OK, after a recap of Saturday's TRAGIC EVENT, on to other things (that more or less added to a not so great weekend).
I missed the regular driveway path while driving in (it has gravel) because it was raining and made these 'new ones', almost getting the Jeep stuck. Oops. I'm sure grass will fill this in after a few weeks.
As I pulled in, this was the view. "Barnabas" has lost part of his 'arm', ha. The wind snapped this branch off. Mesquite trees grow long offshoots like this and they are susceptible to breaks because of gravity. But add in some high wind...
|Mesquite branch broken|
...and they can just snap off. Sigh. Oh well, it will just make the yard on this side of the house a bit sunnier, which isn't such a bad thing I suppose. The lighter weight will keep the main part of the branch viable for years to come.
|Rubber boots in the mud|
Of course, here is what the yard looked like. It was squishy mud and standing water almost everywhere. The rubber boots still rock. LOVE them. Needless to say, there was no WAY I was going to be able to mow (this is going on three weeks without mowing). All I can say is the grass hasn't gotten as bad as I thought it might be, I guess there can be such a thing as TOO MUCH water and maybe it stunts the growth? Too bad we aren't growing rice, LOL.
On to some good things...
|Bee hive entrance|
The bees seem happy! They were coming and going and lots of activity in the hives. With the sprinkling rain I didn't keep them open for too long so I couldn't take pics but there was lots of comb being made and the queens looked good. I removed the feeders which leaves a bigger opening/entrance to the hive and the girls looked happy to have more room to come and go.
|Slight angle to read of bee hive|
I had also read that you should always make sure the hives are a bit elevated in the back so that rain doesn't enter the hive and/or stand in the bottom. I don't think we were having that problem but just in case, I put some broken clay pot shards under the back side of the hive stands.
|Texas Lilac in bloom|
And we have some blooms! All of the Texas Lilac trees that we planted along the driveway are in full bloom. Even with all this rain and standing water. So at least we know of one plant for sure that loves our weather conditions.
Now we just need them to be about 6 feet taller, LOL!
And of course, on this Memorial Day, we say THANK YOU to all who serve and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.