Friday, May 20, 2011

A Rainy Day

It's been pouring off and on for about a week now.  If I trust Environment Canada's data reports, we had 59mm of rain over 3 days last week.  The forecast is pretty dismal for the coming week as well, so we'd better batten down the hatches or start building our ark.  Either that or start a fish farm.

The fields are saturated and too wet for planting right now.  This was supposed to be a "corn" year, but it's looking like it's going to be a "soya" year instead.  We can't even take the tractor out and get the grounds mowed because we'd leave deep trenches in our clay soil.  With all this rain, the grass has been growing, and with it the dandelions, the plantain, and my nemesis, the burdock, have all grown by leaps and bounds.  I've been trying to eradicate the burdock for about 9 years now, and I finally think I am on the home stretch.  If all else fails, well, there's always napalm to try...

Popina didn't really win the gene-pool lottery when she was born here, given the fact she has long hair.  She's been coming home with burrs in her fur for weeks now, and it's a pain to keep her brushed and burr-free.  She's a bit of a high-maintenance diva, yet manages to be a tomboy through and through.  She has an incredible prey drive, and it would have been impossible to keep her in the house as I had hoped to do.  She also thinks nothing of getting wet:

I love the look on her face in this photo.  It has BUGGER OFF written all over it.  Is it any wonder my house sometimes looks like a train went through it with 3 cats and a dog who get into messes like this?

She's a good little girl though, and gets busy trying to tidy herself up for her photo shoot.  Eric grabbed a towel and dried his "girlie-girl" off, as he's dubbed our little Popina.  His other nickname for her is "The Sniper-ette".

With the rain, we've had a lot of interesting storms roll through.  Here are some stratocumulus clouds that were part of a squall line:
The sky was pretty amazing, and it's hard to believe, but we didn't get a drop of rain from this system.
The storm front went right by us, and within a few minutes, we had beautiful, clear skies again.  It didn't last for long, but we're taking all the blue skies we can get right now.

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