Sunset comes early these days – that picture was taken before 5:00. Weird weather we’ve had too – 60 – 70 by day! 32 by night. And dry as a bone.
When we drove up Hwy 32 the other day, we noticed Lassen is almost bare of snow.
But I’m not going to worry now, I’m just going to keep moving the hoses around the yard – a city of Chico arborist once told me that big trees need water about once a month during Winter drought. The fruit trees and the grapevines also need water, about every two weeks without rain.
Yeah, I used the ‘D’ word! Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player. Yes, we’re in trouble again, rain totals less than half of normal by some estimates.
But, looking ahead at AccuWeather – which, by the way, is the site most of our local tv weather casters use – I see there are some wet systems trying to move in. Next Wednesday, January 3, it says, “rain and drizzle possible…” By mid-January they use phrases like “steady rain…” Around January 21 they mention “snow” (!), but that peters into regular old rain by the end of the month.
I’ll take it.
When we have weather like this in December, there are two things I worry about. First is obviously DROUGHT! But the second is Spring flooding. Not that my properties are at risk, but flooding causes all kinds of problems. Too much rain makes things die just like not enough. If it runs on too long it affects the garden just like not enough.
Maybe it’s time for superstition.
Apparently, according to Estelle, a voodoo doll can be used for good as well as evil. I keep her on my book shelf, and whenever I have a problem, I give her a gift – like the Mardi Gras beads, or an old earring – and I ask her for something. Doesn’t hurt!
So, I will look for an old earring or brooch and ask Estelle if she can do anything about this drought. Watch the skies.