It's WET! We've had days and days of rain, with many more to come. The garden was DRY and needed the boost of a sustained rainfall, and of course our local farmers needed the rain to germinate their crops. There's nothing quite like a long rain to perk up a garden. Tap water doesn't seem to have nearly the same effect, does it? I am stunned at the growth in the garden as a result - plants are growing daily with visible progress. Once the sun comes out and the heat of summer truly kicks in, the garden will grow like gangbusters and take off. I am always astounded at how quickly plants grow here when conditions are right - you can sit and *almost* watch it happen right before your eyes. In spite of the fact that we have such a short growing season, we manage to produce a lot of food in that very short time frame and for that I am thankful.
Because of the wet weather, we've been stalled out on outdoor projects, and instead, have been busy indoors. The kids rooms got switched around, making more room for a larger bed for Megan. She's growing so fast, she doesn't fit a twin bed anymore! Kelly made some sturdy shelves and mounted them above our freezers in the mechanical room. These will effectively free up more space in the basement storage room/pantry for our "soon to come" preserved garden harvest. Better to deal with that now BEFORE we have hundreds of jars of preserved food to store away and nowhere to put them :)
Kelly was fortunate to be able to buy some leftover steel shelving from work which will hold thousands of pounds, so I won't have to worry about overloading the shelves with heavy quart jars. What a treat! I've been busy moving things around to make room for him to work, sorting and organizing and generally supporting the job in whatever way I can. We're at the "things get worse before they get better stage" though, and everything is everywhere, lol. Pics will follow in another post when we're done so check back in a few days for the "reveal".
In between helping Kelly, I managed to get my ironing basket emptied and all the mending done! Those are excellent rainy day tasks, as I certainly won't be found doing those jobs on a nice day. Around here, when you get a good day to be outdoors, you get busy outside! We get enough inside time 6 months of the year when the snow flies and that memory of being housebound this past winter is still fresh in my mind - after all, I JUST packed away the winter coats and mitts a few weeks ago! Gotta love prairie life...