Thursday, September 09, 2010

Yeah, We Needed the Rain, but...

...all at once?  That is quite often how weather happens here in Texas, isn't it?  The hurricane blew it inland for us to enjoy, just not at a rate we could appreciate. 

Gail and I ran out to grab a bite of lunch and couldn't get back to the farm - the police had blocked the road.  So we went around to the first place we could skirt the roadblock.  And found this:


Hmmm.  We didn't like the visual of the truck floating off with us clinging to the hubcaps, so we turned around and found Plan C.  Once back at the farm, it was time to assess our situation.  As usual with this kind of rainfall, the northeast sheep paddock was under water.  Feed pans were bobbing, floating logs were canoeing past, debris was gathering at the fence.


Soon, the rain let up, and I was really hoping the worst was behind us.


Water up to the back porch is a little disconcerting, no matter how many times I see it.


Fortunately, the south pasture with the Jacob sheep, alpacas and chickens seldom has a flooding problem.  And the sheep in the north have the west side of the paddock that is usually high and dry.  Gail ran and tossed them another bale of hay, since their trough was under about a foot of water, and they were bellowing like they hadn't eaten in a week.


Judah made a bed right in the middle of it - he'd had enough of laying in the mud.  And I think he likes the attention.

All's quiet now - the tornado that touched down in Dallas didn't come near us.  There's more chance of rain overnight, but then we should get a break.  All's well in the Chick Inn as the entire chicken population has finally been contained there.  A couple of days in confinement should help them embrace the concept of living there for good.  It takes a little patience and persistence to retrain their little chicken brains.  The guineas have been roosting overnight in the barn.  I think that's about the best I can offer them, unless they decide on their own to shack up with the chickens at night in the near future.

And here's the capper for the day:  The 2010 CSA Fiber is ready to mail to Spinderella's!  Gail helped me load all the fiber into six black plastic trash bags so that we could suck all the air out with the vacuum cleaner.  Those huge stuffed bags reduced down to short, squatty pancakes, which we loaded into boxes before they could swell back up and explode out again.  I've always wanted to see the big bang when Lynn and Jim open our boxes on the other end.


The turn-around time at Spinderella's is pretty good - I'll keep you apprised of the ETA as I get information.  I just can't wait to see the finished product.  Such good material went into it on the front end!

3 comments:

  1. Whoa Cindy! Scary stuff but glad that the animals were safe. I think Judah has the right idea :-)

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  2. Anonymous9:40 AM

    We are drying out. We didn't get the amout of rain that you did. Hope everyone is drying out.
    Alpacamama

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  3. Wow! You definitely live in a low area. We live, what, two blocks away and didn't see ANY of what you got! Bless your heart! I'm so glad to hear everyone (and everyTHING) are ok! Stay dry!

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