Torrential rains have continued to fall over Pedasí throughout the night and into this morning. Because we have a metal roof our house, sometimes the rain is so loud, you can’t hear someone sitting next to you talking. Of course, the rain is accompanied by lightening and loud thunder. So I didn’t get much sleep last night. Bella, who usually can sleep through all this, was freaked out and jumped on me in bed in the middle of the night.
To add to all this, the electricity went out as well. With no fan to keep the air circulating in the bedroom which I have needed even when living in the colder climate of Auburn, California, the bed sheets were thrown off. It did not get uncomfortably warm; the rain seemed to keep the air cool, probably about 75 degrees during the night, and now it is about 85 degrees. It is so dark at night with no electricity; you can’t even see your hand in front of your face. The electricity went back on a couple of times, but only for a minute or so. Probably a transformer blew and with the rain, not sure how long it will be before it is fixed. At least we didn’t wake up to loud music in the neighborhood.
So we have no lights, only cloudy daylight plus a lantern, flashlights, and a candle to light our way at night. There is no internet, MagicJack, or AppleTV. I am using the battery on my iPad to write this blog and can post it later. My iPhone has data, so I can get internet that way, but only as long as the battery lasts. Then I can plug it into the car and recharge. Now I know why we should have kept our internet hotspot device, but we lent it to our friends since we had DSL internet in the house. I could use my iPhone as a hotspot, but it takes up high-speed data quickly, and then I only get half the speed for the rest of the month.
One thing I did not realize, but Mikkel knew, is that without electricity, we have no water pressure because it is pumped by electricity. We are somewhat prepared in that we have a 5-gallon enclosed bucket full of water stored for just this occasion. Since it is raining buckets, we also put out a few buckets to collect rainwater, which filled up quickly. So the toilet can be filled as needed and we had our morning coffee from clean but boiled rainwater. Also there is lots of ice in the freezer turning into drinking water. I decided to have some ice cream from the freezer for breakfast before it turns into soup.
It still amazes me how much water is pouring from the clouds here. Rain is measured in feet, not inches. Although the rain has created large puddles around our house, the land just seems to keep soaking it up. For drainage, most of the roads are lined with ditches to send the water away, so there doesn’t seem to be much flooding on the streets. But some houses are built at a lower level, so the water floods there yards up to there doors at times. And dirt roads turn into deep mud trails, so that’s why a 4-wheel drive is a necessity if you have a car.
In spite this weather, which is apparently normal for this time of year in the wet season, we are taking it all in stride. In Auburn, there have been times when the electricity goes out, even for a few days, usually when there is a big winter storm and it is snowing. Then we have to bundle up and sit next to the fireplace to keep warm. We survived. Here, we definitely do not have to bundle up. I’m wearing shorts and a tank top this morning. So it is all how you look at it. I love it here. As the rain lets up, I here the birds singing in the trees making all kinds of different sounds; the neighborhood cats sleep comfortably on the front patio veranda; and the roosters are still crowing. And then the rain starts pouring buckets again. I take these moments to reflect and meditate on God’s creation. And for entertainment, Mikkel and I can read books and play card or board games. I also can do my Spanish homework which just happens to be about weather.
Update: at 1pm, the electricity came on. What a surprise since it is still pouring rain! Not sure what the problem was, but I am grateful that it was fixed, at least for now. We’ll see if it lasts today. Still no water, but Mikkel says it takes time to build the water pressure back up. Again, never a dull moment, always seems to be another adventure here in the Pueblo. Back to finishing my Spanish homework. “Hay lluvías torrenciales hoy.”
Puddles in front
Got Electricity now, but still pouring