Won't that be fun to watch!
We are getting ready for another wallup from a series of storms. We have heard that the one in the next few days will have winds like a hurricane...and to prepare for losing power due to trees falling on power lines. Great. Tell this to a woman that has an inner boy scout sharing her body. I have: bought batteries for the radio, washed a load of laundry (undies and jammies and t-shirt and socks) gathered the candle holders and bought yet more candles, bought water in 2 1/2 gallon jugs, made a pot of soup, pulled together all flashlights and have mentally prepared to be without heat and water until Wednesday. Why no heat? Because it takes electricity to turn on our heater...and we have no fireplace. Why no water? Because we are on a well...that requires electricity to pump the water. Thankfully there is a shower at work!
The new bridge has worked out really well...and the dogs love it, too! Farmer Jeff did himself proud!
These next storms are supposed to bring up to 12 inches of rain. I don't know how much higher our creek might get, but the Russian River in Healdsburg is supposed to be at flood stage on Friday. It is currently at 15 feet right now...and expected to hit flood stage at 19 feet. One of our friends in Guerneville moved all of his belongings up from the ground level floor to the upper floors as he was concerned flooding was imminent.
In the meantime, the dogs are taking all of this in stride. Now we just need to figure out how to keep them out of the river!