Monday, August 15, 2011

The Rains Came Down

Remember the old margarine commercial that warned us:
"It's not nice to fool Mother Nature"? 
I made fun of the weatherman on Friday morning and it only took until late afternoon that day for payback to start.
It poured down so hard and fast that we are not sure exactly how much it rained. The wind kept switching and gusting, but it is safe to say that it was over four inches here at the home farm. 
It overflowed Butler's food dish which is a big open rain catcher, but once it overflowed...
 When my children were young and one was sick or hurt, I was often asked the question: "Why did this happen to me?" I always told them that it was because it was their turn. I had no better reason than that. We just take turns being sick or hurt in this life.
To this day, I have not found a better reason than that for the troubles that come our way. Now it is our turn for too much rain.
By Sunday, the water was threatening the road between our farmsteads.
It's over the road just North of here.
Life is good for the water lovers in the area.
The geese have found new puddles that are close to fresh food. 
They were making themselves right at home in nearly every field I passed over the weekend.
 There was light pea size hail falling during the heaviest part of the storm. The beans have a little more leaf damage, but I can't tell if it hit the blossoms. They looked better than I expected by the time I checked the field.
The geese didn't appreciate my visit, but won't go far.
There is a puddle and a snack any place they stop in GriggsDakota.
 Some of our beautiful corn crop is now standing in water.
The rain fell hard and fast so it is draining away as quickly as the streams can carry it.  
We don't know how much water damage there will be in the corn. Field access will be a bigger problem than ever. 
We will find a way and keep traveling up the harvest trail. And, yes, there is rain forecasted by the weatherman for this week.


  1. We could sure use all that rain here in central Indiana - but we can't control everything - sometimes I wonder if we can control anything -
    Love your pictures!

  2. Sorry to hear you got hit with a bad storm. Wow, 4 inches or more is a lot.

    We have been lucky the last few days. Right now the weatherman is calling for hot with a few chances of rain.

    Today, with good luck, we will be done haying ... finally! Some neighbors are still 2 weeks out.