Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rain, Rain, And More Rain! Part 3

Yes, it is still raining.....and thunderstorms.......and hailing.......and 50 mph winds!

My poor greenhouse. After a horrible night of heavy rain and gusty wind that sounded like a train coming through the house, I discovered that almost half the panels of my greenhouse are ripped off and thrown all over our property. Luckily, they were not too damaged and could be reinstalled on the greenhouse frame.Incredibly, all my starts and plants inside were not damaged at all!!
I was too upset and it was raining too hard to take pictures of the damaged greenhouse. Hubby and I straightened the frame, replaced the panels, and the greenhouse looked great AGAIN.....

I say again because the greenhouse had another bad experience about a month ago, this time my sweet horse Dusty was the cause. It seems that when she was in the same pasture as the greenhouse, she got the great idea that the greenhouse would make a wonderful scratching post for her itchy hide. I did take a picture of that damage, take a look!

Hubby and I straightened the frame and panels to make it look as good as new.

My poor little greenhouse!

The weather forecast is for more rain this weekend and then a full week of sun, I cannot wait!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rain, Rain, And More Rain! Part 2

Well.....we have been getting rain for oh, about 5 days straight and the forecast calls for more rain all next week. In fact, they are forecasting over 3" of rain in the next 2 days.
The weather is so crazy that Santa Rosa had a tornado touch down at a landscape company and destroyed some buildings. Luckily, no one was hurt! We don't have tornadoes in Northern California!

This morning we had a big hail storm also. I am ready for Spring which will be here officially tomorrow.
This is a picture of our view from our kitchen window today with all the rain we have had the past couple of days. Can you see the pair of Geese enjoying the pond?

This is the same view last year in May.

So...I guess I should remember with all this rain will come lots of wild flowers and green grass for the horses to nap in and for us to enjoy.

Yesterday we bought a used second refrigerator for the garage to house all the eggs I have been getting lately. The rain seems to not stop the girls from doing their job!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Girls

The wet weather has not dampened the girls spirit and dedication to their job, laying eggs! As if on cue, March 1st started the explosion of egg production. It has been interesting to find the eggs and check out all the different sizes and colors. As of today, I am up to 3 dozen a day! Yikes! I said I wanted eggs, well, I got em!

Previously, I have been able to sell all my eggs just by word of mouth.These eggs sell themselves, once someone tastes one of these eggs with their rich flavor, they never want to buy the grocery store eggs. Now I am going to have to do a little marketing. In the meantime, I am looking for a good used refrigerator to house all these eggs so that I can have room in our refrigerator.

They come in all different hues of brown, green, and blue. They are beautiful! No dye is needed, just stamp or paint flowers, stripes, polka dots, stars, etc on these eggs and you are ready for the Easter bunny.

These are pictures of some of the girls. They too come in all different colors and sizes also. They are very pretty and each one of them has their very own distinct personality.

Update: Almost 2 inches of rain today!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Rain, Rain, And More Rain!

2 steps forward, 1 step back......seems that is the theme when it applies to my progress with Maggie's Garden including this blog. But, looking at the glass half full, I am progressing. Just not at my speed!

The rain, the source of all good things, is in abundance this Winter. So I am trying not to complain, but....we have 120% of "average" for this year, March usually only gives us a storm or two, and yet everyday for the last two weeks and looking ahead two weeks, calls for rain, lots of it. Ok, I am complaining. I am tired of mucking around in the mud to feed Dusty and the chickens. I am tired of planning to plant only to postpone due to rain or too wet soil........I just have to remember that in a couple of months I will be complaining about the dry, hard soil and the heat.....

The good news. The greenhouse has provided me with warmth and dry conditions to start seedlings, lots of them, and to protect my existing plants from the frost which will not go away for a month or longer.It is amazing how warm it is in the greenhouse, even when it is cold and rainy outside. Everyday, I go into the greenhouse to peek at the seedlings in their trays. They are popping up so fast! It is so exciting to see them growing bigger by the day. I have to water almost daily in the greenhouse now.

Since I have not posted to my blog in awhile, I will soon post some pictures and stories about what has happened since the end of January at Maggie's Garden. Stay tuned for some funny stories, it never is boring around here with a dog, a horse, and 65 chickens providing entertainment while I am waiting for the sun to peek through the rain clouds.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of Emma and I  enjoying the veggie garden a couple of years ago.

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