|Photo Credit: Oakley Originals|
My beautiful, cloud drenched skies haven't really yielded much moisture. Yesterday I took an umbrella to pick up the kids, and it caught maybe 100 drops over the almost a mile that I walked to get some exercise while waiting. I expected some sort of storm, whether it would be a steady drizzle, or the batten down the hatches and get to higher ground gully washers that my area is known for. Generally, in the spring and summer, it rains furiously for 45-90 minutes, big fat drops that leave the yard full of puddles and the main shed flooded. Then the skies clear and the dry earth sucks up the water like a greedy, thirsty child, and it's like the rain storm never even happened-except in the shed, which, generally, will finally dry out just before the next rain storm comes.
We generally don't have periods of extended rains. Sometimes our big storms will come every single day, which puts quite a crimp in outdoor entertaining or even grilling out. Sometimes, they will come a few times a week, and we try to schedule around them. Last year, we had about one a week. It's never enough rain, and we sometimes feel like we have to coax the green things out of the ground. About once a summer we get a full day of rain, and occasionally we get the remnants of a hurricane blowing up from Texas that gives us a good soaking, although nothing near hurricane status. Those cooler days lead to a flurry of baking for fresh summer treats and maybe a surprise ham for dinner. They are rare, but appreciated.
|Photo Credit: Jo Naylor|
But that's how we roll out here on the homestead. Changing plans are a part of life. I can only imagine what it will be like when we add animals to the mix-which we had planned to do this year but changed our plans when we sat down and did the math on what it's going to cost to build fox and bear proof housing for them. While Bellatrix the puppy is turning into a badass defender, she's still young and we're still training her, and I want to make sure that we don't do anything to encourage the wild animals that think we're putting in a buffet for them. When we bought the property, we planned to add on to the house, until we discovered just how old the wiring and plumbing are. Once the property is paid off, we'll buy a modular instead. It will be cheaper to buy a used modular than to complete all of the add-ons and upgrades to make the house, home. When my oldest son and I were planning the location of all the building and animal pens, we had to change that plan because Mr. Sullivan wants to keep the existing pull through from one gate to the other. We planned to put the garden on the back of the lot, but we need to build a berm because the property has drainage issues.
Changes go on and on.
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