Friday, January 4, 2019

Rain, Rain. Rain

Can't help but laugh at this picture...
kinda looks like a crooked little house from an old-timey nursery rhyme, or maybe where Popeye would have lived.

Oh my goodness friends, it has rained all day long!!
and this flowering quince that grows out by the gas tank is simply covered in buds. Guess maybe it's confused again this year.

I'll believe it when I see it, but tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, no rain, and 70 degrees.  That's right!

Let me show you why my neighbor's free pine straw is so appreciated...



The straw turns this soft, mushy, soggy ground into a dry place to walk. Those little steps you see on the right lead to the chicken lot. 

Yesterday afternoon the rain stopped. Oh wow!! I announced to Poppy, "I am going outside and move. See how many calories I can burn off before supper". 

So I got the wheelbarrow and moved load after load of pretty dry pine straw. It felt wonderful!


That is dark muddy water and wet leaves you see in the back of the goat lot.


I swept out their little barn and spread enough straw to give them a little dry ground to walk on. 

Well It's 4:00 and still raining. Guess I'd better get the umbrella and a bucket and get the goats a little hay, then Eli will be expecting a walk up and down the muddy road. 

Poppy gets off work at 5:00 and thank heavens he is picking up fish plates for supper. What a nice break!

Love,
Henny



40 comments:

  1. I just bought a pedometer to keep track of steps taken in a day, which is way BELOW what I should be taking.

    You are a busy bee and I enjoy your posts. You are an inspiration.

    Happy 2019 ~ FlowerLady

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  2. Haven't we had enough rain yet!!?? We're soggy too. I also love to get the wheelbarrow and cart stuff around, usually mulch for some bed, or moving pots and plants from one spot to another. I'm eager for a sunny day tomorrow, and supposedly it should be sunny all next week ... we hope! Enjoy your outdoor time, HP!

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  3. Wow Henny, a whole lot full of pine straw, what a busy bee you have been ! It's always a good day when supper is delivered and you can carry on with your chores :)
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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  4. It always makes me feel good too to get outside and get some work done.
    Enjoy those fish plates for supper and hope you get that sunshine tomorrow.

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  5. Fish plates for supper--now THAT SURE sounds good!! Do you like cole slaw and hush puppies? I love the picture of your house....and Mr. Eli looks bout 7 feet tall in it!! ha ha LOL He is so gorgeous!

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  6. We had sun yesterday and a dry day today, but we may have rain tomorrow. It was a joy to see the sun yesterday. Our yard is still muddy in spite of the sun and rain-free days. I say muddy, but I should say
    'soft' as that better describes it.

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  7. We saw the sun this afternoon for the first time this year. Yay! I hope it is back tomorrow. Loading a wheelbarrow can give one a pretty good workout. I am sure if felt pretty good after days of being trapped inside because of the rain.

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  8. The pine straw blanketing the earth looks delightfully soft underfoot. Your home is charming oozing with prettiness and whimsy. I do hope you get your sunny day soon and you can smile at the sun.

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  9. That pine straw you are using works a treat, it is practical and looks nice too.

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  10. diane in northern wisJanuary 4, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    So glad you get a break with those delish fish plates for supper! You sure are a hard worker. I love the look of that pine straw...really makes a difference. Love that first pic of your house with the big beautiful dog looking out! Hope your rain really does stop and that the sun comes out and warms things up. Thanks for an always great blog....no matter what your weather!

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  11. It was raining like crazy here today.

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  12. We are back to rain here too, cold rain, stay inside and work on projects rain. Actually I'm still undecorating. I only got a little done today, what with Friday breakfast, grocery shopping, and a dentist appointment. Still waiting for the Novocaine to wear off. Tom will have leftover soup for supper. Eating is a ways off for me.

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  13. I live in a very arid area. We get an average of 12 in of rain per year. Needless to say, I don't like rain.

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  14. It does look wet! Sunny and 70 sounds wonderful.
    It rained here too, which is so crazy this time of year in Michigan, but yesterday we got snow again.
    Enjoy that sun tomorrow!

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  15. My my I agree Rain Rain Rain!! I heard the next 7 days no rain I hope that this is true.. Fish plate sounds yummy. I have not had one in a while. Love you bunches

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  16. Oh I hope you get some days of sunshine. We've had so much rain here too, more than we usually get in January. Today the decision was made that come Spring and dry weather we'll get the roofers to come and redo our roof. Until then we'll keep tarps up outside and pails under the drips inside.

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  17. Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain
    Telling me just what a fool I've been
    I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain
    And let me be alone again

    The only girl I care about has gone away
    Looking for a brand new start
    But little does she know that when she left that day
    Along with her she took my heart

    Rain please tell me now does that seem fair
    For her to steal my heart away when she don't care?
    I can't love another when my hearts somewhere far away

    The only girl I care about has gone away
    Looking for a brand new start
    But little does she know that when she left that day
    Along with her she took my heart

    Rain won't you tell her that I love her so
    Please ask the sun to set her heart aglow
    Rain in her heart and let the love we knew start to grow

    Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain
    Telling me just what a fool I've been
    I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain
    And let me be alone again

    Oh, listen to the falling rain
    Pitter patter, pitter patter
    Oh, oh, oh, listen to the falling rain
    Pitter patter, pitter patter..

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  18. Pt11....
    Actually l would has said it's the crooked little house from
    that old-timey nursery rhyme...Little Red Riding Hood...! :).
    Where little Red Riding Hoods granny lived..and was eaten and
    swallowed by the BIG bad wolf...(Bless Him)..if l'd written the
    story, l would have ended it there..after all..happy endings ALL
    round..at least the wolf had a full tummy, and a bed to sleep in..
    HeHe! Are'nt l wicked..!!! :(.

    It's just very cold over here, frosty but dry, with a bit of sunshine,
    managed to put a few things out on the line to dry..no heating as yet,
    l don't feel the cold that much, will put the gas on low, next month,
    see how it pans out..seems to change from day to day..keep warm with hot
    drinks..and a sticky bun..don't forget the 'sticky bun'...! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜ƒ

    Oh! The song above..."Rhythm of the Rain" is a song performed by The Cascades,
    released in November 1962...! 🎢🎢

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  19. I hear that real pine needles like that is what makes the azaleas so big at the Master's Golf tournament. :)

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  20. Dellightful post, Henny. What were you doing up at 2 am???? Loved all these pix of your homestead. I'm a cat person, but thought Eli's standing up on the end of your porch was precious! I haven't been on your blog long enough to see your pix up close, but every time I see the one above, I think of JUNE CARTER CASH!!! Can you sing TOO???? Thanks for sharing your Little House In The Woods!

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  21. I am so happy to hear that you are outside enjoying working in the fresh air. I remember not all that long ago when your back was giving you so much pain that working outside was not that pleasant. It's great that you are feeling good again. Your place is beautiful . . . so inviting inside and out.
    Here's to sunshine!
    Connie :)

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  22. What a joy to see Eli standing up guarding your beautiful cottage in the woods. You are blessed with a beautiful home. Happy New Year.

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  23. Oh wow, that's a lot of rain. We have had so-so weather here. No snow though. Happy New Year.

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  24. I can empathise with you, here in Wales once it starts to rain it forgets how to stop. It is not uncommon to have 30 or more consecutive days of non stop rain.

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  25. I need to come get a load of your pine straw! We're tottering between mud and snow/ice. I could use some to cover all of the above!

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  26. The pine needles really do a nice job making it look so neat!

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  27. It has been a strange winter here in Oklahoma. Drives me crazy! I wish I had pine trees! I was born and raised in the Piney Woods of East Texas and miss those tall pines...and the pine straw!

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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  28. I know how too many rainy days in a row can get to you. I love how you get the job done no matter what when it comes to your animals. :) Does Eli have tall rubber boots for those muddy walks? :-)
    Hope you enjoyed the fish dinner. That's a favorite for me. xo

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  29. Your rain will bring some beautiful flowers!

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  30. Happy New Year Henny,
    We are having a goofy winter in Wisconsin too. 46 degrees on Saturday, silliness! And rain too! I am hoping for 20 degree days and snow!
    Love, Carla

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  31. Hi Henny! Rain rain go away, right? It does cramp our style.
    You're a good little worker bee.

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  32. Isn't it nice to be able to get out in the dead of winter and get some outside work done? Your pine straw work looks wonderful and I'm sure it helps when you have to traipses out through the soggy yard to feel all those animals.

    The weather here has been weird also-----40's and 50's. Are those flowers that I see on the flowering quince? Definitely out of season----poor things. I have daffodils coming up in several places here but the high for this Wednesday is for 27! I had been hoping that with the actual turn of the year we would get back to something resembling normal-----although now that I think of it 27 is sort of normal for early January so maybe this is the start of normality for us.

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  33. Dear Henny we have had such wet weather here as well. Our yard has been muddy off and on for the past 6 months. I think you and I need some special muck boots. :) Hope your new year is wonderful. Hugs!

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  34. The rain. The rain. Our path to the compost pile is mush. I am afraid to walk after dark because I could step in a puddle and ugh!! I miss the sunny days we had once upon a time. You do so much work! You inspire me! I love you!! ~Your oldest girl

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  35. I cannot believe your quince is budding/blooming, Henny!!! My mom has one of those, I absolutely love it. I tried but it didn't like me....sad.

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  36. Yes, I know how you feel. We had days and days of rain until this week. How beautiful to see the blue skies and sunshine. But this weekend, they are predicting snow in NC. Wow! This weather has been very gloomy until this week.
    Hope you have a Happy New Year.

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  37. That must be adorable Eli looking over the porch swing in that first picture. We have had rain too and some snow today an very cold. No drought here for the time being! I think your house is adorable. Nancy

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  38. I hope your rain has ended for now. You need some time to dry out! Love the pictures and your Eli looks like a big white bear on the porch! Love the April Rain poem. Happy New Year!

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  39. I love your adorable house sweet friend! It looks so cozy and welcoming! How wonderful to have the free pine straw to lay down on the ground for you to walk on! We have tons of pine needles here, and I need to gather them and use them for things like that. It has been a strange winter here too, with so much rain, and hardly any snow. I still get out and walk every day, and that helps to break the sad spell gray holds over the world. Enjoy those fish plates for dinner, I made baked salmon and fried shrimp last night for dinner, and it was soo good. Blessings and hugs :)

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