March 12th, 2009

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Water from the sky

Significant rain yesterday, starting before dawn when the front came through, and continuing, with breaks, during the day, evening, and last night.  It's not raining now but the yard grass (which has had patches of supplemental the last month or two, as we tried to save trees)  is looking distinctly green.

I haven't been out to the gauges yet, but the 300 gallon tank was overflowing when I got in from choir practice late last night, and the lily pond is full to the top of the edging on the west end.   Very good news for the 80 acres vegetation and wildlife.

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Sometimes you win one

Horse owners know specific little flashes of pleasure when they accomplish the following before a spell of wet weather:

1) the farrier comes and all the horses are trimmed (and shod, if they're shod, but at least trimmed.)
2) the vet comes and all vet work needed in the near future on all the horses is done
3) the barn is full of good, non-moldy hay that wasn't rained on in the field after cutting or baling.

I accomplished two of the three: the farrier came last week, and the vet came Monday, when the ground was still dry enough to drive right up to the barn.  Hay--we haven't had a normal hay crop in this region for three years now (the year of floods, it was flooded out; that was followed immediately by drought years.)   So the hay in the hay barn is what we can get, not the ideal...but the vet pronounced them both healthy (and Illusion didn't need his teeth floated, which is amazing.)

The shorter the interval between the visits of farrier and vet, and the actual arrival of the  wet spell, the more satisfaction the horse-owner feels, of the "Boy, I timed that right" variety, though one of these worthies driving away just as a torrential rain starts is more likely to produce "Cut that a bit close..."


woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Nose to the Grindstone

Just topped 2000 words for the day, and the total wordage on the book is now over 112,000.  Quitting on the book for now to go do *other* work, some on continuing the transfer from Little Black Dress to Miss Material Girl  of the most-used-and-needed stuff, some household related.