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Thursday, July 7, 2016

To water or not to water

When I checked the garden day before yesterday the melon plants were looking very sad.  Although I've been trying not to water because of lack of rain and my well having gone dry the last week I went ahead and watered, keeping my fingers crossed that it would revive them and the tomatoes and the peppers.  I didn't water for long and I watered just the veggies.  Looks like it did.  Then, that evening, I got out my rain rattle.  Yesterday we had rain, this morning early we had rain.  We may get more today.  We need it.  I don't know where the water comes from that's in my well.  It's 440 feet down.  They drilled through 400 feet of granite.  The water is sweet (yes, it is) and very refreshing.  Hopefully any rain we get will keep that water flowing and I'll continue to be careful with using it. Meanwhile I'll keep the rain rattle handy.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The day the well went dry

I think I mentioned this before but....

It has been very hot and dry here.  A friend and I planted a garden.  Said garden is flourishing because it was well watered (no pun intended).  There is also a path going down to an arbor and along both sides are various flowering plants along with some elephant ears and other stuff whose names escape me at the moment.  Anyway, my friend D has been absolutely amazing in tending both, especially when I couldn't.  Since we have not had much rain I decided to get a sprinkler for the flowers, etc.  The vegetable garden is watered with a soaker hose and regular hose.  At any rate, we hadn't had any rain in a couple of weeks so D put out the sprinkler and started watering the flower beds.  When she came in to wash her hands she turned on the water and....nothing.  Uh oh.  The well had gone dry, so to speak.  This is not the first time.  It happened once before about 20 years ago when my son came up with some friends.  Apparently none of them were aware of the fact that my water comes from a well so the water flowed....until it didn't.  My son called in a panic.  Luckily I knew what to do so I told him to go to the basement and trip the circuit breaker for the well, leave it for about 30-45 minutes the turn it back on.  That worked.  It worked this time, too.  Now I am trying to be careful about water use.  Not that easy when you've become comfortable with free flowing water.  I can't afford another well to be drilled.  The gardens may have to suffer a little but I don't want to run out of water again.  The veggies are still doing well, especially those in the straw bales.
I'm thinking about bringing out my rain rattle.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Need rain

We need rain.  A thunderstorm passed through last evening but didn't give up much rain.  It's been very hot and dry.  A friend and I have a garden we're trying to keep going so we were watering every day.  Then there's another area with decorative plants that we're trying to keep going.  Between watering the veggies and flowers (flowers with a sprinkler) my well went dry.  Luckily all I had to do was cut the circuit breaker and wait about 30 minutes.  I had water again.  We're being more careful and I'm not watering outside.  Glad it's only me in the house.  If the house were full we probably would have had to go to extreme water saving.  It's amazing how complacent one can get when it comes to what one considers a never-ending supply of something.  There's always an end but, if one is careful, it will take a very long time.  I certainly don't want to have to have another well drilled.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


This morning I am enjoying fresh blueberries on my cereal.  My blueberries off my blueberry bushes.  Yum.

Friday, June 10, 2016

This and that

Here we are almost halfway through the year already!  I believe it when it is said that time goes by faster the older you get.
The garden flourishes, except for the squash.  Don't know what's with them.  Will have beans, tomatoes, peppers and melons before you know it.  The asparagus are doing great.
Have my yearly physical coming up.  Then my daughter's second dentist appointment.  The last for a while I hope.  It's getting expensive.
Already planning what to take on my next trip.  Will try to pare it down.  One suitcase and one carry on.  The trip isn't 'til August but that will be here soon.  Two weeks worth of clothing.  Guess I'll plan on wearing items more than once.
Y'all have a glorious day.

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Starting tomorrow I'll be at the Lapidary School in Young Harris taking a beading class.  I haven't done any serious bead work in a while so I'm going to give it a try again.  Don't know the instructor but, if she is teaching there, she is good.  All the instructors are volunteers.  They love what they do.  They have to, to teach for a week without being paid.  They do make some money by selling the necessary materials for what you are going to make.  I like this school.  It's in the mountains, it's peaceful, and the folks are friendly.   My friend A will be watching my kitties for me and hopefully D will come tend the vegetable garden at least a couple of days.  The beans are close, the tomatoes and peppers are slowly getting there, the melons are growing, the squash might make it if they're kept wet enough and there are a lot of radishes in the fridge.  I'll let you know how it goes.  Meanwhile, y'all have a safe Memorial Day.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Dear Future President

Dear Future President,
This immigration/emigration thing bothers me.  I have a few ideas I'd like to share  regarding policy for anyone wishing to get into and stay in this country.
1.  They must submit to a thorough background check.

2.  They must prove they have employment.

3.  They must prove they can support themselves for a minimum of 3 years. (I'd go for   five 5 but the liberals are probably screaming unfair at 3)

4.  They will learn English (which should be our national language.)  We should not have to learn another language.

5.  No person guilty of an aggregious felony will ever be considered.

6.  They must follow all of our laws, I don't care what they could get away with in their country.

7.  Should they break any of our laws they will be punished under our legal system
and, if still living at the end of their sentence, they will be deported.

Those are a few.  Given time I could probably come up with more.

Thanks for "listening".

Anyone out there have any other ideas?