Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rain Rain Go Away You've Wrecked Our Pastures and Our Brains

 


 
 After 3 solid build days on the Grain Bin House we got slammed with rain, and more rain and even more rain. Construction came to a mud sliding halt. It has rained at night, in the morning and in the afternoons. It has rained while we were trying to fix electric fences, cook outside, set up a new milking system for our cow Polly, put together our rocket mass stove, manage baby ducklings, plumb the water lines, host a few guests, move livestock around, hang laundry (which has now been hanging for 3 days) ..you name it, it has been rained upon.



At times, the sun would peek through, tease us for a couple of hours and bake us with humidity, then the rain came back and our feet, legs, clothes just got muddier. Wet clothes would only stink up the caravan (remember we have no dryer) so they got hung outside, alongside the clean clothes which of course had returned to their former dirty state. But as my good buddy G. reminded me today, "You choose this life didn't you?" Why yes G. we did.

 
 
 
 


And on the evenings when we felt truly beat up by the hassles of tiny living in a swampy acreage with very few of the modern conveniences we used to have, we were graced with the most amazing silver linings in the clouds that besieged us.

Tomorrow...only hot sun is forecast. Bring it!

11 comments:

  1. Red sky at night - shepherd delight! Maybe someone close by needs to host you with a warm bath and a hot cooked meal while you avail yourself of their laundry.

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    1. We say "Red sky at night, sailors delight" even though no ocean anywhere near here. We do have family close by and several times they have brought us indoors for meals and showers but as easy as it is for me to help them it is hard for me to take help FROM them. Why is that? This am there is sun peaking through the clouds. Yeah.

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    2. Therapy needed, me thinks. Isnt that what Americans do? Perhaps you simply blog, and we listen.

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  2. Lovely views! Are those wind turbines in the last picture?

    Even though you chose this life, it still sucks when the weather imposes on the basic necessities. I hope you guys get in you GBH, before winter. I know in my case, builds tend to take three times longer than I budgeted for - just because life happens in the meantime!

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    1. Yes, we have wind turbines about a mile from us. I have mixed feelings about them. Would be a good future post. And the build will get built when it is built and not before. My new mantra.

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  3. Mud, mud everywhere and not a ray of sun... No worries Donna, the sun will eventually come out. By the way, have you seen my chickens floating by?

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  4. If I lived closer, i'd at least take your wet clothes and hang them on my clothes rack in the house to let them dry. I'd also give you the option of taking a hot shower if you wanted one.

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  5. Hope you are finally above water and drying out.

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  6. Hello, Where are you?? We miss you and hearing about the progress on your new homestead. Hope all are well.

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  7. I cannot tell you how many times I have been here checking for an update. I hope that everything is going well.

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