Hi there.....

So kind of you to stop by....I do enjoy the company.

Sunday, July 31, 2016


Haven't been here for a while as my computer decided to die.  Although I had everything transferred to a small spare that, too, decided it didn't like me anymore.  It hasn't died, yet.  Anyway I decided to get a new computer and had to wait for it to get here (that's another story).  It's good to be back.  I'll get all the old stuff transferred so I have familiar screens.
Y'all have a great day.

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.