So, to the lessons:
- Chickens don't like rain.
- Chickens don't dislike rain enough to resist the potentially suicidal temptation to dig a lake under their food bowls.
- The bucket of mulch I had been planning to put in the garden was perfect for filling in Lake Sophia/ZsuZsu.
- Low-rise pants are not the best to wear in a driving rainstorm.
- My water-resistant jacket isn't.
- 50-mile an hour wind gusts are not enough to take down the neighbor's bug- and disease-infested apple tree.