Our area has been drying out fast. Hard to believe, I know, after those big snowfalls we had late this spring. But we haven't had any moisture fall on us since that last snow, so we've really needed rain.
It has been raining steadily, not hard but a gentle rain which is perfect for soaking in, all day today. More of the same is forecast for tomorrow and Monday.
I think I can see that the grass has turned a greener color since first thing this morning.
We put on rain gear a couple of hours ago and went to pick up the six new blueberry bushes we ordered.
They look like strong, healthy plants and we're happy to have gotten them. At $11 each, I think they were a good deal considering we didn't have to travel more than a few miles to get them. (Gas has recently jumped to $4.41/gallon up here. Can you believe that? What's it going for in your area?)
Yesterday morning before we started playing in our new dirt, we got one coat of protective finish on the eight new raised bed frames for the garden. Papa Pea is determined to do all he can to insure these frames last as long as they possibly can because replacing them is not one of his most favorite homestead-y tasks. (Please notice Tucker in foreground helping.)
We're painting them inside and out with a tung oil mixture, wanting to get three coats on in total. Right now they're standing out in the rain, but we can tell that even the first coat is doing some good as the rain drops are beading up on the wood rather than sinking in.
Unfortunately, with rain in the offing for a couple more days, this project isn't going to get finished as soon as we had planned. There are some raised beds I can plant in right now, but the eight beds yet to be replaced with these new frames won't be ready for planting until . . . well, until they're ready. Of course, we had planned on having this whole operation done in April of this year, but there was that rasty thing about the tons of snow we had to deal with in April that threw a clinker into our plans.
Today's rainfall has given me an unexpected day inside. Probably a good thing because I seem to have a bit of a pain in my back between my shoulder blades that I suspect has a direct relationship to my carrying of 5-gallon pails full of black dirt yesterday. A little rest will be a good thing. (Just ask Martha. I'm sure she always rests a day after carrying 5-gallon buckets full of dirt.)
Of course, there's plenty to do inside. Unfortunately, the gray, dark, dreariness of the day has taken away all my get-up-and-go. What I feel most like doing is taking a nap. Therefore, I must get up from this chair and M-O-V-E.
Hee-hee. Maybe I'll M-O-V-E into my quilting room!
Happy Winter Solstice!
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