Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Too Small to Overcome Deficit

A couple of days ago, Dino sent me a graphic produced by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) that demonstrated how much a respite last week's rain was:  not much.  We're still only at 4.54 inches for the entire rainy season. 


We've already started doing some of those uninteresting and less fun things that will help us use less water - shorter showers (yours truly is doing the navy shower thing already which is un-fun in the morning) and capturing the warm-up shower water to use for flushes.
I gathered up all of my buckets and placed them in the most productively drippy spots under the eaves during the best portions of our little rainy moments.
Meanwhile, today is a bit of a milestone for the building project.  The power company was scheduled to come out today to install a new pole and finish moving our meter.  Dino has been working like crazy on the electric work to get ready.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The World is a Drop of Water

It's safe to say that we're all very worried about our drought situation.  I decided recently that I would start a photo project to document the drought rather than complaining about how hard it is to find subjects that weren't completely dried out. 

Yesterday, I set out with the intention of taking images that I could use in comparisons - this is what it looked like four years ago when rain was adequate, this is now all dried out. 

I got sidetracked.  I headed up one of the creek beds which had retained much of the small rainfall (a whole 1.02 inches at our place) that we received this last week.  The feeling of moisture and the heavenly fragrance of growing things were delightful, even as I knew they won't last.

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