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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

If I Had A Boat

Song - If I Had A Boat by Lyle Lovett

Busy as a bee.....

The roses are in full bloom.

The iris are just beginning to bloom.

Tomato plants (18) have been put in the vegetable garden.

 The shade garden is happily showing her beauty.






And the geese are doing a little hanky-panky up on our rooftop every morning.

Our neighbors roof

Then it got cold.

Very cold in comparison to the weather California has been used to. Which has been Summertime in the Winter!

Easter was held inside this year due to the rain and cold.

Yesterday it rained and then hailed.  Weird weather.

But we need the rain so much that no one is complaining.

It rained enough to bring this rowboat down the creek and lodge in some brambles by our property.

The Governor is placing California on a 25% water reduction plan starting soon.

Luckily Mr. B and I were already changing our overhead sprinklers to a drip system and Sherman (our drip guy) said his phone is ringing off the hook with jobs.

We are also collecting grey water, you know the clean water we get from waiting for the hot water to come on, water from rinsing veggies & fruit, etc.  I have buckets in both showers and pitchers near each sink to gather the water.  Then I go outside and water my potted plants. 

Today I just ordered a 50 gal. rain barrel but it's not for rainwater (because we have none) but for all of these buckets and pitchers of water.  It is truly amazing how much water can be reused.  I am now looking into organic shampoo's, soaps, etc., so that we can collect even more.

"The farmer will never be happy again; 
He carries his heart in his boots;
For either the rain is destroying his grain
Or the drought is destroying his roots." 

--Alan Patrick Herbert


  1. Again, great minds think alike. We too have a pail in the shower to collect water as it heats, which amounts to a whole pailfull. And another bucket under the kichen sink for dumping not too dirty water from kitchen tasks. we turn off water in the shower when we soap and shampoo. I am getting quite fanatical. And all that water can be used in the gaden, which has to be watered anyway. Are you constantly carrying pails full of water out to the garden? slosh, slosh. And I throw water off the deck onto the thirsty plants below. John Miller says soapy water is good for plants. Is that true?

    Keep me "posted" on new water-saving tips.

    1. Taya - yes! Soapy water keeps aphids off plants! Another great mind!


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