Batten Down the Hatches

This time of year rainy season is coming to an end. That is not to say there is no rain, but instead that the rains have changed. Normally rainy season is characterized by bright sunny days which are refreshed with nightly rains. By morning all the clouds have disappeared and shortly after daybreak all the puddles have evaporated. But this time of year, when the grey clouds cover the sky and the steady rain pours for days on end, it can only mean two things………..tropical storm or hurricane.

A friend told me yesterday that according to the weather forecast we are due for 10 more days of rain. So I decided to inquire online for more details. What I saw surprised me……in fact I don’t think we have ever experienced this type of storm. There is a hurricane in the Gulf and a tropical storm in the Pacific both converging together in a swirling motion over Guadalajara.

Having received more than 2.5 inches of rain in the last two days there is no need to point out that the sky is dark and water is everywhere. Dirt roads have turned into giant mud traps and weather that recently felt like spring now is too cold to be mistaken for anything other than hurricane season. And although we are 4 hours inland off the west coast and many more from the east coast, it seems each year the storms get a little worse.

Not only is everything outside wet, but after having throughly soaked through the cement buildings the water begins to make its way inside. At our house we have a delicate waterfall in the corner of our dining room. At Hope House it started as a small steady drip in one of our out buildings, but now is more like a small water fountain trickling in the upstairs hallway of the main house.

Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done to stop the leaks, at least not at the moment. All the cement must be completely dry before repairs can be made. So for now we “batten down the hatches” to weather this storm. But be assured that as soon as the sun comes out and dries the cement we will need to patch and seal all the leaky buildings, before the next “wave” hits.

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