|Tomatoes, Peppers and Millet|
So as I may have mentioned in an earlier post, we were getting extremely dry here. Typical July/August weather, but still after last years drought, a bit scary. All that changed last week. We have had monsoon like weather for over a week. I lost track somewhere, but I think we got close to ten inches at the little farm. Maybe a bit more. It would storm everyday--sometimes several times a day. The usual pattern though was for it to roll in around 4:30-6 a.m. (chore time) and then clear up a bit in the evening. The ground was very saturated, but we never got into any serious flooding issues, because for the most part it came steady but slow. However just a few miles from us, people would randomly get true gully washers, and there was a tremendous amount of flooding in places that haven't flooded in decades if ever. Evacuations and even several deaths were the result. The whole pattern was bizarre. We are still under possibly more rain issues this week, but so far it has been mild showers in our area. The humidity doesn't feel as bad, but it's been pretty high the last week--it feels nasty when you walk out into it.
I wasn't really saying 'I told you so' but it wasn't a surprise to see the brand-spanking-new-built-on-edge-of-the-riverbank RV park under water one morning. I mean it's called river bottom land for a reason. Sigh.
|This was the scene a few weeks ago when it was so dry and the leaves were falling into the dog's pool|
|Meshach--high on 'nip|
I'm posting some picture of my gardens, but this was before the monsoon and it has tripled I think in growth since then. Some of the tomatoes are splitting because of too much rain, but am hoping the rest will be good. I have lots of varieties this year and for the first time ever some nice looking heads of cabbage ready to harvest.
|My two old outside girls--Echo on the left snuggling with her mom Dixie on the right|
The fur crew seems to be doing okay. They keep me way to busy meeting their lengthy demands, but I'm always thankful when the day is done and everyone is still alive and kicking and in good spirits.
|After a week on good food, and meds to heal up his allergies. Can you even resist that face??|
|Here is the little wart hog--you can still see the bare areas--he has a good covering of short hair coming in|
It doesn't help a bit that he reminds me of my first little dog--Boots--although he is much nicer than my beloved spoiled Booty. If I were at a point in my life that I were retired and home much of the time he would stay, but it will not be fair for him (or me) to go that route now. He has come out of his shell a bit and seems pretty assured in his place in this 'new life' he has. Scares me to death how he plays with the big dogs. Although they usually try and be careful, Minty isn't a very careful dog and she plays pretty rough. Carly is usually more mindful of him and will even get down on his level to play by laying down. She had his leg in her mouth gnawing on it the other night--at least it looked like she was, but obviously she wasn't crunching or he would have been yelping! My first three dogs I had when I moved out were two collies and a Pomeranian. The Pom came a little later and grew up thinking he was a Collie. Nicky would lounge around in the Collies mouths while they chewed their bones! Pray I can be discerning in finding him a safe and loving home!
|Here you can see his size in comparison with the girls. They have all gotten along well--they were trolling for treats here|
The Collie girls are doing well, but I think I'm drowning in hair. Will they never stop blowing coat this year?? Minty has had a big hotspot on her back near her tail and Ashley has had itchy paws--to the extent that I made her her own personal set of leggings to wear at night so she wouldn't chew them raw. Liberal amounts of organic coconut oil were applied to both dogs and things are better now. I have also been rubbing the little dog's bald parts with the coconut oil and tell him he looks like a little wart hog ready for the BBQ grill. The stuff really seems to work though and it doesn't sting like the meds from the vet.
|Ashley in her|
Can't believe it's mid August now....Autumn is nearly upon us and will rush by...and then it'll be Christmas.. (do you want me shut up now?) Oh, to be ahead of the game just once. I'm sure though I'll go falling through the seasons as usual, everything last minute and hectic.
Hope you all are doing well during these summer days. I do read your blogs, although I'm not always good about getting to comment.