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Re: Rain again

With enough mulch and hardscaping you can keep the puddle thing down here.
But we get all our rain in clumps too.  Not one big clump, but several
during a normal year.  Drought years - all bets are off and we start to
forget what it looks like.

On 2/9/09, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI <
cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:
> I must be getting really desertified. I know we need the rain, but I'm
> thinking there has to be a better way than having it fall from the sky
> and get everything muddy. I don't know how you folks in wetter climates
> manage. Oh wait, I know, you don't get your entire year's worth of rain
> in one month, and you have these interesting features in your landscape
> called streams and rivers and lakes that take care of the excess.
> You may have gathered that we spent another rainy weekend here in So
> Cal.  While it was merely cloudy I managed to rake up about half a trash
> can of dead leaves on Saturday, but then the horseshoer arrived.  He did
> get almost done before the skies opened up again tho he was nailing on
> the last shoe in a downpour. I would have put him under cover in the
> horse stall, except the path to get to it is under six inches of water
> and under that is quicksand.  And y'know, you'd think horses would get
> cleaner standing out in the rain but no. Apparently it does not rain
> enough to actually wash away the dirt, it only raises it to the surface,
> and when it dries up a little they are itchy so they go out and roll.
> Sigh.
> I let the sheep out of their pens on Sunday to graze on the grass
> starting to sprout and get them out of their mud puddle.  One ewe showed
> her appreciation by promptly giving birth to twins.  At least it wasn't
> raining on them at the time. One more to go, it's gotta be this week,
> hopefully all will go well.
> I have California poppies blooming in the (not very) dry garden. At
> least they would be blooming if the sun would ever come out, so far all
> I've seen is the furled flowers. The white-flowered currant is blooming
> heavily too. I went to check it out and a very busy hummingbird
> completely ignored me while she worked the blossoms, I think it's the
> closest I've ever been to one.
> Cyndi
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      • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>

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