Here in Nicaragua it isn’t as easy as that sounds.
Take for instance the other afternoon when a heavy rain and wind storm swept through the city. I had just settled down with my book - The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - when the rain and wind hit and I was obliged to get up and move the usual pieces of furniture because my living room is actually built open to the garden on three sides, so unless the rain is coming straight down, parts of the room get wet. It pours in over the roof and the stairs for another thing. I’ve come to terms with it and having tiled floors helps. Little or no damage is done by the water and it dries up quite quickly once the rain stops.
However this particular afternoon the wind was really strong and I suddenly realized the pile of books on the coffee table in the middle of the room were also getting wet from the wet mist that was blowing in. I had to get up, remove the books, dry them off before settling down for third time. By then my mind was on other possible problem areas so I was off to check out the other rooms!
Even Ruth and Ivania have to keep checking to make sure the rain hasn’t come in too far as the library is also open to the garden area.
Of course, this is all very trivial compared to the damage these rains and winds do to the poorly constructed homes of many Nicaraguans. Many have built shacks of pieces of wood, tin and plastic over dirt floors. Not only do they stand the chance of being totally blown over but at the very least rain drips in or runs a course under the walls and through the living space. Two years ago more people were displaced by the rains than by Hurricane Mitch back in the early nineties. The problem is, of course, that those displaced by rains are not reported on like those in a hurricane so few people knew of that rainy season catastrophe.
We had another incredible rain and wind storm last night so I am quite fearful that a lot of people were displaced. We can only hope the government has contingency plans.
Here we certainly face different problems with the weather than many of our friends in the northern climes.