Monday, April 20, 2015

Blessings: Rain and Family

Peace Creek, taken from the bridge.
The rain dance evidently worked.
The cow didn't have to go around to the gate to get a drink of water!
Last Thursday, we got 2.5 inches of rain in the gauge. Then, we got another 0.60" of rain on Saturday. You could practically hear our 2015 wheat crop and the pasture lands gulping it down. The rainfall amounts varied dramatically in our area.

On Saturday morning, I took this reflection photo as we turned north to go to the Rattlesnake Pasture. There - just 6 miles away from home - they'd gotten 5.30" of rain in the same time frame. In the center of the photo is a metal corner fencing unit that they hadn't gotten planted yet. The reflection of the fencing unit and the telephone poles caught my eye as we rounded the corner. And, yes, we backed up to get the photo. My farmer is a patient man.
Only 10 miles away or so rain gauges overflowed with 8 inches of rain during a 24-hour period. All that rain upstream had the Rattlesnake Creek flowing well on Saturday morning. That's good news, since we'll be moving cows and calves there to summer pasture in a couple of weeks. The rain will also help green up the pastures.
After a dry winter, we'd never turn down moisture. But, truth be told, we were very thankful for our more moderate rainfall total.
Our Ninnescah River pasture also got a boost from the rainfall.

The rain did halt 2015 corn planting in its tracks. Some cattle chores are on the agenda for the next couple of days. We'll be sorting and hauling cattle this morning and tomorrow morning. It will a messy job, but that's OK.

The rain sure helped the scenery ... and the mood.
The mood also varied in Topeka. I was there a few days last week, giving snuggles to a sick little girl. Thankfully, Brooke is feeling better now and getting closer and closer to figuring out how to crawl. (All those brains make her head heavy. That's Grandma's assessment anyway!) We're all hoping that spring brings fewer germs.
Kinley was excited for costume day at preschool.
Her Daddy reports she was not the only princess there. Imagine that!
It's always fun to spend time with my girls - and Micky and Minnie, of course. Somehow, that doesn't make the viewing list here on the County Line.


  1. So glad to hear that your rain dance did eventually work!! What beautiful rain. It does so lift the spirits! We also had rain here, nearly 2" which was very welcome. Love, love your reflection photo. Definitely a scene worth reversing back to photograph. And your granddaughters are adorable.

    1. Yes, we are very thankful for the rain. Western Kansas always seems to miss out, and they need it desperately. I'm glad you got some, too.

      The reflection photo was just one of those happy coincidences! My husband is a patient man.

      We think they are pretty cute, too. We are sure enjoying them!

  2. Kim,
    Good Luck hauling pairs to grass. I'm glad to hear Kansas is getting some rain.

    As of Saturday night, Mom and Dad had a three day rain totaling 1.5".
    We were excited for our .55" on Saturday afternoon-evening and hope it is the beginning of more moisture.

    The wind continues to be horrible. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, ugh!

    1. Yesterday, we moved the first 15 pair. They were getting out, so it was time for a change. Most pairs won't get moved until May. Today, we are running heifers through the chute for shots in preparation for turning the bulls out with them.

      I hope your wind dies down and that rain comes your way!