Friday, May 16, 2014

Rain and a groundhog

The trees, grass, and shrubs are incredibly green right now.

Rain, rain, rain. That’s what we’ve had nearly all day Thursday and part of the day Wednesday. As I write this Thursday night, it’s supposed to last until Friday morning. I don’t know how many inches we’ve gotten here at the house—we don’t have a rain gauge—but some areas were supposed to get up to four inches.

A critter got into the radishes planted in the uncovered portion of the raised bed garden this week. I’m surprised it took this long.
Larry found critter footprints on the raised bed and on pipe he’s using to put in a watering system (more on that next week).
Apparently, it’s a groundhog. We saw one in the backyard Thursday, munching away on the grass and clover. I think he’s cute. Larry does not.
No, I didn’t get a picture. But if he sticks around, I may get another chance.

Speaking of radishes, I apparently didn’t thin them soon enough and/or enough period, and they couldn’t grow. Lesson learned. Many more lessons to come, I’m sure.

I’m reading a very good book called Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, by Parker J. Palmer.
My minister recommended Palmer’s books to me, so I ordered this one and started reading it Thursday.
I am already marking passages and realizing that this is one of those books I will want to read again and again.
It’s raising questions in me that I want to write about. Sometimes I figure things out best when I write.

Tonight I’ll take photos for the newspaper at the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event in Rustburg, our county seat. I’ll try to get photos of the opening walks for survivors and caregivers and candid photos of participants.
The Relay is certainly a good cause. So many people’s lives are affected by cancer in some way.

Take care, dear readers, and have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm interested in this book you mention. I will check it out.

  2. Groundhogs used to terrorize my grandfather's garden all the time. he hated them LOL. And we've been getting a lot of rain here too Tina. We've needed it though. It's made everything so green! The Relay for Life event sounds like a wonderful thing and it's awesome that you get to be there to photograph it. Have a great Friday!

  3. remember this "the garden's fun"'s not a test and there will be no grade at the end!! i love the title of the book you are reading, sounds perfect for you!!

    and that tree, gorgeous.....the perspective is perfect!!

    have a joy filled weekend!!

  4. Have a lovely weekend, Tina -- and good luck with the groundhog!

  5. i'm surprised, too, that it took the groundhog this long! :)

  6. You must be getting that band of rain that stayed around us for so long. We're finally going to have a bright, sunny weekend. Sorry about the radishes, but you are learning and it will be an exciting journey for you I'm sure. Hope you get a pic of the groundhog. Have a great weekend!

  7. I'm betting you'll get another chance to snap the groundhog ;-)

  8. That books sounds like it might be interesting.

  9. Sounds like an interest book, Tina. We are getting a lot of rain here in Montreal today, too. I love groundhogs, they are so cute. :)

  10. I too figure things out much better when I write. Thanks for the post Tina!

  11. We've been getting rain all weekend - off and on. It's so annoying. But at least it's not snow!

    That book sounds interesting - I wonder if our library has it (or could get it on loan). Hmm.... :)


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