May 28, 2024

Spring flooding

What do country farmgirls do when it floods and the fields become swimming holes? They make a big splash!

We are in day #2 of being flooded in. It’s kind of a spring tradition but one we skipped last year and got a drought instead. Our home and animals are safely uphill so there’s no inherent danger from rising water for us, but the roads in and out of the valley below our home place are impassable when the river and creeks get out. Pictured above left is my youngest daughter, choosing adventure over common sense and safety. No snakes, snapping turtles, deep currents, etc were encountered on this particular escapade. And no, she’s not on her knees in the water. In all fairness, the girls and I always went puddle stomping after the rain…too many years ago now to count. The second picture is the road home that my eldest daughter chose to wade after parking her car on the other side. Her dad was on his way to escort her home in our ATV, but she walked it knee deep in her Nikes and loved every second.

I got caught up in the adventure myself, and forgot to do all the preventative things a farm gal is supposed to automatically *do* when this happens. Like fill up a ton of buckets and pans and water pitchers for drinking, washing hands and flushing. Oops. And so the brown water coming out of our faucets today smacked me in the forehead. I knew better! On the bright side, by some miracle, dishes and laundry are done, and chili is in the crockpot for supper. Most importantly the teakettle is half full of clean water and I have some water bottles stashed in the basement if we have to resort to drastic measures. Don’t you agree that having the capacity to brew a cuppa tea is a necessity when disaster strikes?

One thing bothers me. I am perilously low on sugar-free chocolate.

Anyone else flooded in today? Isaiah 43:2, ” When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

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