Re: [gardeners] Rain

George Shirley (
Mon, 31 Jul 2000 08:42:50 -0500

Woke up this morning to dark and cloudy skies and said a small prayer for more
rain. We had our prayers answered as it started raining about 8 am CDST and is
still raining. From the looks of the sky and the distant thunder we may get more
rain yet.

Penny, you're welcome to send your rain down here. We've many farmers going
belly up due to the drought and I read in this mornings paper that the state has
discovered hundreds of acres of marsh grass that is dead or dying due to the
drought. Death of the marsh grass means more land loss due to tidal erosion.
Louisiana is getting smaller every year.


penny x stamm wrote:
> Oh dear, George, we've had 5.1 inches of rain, and found the
> workshop under water at 1:30pm today.  Water had come in
> over the 8" sill -- and we have an iron-bound rule NEVER to put
> cardboard boxes down on anything except pieces of wood, but
> you know how it is......... . . .
> Our usual method of coping with such an emergency is to put
> up the old fashioned clothes wringer on the double tubs, bring
> down about 8 bath mats and beach towels, and go to work. But
> my back is out of whack, and Jim had to try something else..
> He tried using the shop vac, but it was inefficient. Then he got
> the coal shovel, and proceeded to whip the water out over the sill.
> Very hard on a bad shoulder. At last I commented, gee, too bad
> we don't know where that darn hole in the floor is, that the builder
> left us with -- and Jimmie got down on his hands and knees and
> groped around for what might sound like a hollow spot under the
> tiles. I'm thrilled to tell you that he did find it, pried up the tiles,
> and whoooooosh, the water ran in and out...!  Have lived here for
> 47 years, and had never done this before..  Some people are just
> slow learners.
> Yes, everything in the garden looks clean and green indeedy...
> But 1 inch of rain would have done that!
> Two more days of rain to go, with temps between 65* and 72*.
> What kind of a July 30th is this, anyway...?
> Penny, NY
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