Quilting, Farming, Variety

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Dealing With Water Shortage

The old pond reached an all-time low: only a circle of green, stagnate muck.  We had never seen it this low.

So it was time to bring in the big equipment to clean out the soil which had settled in the pond over the years.  It is going to be very deep and will hold a lot of water, but it frightens me.

It's unbelievable that all this was cleaned out of the pond.  Now the inside of the pond is being packed down with good red clay soil; then we'll wait for rain.  It will be about a year before all the dirt which was cleaned out can be worked and smoothed out.

We're hauling water to another pasture where the cattle depended on creek water and pond water to drink.  I can only imagine how good the fresh water must be for the cattle.

At least the temperatures are lower, which will help us get through the last week with this flock of chickens. 



  1. Ponds around us here in Kansas are at all-time lows, and some of the smaller ones are gone completely. We're praying for rain daily, for everyone.

  2. One of our neighbors down the road from us has a nice big pond that is normally very full, I have never seen it at the low level that it is right now.
    We need a lot of rain don't we, I guess it will be fall or winter before it comes.

  3. Oh Charlotte, I've been praying for you all so hard that you'll get rain very soon.. I think about you so much..May God Bless ..Susie

  4. Bless your heart, Charlotte... I hadn't thought about the possibility of the animals' water supply getting so low...
    I've been praying so hard for you all, and will continue.

  5. I think of you so often and pray for an end to this drought.

  6. It's hard to believe the old pond got that low. I can remember fishing in it years and years ago. Remember the big catfish that died when that pond got so low in 1980? I guess you didn't see any fish at all in it this summer did you. Well, hopefully we'll get enough rain this winter to fill the ponds and creeks up again. If not, I don't know what we're going to do. :(

  7. This drought has been awful for ranchers and farmers. We have a friend with a hobby farm, just a hop, skip and jump from here, and their pond is now gone. It used to have fish. :-( We got a tiny bit of rain the other day, but not nearly enough to do much good. It's kinda frightening how low the river is, too.

  8. I've been thinking about you, Charlotte, and hoping for rain for your area.
    Glad to see a post from you, friend.

  9. PS- I forgot to answer your question... I find my paperdolls all over the place. Some of them belonged to me when i was a girl. And to my daughter when she was young. Some have been given to me by sisters and friends as gifts. I have also found them in vintage shops, flea markets, online, at bookstores and at doll conventions.

  10. Maybe we will get enough out of Isaac tomorrow to help.