Monday, August 11, 2014

What A Dreary Day

That is a quote from Lee this morning.  The last few days have been rainy and humid.  And dreary. 


Because of the rain we didn't take the '54 GMC truck that Lee restored into town for the Buchanan County Fair.  We thought the truck would get some attention for the John Deere theme and maybe even get it sold.  But Lee didn't want to drive it in the rain and get it all muddy.  Then he would have to wash and polish it again.


So, once again, we woke up to a rainy dreary day.  And humid?  Oh, my goodness.  So humid.


On the other hand it means we don't have to water the corn.  It is doing great and we will have the first ears for dinner tonight.

And I really shouldn't complain about the rain.  My sister lives in Northern California.  She has to use a cup of water to brush her teeth. She can't flush right away, if you know what I mean.  It would neither be polite nor genteel to explain the toilet flushing rules.  And I am all those things.  Except to those that know me and are laughing their heads off right about now.


My sister, Robin,  is afraid she will have to let the mature trees she planted 20 years ago die.  Even in the best of times she had to cart water to them every summer, for years.  She got them to grow and become beautiful as they lined her drive and now may have to let them die.  She is heart broken over it.   Robin's well dried up years ago and she had to connect to city water.  Luckily it wasn't too far away, so that she could.


But California is in a terrible drought.  Environmental groups have refused to let the state build a dam to hold the water during the years of rain and run off.  So all the rain and run off from the mountains go out to sea and there is none for the farmers.  Or just the average homeowners.


A dam project would mean a lot of jobs, a great spot for recreation and non-polluting electricity.  But some canyons would be filled with water and I guess that the animals that live there would have to move or drown and the plants and trees that can't move would be buried under water .  That trumps farmers that grow the food for more than just California and those that like to get out on a lake.  There have been  "Build It, Dam It" bumper stickers in the area for years, but no progress is made.  I'm all for protecting the environment, but I don't see how filling some canyons with water is a bad thing.

Nothing will help the areas that catch fire from lighting or idiots.  So, I guess I am liking this dreary day in Virginia.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I do know the rhyme about the toilet flushing rule, but won't post in this comment. And, of course, we know that yiu would want to be polite in not stating it in your post😉