Friday, June 3, 2016
more rain and exotic blooms and small tasks
ho hum, the river's at flood stage again
The river is up again and more rain is coming upriver from us and eventually to us though we are still in no danger from the flooding. It's only been a month since the Colorado went over it's low banks on the west side of town. Last time it crested somewhere in the neighborhood of 48' which was higher than the the May 2015 flood which crested somewhere around 43'. It crested somewhere around 40 something feet and started to go down and now more rain and more dam releases and it's not just the Colorado but the Brazos River as well. And the Brazos is getting the worst of it. People are losing homes, cars, livestock, crops because the rich on the lakes in the hill country can't be bothered by high water. Certainly, they must release some water to prevent pressure on the dams but if they didn't keep the lakes at capacity they could absorb some heavy rain instead of sending it all downstream to flood those who depend on the land for their living.
My night blooming cereus bloomed last night. They don't usually bloom til late summer or fall but they will put on a bloom or two around this time of year. Last year I missed both times it bloomed so I was really happy to see it this time. They smell so sweet, kind of lemony.
I had two days to play last week because of the holiday. Couldn't do much outside because it is so soggy and hot and the mosquitos are fierce. Sunday I doused myself and clothes with repellant, something I am loathe to do so that I could do some maintenance in the yard and unclog the hose from the water lily pond to the filter...again. The string algae is fierce so I also treated the pond for that. And I took care of all the little things that have piled up. Hung a painting that's been sitting on the floor for months, repaired two wind chimes and got them hung and got the last two wind chimes from my latest estate sale haul hung. Tied the crystal back on another that had come off, hung a plastic 'crystal' do-dad in the window. Replaced two drawer handles with the glass ones I found at a previous estate sale. Drilled a hole in a saucer and got the tea cup bird feeder repaired and back up. Cut a piece of rebar in two with the metal saw, sparks flying all around. Steamed the wax out of a mold. Made a pie from the small sweet white flesh peaches the local orchard had last week and it was an awesome pie even if I do say so myself.
This weekend is the art show that we are participating in with six other artists so I spent the day yesterday getting the display ready and packing up the glass and gathering up all the other shit that we'll need for our display and sales (one can hope). We're headed into the city in a little while to get set up. Of course, it's supposed to rain all day today and Saturday with a flash flood warning through Saturday (see the first paragraph). Sunday should be decent though with only some rain predicted.