I wonder what the blue jay saw on the decomposing leaf covered ground, and what was he eating in the leafless persimmon tree.
The sun is out. The sky is a clear blue with fluffy white clouds streaming by. The clarity after the storm.
This winter we certainly are having our share of storms with floods, landslides, broken levees, fallen trees, and evacuations. Three weeks worth, so far. Fortunately, the Husband and I haven’t had to experience any of that, knock on wood.
With all this rain and reports of oversaturated ground, some people probably believe our drought is over. No more need to conserve. We can go crazy with lush lawns, landscaping, and vegetable gardens once again. Nope! Uh-uh. No, siree, Bob, and Nancy.
Parts of California, including our area, may be good for water this year, if that, but the drought is far from over. We need it to rain throughout the winter and early spring, gently and kindly, alternating with dry days. Maybe then, our reservoirs and groundwater can refill themselves to capacity. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, our area should be getting above normal rainfall through April. We shall see.
Hmmm, what got me on that topic? I’ve been a Lazy Sue again when it comes to putting thoughts to print. Yesterday, I pulled out paints (the result above) and today, the blog. Baby steps, again, talking about something, everything, and nothing.
Su-sieeemac! Thanks so much for your visit to my blog and your kind comment! I couldn't agree more about the drought. We don't solve a multi-year drought with one winter's worth of precipitation. I am a big fan of reducing the size of lawns (most people can't stomach the idea of getting rid of the lawn altogether) - and replanting with native species - it does wonders for biodiversity and pollinators, not to mention reducing the reliance on watering ... Your painting is lovely!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Anonymous. More native plants and plants for the pollinators year long is my objective for the front and back. They’re enjoying the rosemary right now.Delete
When you talk about nothing, it is everything! I always learn from your posts and I always enjoy every moment. I have read and (sort of) understand that the terrible storms have not alleviated the drought; I hope for more gentle rains (every other day sounds perfect). In our former life, I used to wish that in Eugene it would rain every morning between say, five and 8 a.m. and no more. That was in the good old days when we got lots of rain there; it's a drought in Oregon too, maybe not as bad as yours but yes. (Does snow in the mountains help you at all? -- that's what everybody in Oregon hopes for). Your painting is great. I was away from blogging for a while and am just getting caught up so I didn't have a chance to miss you, but I'm glad you're back to posting.ReplyDelete
Hi, Sallie! I’m glad you like my painting, merci beaucoup. I just read that the snowpack is 250% in the Sierras, wowza wow wow! Skiers must be happy. The last rains filled in the small reservoirs, the article said. Not so the larger ones. We shall see, come April’s snowpack measurements, what the experts will label this year’s level of drought.Delete
Yeah, it's the snowpack that we need. Most of the rain ends up in the ocean. Although, there was a headline that said that L.A. County was able to capture 33 billion gallons of water from the storms. I was so happy to read that.ReplyDelete
Hurrah for LA County! We caught 2 trashcans and 1 metal milk can of rainwater. One of the trash cans fell over, bummer.Delete