with hard heavy rains, unlike yesterday when it rain steady, but not all that hard - it's a perfect combo, since today the ground is softened up, and a lot more of the moisture can be absorbed (our soil is red clay here, actually almost exactly like the stuff you can buy for kids to make models from).
The photo below is from the front porch this morning:
Our house sits at the top of a 45 degree hill, and in spite of that, there's a 4-5" deep water pocket across the street, just because there's too much water coming down. There's nothing daming up the gutter, except the water that came down before it -just too much at one time.
Even the gnomes are back in color!
But the one constant to having serious rain is the schnauzers intense dislike for it. The entire day(s) becomes a long series of "coax-them-out-coax-them-to-go-poop-take-them-in-leave-them-in-the-kitchen-till-dry-coax-them-out-again". They hate rain. So when I had the rare chance to photo Millie pooping in the rain, I couldn't pass it up. At this moment she is plotting what to do to me when she gets back inside, since she is certain it is my fault that she is wet and miserable and has icky mud all over her paws.
Up to yesterday our mandatory water conservation has been the unofficial urging from the water department via the newspaper. However in yesterday's mail the OFFICIAL LETTER came, spelling out what we can and cannot do. At the precise moment I stood in the driveway, reading the letter, it started to sprinkle. If that's all it took, they should have sent the letter weeks ago.