Thursday, May 28, 2015

Growing Grass

We are currently getting a beautiful straight down rain (unusual for us because it's always sideways rain). I love these soaker rains. Nothing too heavy so that it doesn't do any good but not just a drizzle to get everything damp but not enough to do any good. I love summer rains and thunderstorms (as long as there's no tornados involved).

Speaking of tornados, we are reaching the one year anniversary of having a tornado miss the Sanctuary by a half a mile. We still need to repair the run in shed at the bottom of the dry lot. I've come to the conclusion that there's no way to simply lift the roof from where it was flipped off and place it back on the run in shed easily. It'll have to be dismantled and reassembled. Anyone want to help? I will feed you!

The horses have been spending just a little bit of time out on the lawn. This weekend I'll be dividing the big pasture (temporary fencing only) and then letting them out. I usually wait until Memorial Weekend but that came so early and the grass hadn't really come back like I was hoping. So I'm waiting until just before the first of June. That means I'll have to break into one more bale to get us through until then. Hopefully that bale will last until I get everyone out on grass.

If we can get some nice soaker rains and then some heat and sunshine to go with, possibly the grass will come back and I won't worry so  much. In the summer I always worry about hay and pasture and in the winter I always worry about hay and weather. Guess it's just the nature of the beast.

I did notice that the solar fencer isn't working right. I am afraid I might have fried it somehow. Hopefully it's repairable. I have no idea what happened. One day it was working and the next it wasn't. Too bad because it was a nice fencer (and spendy). Unfortunately, we have a few major expenses to deal with in the next few days/weeks and I was really hoping to keep anything from breaking down to a minimum. Nothing lasts these days....except bills and stress.

But on the bright side, I see blue skies (even though it's raining, which is typical in South Dakota). So I'm guessing the rain will end soon and the sun will come out and hopefully we can get some heat to get this grass "a-growing".

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