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4 May

Well, the drought monitor report I’ve been waiting for finally came out.  We are no longer in drought or even abnormally dry!

Now, if we could just get the wind to die down and have more seasonal temperatures.

We’ve been really cool for this time of year, and it’s starting to be a big issue.

The planting season should be well under way, but we are way behind. You can’t really start planting until the soil temperature reaches 50°F, and we just haven’t been able to get there.

It’s made it impossible to work on a lot of those projects that I really need to be working on. My birds are settling in the new quarters, but I haven’t even started the work on their pen.

the goose

wild leghorn likes digging through all the bedding/hay left from the goats

Mr. Peacock is still staying mostly inside, but he’s doing well.

I still haven’t mowed my yard.

I guess the lack of leaves at least makes it easier to photograph the cardinal

At least it’s warmed up enough that the grass is growing to keep the goats and llamas happy, even if my yard is looking way too shaggy.

Cody

Maybeline

Rosie

Sappho

Popcorn

And I don’t have to have kids in the garage now.

Caroline is due within the next week.

Tansy is due Saturday.

I trust it will all work out somehow.

Saturday Evening’s Storm

26 Apr

Well, we had another round of storms Saturday evening.  When I came in from doing chores, I saw that there was a tornado warning about one county over and heading towards me.  So I gathered up the cats and dog and headed to the soap room.

Really, Bob? That is not where you belong.

I also managed to get the car put in the garage.  I might have threatened Venus if she jumped on it because I caught her on the freezer in the garage earlier in the day (no re-creation for a photo).

Venus and Aphrodite were not happy with losing all that space to my car.

I went to make sure the kids all came up from pasture.  As I headed back to the soap room, the rain started.

The edge of the storm reaching us.

But in the time I took getting everyone in, the storm had died down a little bit.  I was sandwiched between severe storms.  It did rain a lot.

We just chilled for a bit.  I had nothing to do but play with taking pictures of the animals.

I still have the mattress out there from the last storm and checking Aphrodite.

Sky finally found a big enough bed

Rocky was the hardest to catch and bring out, but he was the most chill out there

That is not any better Bob–that’s a llama wool rug for sale.

I have no idea what Tiger was doing while everyone else was chilling.

Then I took everyone back to the house.  Well, except Bob. He decided he wanted to stay outside.

After the first round of rain.

That’s when they issued a severe warning for my area.

But we all made it through the night safely, even though Bob was rather wet when he finally came in the house.

A Bit of Rain

24 Apr

I can hardly wait for the next drought monitor to come out on Thursday because I think there’s a good chance we’ll no longer even be “abnormally dry.”  We have had several rains lately, but Thursday night through mid-day Friday saw four inches of rain.

I came home from work and decided I should just do a quick check of everything.  I counted kids first.  Everyone was present.

Brigit and Ostara

Lady

They really could have washed away, but I’m pretty sure they are smart enough not to go in the water.

I haven’t seen the ditch this full in a long time.

This kind of really hard rain is hard on all the conservation work we’ve done.  I still need to do a better job of stabilizing this end of the ditch.

It would help if the neighbors hadn’t removed all of their waterways because that lets the old cornstalks wash into my pasture and knock down my fence.

The silt from their tilled fields fill my tile intake and completely plug it. I couldn’t even find it to clear it and help the water get below ground.

Somewhere in there is a tile intake.

So there is a lot of work to do.  But, I am going to focus on the good and celebrate another new bird sighting at Eden Hills–I saw my first ever belted kingfisher!  He was snacking on something he caught in the wet bottom.

I also saw a big bunny when I came back into the barnyard.

So, yeah.  I’m glad for rain, but it’s going to take some work to recover.