Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Dazed days and grey skies
Long-range weather predictors had forecast a warmer, drier fall for the Pacific Northwest. I was sure hoping for that Indian summer, but alas we're just plain wet. *sigh* Our weather is warm, wet and windy. And because of several wildfires in our mountainous areas last summer...landslides are an issue. Not where we live, we're in the valley, the lowlands; but some of the areas that are common thoroughfares could get dicey if the rains continue.
Overall, we had a hot, long and very dry summer. A couple of weeks ago everything in our area was brown, no grass and just dead weeds. However today, our grass has grown to 8ish inches tall, it's thick and lush. In our yard that is. Not so much in the pastures, but the green blanket effect is there, the horses just keep it nipped short. Amazing how quickly our grasses rebound with just a little bit of moisture. The rains we're expected to get today and in the coming week is more than a little bit though...1-2" today and tomorrow alone, with plenty of wind. Our weathermen are super excited. They actually have something to report.
We kept the horses inside today. Just doesn't make any sense to have them outside getting soaked and trying to crowd together inside the shelters. That's when difugalties take place. Harley will get new wounds and Kadie and Shad will get pushed outside. They could go to the other shelter, but they always want to be together. So...our evening will be spent doing double-duty in the stalls. Most of the time I don't mind it, but I haven't been sleeping very well, and I'm tired. Just plain tired and a bit cranky today. Business at the clinic remains slow and that doesn't help. Having nothing substantial to do all day does nothing for my energy levels after I get home.
MH and Justin did get the pellet stove installed last weekend. For a while there, it was touch and go. The auger that feeds the pellets was totally frozen, and they'd almost given up hope of getting it freed up when it broke loose. They did a thorough cleaning and re-painted the top and front areas of the stove. It looks beautiful and is working wonderfully now. I'm so glad because replacing it right now would have been out of the question. It's the little things that make me happy! Warmth is one of those things. :)
This week we're picking up our winters' supply of bedding and then loading up the truck with junk that we need to haul to the dump soon. And aside from cleaning out my garden boxes, hopefully that will be the end of outside "getting prepared for winter" projects. The season has come for inside jobs, and heaven knows there are plenty of those too. That's a good thing I suppose, because as I've mentioned before, being idle makes me crazy! Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us. Just where has this year gone to!? I know, I'm like a broken record on that subject!!
Well, that's it for now. Tonight the little blue sleeping pill will be my friend, and hopefully I'll get a good nights' rest and as my momma always used to say..."Tomorrow is a brand new day!".