Monday, September 14, 2009

Rain, Rain, (Don't) Go Away!

While I'm not sure that we're out of the 50 year drought, the 15 inches of rain some areas of central Texas got this last weekend certainly helped. For better or worse, we only got about 3 inches or so in the form of a nice steady, slow sprinkle for 2 days straight...just what the parched land needed. The reported 10 and 15 inches of rain were south and north of us, respectively, and required the closing of IH-35 north of Georgetown. So, while the soft, slow rain allowed the ground to absorb the moisture, our "pond" remained empty. Oh well.

Now, while the ground absorbed the majority of the rain, that didn't keep the top few inches of our clay soil from getting incredibly sloppy and muddy. While most people would use that as an excuse to stay inside their dry home to watch some college football, we couldn't wait to get out to the land to clomp around in some mud. And we were not disappointed. I knew we were in for some fun when the 4 wheel drive tractor started to bog down in the soft muck. It was awesome.

It was so awesome that we essentially had to strip down before getting back in the car (sorry, no pics of that) because we were so covered. I was just hoping we didn't get pulled over driving home.

On a different note, Jenna has found a couple of pieces to add to our house that we will build eventually, in the form of an old cast iron tub (not unlike the one the cows use for a trough) and an old apron sink. We have started moving these enormous (and not light) units out to the land. I can't help but appreciate the irony of having the previous owner remove his piles of old tubs and other plumbing paraphernalia only to replace it with more old plumbing fixtures. He would be very proud of us.

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