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Squall Line

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Cyndie was out walking Delilah on our north loop trail near the road when she captured this dramatic view of yesterday mornings’ approaching thunderstorm.

They didn’t make it back to the house without getting soaked.

We received about 2.25 inches of rain out of the storm that kept Delilah incessantly barking at the continuous big, bad bowling balls rumbling in the heavens.

Our surface soil moisture amount now seems to be enough for most of our lawn grasses and all of the weeds. There is more rain predicted for the end of this week so maybe that will do something for our root-zone soil moisture that is still sorely lacking.

I just hope we don’t get one of those dousings like Tennessee just received that caused the catastrophic flash flooding.

The trees on our property dropped so many branches they reminded me of the amount of hair constantly shedding from my head. The big oak that stretches across the driveway up by the house has started to shed acorns. After our effort last year to collect 100 viable ones for a planting experiment, I now feel guilty every time I hear a cracking sound under my boots.

“That could have been a potential new tree!”

Yesterday, it dropped so many shards of branches onto the pavement below, the acorns weren’t even noticeable among the debris.

Walking Delilah through the woods became a stuttering start/stop exercise for her as I was constantly pausing to bend over and pick up branches to toss them off the pathway. Several were big enough they required a two-handed effort.

That doozy of a squall line ushered in quite a dose of heavy weather. Maybe the next precipitation could come in the form of a slow day-long soaking, thank you very much.



Written by johnwhays

August 25, 2021 at 6:00 am

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  1. Great pic! It is amazing how fast those storms move.

    Thinking about your horses, do they continue to run around like you captured earlier this year?


    August 25, 2021 at 11:37 am

    • They have not. In fact, they have also done a lot less laying down for rests after doing plenty of reclining in their first months.
      They fell into a period of constantly standing around near, but not necessarily under, the overhang, even during periods of high heat, which we found strange.
      Recently, they have taken to grazing out on the green grass in the hay field and back pastures much more, both of which have been open to them 24/7.
      Very little in the way of running for the pure joy of being able.


      August 25, 2021 at 4:55 pm

      • Perhaps you and Cyndie have to exercise them a bit? I assume that a little running would be good for them? You never mention riding them; are they beyond that stage of their lives?


        August 25, 2021 at 9:07 pm

      • Yes, they are fully retired from any riding. As we gain more of their trust, I can see doing a little exercising in the round pen being a possibility.
        Yesterday, Cyndie was excited to report three of them accepted a session of grooming with brushes. Swings still shows hesitation toward being handled, but at least returned to check in with Cyndie, as if appreciating the gesture, but not wanting to be brushed.


        August 26, 2021 at 6:51 am

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