Gee willikers, I was as wet yesterday coming back from the barn as I've been in the worst of the storm, and there wasn't any wind, it was raining that hard. I spoke too soon about the back stalls staying dry. Inga's and the big room were okay, but Sheila's and Cindy's were a muddy mess. I hauled a big bale of cedar sawdust down and put a four-inch thick layer in the dryest corner for each of them. It isn't the best solution, but it was the best I could do.
Days of rain have affected us all. Even the cats, who never go outside, have a bad case of cabin fever. Ralph and Celeste raced through the house as if chased by demons, and wrestled and fought all day. Bess Anne sulks when she can't go out. She stands by a door (pick any door, this house has eight to the outside) and gives a bark. I open the door, she stands and looks out, gives a disgusted sigh and goes back to lie down. The goats are cranky and bicker and butt. If there is the slightest letup, the chickens dash outside to look for bugs under sodden leaves. I am depressed and apathetic. There are things I could be doing, and I do nothing. In the afternoon the rain stopped and for one brief moment the sun came out and I saw a tiny patch of blue sky. Oh joy! As I was hunting for a dry jacket to go out and bring up more firewood (the porch supply is nearly depleted), it started to hail and then rain again. Ratchafratch.
News reports are full of weather conditions here and in the valley. Flooding is rampant, even in downtown Placerville where little Hangtown Creek has overflowed into the streets. Deb sent a photo of the Yolo causeway, which now looks like a huge lake with water from the Sacramento River. El Dorado County has declared a state of emergency. The local FB page has notices of downed trees blocking roads and huge potholes, one so deep that someone floated an empty milk jug to warn drivers. All this to say I'm not overreacting to the situation.
It is raining this morning, but the weekend is forecast to be dry. Please, please, pleeeze let them not be giving us false hope. I need a little ray of sunshine.