We were getting pretty desperate for rain around here. Yesterday Vince and I were talking about how cracked the ground is. It doesn’t seem like it was doing that in June last year . . seems to me it was towards the end of July but I couldn’t remember. In the garden, I can water for several hours a day but after so long without a good soaking rain, the garden begins to show signs of stress. Yesterday, I could see it. Between the grasshoppers and the drought, it’s pretty discouraging and except that we’re having that new garden fence built and Vince would be very upset with me . . yesterday I would probably have said “I give up on gardening here!”
Last night I looked at the weather forecast and either I wasn’t looking right or they didn’t have it right but I just didn’t see any promising chance of rain in our forecast for about 10 days.
Some noise woke me up this morning a bit before 5 a.m. I asked Vince if he heard something and of course, he hadn’t. As I lay there listening for the burglar that I knew was out in one of the trenches with a broken leg from having falling into one of them, I realized it was lightning in the distance, and then I began to hear thunder and before long, I heard rain. At that point, I was too happy to go back to sleep. Not having to water means I have an extra two hours in the sewing room today!
Puddles! We so rarely get to see puddles!
A mud hole around the cows’ watering tank. It will dry up shortly . . it never stays wet long.
Everyone out in the country has a rain gauge and the minute the first sprinkle falls, we can’t wait to see how much rain we’re getting. Some folks have the high tech gauges that you can read from inside your house but I have a $2.99 rain gauge that I installed myself by sticking a board down between a couple of strands of the barbed wire fence so mine probably isn’t the most accurate rain gauge in the county but it says we got a bit over 5/8″ and that makes me happy!
The clouds look like we could get a bit more rain but I think it’s over. It was much darker an hour or so ago. We don’t want to hog all the rain . . we need to share a bit with other folks but I’m happy for what we got and wouldn’t mind if it rained all day . . for the next week . . or two! 🙂
lynne quinsland says
how wonderful for you! i love rain! we dont get much here in southern california either. it is much hotter here earlier this year too. last year we had a nice 84 degrees on yesterdays date. in 1978 it was 106. and in 2013, yesterday, it was 121–according to what my daughter was reading. i was out early and it was already 106 so i can believe that it got hotter than that.
so, i got to sew!!! still didnt get as much done on llano as i wanted, but more than none LOL
Robin Crittenden says
glad you got some rain. In VA this week we got too much, the tropical storm came through but I’ll take it. Gardens, flowers, they just don’t do as well as as good soaking rain. You can water all day and it’s not the same. Hope you get some more soon. Have a great Sunday.
Stephani in N. TX says
Thanks for the heads up Judy. I have been on the computer all morning. At your mention of rain I looked outside and there are indeed signs of rain. The gutters have water as does the drainage ditch. It isn’t sprinkler run-off since we are not allowed to water here for now. So, rain happened, a true gift from the big man! Glad I noticed before the sun dried it up. We are in for a week of 102-106 so we pray a lot for rain.
Be careful what you ask for. So does 5/8″ mean 2 extra hours in your sewing room today? Enjoy your Sunday. Sandi
Ranch Wife says
Oh! Now you’re starting to sound like me. I feel like a rain stalker. Every drop is measured. Your garden will perk up right quick now! I imagine if there WERE a burglar caught in one of the trenches, you would feed him before they came to cart him away. LOL
Glad to see your are getting the much needed rain. I don’t know Judy, but I don’t think you are “gardening” anymore. I now think with all you have planted, and plans for more gardening space—you are a certified “Farmer”.
Jo's Country Junction says
I will gladly give you all the rain we are scheduled to get for the next three weeks. We have had all we need and then some. Our guys STILL aren’t finished planting crops and it’s getting VERY late in the game.
glen in louisiana says
That is the exact same guage I have! We had about .75 inches this morning. by the time we walked the dogs at 10:30 there was not a cloud in the sky and the rain had all evaporated into humidity! LOL
Ah, such is South Louisiana!
Susan Nixon says
Too bad I couldn’t have sent ours to you today. The thunder and lightning at one point during church actually made me jump! It poured for a while, but it’s been a very wet spring and, so far, summer here.
I never leave home this year without my “magic” raincoat. If I have it the rain holds off until I get home, without it I get soaked even if the sun is shining when I leave the building. We haven’t had that much heat in this part of KY yet, but the real heat usually holds off until July and August. September hasn’t been very kind lately either. But at least we haven’t had the usual floods. Just the soaking rains we need to make up for several years of drought. I can live with that. I hope you get more of it Judy. Too bad they haven’t come up with grasshopper fencing yet.
Leslie Kiger says
We got almost 2 inches on Wednesday, and another 5 1/2 inches in about 24 hours from TS Andrea on Thursday. Wish I could have sent you some of that! We needed it, but just not all at once.
Linda Steller says
We’re over 14 inches under normal rainfall here, Judy, but at least it doesn’t get as hot here as it does where you are. Well, not till August anyway! We’re usually okay because I live where two rivers meet and they are both full of mountain snow melt. However, when I took Ozzie to the park this morning, I could see the Three Sisters off in the distance, and they’re already looking a bit low on snowpack. It could end up being a bad summer here, but I’ve been too busy to get my garden in, so I think I’ll wait for fall and just by my produce at the local farm stand.
Lee Ann L. says
I am so glad you guys are getting rain! Some parts of Texas is still parched Even though we’ve been getting rain here and there including recent storms that caused flooding, the drought conditions haven’t lifted for us. However,I am mighty thankful that it continues to rain here on and off. Maybe, just maybe, the drought will finally be broken.