Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Oh Water, Where Art Thou?



Here in Wisconsin and across much of the U.S., we are in the grip of an extended severe drought. Last measurable rainfall was in May, that’s over 50 days of brutal heat in the 90s, barely a cloud in the sky. On the fourth of July our corn was knee high. It still is. By now those stalks should be twelve feet high.

Grass is dormant, which is perfectly fine. And I plant mostly perennials that can withstand an average drought. Only this one isn’t average. Bushes, trees, all wilted, withering, dropping leaves. Our small local communities are asking us to help water trees lining the streets.

I wish I had X-ray vision so I could take a peek at the water table and determine if that’s okay or not. Should I be using such a precious human need on plants? I don’t know.

My vegetable garden is getting its fair share though. Green tomatoes are forming on the vines, kale is hearty and strong, beets are offering up their greens while the rest of their work is going on underground. I’ve heavily mulched the potatoes with straw.

But it’s time consuming! And the heat permeates the house in spite of the central air conditioning.
I haven’t been writing much. The creative portion of my brain went on vacation without putting in a request.

Sigh.

We need rain, lots of it. I’ve tried a rain dance. Didn’t work. I washed my car. Still no rain. I worry about the robins. Their food source is deep underground.

I really like this image I found online.

For one thing, it reminds me of a simpler life.

For another, I enjoy seeing a woman sitting while her husband works:)

Hope all of you are surviving, if not thriving.

10 comments:

Mirjam said...

My first thought upon reading that titel was: 'here'! We have had lots of rain this Summer in the Netherlands. The forecast for next week is promising though! :)

Jane R said...

We went through the same thing in Central Texas last year. Days of record-breaking heat and absolutely no rain. However, this year we're receiving rain in July, which is totally out of the ordinary. The weather is crazy everywhere it seems.

Sue said...

They say here in Iowa it's the worst "drought" since the 80's. We are almost 7 inches below average for the year. Funny when you think that just 4 years ago we had the worst flood in history here in Cedar Rapids and are still to this day no where near back to the way downtown was before that. We have a 40% chance of rain today but I'm not going to hold my breath. The sun is shinning and already it's in the 70's. OUr grass is crunchy and there are trees here to that are turning brown and losing leaves. My worry is this winter...will it be overly snowy and icy or will this drought continue?

Deb said...

The weather patterns are changing, that's for sure. On a happy note, I wrote this post and scheduled it last night. This morning it's raining!

Aurian said...

Lol Mirjam, I have the exact same thought! Holland has been too wet and cold already. No way this is summer. And yeah for the rain for you Deb! You should have complained earlier ;)

Heather said...

Deb: Wasn't it wonderful to hear the rain and thunder this morning? Now if we could just get a nice all-day soaker... (Just not during the next couple Wednesdays, since that would cancel Concerts on the Square).

The Cat Bastet said...

Deb, I wonder if the "flush an ice cube and do a snow dance" for a snow day ritual works for invoking rain. I'll let you know. :)

Cathy AJ

Deb said...

Storming like crazy. Apparently complaining publicly is the key! Loving the fresh smell of rain.

momto8blog said...

crazy weather here in central Pa. last year around this time we had major floods...now the grass is so dry it crunches> And ye..I spend so much time watering it is crazy. rain is coming.....
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Deb said...

Love your blog, momto8blog, and made it one of my favorites. Thanks for coming our way.