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And the Rains Came

15 Jul

Wednesday had possible storms in the forecast–both morning and evening. I was already rather grumpy because the predicted rainfall totals showed my farm getting between a quarter and a third of an inch.

However, at this point, since we are still in a moderate drought any rain is welcome. I was a bit surprised when we actually got a tenth of an inch in the morning. I was hoping this little extra might put the total for the day closer to half an inch.

I did my chores early in the afternoon, just in case we actually got some; however, the app on my phone was showing pretty much all of the rain missing me. Then the rains came. It sprinkled enough that it brought the goats up from pasture.

Daisy in the doorway; Popcorn outside (don’t worry–he went in when it got bad)

The wind and rain picked up. They built up and then began back building and we spent about two hours under a severe storm warning.

There was a tornado warning in there for a while. Actually, there were at least twelve confirmed tornadoes touching down in the state yesterday. This rotation was radar indicated, so I don’t think there was anything that touched down with this warning, thankfully.

When it was all said and done, we also ended up under a flash flood warning. Trust me, I did not flood. I live on the top of a hill. Thank heavens.

At one point there were four advisories (these and a thunderstorm warning)

The next morning, I went out to assess the damage. The garden obviously had some wind.

There was obviously some rotation here too. I don’t know how else those tomatoes would be in three different directions. I do think everything up here will recover.

I think the only real damage was the loss of my tarp hut.

Could have been a pool if the board hadn’t gone through it.

There was no way it could survive the weight of all that rain pooling in it.

Don’t worry, Freddie. I’ll fix your tarp hut

The next problem was trying to figure out how much rain we got. My food pans only hold about four inches.

I didn’t get the water tubs filled yesterday. I figured they would be easier to dump and scrub the next day if I let the goats drink them out more, but I have no idea how much it was, and the trees would impact the level as well.

I finally decided the big tub where the goats like to nap would give me my best estimate.

According to this tub, we got about 5 1/2 inches of rain in the two hours of this severe storm.

Grateful beans and pasture

This is all rain that soaked into the ground. You might have noticed that the barnyard wasn’t really muddy. It’s wet, but that rain all went into the ground. I can hardly wait to see next week’s drought monitor.

The Latest On Haley

18 Jun

Summer has really hit us quickly. It feels like July.  I feel bad for the animals with the early heat.  They were not ready at all.  I can only imagine how hot is is for Haley with her bandage.

Haley

In good news, Haley is doing amazingly well.  She’s putting weight on her leg and continuing to improve her body condition.  When the vet was here on Monday, he was impressed with how well it looks.

I am going to officially say I am optimistic for a full recovery  now.  And we only have another week of antibiotics.  Poor girl has to feel like a pin cushion.  In fact, we are just putting a light bandage on it now to keep it clean and the flies off.  This means, I am going to try to switch to just me (and the help of a kind son or nephew holding her) changing her bandages.

I also got my new and improved tarp hut finished.  I had to add a couple of posts to raise the tarp.  It does make it much cooler under there with the extra space.  Also, if we ever do get rain, I’ll have a lot less rain to drain from the top.

Of course, I worry about shade as they lay on and in and under the old metal feeder right out in the sun.

Perdita on top; Haley on bottom

Whatever.

Surviving the Heat

13 Jun

I am trying to pamper everyone to make sure they survive this early horrible heat.

That means I’m giving the chickens some treats of frozen tomatoes from last summer’s garden.

Mr. Peacock is still dancing for the ladies after the barn creates shade for them in the evening.

Notice the hens ignoring him.

Again, I think he’s handsome even if the hens don’t care.

I had to fish Jack and Ivy out of their little tarp hammock because they were overheating in there.

Kind of a shame because they looked awfully cozy snuggled in together.

Jack and Ivy

Joani keeps hiding Glover under (or in) a tree.

Glover

I had a little plastic food pan filled with water for the goslings, but they have pretty much outgrown it.

I put out another big kiddie pool, and they are enjoying it.

I swear, I put fresh water in the pools every day.  The goats and llamas spend a lot of time in the shade.

Aurora thinks she’d like to come into the air conditioning

Zinnia likes the new tarp hut.

Zinnia with Ivy and Jack

I also make sure there’s plenty of fresh water everywhere because that is very important.