Roger here.... The storm clouds are gathering. Yay!!!!! We are finally going to get a soaking rain in Mission.
Dianne and I watched the radar on our I-phones. It is headed this way! We brought in the chair cushions and took pictures of the clouds as they rolled in.
The winds picked up. It was blowing so hard that the water from our fountain blew away from the collecting bowl and onto the driveway.
I am so glad we spent the money to have gutters installed on the coach house. We are really going to need them today.
Here it comes! A four-incher! Just to clarify, a four-incher in Indiana would mean four inches in depth. A four-incher in Texas means four inches between the raindrops. In Indiana, rain is measured with a rain gauge. In Texas, rain is measured with a ruler.
Dianne and I actually sat outside during the hour-long spitting of rain and enjoyed getting splattered even though we did not really even get wet. Bandido thought it was fun.
|Pride of Barbados|
Almost all of the plants that were in the ground survived the drought. Our planting areas and our lawn have an underground drip irrigation system. However, I must say that they are doing even better with a daily squirt of water.
The survivors (a few of them)......
|"Belinda's Dream" Shrub Rose|
|Prickly Pear Cactus & Meyer Lemon|
The pet picture of the day shows Bandido inspecting the pumpkin zombie that appeared in our back yard after the drenching rain. His first reaction was to growl at it while slowly slinking forward. Then he figured out that it was one of Dianne's toys.
A final note from Dianne: This little scarecrow (it's an iron frame with a loop on top to place a pumpkin head) has had several incarnations over the years, as shown in the following photos from our former home in Pendleton, Indiana:
|White Pumpkin Scarecrow + "Little Mermaid" Kaia|
|Painted Pumpkin Head + Kaia|
|Amanda, Kaia, and Carved Head Pumpkin Scarecrow|