A Rainy Day in Panama (And the Milking Barn Addition is Started!)
The Rains in
Almost all of the rain in Panama falls during the rainy season, which is usually from April to December, but varies in length from seven to nine months. In general, rainfall is much heavier on the Caribbean than on the Pacific side. The rainfall varies from 51.2 inches to 118.1 inches a year, depending what region you live in.
I can say that when it rains here, it rains for all its worth. Much better than the Northwest, where I used to live, where you were overshadowed by dark grey clouds and kept moist with a persistent drizzle for a large portion of the year.
Generally speaking, you have at least four hours of sunshine in the mornings before it does start to rain and often it will rain for less than an hour and then the sun will peek back through the clouds, depending what part of the rainy season you are in. Sometimes when I am out working with the animals, I get “caught” in the rain, but I just shrug it off because the temperatures are always warm here, it just feels like I am in an outside shower. (No problema!)
The Dogs Playing the “Bite the Water Dance” Game in the rain
Sparky says “Hey, Scoot and Wesson, Check out these moves!”
Scooter says “Step aside, buddy! You shoulda practiced more because I got natural talent!”
Well in spite of the rains in Panama, we are all having a wonderful day.
Smith and my Father are busy working on the goat shelter and adding onto it a temporary milking barn, until we build the permanent one. The reason being is sometimes at milking time the goats act like a swarm of piranhas, around the one milking stanchion. An extra Mama goat hops on the milking stanchion standing by the one being milked and two or three goats eating up the food with the Mama goat that is being milked… Utter chaos and confusion at times, yet some days, everyone behaves quite well! Go figure!
So in a couple of days, we will have complete order in our temporary milking barn. The milking Mamas will have a chute we can bring them into, to be fed as they wait to be milked. We will have little short chains to keep them tethered to their own feed bowls, where they cannot head butt or horn the Mama next to them to see if they have more food or better food. When we are ready to bring them into the milking barn, we can bring them in, two at a time with no extra goats in there and then when they are done being milked, they will be escorted out another door. Plus there is the added bonus, our milking barn will be much more orderly, clean and proper. (The little things that make a milk maid happy!!!)
The Milking Barn Addition in Progress (Hopefully it will be done tomorrow)
Here is Smith milking Miss Olive (She loves his gentle hands!)
Samson Overseeing the Work on top of the ATV
Yesterday we picked up a Panamanian man on the side of the road yesterday, who was walking down our rocky country lane towards town. (We often give people walking a ride in the truck or in the truck bed because it is a long distance generally to get where they are going. Sometimes they are carrying bags of groceries or have several small children with them.) This older gentleman had his guitar in tow and as we headed back down the road, he started strumming on his guitar and played us a pretty ditty with a Spanish flavor in the backseat of the truck. Very nice. You just never know who will meet or what will happen in your day down here.
I hope your week has started off as well as mine. (Somehow that always gives a body a better outlook for the rest of it, huh?)
Scripture thought for the day:
“Yahweh the Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of His bounty,
to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands.”
Peace be to you one and all my dears, Rose