Saturday, October 8, 2011

Still pretty hot and very dry here

The temps here have definitely been more tolerable the past week or two - 80s and 90s instead of 100+.  But as folks in northern regions are celebrating fall color and cool nights (and even some frost and early snow!), our A/C is still pretty much running regularly all day, every day.  And other than those few inches we got a couple of weeks ago, no additional rain.  That dash of liquid replenishment that 1/3 of the pond saw has long since dried up again to sun-baked mud.

The driveway is cracking, just like the yard has been doing all summer. 
Yes, it's October and I'm still wearing sandals - you would be, too, if it was still 90+ where you are...
"Hello, down there!"
Still conserving water as the utility districts are in a serious world of hurt and worried about supplying the cities and towns with fresh water (we're lucky to have co-op water here as I'm not sure a private well would have lasted through this summer).  A couple of counties have harshened their burn bans to include absolutely no grilling or barbequing as the fire danger is still insanely high.  My car hasn't been washed in many months (totally countrified).  Several of our trees look like they're not going to make it (thankfully, the big oaks are not among them).  Still filling the bird baths several times a day for my furry and feathered friends.

"Ahhh..."
There's a chance of rain in the forecast for tomorrow.  I'm hoping and praying it'll deliver.  In buckets.  It's going to be a long, scary winter if we don't get some decent rainfall soon.

98 comments:

Raindrops and Daisies said...

I am hoping that you will get rain too as you badly need it.

I don't think I could even imagine living in temps of 80 - 100degrees,
I would be dead after a few hours!

Plenty and plenty of rain here in wet Ireland.

Wishing it your way.

x Fiona

rainfield61 said...

Let me make a call, and you will see rain very soon.


"Hello...... ........ ......"

Tammy said...

Mother Nature is a twisted sister this year! You with the heat and no rain, and us with far too much rain. It is really affecting our Fall colors. We have been spared by the flooding, but many in these parts have not been so lucky.

Sharon said...

Very dry here too, not used to this, but it seems to be following a pattern... flood us out in the spring and then just plain don't. The famous "they" are saying a 20% of rain in a couple days. Well, I hope. Losing some trees, I think and my pink smoke bush.

Have a cool down, high of 81 here today, and the humidity is down. I wonder what Halloween will bring? We have had heat and we have had snow on Halloween - it should get interesting.

I do hope you get some good rain, you are all so desperate down there!

eileeninmd said...

Maybe we can all do a rain dance for you and the rest of Texas. We have had the opposite here breaking records of rainfall. It makes me think of the rainbarrels and collecting rainwater, just in case there is a shortage. Seems like a great idea. I wouldn't mind the warmer temps though. Great photos, love the cute squirrel.

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

I hope you get the buckets of rain that all of you need so much!

We've been having extremelly pleasant days and nights lately. No rain either, though. But I do hope YOU guys get it this time!!
{{hugs}}

Jill said...

Your pictures do so well at showing the desperation of the situation. My heart goes out to all of Texas.

Oddly enough, we've been back in the 80's here in MN. and we are extremly dry. Not as bad as you but bad enough.

Hope the rains smile upon you today!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

And I thought it was dry over here. YEs,it is dry,but nothing like what you have and certainly not that kind of heat. i do hope you get that much needed rain soon.

Bruce Clark said...

Its amazing the difference in weather around the country. Here in Connecticut we are 15" above are normal rainfall. Here`s hoping you get the rain you so badly need down there.

Birdman said...

SC would love this squirrel shot.

Mom of M&Ms said...

HEy! we have a crack jsut like that in our yard......dry does not begin to describe it!!!

Kathy said...

We have a few cracks like that in our back yard too. I just heard the other day about the no grilling outside. The officials said no burning means no burning! Period! I think it's a good idea. I'm headed off to the farmers market in shorts and sandals. The clouds looked meaningful yesterday for maybe some rain but so far this a.m. it's clear again. I saw a square bale of coastal hay yesterday for $10.99! I'm sure your feathered friends (and tree rats, too) appreciate your generosity!

Lynne said...

It makes me sad to see and read about Texas, (and you) and the dry, DRY, exceptionally dry year.

I am thankful you can provide water for all the little ones and larger ones around the ranch.

Difficult to imagine . . . I am hoping "the rains" happen tonight!

Farmchick said...

I do hope you get some rain soon.

Deb said...

hoping you get some rain...we have had a little more than you...but not much....it is just too dry...

Larry Ostby said...

That Ma Nature can be the B word sometimes, wish it wouldn't last all season long. Hoping your forecast comes true and rain saturates the area. That's one happy squirrel :)

bailey-road.com said...

Needless to say, I pray that you get the rain that is forecast - and more!

Sandra said...

our weather person said TX might get 3 to 6 inches of rain, I am praying 6 of it lands right in your pond and on your trees. i did pop over to see the twins. to funny, i told her if they ever get together, buy lots of bird seed. LOL

Judy said...

Wow T, that is a pretty big crack.

Jan n Jer said...

It really is a crazy weather pattern this year. This will be a summer/year for the record books! Hope Mother nature sends some decent rain your way. My fingers are crossed that our gorgeous weather the past few days will stay a bit longer. We are in what we call in these parts "Indian Summer" the next two weeks all the trees should be ablaze with color!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

That has to be so scary for everyone. I wonder about everyone's wells. Hope hope hope you get some rain soon.

edenhills said...

So glad you're thinking of the animals. We're still pretty dry up here~burn bans and even a town conserving water because it's lake is drying up. We've been in the eighties the last week, which is way above normal. Hope you get buckets of rain today!

Teresa

Debbie said...

mother nature has been so cranky this year....i am just hoping we don't get wacked with snow like we did last year, it was insane!!

cute squirrels...they really get in to it!!

bon bon said...

you're so sweet to keep the critters fed and watered. sounds (and looks) pretty dire. sure hope you get a few texas-sized downpours soon.

ellen abbott said...

I hear ya. We've had the AC off mostly the past week or two but two days ago the humidity returned. One day of high humidity and my skin looked ten times better. We got what passes for rain here lately. A heavy sprinkle/light rain for anywhere between 2 and 10 minutes. Five minutes later the driveway was completely dry. Now were back to the unrelenting blue sky. The folks on wells around here still seem to have plenty of water though so that's good.

Farm Girl said...

I will be praying you get rain too. Those cracks are unreal. That means you are really dry very deep doesn't it.
You know what? I have sandals that look just like that and they are my favorite. I bought them one year and I have never found another pair like them.

Melodie said...

Yep,it is the same here...sigh.Where is Fall? I hope you get some of that rain this weekend,hop I do too!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

A nice report on a bad situation. Don't drop your dirty car keys down that crack. Scorpions!

deb duty said...

I'm praying for rain for you today. The pics of the squirrel enjoying a drink of water are so cute! It's so kind of you to make sure they have some water.

joo said...

It was the same here - till yesterday!
Hope rain will come to your place soon:)

Linda R. said...

I am doing a little rain dance for you right now!! It's not pretty but I hope it works.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

I hope it rains for you too!

Pricilla said...

I hope you do get some rain. It's been pouring here for the last three days.

Snapper II said...

That is dry. With cracks like that,You had better be careful where you step. Hope you get some rain soon.

The White Farmhouse said...

I will go out promptly and do my rain dance for you! If you see on the news "crazy nekkid lady in hot pink cast arrested" send bail money!

Gone Country said...

Praying for rain for you tomorrow. It's so sad to see everything so bone dry. I'm sad about the trees too. I know your furry and feathered friends are sure grateful for you for keeping them hydrated and clean! A woman after my own heart!

don said...

Your graphic shots are a grim reminder of the terrible drought that continues to plague your part of the country. I'll watch my radar app to see if rain develops there. By the way, your home shot on top of your blog is such a great looking image. beautiful when the pond is full.

Samantha said...

I keep praying for rain for you every time we're getting soaked!

Gillian Olson said...

Great shots, the squireel looks very happy about his drink.
Hope you get the promised rain soon.

Bob Bushell said...

Pretty hot stuff, and your camera.

Tricia said...

what do you mean by "it'll be a long scary winter if you don't get some rain soon"

the squirrel drinking is so cute, poor lil guy, and he/she is lucky you supply their water for them!

The White Farmhouse said...

I will go out promptly and do my rain dance for you! If you see on the news "crazy, nekkid lady in hot pink cast arrested" send bail money!

Ellie said...

I don't know how you manage in those temps, I would be seriously struggling with them.
I'm hoping you get some good downpours soon. You sure do deserve it after all this time.

Evelyn S. said...

I'm praying for rain for you, too. Drought is so devastating!

wayside wanderer said...

The Weirdest Most Miraculous Thing has happened here. Our pond is at least 2 foot fuller OVERNIGHT. How on earth did that happen without rain? I am flummoxed and perplexed. That kinda rain overnight would pretty much require an ark, right? And it would be hard to miss unless I was like...who is that guy who went to sleep for years? Is our HOA up to something fishy, but HOW? (Mike thinks there is an irrigation valve of some sort which totally takes debunks my miracle theory.) CrAzY.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, it has been such a bad year for Texas -- I remind myself of that every time I begin to whine about "gray and chilly" Seattle! Always love your little four-legged friends and I'm glad they have you to look after their needs -- WATER in particular!! Hope you have a great weekend, Theresa!

Sylvia

Andrew said...

Our weather is all over the place... 85f on Saturday now low 50's and even hail in the rain.. It has been forecast to drop to minus 4 in the next couple of weeks.

Leenie said...

I'm sure the creatures really appreciate the watering hole in the middle of such drought. (provides great photo ops too!) Wish I could send you some of the rain and SNOW we've received in the last two days.

City Life to Ranching Wife said...

praying praying praying for rain, my friend!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That'a a serious crack! We had a serious drought a few years ago, but nothing like your summer! Hope you get rain soon:@)

Marie (once The Tile Lady) said...

I came by via Betsy's blog...we lived in Ledbetter TX for five years (I have also lived in Houston and Lubbock in the distant past) and the first year we were there we had three-digit temps for four months straight. I remember those cracks in the ground! I'll be praying for some relief for you all. We are in Tucson now after going back to Virginia for a time, so dry is something I see daily! :-) But, amazingly it's been in the 50s the last couple of days! Earlier than usual! Anyway, I have friends still in TX and have good memories too. It was interesting visiting you today. Hope you will come by my blog as well. Take care! Look for those raindrops!

Marie

Daniel said...

I cannot imagine what never ending heat of 100+ temps can do to the human soul. Are you drying up and cracking up... yet? ;-)

ksdoolittle said...

It's either feast of famine in Texas, huh?? Been there, done that!! Hope you get some rain soon. My friends to your west are also keeping me informed. Their lake has dried right up!

sharon said...

Here's hoping and praying for rain!! God Bless TEXAS!!

Catherine said...

Gosh you are still having some warm weather! It is getting colder and colder each day here. But I will be thankful we don't have snow....yet....!!

xo Catherine

Robin said...

T, I hope your wish for rain pans out! I surprised you drought is continuing! I thought you were past it when you finally got some rain. Surely it will break soon. I hope so!
We are definitely into Fall around here. I went to the Bird Sanctuary this morning. It was 7 degrees (C) when I went out!
It's our Thanksgiving weekend this weekend. Turkey dinner on Monday!
Have a great weekend!

Log Cabin Studio said...

Happy Canadian Thankgiving..I hope you get some rain soon.
Caroline

laurak@forestwalkart said...

not to rub it in...but it's raining right now here in north florida and the temp is 70...supposed to rain tomorrow too...maybe if we all get together and THINK RAIN...and picture your house.....

Woody said...

I'm rooting for some serious rain for you guys, I just hope it's more successful than my rooting for the Phillies :-(

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I know that the 'tree rat' appreciates being able to get a drink, and I hope that rain will come for you, and give you all the relief that you need!!

Annette said...

The birds and squirrels must love having you to depend on for water.

mick said...

The drought around your place looks terrible. I hope you get some rain soon. We have had no rain for about a month and since this is all sand down here it was pretty dry until yesterday when a big storm came through and we got an inch of rain all at once!

dr momi said...

Hopefully the rain I saw on the weather map for Texas, hit your area!!

Karen said...

Here's hoping your do.

Susan said...

We (Utah) went through a bad drought a few years ago. It's a bad situation. I hope with all my heart you get the rain you need tomorrow.

PS: Have you washed your windows? I did, and low and behold it rained a couple of days later.

Eaton Bennett said...

We had drought for ten years over most of Australia...in the last year serious floods broke the drought. Our land looked similar to yours. It's raining right now, amazing spring rain. That squirrel is gorgeous, so thirsty and hot too I imagine. I've got Texan friends, I've been keeping up with your record temperatures, you've sure had it hot.
regards,
Eaton

Furry Bottoms said...

I've been feeling like that squirrel lately. My thirst cannot be met. I just want to drink and drink and drink (water, that is) and cannot seem to get enogh.

I hope you get some rain soon... like now!!!!

Michaele said...

I bet you will get some moisture soon. Seems like it is either raining or snowing in many areas now.

My daughter saw an obese squirrel today. Huge stomach and thighs. I guess even the squirrels can have issues. Poor thing.

Randy said...

Wow I can't believe your still so warm there. Cute little drinker you have there.

Chinatours said...

hope there will be rain sooner, it cannot be good without rain for a long time, the little squirrel must be thirsty and hot too, pray for rain for you

SweetMarie said...

It's so thoughtful of you to keep the bird baths filled everyday. That second pic of the squirrel is so adorable! He's very gratefull to you! I wish you rain!!!

Texan said...

DH and I said today again, if it would just rain....

We too think we have lost several large trees sighhh

Angela said...

Bless you girl for watering the critters! That is some scary dry around your place. It made me cry. I do pray that Texas gets some of the much needed rain that you need!

Flora said...

Wow...that is dry..... lucky critters to have a friend like you!!

spindrift,me said...

Your photos are awe-inspiring. You need days and days of gentle, soaking rain without letup. Wait, that was last week around here! Hope you all get respite soon.

God, Gals, Guns, Grub said...

It's been in the 80s and dry this week here in Ohio... but I don't think we're even close to feelin' ya'lls pain in Texas...

Dann in Ohio

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Hoping and praying you get some precip too!

pattisjarrett said...

I don't know that I'd want to straddle that driveway crack. Hopefully you've gotten some rain.

MarieElizabeth said...

I saw a line of storms and rain through TX, I hope some of it came your way.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I'll throw in my prayers too! It's raining during the Baseball game in wherever-that-is-Texas (I was listening earlier as I blogged). Anywhere near you?

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

Oh my, don't step in a sink hole! It's a good thing the critters have you to help with food and water. Good job Tex. Hope you get the rain you need.

SquirrelQueen said...

We are finally getting some much needed rain here, I hope it works it's way down to you.

Thank you for making sure all the little critter have fresh water.

Becca said...

Hope you got your rain.

Candy C. said...

The weather man was talking about big rain for Texas over the weekend, hope ya'll saw some of it!

Country Mouse Studio said...

hope you get some rain soon, thank goodness you have water out for the birds and animals

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

argh..i'm wearing sandals ,too.
i wish it would get cooler...

hope and praying you get some rain there as well.

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Man, you guys are drier than a popcorn fart! I have my fingers crossed that you get some of that much needed rain!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

We got rain last night and most of today. Hope it reached you!!

Joe said...

Here's hoping you get some rain.

littlethingsoflife said...

TWG -- We got several hours of steady, slow rain this afternoon. It was WONderful!!! I thought about you and hoped you were getting some, too. It's gone now -- but maybe we'll get more before too long. I loved the pics of your dogs this morning...I guess you might say we're still in 'the dog days of summer' in our part of the world! ;)

Rose said...

Hoping you got or do get some much needed rain...does this happen often? For this long?

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

We are even getting low in the amount of precip for this time of year. Nothing like you all, of course, but it's still scary as you say -- before winter.

Chatty Crone said...

Looks really bad - I hope for a gentle and long rain! sandie

heyBJK said...

That IS seriously dry! I'm happy to see the tree rats are still around! He looked a little thirsty.

Janie said...

Lets hear it for the tree rats! So nice that he feels welcome to your bird feeder. I just saw a red squirrel as this one for the first time when in Montana. Love your posts, keep em coming.

Barb said...

Wow - I'm sure hoping you get rain! I can't believe the cracks in the driveway.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I hope, hope, hope the forecast is true..(what CUTE feeties you have! ) :)

bj said...

We are in serious trouble out here, too, T. I am beginning to get a little scared...not much people can do if they run out of water.
I am putting water in our birdbath, too.

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