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Here in drought-stricken Northern California, it has been raining for the last couple of days!  We've not seen a drop for almost two months in the middle of what is usually our rainy season.  The reservoirs are at 13% to 15% of usual and the outlook is not good for farmers or water suppliers for urban areas.  Whatever moisture we get between October and April, with January and February being the heaviest months, is usually it for the year, so we are so far behind!  Look for nuts, fruits and veggies to be very expensive this year.

Bye-the-bye, on another topic, is anybody but me noticing the racing bibs on skiers and snowboarders at the Winter Olympics in Russia?  They appear to be a bright diamond patchwork pattern.  I'm sure just a print, but has the appearance of quilt piecing.  Very striking!

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Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on February 10, 2014 at 4:31pm

Yes, Aida, I think a garden would be a good idea!  The rain we had was very welcome and refreshing, but it's not going to get us out of the drought.  It would have to rain that much (several inches) every week until the end of March to make much of a dent!  I'm more concerned that it was nearly ALL rain -- very little snow.  Snow in the Sierras is our "water bank" for the summer. Lassen Peak usually has 20 to 30 feet of snow at the end of winter.  It was actually bare until this week's storm, when it got about 5 feet.   It almost never rains after April until the "water year" begins about November.  That's just how the California climate is ... We must have winter rains, or not much will be growing!

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on February 10, 2014 at 1:23pm

With the rain it must be a great relief!  Every time I go food shopping I cringe at how much the fresh produce cost, specially those coming from the west coast.  I'm thinking of having a veggie garden this summer. 

After the big flak about the US outfits for the last Olympics made in China, the American producers made it a point to have this year's outfits truly made in the US, so those patchwork patterns you see on the skiers' outfits are made by US companies.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 9, 2014 at 5:41pm

Isn't it a relief when the rains come after a long dry spell?  We're still in a severe drought and hope some of that moisture comes our way, too.  :)

Comment by B J Elder/WA on February 9, 2014 at 10:19am

Glad you are getting some rain, like we are finally getting some snow. Could be a very interesting year, and yes, higher food prices because of it all.

Comment by Pam/NY on February 9, 2014 at 5:46am

We know how much you depend on the rain...one year we rented a house boat on Shasta Dam. It was the end of Sept. The water was so low, it was hard to get out of the marina. You look up and realize how much water it takes to fill that up. Quite amazing! Hope it keeps raining, but not damaging rain. We arrived in Daytona Beach to hard rain!!! Liquid sunshine! This morning, it is beautiful and we had breakfast on deck watching the waves come in. Heading to Orlando for 4 days. Visiting friends and checking out a new resort. Sending sunshine north!

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