Our weather took a turn for the worse. For several days it got cold. Very cold. The days, but one, were okay, but only for about 2 hrs. a day, maybe 3. Wednesday morning, for example, my thermometer next to the house said 32, but we knew that it was colder. A thermometer put away from the wall showed it to actually be 25 degrees out. It didn't get above 32 until about 10:30 or better.
What happened to fall? We went from a prolonged summer, to winter!
And, speaking of weather...it started to rain late Thursday night/early Friday Morning. It rained 1.5" in less than 4 hrs.
There were little lakes all over, and the ditches around the house (work to be done later.) created a moat around the house that was over-flowing.
It is supposed to rain again tonight and tomorrow, next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday...with thunderstorms, then again the following Monday.
On Thursday, we were panicking because the erosion control had to be put in place, and we'd just gotten it...wattles, socks, and silt fencing. If you don't, you can get fined by the county. But, Ds had a job in the south county almost at Sonoma...early.
So, for the first time since spring, the guy who used to help us was available, which was amazing, since he just isn't anymore. He came at 8, and he and Dh did it by themselves for 10 hrs. before he had to go somewhere. Then, when Ds got back from work, about 8 P.M., he came back and they all worked for another 2 hrs. It's very time consuming, and hard work on the hills, in the rock, digging, etc.
Finally, Dh gave up, and the boys finished the very last of it. I'm really proud of Dh working that long, but I'm really sorry for his back. He's in a lot of pain now, and mostly having to lie down.
A pipe put in a few weeks ago to direct water away from part of the house is at a wrong angle, and we're not sure how to 'fix' it in the rocks.
We still need a couple of bales of erosion control hay...we've used 6 bales already, but none will be in until Tuesday. Everyone knew that the rain was coming, so any work done, or any fire damage, requires various erosion control measures, including hay. I guess that there was a run on it.
It's been a strangely busy week. Phone call-wise, etc. I wanted to get to going through a couple of boxes, but it seems that every time that I begin, something interupted. Then, by later afternoon, the lights aren't bright enough for me.
Okay, I just got a start. I heard a loud noise. It was a tree going over between the bottom of our driveway, and the road. That's why I got as many trees as possible away from the house. Still, it startled me. I'm used to cringing when I hear that sound.
The hoodie that I got recently, is so nice and warm that I throw it on top of my blankets at night. I would have loved a 2nd just like it, but the deep discount that I got was because it was a close-out.
Wildlife has been kind of scarce with the freezing temperatures. But, my baby crickets are doing well. They are eating potatoes, carrots, and dog kibble.
I'm shifting gears from October, and starting to make the baby decorations from my construction paper find. I started with more pumpkins, and am thinking of yellow ears of corn (kernels drawn in.) with green/yellow/brown husks at the top. I'll work from there.
Well, that's all from here. How was your week?
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