To continue on the dog food thing for a paragraph, this morning I decided to be creative again. I supplemented the dry dog food with some corn kernels, some brown rice and some blueberries. OH ..... MY ..... GAWD! You would have thought those dogs had not been fed in several days! Usually they eat a few bites, then wander away and come back later for a few more nibbles. It gets consumed within a couple hours, but rarely does any one of them stay there and gobble it all up in one sitting. I'm not certain what ingredient they were loving most, but they loved it, fer sher! Even Jazi who is ho-hum about mealtime was unable to pull her head out of the bowl! In fact, she cleaned her bowl first. I don't know what to think, other than I'm glad I dropped the dinner roll for Jazi to snarf up and let me know they needed a change.
My area was under a flash flood advisory most of the day, but it has expired. Where it would be a problem is down stream from water sources, and I'm not near a stream nor a downhill gully that would carry much. I would not typically have a problem under the circumstances, and while it has rained all day long, it has actually been a pretty gentle rain. I've accumulated about a half inch, so it has had time to really soak in. That's the best kind of rain.
I was admiring my garden this afternoon during one of the lulls in the rain. Most of the things I've planted are really beginning to take off. I lost a number of those beautiful South African ground cover plants, partially because the deer pulled them up the first night they were in the ground and replanting didn't work for all of them. The rest of them are blooming like crazy, and I think they are already beginning to spread! That is exciting! The marigold, deer repellents, are gorgeous! I'm not crazy about marigolds, but they are so hardy and the blooms are huge, that I'm beginning to like them. The only things that are struggling are my lilies. The deer nibbled on them so often that they are still less than a foot tall, and I don't know if they will bloom or not. I can't think of anything else to do to save them. I've bought a deer repellent spray, and it works well so far (stinks to high heaven!), but while it is raining, it is useless. Maybe I'm not meant to have lilies. The deer didn't eat them last year or the year before, so I don't know what's different. Maybe they are like my dogs, having a change from the previous boring diet?
I bought a new rain gauge on Friday when I found that my old one had a crack in it. No wonder I was never getting more than a fourth-inch in it! I should have paid more attention. the new one is so big that I can read it from ten feet or more away! I just realized I can probably see it from my bathroom window in the daylight, so I may not have to walk out onto the deck. Boy, that's the height of laziness, isn't it?
Yawwwwnnnnn. I think I need to go to bed. I stayed up too late last night watching a good movie, but I'm paying for it now! Later, 'gators!