Quilting, Farming, Variety

Monday, May 11, 2015

Too Much of a Good Thing?

We have had LOTS of rain the last few days, but no bad storms in our area.  Heavy rains fell in the mountains north of us and the waters made their way down to farms below.  Our hay is ready to cut but there was other work that had to be done on the dry days we had.  The chicken houses needed to be cleaned out and new shavings and rice hulls put inside.  Then we put in new cables for some water lines, the hay work waited ~ and this happened:

The pictures were taken from the north, looking south.  The close waters are on my brother-in-law's farm and our field is at the far end; couldn't get any closer to ours.  The main creek runs along the edge of the high hills.

A few years back we had baled the hay on this field and hadn't hauled it; the field flooded, carrying the big round bales of hay down into the woods and setting some down on the higher spots in the field.  Most of the bales were lost, so we always try to haul out the bales and not take a chance of losing them if there is rain in the forecast.

The grass will be hard to cut since the rushing water bent it over and there will be dirt on the grass.  Poor cows ~ Also, there are usually tree trunks and branches and plastic trash left on the field that has to be mowed around, then picked up after the hay is baled.  In other words, a lot of aggravation mostly.

How can it be so dry in California and all these gallons of water rushing over the fields to the river, to the gulf, and finding their way to the ocean?  And remember my posts about the drought in 2012?  Such a mystery ~~~



  1. My goodness! We've had rain & storms, but nothing severe. We seem to have escaped Mother Natures wrath. Sure wish you could send that water to California!

  2. that is a lot of water-sorry you will have lost so much hay

  3. I can remember working late after dark into the night to get the bales in, before the dew got on the hay or rain came. Farm life is really hard. Mother nature determines whether you have a good crop or bad--money or not. It is an adventure for sure.

  4. I hope you don't lose too much hay from this flooding.

    Have a good week doing what needs to be done there at your place.


  5. If one could put aside anxiety about what was going on outside, three rainy days did provide some valued time for needle, thread and cloth, and I am sure you didn't squander that time! And, I didn't forget the promise I made during the drought of 2012! :-)

  6. Oh my goodness, that is such a shame. I'm very sorry. :(


  7. Oh my, i'm so sorry to hear this. I was wondering about you out there after the rains started. it's bound to be so hard and stressful. It rained the whole month of April here but we've been blessed with pretty weather for a week or so. Sending up lots of prayers for all. Hugs, xo

  8. Your photos look so close to what we have been having in our area. The rain is welcome............but it is so scary when it comes down to fast. Yes, it is so sad for California right now. Hope you dry out and stay safe! Prayers are with you!

  9. Charlotte, I hope this drys out for you soon! California is certainly in desperate need. We also are getting an unusual amount of rain. Stay safe and just know you are in my prayers.

  10. I hope it drys out soon for you. My prayers are with the folks having horrible storms and flooding. I hope the bad weather passes soon. I hope you will stay safe, too.

  11. Oh, I hear ya, Charlotte! My friend Paula in Norman had her potato bed flooded and said beer cans appeared there from nowhere -- they don't drink beer. She said it looked like the potatoes had a beer party. LOL But seriously, this is all a big headache. We haven't flooded as we're up high but with rain coming for the next five days we expect to be cut off from civilization at some point. It happens, we stay prepared, so we just hole in and wait it out.

  12. Pray all goes well for you.
    At the moment need some rain
    everything in garden blooming and looks beautiful
    but if no rain soon
    it will not be like it is.
    I think this one is in for a hot dry summer.
    Please take care of yourself
    you stay so busy.
    I did also at your age
    but now slowing down some.

  13. Oh my, we need some of your rain. We are so dry! The rain teases us with a few showers or drops every now and then. But, sometimes, like what happened to you, we get deluged with it. Wishing the weather gets better for you.

  14. We get rain, we don't get rain! What a turmoil Mother Nature keeps us under! Hope it gets better for you. We're having rain every few days, not enough time to dry out between!

  15. Oh my! That's a lot of water. I hope things have dried out for you some by now.