The May 23rd drought map shows no more red up here, and after this weekend, I suspect the darker tan area may go away.
There was water in the little pool down by the gate for the first time in months. That's where the dogs like to stop and soak on the way back from the mailbox , so they'll be glad of that.
Everything here is a dark green now in the forest. The trees are still stressed by the drought though, and when I drive into town after a thunderstorm I can see where the county has had to clear the roads of trees that fell down and blocked the way.
My exercise in logistics will be over in a couple of days. I plan to go to the grocery store and load up on fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, cheese, green olives, and a few other things I miss.
This month things got out of whack and so it really wasn't a valid test. I spent two days in Chattanooga, and then my wife has been gone most of the month.
Still, I didn't run out of anything important, and I used up a lot of cat, dog and chicken feed that needed to be used and replaced.
I had dried fruit, but I think fresh fruit and vegetables is what I missed most. And those bags of grated cheese my wife buys. I had plenty of canned cheese, and lots of frozen vegetables. I also missed going to the grocery store and just wandering up and down the aisles finding things I wanted.
These gear guides are really just survivalist catalogs. Pricey at $10.00, but it's amazing , some of the things that you can buy these days
Down in the biggest store room in the house, I have a lot of camping equipment I bought when I was working at the state park on a senior citizen program. The camp store decided to get out of the camping gear business, and I bought most of the equipment at cost. Looking through this gear guide, I can see that while my stored equipment is still functional, it's way behind the times. At least it's paid for and on the shelf, though.
Since my last doctor visit, I've been cooking every day. Ordinarily when my wife is off visiting the kids, I just heat up things out of cans. But that has a negative impact on your "sodium level" so now I am inventing different meals with frozen food. Things like making rice, then mixing it with frozen stir fry vegetables, and putting some summer sausage in it. Nothing on the level of people like Kymber or Lisa who post the wonderful things they cook up, or Rain the Canadian who does the same. But it's really more enjoyable food than canned stuff, even if I do have to wash dishes afterwards.
Well, Memorial Day weekend is over. And that basically means summer is here. Feels like it outside, but I'm still glad to see summer.
Thought for the Day:
"Some days you get the bear. Some days, the bear gets you."
I was rooting for the bear on this one. Wonder why Ursus didn't finish the guy off? I would have.