Let me start my post out by wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who is a Mother.
My guys surprised me with some flowers; they know I love daisies. Bulldog Man bought me some hanging potted daisies, and Tank picked up a colored daisy arrangement.
The weather people advised this part of Oklahoma was in a tornado watch and to expect storms today. What’s new?... I’m thinking to myself…… We’ve had storms the entire week; granted today, the skies were full of clouds ranging in color from white, to grey, and to black, with the sun peaking out.
5:40 PM here……Crap.OLA, I spoke too soon! It’s getting real dark outside, the sun disappeared, and the clouds are moving in a circular motion just above our home!
Tuesday we had rain, winds, hail, thunder, lightning, severe winds, flooding and actual tornadoes in the area. My garden rain gauge indicated we had a total 4 ½ inches of rain on Tuesday.
On Wednesday the same weather prevailed, my garden rain gauge filled to 4 inches of rain. Thursday we had rain, winds, hail, thunder, lightning; severe winds, some flooding, and my rain gauge registered 3 inches of rain. Come Friday we had rain, winds, hail, thunder, lightning, severe winds, flooding, and my rain gauge registered 5+inches of rain. I type 5+ inches because my gauge only goes to 5 inches. I didn't have an opportunity to run out and dump the gauge in order to get a true picture of the total amount of rain received on Friday. On Saturday it rained, the skies were full of lightning and some wind. My rain gauge only filled to 1 ½ inches. In my little area of town we received over 18 inches of rain.
With all this water, my garden was flooded. My lettuce was shredded from the winds; I’ll have to pull the lettuce and spinach out and replant seeds.
Several tomato plants were broken, Bulldog Man clipped branches in hopes the plants will survive.
My potatoes were just drenched from all the water. I pulled off almost all of the straw from the top of my soil mounds; to help dry out the soil to prevent root damage. With removing most of the straw, this will also help prevent an over abundance of rolly polly bugs, they love all this moisture.
The 4 purple cabbage plants I planted several weeks ago were doing really good until we received all of this rain. The moisture seems to have attracted bugs; I’m not sure what type. They’re eating on the leaves of both the cabbage plants and my beans. Until I can figure out what’s eating at the cabbage and beans, I had Bulldog Man go ahead and spray my water, soap, and alcohol concoction to kill of whatever bug has been chewing on my plants.
I have a lot to be thankful for these last several stormy days. We have a home which is standing, and not severely damaged, and my family members are fine, and safe.
Sending prayers to all those affected by the severe weather across our country.