Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Back and Bows

Char and I just got back from a nice trip through Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois. Officially, the reason for the trip was to see the kids but we had fun all along the way. I’ll write more about the trip later.

Arriving back home I quickly discovered our back yard is a mess. A neighbor did a good job of keeping our front yard mowed which I appreciate. But the back yard has grass eight inches tall and weeds everywhere. It rained daily while we were gone and has rained everyday since we have been home. One day I was able to get about half the back yard mowed before the rain started . . . . again. I have never been fond of using an electric lawn mower in a rainstorm.

Besides the rain, we have had a few hailstorms and a tornado warning or watch most days. According to the news, there has been $161 million dollars worth of damage in the last five days.

This is not common weather for our part of the country. Some people blame it on global warming, others on stimulus money coming out of Washington. I think it’s both.
However, there have been rewards. Several days we have had great rainbows. I’ve taken several pictures but the camera just doesn’t do them justice.


Blogger Cliff said...

No Rain.
No Rainbows.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

Welcome back!

The original must have been unbelievable because this photo is amazing!

10:30 PM  
Blogger Peruby said...

My neighbor across the street has an electric mower and I always wondered about using one when it rains. I wouldn't do it, either.

Hopefully the rain will move out of your area soon and dry up some of that grass for you.

3:12 AM  
Blogger bobbie said...

You caught a beauty with this one. We've had an awful lot of rain too, and are feeling pretty soggy. But, as you say, it has its rewards. I love rainbows!

5:38 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Welcome back. I guess we're going to be blaming a lot of things on the stimulus money, why not the weather?

Looking forward to hearing more about your trip!

7:10 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Glad you had a good trip. Next time pay someone to take care of the lawns and it will be done.
You guys up in the middle of the country and around are getting all our rain. It isn't fair, it is all just going north over our heads in pretty dark blue clouds.
Someone surely is to blame?

12:01 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Wow, that's a beautiful picture Ralph. I heard on the news some about your weather and thought about you two. We have been getting the rain daily here as well. Yesterday was storm after storm and one even had some hail in it. We've had lots of warnings but luckily no damage.

Don't mow when there is any thunder. You do not want to be hit by lightening Ralph. You do not!!!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

We are having the same kind of weather: nothing but rain every blessed day. No sun to even make a rainbow. No tornadoes either, thank goodness.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

That durn grass just doesn't know when to quit Ralph, welcome to the club.

3:48 AM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Ugh. Rain. That seems to be all we are getting of late. And we're not even rewarded with a beauty of a rainbow like yours. I was able to get the grass mowed before the rain this morning. It seems that we must mow between the raindrops.
I have a gas mower, but electric weed wacker. I feel the same. Not weeding in the rain.

Glad you and Char enjoyed your trip. Lisa

12:54 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Glad you and Char had a good time on your trip..... We haven't had any rain in weeks... I don't know if it is global warming but I hope we get some soon and NO I am not praying for a hurricane, we don't need water that bad.

Get that yard mowed and have a great week! And Fathers Day too.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

We had such a beautiful time in Colorado and were surprised to get home and begin hearing about all the rain and storms including tornadoes! Glad it waited until we were gone. It sounds like you're going to need a tractor instead of a mower to get rid of the overgrowth of grass.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Paul Nichols said...

We've had a lot of what you're talking about, too. Some of it real close to nasty! The last three days have been HOT and (almost) without rain. High humidity.

Great photo.

5:32 AM  

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