RAINY DAY

Rain is making everyone giddy and jumping for joy.  Rain, rain come & stay is our ditty.  Or we can sing the phrase that Jordanne likes to say when she’s thrilled about something — “happy, happy, joy, joy”

It was pouring last night and showers still lingered throughout the day and well into this evening with an occasional heavy down pour as the clouds socked up against the San Gabriel mountains. As I was doing the chores early in the morning, I was surprised that even with the heavy rains (2 inches) last night  the ground was relatively still dry.  Yep, scratching the surface and it’s still pretty dry.

Around dinner Justin checked the rain gauge and he said we got about 3 3/4 inches!  And we weren’t done yet.  Around 5 pm a huge rain cell just parked itself over Northwest Pasadena dumping monsoon like rain.  I am thinking we got a couple more inches with that good drenching.   Will have to check the rain gauge tomorrow.

In the between the rain drops we were out in the garden fixing the pathways – a project that we started earlier in the week.

Of course the urban homestead critters hate the rain.   I mean it’s not often it rains here so LA animals (and people) can get spoiled.  The duckies LOVE the rain, quacking their heads off and flapping their soaked wings – it’s party time !   The chickens seem slightly annoyed but they head under cover and tolerate the raindrops, besides it gives them a chance to preen – gotta keep those feathers purdy.   The goats, on the other hand, HATE rain and pretty much sulk about and Blackberry occasional mmmaaas as if to say “make it stop would ya”  Our cats, well, after they figure that we can’t do anything about it resign themselves that we humans are useless and find a nice warm spot to curl up and take a nap  – perhaps hoping that when the wake up the rain (and humans) will be gone.  And for the bees they just hang out in the hive gorging on honey and just keeping beeesy.

Chicken Sitters

This week we are chicken sitting!  A local couple (and new chicken owners thanks to Jordanne’s help) are leaving town for a couple days and they brought over their two beauties (Annie & Mac Hazel) to be looked after (of course for a small fee) while they are away.

Then in about a week or so we’ll be duck sitting our friends 4 Swedish Blue duckies.  The urban homestead is getting quite the place to hang out these days with the visiting menagerie of animals.

Meanwhile back at the Ranch

er I mean website.  There’s some really wonderful conversations going on at our sister social network siteThis topic and post especially caught my eye – Homesteaders or Doom & Gloomers.    Hmmm, something to think about?  Care to weigh in on the subject.

Comments(6)

  1. Andrea says:

    Molly deemed me a ‘Half-Cupper’…..although I’ve always had a garden, increasing my harvest and preserving it has become a priority in the past year…as a result of the food safety issues and more recently the economic meltdown. I don’t think the world is necessarily coming to an end, *but* if it does, I have plenty of green beans, applesauce and stewed tomatoes to get us through the worst of it. So don’t all me a doom and gloomer, call me an aware agrarian….an Awarian???

  2. Andrea says:

    Molly deemed me a ‘Half-Cupper’…..although I’ve always had a garden, increasing my harvest and preserving it has become a priority in the past year…as a result of the food safety issues and more recently the economic meltdown. I don’t think the world is necessarily coming to an end, *but* if it does, I have plenty of green beans, applesauce and stewed tomatoes to get us through the worst of it. So don’t all me a doom and gloomer, call me an aware agrarian….an Awarian???

  3. Judith says:

    Thanks for the interesting link to your sister site. I was surprised at how many of the posts consider themselves doomers with such fond thoughts of their gardens. I think in many ways our garden work lends us a hope that outlaws doomer thinking. I think we can be grateful for the feeling of empowerment we get in these uncertain times

  4. Judith says:

    Thanks for the interesting link to your sister site. I was surprised at how many of the posts consider themselves doomers with such fond thoughts of their gardens. I think in many ways our garden work lends us a hope that outlaws doomer thinking. I think we can be grateful for the feeling of empowerment we get in these uncertain times

  5. Sherilyn says:

    Oh, Lordy, ALL Goats HATE the rain BUT my DUCKS are happy as SAINTS in HEAVEN! A Friggin’ POOL AND RAIN! What MORE can they ASK for??? They also ‘found’ a mud puddle in my fruit tree area and are GOIN’ to TOWN on it; HOPE it doesn’t HURT my WHITE PEACH TREE ROOTS any??? I keep throwin’ Persimmon leaves up in there PUDDLE hopin’ they’ll MUCK it in ~ SPOILED BRATS!!! 😉

  6. Sherilyn says:

    Oh, Lordy, ALL Goats HATE the rain BUT my DUCKS are happy as SAINTS in HEAVEN! A Friggin’ POOL AND RAIN! What MORE can they ASK for??? They also ‘found’ a mud puddle in my fruit tree area and are GOIN’ to TOWN on it; HOPE it doesn’t HURT my WHITE PEACH TREE ROOTS any??? I keep throwin’ Persimmon leaves up in there PUDDLE hopin’ they’ll MUCK it in ~ SPOILED BRATS!!! 😉

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