Mayday Mayday Mayday!

Okay, maybe it’s not that serious, but it feels like it. We’ve had so much rain over the last week, that I almost feel like I have webbed feet. We’ve gone from winter like conditions to a Spring feel in a matter of days. The only reason we’ve lit our fire is to try and get some washing dry!

We’ve had a massive tropical low over the top of us, (us being New Zealand) and two highs blocking it in on either side, basically funneling warm northwesterlies over the country. We managed to cop most of the rain on Friday, and Friday night, we were visited by the Rural Fire Service telling us that it would be a good idea to evacuate as their was flooding down the road, and there was a possibility it could keep coming down the road. My partner, Mr H, told them thank you, but we’ll stay here and keep an eye on the situation. I guess if it was more dire they would have told us to leave.

It wasn’t until the next day that we found out that 700m up the road (over a bridge and rise in the road) the culverts on either side of the road had burst their banks and covered the road. The water in the culvert outside our place was up but there would be another metre to go before we would consider leaving.

My son had a bag packed, the cat crate in his room, ready to leave. It didn’t come to that, but I didn’t sleep well that night, or the next night, as we watched King Charles III being crowned. Its a once in a lifetime event, although we might see William crowned in twenty years’ time, if the Mornarchy is still relevant by then.

With all of the rain, my co-workers have been joking with me, telling me that I should have finished my story by now. What they don’t realise is that I can’t spend hours on the computer writing. An hour, probably, tops, but then I think of all the housework that needs to be done, and I end up procrastinating, so I only limit myself to an hour at the most. I have managed to get some studying done, and made some cards, so I am feeding my creative juices even if I’m not writing.

And usually, after two days of not seeing sunshine, I am just about beside myself, because of the lack of vitamin D, but I’ve noticed that this time, because I am so focused on writing and making cards, that I haven’t really missed the sunshine, and in fact, if it turns up, I’m normally grumbling because that means I’d have to go to work, lol.

One day, I might make enough money off my writing that I don’t have to work full time. Until then, I will continue to earn a wage.

Apple packing finished a week early too, mostly because of the rain. What is left they’ve decided to leave for the day staff, but that’s okay. I enjoyed the time I had, and my bank looks a little healthier. And, the packhouse manager has asked me to get in touch with her next year if I want to do it again. So yeah, I think I will.

Anyway, better go and get myself into bed before I end up awake for another six hours…

Stay safe everyone.

Kia kaha

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