fear and loafing

Greetings and salutations everyone; yes, once again it is I, Mani the semi-small purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here to bring you the latest stormy news from our garden. You may remember me from such rain-oriented posts as “Another Rain Movie”, among quite a few others.

Here I am in a characteristic pose.15060501This was taken after my evening walk, which was a really long one, and I got to see and smell a whole lot of stuff. I really enjoyed my walk, and the guy I live with says the walks are going to be a regular feature of my life, so I’m pretty happy about that.

Our story for today actually begins late Thursday night, when a thunderstorm snuck up on us at about 10:30. The sound you hear is not rain. It was pretty scary, but not totally scary.

Then this morning, it started to rain the way the guy says it rains in other places, without fear of all heck breaking loose. If you hear a sound like someone’s rabies tag jingling in the background, there’s a reason for that.

The sun came out eventually, sort of, but it was too wet to do anything constructive, so we took a nap. The guy I live with seems to have our modern lifestyle down pat.

We woke up from our nap, and the guy I live with said the nap made him sleepy, so we decided to take an additional nap, so we wouldn’t feel so sleepy. That was an excellent idea.

I went on my walk, as I said, and then did stuff out in the yard, the way I do. About 8:30 or so the guy I live with suggested I come inside, which I didn’t really want to do, so he picked me up and carried me inside. It was probably just as well that he did. I don’t have an expert take on the weather the way he does.

I think you’ll agree that this is pretty atmospheric.

Then it really rained. I mean super extra rained. The guy I live with says we got ten feet of rain out of this. He might be exaggerating. The street flooded, though.


I hope you enjoyed these rain movies. The guy I live with says he’s ready for summer, and sun.

Until next time, then.

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14 Responses to fear and loafing

  1. Cris says:

    Wow..you really are getting the rain. We could sureuse some. We are about to be declared a drought area. We did get some thunder and lightning last week but only a bit of rain with it. They said we got over 700 strikes in a 30 minute period and nine small fires started but put out,thank goodness. Our Annie shook in her white boots. 🙂 she hates thunderstorms..if you like summer we are having 93 degrees today. I’ll share some of our sun with you if you’ll share some of your rain. 🙂 Enjoy those walks, so many things to explore and to mark to let other furry friends know you’ve been there. Your own way of emailing I think. Lol

    • paridevita says:

      Yeah, the guy I live with says this rain could be more profitably dropped on other places. Though we don’t wish the “not rain” part on anyone. Denver Botanic Gardens got hail (“not rain”) the other day.

  2. Barb K says:

    Did the DBG have a lot of damage? I saw them shoveling loads of that hail off the streets on the news. Did your walking area flood or does it drain off pretty quickly? No danger of being swept away, right? Do you think you’ll have mosquitoes there this summer? You might need heartworm medication. Pretty soon you’ll be able to grow rice. Not that you’d want to.

    • paridevita says:

      We hear that DBG did get quite a bit of damage. Our little neighborhood is prone to flooding, being at the lowest point on the north slope of an “outwash mesa” (see “where we live” on this blog). But everything does flow away into the creek behind us. I’m already on heartworm medication and the guy I live with just got a smelly flea-and-tick collar in the mail, because of the ticks. A collar for me, I mean.

      • Barb K says:

        Eeew, ticks. One of our dogs went to bed with an unnoticed tick when we lived in the country. She woke up with a fully engorged female on her ear and looked like “The Girl with the Pearl Earring”. Two dogs got Lyme disease but made a full recovery. Good thing you are protected.

      • paridevita says:

        Yes, that was discovered last year. Chess wore a citronella collar, and though he reeked, it worked, and I’m wearing one this year. Oh look, it’s raining.

  3. Mark Mazer says:

    The efficacy of citronella based flea and tick collars is significantly less than what we are now using, Nexgard.
    Coming from CT, where Lyme disease was named and prevalent, we prefer the more efficacious products. Only the paranoid survive.

    • paridevita says:

      We don’t have very many ticks here, and they’re usually gone by the beginning of July.

      • Mark Mazer says:

        Nice. We are “swamped in the swamps”, literally, with ticks. Plucked a Lone Star Tick out of my belly button last week. Ugh. But, they don’t carry Lyme. With all that rain, have you considered a prophylactic fungicide for your most precious?

      • paridevita says:

        No, just rust, from time to time. Like now. But easily stopped with soap.

  4. About this time, Mani, you might be wondering why the guy you live with removed a perfectly fine planted estate and put in a dry garden. Somewhere after the third rain video and before the fourth, you might question how much rain a dry garden can take. On the evidence, a lot. Your guy will probably look as sage as he can muster and tell you the soil allows the water to filter through quickly. Bosh. You live in a dry garden, and it is raining and raining and raining. Hope you dry and get warm and comfy after your walks. Yes, I am bitter.

    • paridevita says:

      Thanks; we do understand how unfair this is, considering how annoyed the guy I live with is getting with the constant rain, and other places needing it badly. Yes, dry gardens, or dryland plants, can take any amount of water during their growing season. But the point of the sand and gravel is to allow all the rainfall from brief showers to get to the roots, later in the year. Right now even the clay soil in what the guy I live with claims is a “lawn” is saturated, and it takes a lot of rain to do that here. By the way, the post was supposed to have been done last night, but the last video took so long to process I had to go to bed, and the guy I live with had to check with the neighbor to make sure their house hadn’t flooded. It hadn’t. The storm drain across the street is what you might call under-engineered. The openings in the grate, and in the one to the north of it, across the street too, are too small to let leaves through, so when it hails and rains there are leaves in the gutter, and the drain clogs, and there’s a flood. The guy I live with isn’t like in charge of the storm drain, but we can see it better than most people.

  5. I think I’d find that to be mighty good napping weather.

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