I know I live in a rainforest. I know we get upwards of 200 inches of rain a year. I know how really frustrating our occasional drought (usually around January, when the rest of Hawaii is pouring) can be since we are on water catchment (I go out every day and try to gauge the water levels in our tanks, which are closed and speculate how long it will last - should I try to get on a water hauler's list???)
However, we must have gotten about 4 inches since Thursday night. It is pouring so hard, I am dreaming about fountains and even cleaning bathrooms. My chicken pen is an inch deep in mud, the sheep pen had a river running through it at one point. The volcanic cinder which is under the bedding is very porous, so the water doesn't stay, but still the sheep are not happy. They came from, lived their whole lives, on the other side of the island which has been in a drought so severe that it looks like the entire acreages burnt up in a fire. I am not sure they have seen more than 1/2 inch of rain in the last year, poor sheep.
When I went out to feed last night, I swear they were asking me, "What's going on? I am all wet, and it is dark in the middle of the day!" Even Dodie came up to me and nuzzled in my hand, and she has always been wary, even as the other sheep have gotten used to me scratching them under their ears. I think she may lamb soon. I wish I had a drier place for her. I am going to get some straw, because the pelletized wood bedding can absorb a lot of water, but this rain is too much for it. Straw, laid thick enough will at least provide some height over the water flow.
As far as the chicken coop goes, I need to make a channel for the water to flow out and into the ditch in the horse pasture that collects run off. Every time we build something new (like the sheep pen), it redistributes the rain, which means you have to rethink how water flows. The sheep stall used to be a horse stall which almost never flooded, not until a few days of rain got to about 10 inches.
I was hoping for some relief today, but I doubt it. Even if the leeward side of the house is somewhat brighter, the windward side shows thick black clouds.
My husband told me to rest today; he says I have been going at it like I am not sick. There are always so many things to do. And to be really honest, making the baked goods for next week is way more fun than making report cards. If I rest, it will have to mean sitting down with the laptop and doing the report cards and bills. I need to do those things, I really do, but the wet and yucky animal housing is a priority, too.