I’m Getting Moldy

It’s been raining a lot lately. And I mostly like it. Rain is special when you live somewhere that gets more than 200 days a year of sunshine.

But there is a lot of laundry that’s not getting washed because it won’t get dry if I put it on the line (about 10 times a year I think we ought to have a dryer). And the dog-faces are not getting enough walks because they are both whiny little putzes that don’t want to set foot out there if there’s a single raindrop in sight. And with all this rain the pets keep tracking mud in through the cat door, so we are having a bloody mop-fest here trying to keep the house from being overtaken by sludge.

But I do like the sound of the rain hitting the (flat concrete) roof. Right now the rain is that slow, gentle, consistent rain; the kind of rain that the Navajo call “female rain,” different from crashing, torrential, pelting “male rain” (which I also like and which we had this morning).

One challenge with all this this rain is keeping track of which windows it’s hitting. We keep the windows open as a general rule. But when the rain starts we need to rush around and determine which window is getting hit, and shut that window. This morning the north windows had rain hitting them. Now it’s the south windows that are getting hit. Sometimes I am late to shut a window and find that the bed is soaked, or that my shelf full of web development reference books is getting damp.

But it’s OK because no matter how much it rains here, it’s never cold. I can put up with a lot, so long as I’m not cold. (I’m seriously worried that I will struggle to adapt if and when we move back to a place with winter.)

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5 Responses to “I’m Getting Moldy”

  1. Islaholic Trixie
    October 14th, 2008 03:45

    I love the female/male rain reference. We have a steel roof so you can really hear the male rain when it starts pouring down.
    I sure hope the rain quits in 10 days when I arrive for my 12 day Isla stay!! Don’t mind the night rains, as long as the days are full of sunshine!!

  2. CancunCanuck
    October 14th, 2008 13:12

    I’m getting pretty tired of the rain myself, it’s been running on a few weeks now, my soul and skin need some sunshine! I know that I would not re-acclimate very well to the cold, I seem to be a bit of a hot house flower. 🙂

  3. Sue on Isla
    October 14th, 2008 19:50

    I had my laundry on the line since Sunday. Finally gave up this afternoon and brought it in and draped it all over the place to dry out. Of course it hasn’t rained since. But the satellite looks promising for more rain for you. Bummer for us, we need to go to Cancun but not in this – it can wait. And the dog is getting fed up because he’s not getting his island tours on the golf cart. Ready for sunshine!

  4. islagringo
    October 15th, 2008 19:23

    Ok people. Try living in front of the ocean with this wind and rain. Ugh! I thought a hurricane was coming through last night with that wind. Our bedroom curtains were blowing straight out continuously, no flapping in the wind! I will be very glad when this front, or whatever the (insert crude word for sexual intercourse here) it is passes!

  5. tacogirl
    October 19th, 2008 10:15

    I can relate – we are getting lots of rain here too. With not all of our roads being paved here some have puddles the size of small lakes ha ha.

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