14 October, 2011

Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain

Yeah, the pitter-pat of the gently falling rain... Three and a quarter inches in a day? Gimmie a break! Thank God we've got a good drainage system here.

And the non-stop thunder and lightning the other night. I'm still seeing after-images. And our clocks - they're so messed up from the power outages, it'll take weeks to get them consistently back to the correct time.

We managed to avoid some of the many storms around the area. At one time Mexico had one hurricane, one tropical storm and one tropical depression all trying to come ashore in the same area. I think that's what we're dealing with now, the vestiges of those three storms plus some just heavy rain that was working its way north along the western Caribbean.

Everything seemed to arrive over us at nearly the same time, and then it all decided to quit moving for a few days. I know the plants in the garden were getting a little parched (their tongues were hanging out), but there is a limit. We're busy making little life-preservers for them.

Hopefully, we may be on the down side of the deluge. It's now Friday morning and Carlos just showed up for work. He's doing the patio/BBQ project. I need to head into town to get a bag of cement and a 4x8 sheet of Celotex. That's what they call Masonite here. Far as I can tell, it's the same stuff. Anyway, off to work.

Cheers

15 comments:

JRinSC said...

Arn't you pretty close to a real, honest to goodness Rain Forest?? Must be getting the "blow-by" from there, huh?

I just hate it for you (as my forecast for tomorrow mentions that the high temp will not leave the 60's) Wish I lived next to a rain forest......

shucksssss...

Julian

Dave + Dianna Rider said...

Naah, I think this just qualifies as 'bush'. True rain forest (I think) is more down around Punta Gorda and some other southern areas.

We are, however, getting more than our share of rain. Our road has been in a constant state of muck for quite a while now. In fact, we've only been able to walk the dogs about 1 out of every 4 or 5 days for weeks now.

I've heard our temp may be dropping on Thursday. Don't know how far other than it's supposed to be cold (for us anyway).

JRinSC said...

Hey Dave,

Just got this link to a fantastic park (Olympic Nat'l Park)in your home state of Washington. Have you ever been there?

www.lovethesepics.com/2011/07/olympic-national-park-one-of-the-wildest-places-left-in-the-usa-36-pics/

Really a neat place.

Julian

Dave + Dianna Rider said...

Hi Julian,

Yeh, it's pretty cool. We backpacked in winter into Sol Duc hot springs and camped near there. Hiked over to the hot springs about nine at night, thinking we'd be able to take a dip and then crawl into our tent. All of the pools were full of people. Ended up going there about five in the morning and found an empty pool in a driving snow storm. Was it ever nice, skinny-dipping and all in the storm. Water was hot.
This was several years ago. At that time, the lodge there wasn't operating.
Hurricane Ridge is spectacular. The mountain goats there aren't native, but they still look cool.
It's a great place to go. Just don't stray off the trails. Easy place to get lost and into trouble - seriously.

Cheers,
Dave

Dave + Dianna Rider said...

Hey Julian,

You had mentioned rain forests earlier. I'll bet that's how you discovered ONP. The Hoh Rain Forest on the western side of the park gets anywhere from 140 to 170 inches of rain a year. Spectacular place to visit as well.

Cheers,
Dave

JRinSC said...

Hmmmpphh.. I went back and looked at those ONP pics again and I couldn't find a single skinny-dipper! Bad timing on my part I guess..

Julian

Alan said...

Dave - is there a reason why your weather station readings are in metric - I find it difficult to follow. - Alan

Dave + Dianna Rider said...

Hi Alan,

I've checked most of the links for my weather and I've got them set for Fahrenheit. If you click on the weather station icon on the blog, when the Weather Underground comes up, you might want to check in the upper right-hand corner of that page - you can select Fahrenheit or Celsius.

If that's not it, let me know what URL you're getting my weather station from and I'll try to track it down.

Cheers,
Dave

Alan said...

Got it Dave - Thanks

Houseboatwayne said...

Dave and Dianna,
Thank you for opening displaying home. I've been researching Belize as a possible retirement area. My wife and I live a lake bum lifestyle on a houseboat so Belize sounds like our kind of place. We are planning a trip down there next year to get a feel so the place. Also I hope you don't mind but I'll probably start peppering you with questions over the next couple of months.

So here is my first question :}
I'm able to stream Channel 7 news and enjoy watching it just to get a feel of Belize. But they say dollar a lot and I'm curious are they talking about BZ dollars or US dollars?

Dave + Dianna Rider said...

Hi Houseboatwayne,

If it's local (Belize) and Channel 7 certainly is, you can bet it's Belize dollars they're talking about.

Usually if they're talking about US dollars they're pretty sure to say 'US' as part of the dollar statement. That is, 'US Twenty-seven dollars' or 'Twenty-seven US dollars'. Not always, though.

Good luck with your quest, and feel free to ask away.

Cheers,
Dave

JRinSC said...

Hmmm... just tried to send you a comment but the screen said couldn't do it.

Just hoping you're keeping an eye on Rita.


Julian

Dave + Dianna Rider said...

Both eyes are on it... In fact, all four. We spent the afternoon taking the other half of the awning down, rolled up the pool cover and stored and the reel in the breezeway; rounded up all sorts of loose lumber that Carlos was using on the patio project, put the grill in the pool pump house, deck chairs in there as well; potted plants off the pool deck.

Tomorrow, we'll put the plywood up on the windows and all that sort of stuff. Good practice even if we don't need it.

I know a lot of folks think I'm nuts doing all this early. Me, I'd rather get it down and watch the storm come in. Just seems easier that way.

Gas tank's full, flashlights are at hand. candles, 4-way radio is all set. Quick run to score some canned dog food in the morning and we're set for the long haul.

Yeh, we're keeping an eye on it.

Cheers,
Dave

JRinSC said...

Just left a nice (for me) note and the systems says:

We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.
The following errors were found:
Input error: Memcache value is null for FormRestoration

Weird, but true.

Keep safe,

Julian

Dave + Dianna Rider said...

Hi Julian,

Wow, that's a hum-dinger of an error message. I'd need an interpreter for it myself.

I think we dodged a big one here. So far, we haven't gotten any rain out of the deal.

Cheers,
Dave