Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Rainy Days and Mondays (and Tuesdays and ...)

I've always been a big fan of The Carpenters. And they were never more accurate when it came to the lyrics of one of their popular songs, "Rainy days and Mondays always get me down."

Let's expand that thought: Rainy days and Mondays (and Tuesdays and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) are currently getting me down. 

I feel a little guilty complaining about the rain. My Australian farmer blog friend, Lynda, is in the midst of a drought. It wasn't all that long ago that I was writing about being in a drought designation here. (We were officially out of the drought in August when we got 6 inches of unexpected rain during the month.)

Since last Friday, we have received between 7.80 and 9.10 inches of rain. I was going to wait to take photos until the rain quit yesterday. But it never did. And, come to think of it, all that the grayness kind of matches the mood of farmers who are worried about planting wheat and harvesting fall crops. Even my favorite perpetual optimist's mood is flagging (or drowning).
 It's been a long, long time since Peace Creek was up this far.
The photo above is looking west, where we have a pasture and lots that border Peace Creek.
It's good we don't need to get in or out of there at the moment!
This summer, I could barely see the water in the creek. Currently, that is not a problem.
Looking east from the bridge
Last week, I drove to the Peace Creek bridge on the Zenith Road to take a photo of the sunset. I had to try to get the reflection in the water.
 This is looking the same direction on Monday afternoon.
The photo below is Peace Creek looking east from the Zenith Road.
We had planted about half of our 2019 wheat crop before the rain started. We can now be classified as Quivira National Wildlife Refuge South, since ducks and geese have "parked" on mud puddles in the wheat fields. We probably will need to replant some of it, but we may not be able to get on the ground in time.
The Zenith Road (photo below) has water running across it in one location. It's a "major" thoroughfare, at least for us. (Yes, it's a dirt road for a portion of it, but it's still a major road for us.)
There's more rain in the forecast today, though it's supposed to clear up on Wednesday. However, there are more raindrops on the map on Friday and Saturday. 

With apologies to my Australian friend and anyone else experiencing drought: Rain, rain, go away! Come again another day (and not for awhile)! Or at least shift to somewhere it's needed.

Rainy days and Mondays (and Tuesdays and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) are getting me down.


  1. Rain, the farmers lament. We either have too much or not enough. All our prayers are for rain or for rain to go away. We as a group are hard to satisfy. ;)

    1. I know. Like I said, I feel guilty complaining, but ...

  2. Oh my. Feast or famine this year for sure! It looks like the land there is so flat...relatively speaking...that it has nowhere to go!

    1. Some years, I write about dusting in the wheat crop. That won't be the case this year - ha!

  3. Kim, I love your before and after shot, re the sunset. My friends and I often say, 'Who would be a farmer?' It always seems to be either drought or floods and throw in a bushfire or two. Storms are bringing some of our SE Queensland areas some good falls, but I am sure the farmers are still wondering whether it is worth sowing crops or not. The forecast is not great for our summer. All the best and don't feel guilty!

    1. Thanks! We are definitely at the mercy of a fickle Mother Nature.

  4. Finally catching up on your blog! It seems I have missed so many posts so I do apologise!!

    So much rain, maybe too much rain... but it sets your season up well into the future I guess. And if we follow your seasons in 6 months time then there is hope for us yet.