Last night we had a doozy of a storm, the likes of which we've been longing for all summer. Okay, I'm not all that fond of storms, but we sure appreciate the rain! Our old rain gauge (tipped away from the rain slightly to the south) registered 3/4". My dad's newfangled computer whiz-bang rain gauge measured 1.44" overnight. We agree that we probably got somewhere between 3/4" and 1-1/2" of rain in last night's storm. And this is the 3rd time in 3 weeks that it's rained, for which we are SO grateful. We worry and pray about those farmers who grow only 1 or 2 crops and have seen them whither in the fields.
Droplets on the clothesline--what a gift!
With a storm we sometimes get extras--wind, hail, trees down. We had only a bit of wind in the middle of the night last night, but we lost power anyway. This is a picture of our trusty generator--very necessary to keep the fans running and the water flowing in the barns.
When our power went out, the generator automatically fired up, as it is designed to do. We lay in bed, listening to the wind howling, the rain pelting the windows, and the generator roaring in the background.
As we listened, the generator quit. And so did everything powered by electricity. We quickly got dressed and headed out to find a hose had given out. This caused the cooling fluid to leak out of the generator, which in turn caused it to overheat and shut off to protect itself.
We spent what felt like an eternity scrambling to repair the hose, replace the fluid and get it up and running again. It felt like an eternity because we were working in the dark by flashlight, and because some of us were out in the torrential rain, getting water from a hose for the generator.
Of course you don't get any pictures of any of that, as we were slightly preoccupied, and it wasn't good weather for photos, anyway.
After we got it running and headed back inside, it took a long time for us to fall asleep again. As we waited for sleep to come, I asked The Farmer something that I've been asking a lot lately: "What do other people do for fun?"