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Flood!

So, here’s the thing. It rains in Washington. A lot. Not nearly as much as people would have you believe, but still a lot. The good news is, the wonderful people who built Washington knew it rained a lot. Homes and roads were designed to withstand lots of water.

Now, that being said, sometimes it rains more than a lot. We’ve learned that we can count on the roads not completely washing away. From time to time they do end up under water, though. One of the roads that washes away a few times a year is the road we take to town. That means we get to take the long way around. It takes a little longer, but it gives us the chance to see what’s going on. Want to see some pictures?

These are all fields and pastures in their regular lives. Not lakes.

Flood 1

Corn Field

Cow Pasture

Cow Pasture

Sheep Pasture

Sheep Pasture

This is a farm on the other side of the river from where we live. Those are 4 ft. fence posts, and the roof of what is probably an animal cover.

Fenceposts

Fence posts

Roof

Roof

To put things in perspective, this is a picture of the river. And not the river. The water beyond that thin strip of land is the actual river.  The water between that strip of land and the road is NOT river. That’s usually pasture, with cows wandering around.

Not river

River

We’re on our road here, and town is waaay down there, at the base of the hills over yonder. See? We’re high above the major flooding.

 

Town

Down to Town

Closer to home, we have a lot of water, but it’s where it’s supposed to be. The “little creek” that runs through the property has turned into a churning river, and the pond is pretty high.

Creek

Little Creek

pond

Full Pond

The farms and ranches here have high and low pastures. This is also a community that doesn’t hesitate to help out. If anybody’s animals are in danger, they are moved to high ground, or a neighboring property. I haven’t heard of anybody’s home being flooded. Even in flood zones, the houses are built on high spots. When roads are closed, there are alternate routes. Most people pay attention, and don’t sneak around the barricades.

Flooding here is pretty cool. It creates extra work, and makes trips to town take a little longer, but it really is beautiful. I may be speaking too soon because we’re supposed to have rain for the next 4 days. But, we had sun today and everything had  a chance to dry out a little. We’ll see how I feel about it by the end of the week.

Roast Turkey

Thanksgiving Prep

The time has almost come! I’ve been looking forward to this Thanksgiving since last year, and now it’s almost here.

I come from a family where holidays are looked forward to. Not only do we like each other, there is never any pressure for things to be “perfect.” I have a lifetime of happy holiday memories, and do my best to provide the same for our children and grandchildren.

This year is particularly exciting because our Thanksgiving meal will be 100% homegrown. (The exception will be ingredients like flour, sugar and spices.) We wanted to do this last year, but underestimated how long we would have to raise a turkey before it’s big enough to eat. This year, we researched everything early in the year to ensure we would be ready.

I went through Pinterest and found recipes that only included items we’ve grown here. Everything looks delicious. Mine may or may not end up looking like this, but hopefully they’ll taste as good as all of these look. Take a look at the planned menu:

https://www.pinterest.com/TracyRedmon/thanksgiving/

We’re hitting freezing temperatures at night, and have had lots of rain in the past week. I wanted to leave everything in the ground as long as possible, but I had to start bringing it in this week. I wanted to show them straight from garden. Now, we’ll have some real before and after pictures to look at.

We have potatoes, carrots, and squash, plus green beans that I canned this summer. I haven’t decided how many different ways I’ll use the pumpkins, but there will be some yumminess there.

Potatoes  Green Squash  Carrots   Squash

The one obvious absence is corn. It takes a long time to ripen, and the rats got to it – all of it – before it was ready to be harvested. I’m disappointed, but I’ll get over it.

In addition to our garden offerings, we HAVE to take the opportunity to use some of the eggs. This is just one of the stacks in the pantry. Carly and the kids will be in charge of deviled eggs. It will be totally OK if some of them get messed up, or if the kids have to test them. We have plenty of eggs to use.

Eggs

And, of course, no Thanksgiving would be complete without the turkey! We got these turkeys as chicks in August.  Charlie knew if I grew too attached to any of them, they would become pets. Matilda will be granted the Redmon pardon. She’s the one in front, and is always the first to greet me at the gate, and follow me around waiting for me to drop something for her to eat. Charlie will decide who becomes Thanksgiving dinner and who will stick around until Christmas.

Turkeys

I have my work cut out for me. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.