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I can actually hear the very light rain from inside the house so, COOL!! especially given that we haven't had but like 2 inches since last July 1st and seriously, this won't help the drought one bit, but still...YAY!!! It's good to know that the sky is still able to allow precipitation to fall from it :)

Have a good Sunday everyone and remember, if you are getting rain, enough, too much, appreciate that you are because some of us really aren't :(

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film102
Feb. 3rd, 2014 09:19 am (UTC)
Somehow, I doubt people who are having floods are happy about it, though, Gaeln.

We got 2" of snow and will get some every afternoon for the next four days. Very Very cold, dry days. -6 at night and won't warm up for a week. I'm not going anywhere.

Just stay home and be warm as I can.

M Lyn
gaeln
Feb. 3rd, 2014 04:19 pm (UTC)
We're not having floods here in California, we're have a severe drought so, I am very glad about any little rain we might get especially since the central valley, where a great deal of the nations food is grown, is drying up. We've already been put on summer water restrictions and it's only February!!

I'm sorry about your cold.
fansee
Feb. 4th, 2014 03:52 am (UTC)
Rain
I know California is in trouble because of the drought - there have been stories locally about some localities being cut off from central supplies of water. That sounds drastic! I also realize the effect on the national supply of fruits and vegetable California grows. (I lived in Contra Costa County for a good part of my childhood, on the edge of the San Joaquin Valley.)

Here's hoping whatever winds blow precipitation your way, blow extra hard in Februay, March and even April. FanSee
gaeln
Feb. 4th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Rain
'Here's hoping whatever winds blow precipitation your way, blow extra hard in Februay, March and even April.'

I'm right there with you. My fingers are crossed. The water district has asked us to cut back by 10% while our Governor Brown has asked us for 20% which is what I'm working towards. For instance even just that little rain has allowed me to turn off my sprinklers for the first time this fall/winter. At least for 2 or 3 weeks.

Do you remember much of your time living on the edge of the valley?
fansee
Feb. 4th, 2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Rain
Do you remember much of your time living on the edge of the valley?

I do.

I lived in Antioch when I was seven and eight. It was during WWII. Whenever anyone in our neighborhood who had a car (not many) got enough gas to drive out into the country (not often), we would pile in the car (no seatbelts, no traffic, all the children sitting on laps) and go out and pick whatever was ripe. For free. The produce would otherwise go unpicked; there was no way to ship it to market. All the gas went to the war effort.

Then I lived in Walnut Creek when I was 12 and 13 (Korean War). Our high school 8th grade trip was to Sacramento to tour the state capital, so we drove right through the valley. When we got to Sacramento, the first thing we saw were newspapers with headlines saying that Puerto Rican nationalists had tried to assassinate President Truman.

At the time, there were vineyards within biking distance of Walnut Creek. My friends and I liked to ride to the vineyards so that we could ride down the terraced slopes of the vineyards. The vintners did not encourage this activity, and it was probably a good thing our parents didn't know about it. The farmers liked to discourage us by letting loose their dogs or firing buckshot in our direction. Jill, Mary and I thought that exciting. Not discouraging, just exciting. FanSee
gaeln
Feb. 6th, 2014 09:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Rain
Lovely memories, seems very idyllic, even the dogs and buckshot :) Thanks for sharing with me.
spike7451
Feb. 4th, 2014 11:27 am (UTC)
Coming from one of the driest countries in the world where drought is very common I can understand how wonderful it is to get desperately needed rain.
gaeln
Feb. 4th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you can. We fluctuate but this year has been so especially bad as to be scary. I'll think rain for you and you think rain for us, that should work!!
spike7451
Feb. 8th, 2014 12:46 pm (UTC)
Thinking of rain right now for both of us. 42C here today and the whole state is so damn dry that bushfires starting are a real danger.
gaeln
Feb. 10th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Obviously you're doing a better job thinking 'rain' than I am because we've been getting a nice amount. They say it won't help drought-wise but still, it's good to know that it can still rain :) so thanks!! and I'll try harder, promise.
fansee
Feb. 4th, 2014 10:06 pm (UTC)
Drought
Do you have water restrictions, Lyn? I know all about them from the year I lived in Lawton, Oklahoma. No watering lawns, washing your car strongly discouraged, fines if water from your property ran into the street: that sort of thing. FanSee
spike7451
Feb. 8th, 2014 12:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Drought
Not too severe this year as we had a very wet winter, but years past there have been very strict restrictions for sure. Washing cars wasn't discouraged, it was banned, and definitely no lawn watering and gardens only allowed to be watered on certain days.
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