The two days of good weather, with clear skies and low temperatures, are over.
I woke up this morning and it was raining. It is still raining at 1030 tonight and no sign of a let up. This is just a "soaking" rain, not heavy but constant.
It has rained so much this spring and summer, that for the first time ever I have moss growing on my cedar shake roofs. Not just a little moss, but big thick heavy green moss. The chickens are flying up on the roof and peeling the moss off, looking for bugs. Sometimes they peel the shakes off, as well.
The only way to get rid of the moss is for the roofs to dry out, then you spray them with chemicals specifically designed to kill the stuff. I have the spray, but I am waiting for the building roofs to dry. So far, that hasn't happened.
The foliage around the house is so thick that it now constitutes an impenetrable wall. I don't think you could hack through it with a machete in some places. Everything is a dark green, and the meadow is the thickest and lushest I believe it has ever been.
This is the second year of very unusual weather. Last winter was pretty terrible, and then the spring and summer have been very wet. The Atlanta news stations are warning that this summer we have examples of some bizarre disease that Georgia has never had before. I can recall several times when this has happened in the last few years, starting with people getting equine encephalitis from mosquito bites. The state is going around making people who use old tires to plant flowers in get rid of them, as they say the mosquitos breed in the water that catches in the tires.
I thought this severe winter would rid us of snakes and bugs, but we have had a bumper crop of both, including the black snake that wound up in our living room and set off a ferret frenzy. The poor cat still jumps straight up in the air a foot high if there is a sudden noise in the house.
My gardening efforts are being destroyed by this weather. The rain washes the potting soil out of the beds. The black spongy potting soil soaks up too much water. I have no doubt that if something does grow the bugs will eat it, but the struggle goes on. If , in the end, my experiment fails I plan to dynamite the whole thing, take a picture, post it, and say that my very successful crop of corn and tomatoes was unfortunately destroyed by an asteroid strike.