It’s really, seriously raining. I cannot believe it. It’s torrential – like the kind of rain we usually see in the depths of spring or autmn, not winter. It’s a bit spooky. I know people keep saying how glad they are to have the snow wash away but people, consider this – first – the water table relies on snowpack accumulated over the winter. We’re way below average and losing what we did get. That could mean problems -not just shortages but also fires because of drier than average ground. Also, we live in an agricultural area. I’ve been reading a lot about growing grains – something we’re considering doing. Most winter grains produce very well and early – as long as they are protected through the winter. Winter grain crops can serve as a forage crop in early autumn as well as a human food crop the following spring. Finally – also relating to agriculture. The roots of our fruit trees and tender plants – especially ones like peaches – need the protection of the snow to get through extremely cold temps. If we lose all of our snow and then have another cold snap, we could have record deaths of plants and trees. Again. Not good.
One really cool thing – I was talking to a friend who has recently been forced to simplify her life. She was saying how she admired us for our simple lifestyle and push to simplify further. It’s a funny thing because I don’t think we’re all that great at it and could do so much better. It’s nice to know it looks good from the outside!