3.5" in the rain gauge at the house on Saturday morning! 4.5" at Fence Tank!
Words cannot express our jubilation. If this keeps up, we just may make it out of the drought. We are truly, truly thankful. The good Lord's timing is perfect...as always.
These photos are from Saturday morning. We received another .6" here at the house last night. In 2011 our annual total rainfall was only 3" and in 2012 it was 4". That gives you some reference as to how desperately we need rain and how very grateful we are to see this.
On Friday, I posted to friends that we were praying for a froggy serenade kind of rain after our .5" overnight and a froggy serenade is what we got...even though they are really toads. The following video is 3 minutes long...a tad long and I apologize for that, but when it rains in the desert, during a drought, it bears documenting. There is no commentary because I was rendered speechless at the sight and sound of this beautiful body of water. Yes, laughing is entirely permissible, but it's not far from the truth. :)
I just wanted to catch the sound of the running water and the beginning of the toad song. You should have heard them LAST night! They were positively deafening and it was a sweet lullaby as we fell asleep. This is the dirt tank on the east side of the house. There wasn't a drop in it the day before. For some reason, Blogger won't allow me to post the video so a link is the best I can do:
Dirt Tank Water and Froggy Serenade
Our road to the highway was a virtual river:
And when it dries out, it's going to be a mess due to lots of this:
But we'll take a mess of a road any day if the rain is doing the messing.
We woke up at 3 and noticed the electricity was out so we spent the day lounging and reading and walking around to look at the water and making meals from the pantry. DH took the 4 wheeler and ran out the lines to find the problem and let the electric company know where it needed fixing.
We saw smoke and mudded up a road. We stay off of the roads after it rains like this to keep from tearing them up, but a fire always needs to be checked out..
An oil tank battery was in flames, but a fire truck was on the scene
so we turned back to check on the heifers. A few had crossed the cattle guard the day before, but all was well. It won't be long before the pastures will we sprouting up new, tender growth to keep them happy and satisfied.
The cattle guard was full of water:
DH built a fire in the fire pit in the evening
and we had supper by the fire.
Just after 8, the electric company called and asked whether we had electricity. Ummm...we don't know. We are sitting out by the fire. :) But, I checked and, yes, we did, and then I went back out to the fire where we watched a light show dance across the sky as another storm rolled in.
Quote from DH last night:
Toads a croakin'. Fire a burnin'. Storm a comin'. It doesn't get much better than this.