How Dry I Am!

30 Sep

Today is the last day of September, and we have not had a drop of rain all month.  The spring beside the house has gone dry, and it is possible to walk directly across the yard from the front door to the mailbox on dry land.  ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗ  ᏂᏛᎴᏅᏓ  ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗ Wonder of wonders, and all that jazz.

Farmers are really having a hard time. This is harvest season, and the crops need water or the vegetables will wither on the vine. Tomatoes, eggplant, squash, even string beans look old and tired.

The oddest thing, which both The Squire and I mentioned this morning, is that we have almost no squirrels. Normally, when I go out in the morning to fill the feeders, there are at least a half dozen of them waiting for me, and within a few minutes there’s a gray blanket all over the lawn.  For at least the last ten days we might see a half dozen all day, all stocking up for the winter ahead. Maybe they are suffering as much as the plants.

We may not have rain, but boy! do we have acorns. I’ve been collecting them in used zip bags and stashing them in the freezer. We all have our own ways of preparing for the winter.


3 Responses to “How Dry I Am!”

  1. Alien Resort October 1, 2019 at 1:29 am #

    I was always told that acorns are poisonous. Apparently they aren’t.

    • thisendoftheswamp October 1, 2019 at 11:38 am #

      I should have made my post a little clearer!

      Acorns are poisonous in their natural state. The First Nations used to eat them (maybe still do) by boiling them, tossing the water, and boiling them again, and again. I save the acorns for the squirrels, and put them out when it is snowy.

  2. tiggerlyss October 1, 2019 at 9:15 pm #

    We too have experienced issues related to the drought. Most critters around here have begun to stay in areas where there is a guarantee of water availability, In all likelihood, we will see a reduction in populations of certain critters next year,

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