Its Friday. Thank goodness, it's Friday. Although, if you know me, you know that it still means no significant rest for me this weekend!
It's another busy weekend, but this one is not out of control. A work event tomorrow morning .... a butterfly release for people to let beautiful monarchs fly free in memory of their loved ones who have passed across. It should be really nice, particularly if it isn't pouring rain between 11:00 and 1:00!
Then I'll come home and do a little sumptin-sumptin for a while and about 5:00 leave for a surprise birthday party for a friend. It is going to be a huge party, and I'm helping with food. I've already prepared everything, so there will be nothing to do for it tomorrow. I might even take a nap!
Sunday isn't packed, but I do want to attend a couple spiritual services in town. That will be a refreshing time.
As I was driving into town yesterday, I noticed the mountain sides are dotted with brown trees, pine trees that have died. The mountain sides are like a green fabric with brown polka dots, as it is relatively evenly distributed. I'm supposing it is the result of the drought. Now that it is raining again, nearly every day thank goodness, the healthier trees are a rich green in contrast to those poor dead ones. It occurred to me that it is possibly one of nature's ways of keeping the growth under control. What a clever way to do so, as the brown trees are relatively evenly spread; however, I'd rather not have the drought too often, thank you very much.
Thankfully, we are having daily rain or at least showers. It is nice to see the green returning .... the grasses between the trees and shrubs, the rich greens of the trees (now that the dust is washed off with the rain), and I noticed this evening that my little garden is reviving, at least to some degree. All the watering I did seemed to do nothing for most of the plants, but a few days of rain, and little green things are popping out all over the garden! It's like spring in August!! Weird!
Today I remembered to stop on the way to work to take pictures of the poor, drought affected forest. Take a look at these:
The live trees are looking beautiful. Everything has greened up beautifully.
Here is another look at nature and it's path. Remember the White Wildfire (pictures at the link) a few months ago? It's the one that was so close to Ruidoso. Well, today, I drove by part of it that I photographed immediately after the fire, in fact, it was still smoldering and burning in small areas. Today I was driving past that same area, and it is amazing to me how much is already regrowing in that area now that we are getting some rain. It is nice to see this, although it is just the beginning of rebirth of the forest in that area. Look at the green between the burned lumber. Any fuzziness in the photos is the rain that was falling when I took the shots.
Tonight there was a beautiful sunset. I'm glad I caught this.
Look at the rain falling out of those clouds!
Not long after I took those photos, the dogs kept going out front, then back and barking, barking barking. I finally closed the dog doors to keep them in and quiet. About fifteen minutes later the coyotes started their infernal serenade, just across the road. Arghhh. I really, really hate those beasts. They were around much earlier than usual tonight. Hopefully they made the rounds here and have moved on and won't be back tonight. My pups should be OK, because they are a pack, and coyotes usually don't take on another pack, but I'm not about to trust those insidious, nasty varmits.
And there you have it. That's all I have for today. Time to take the dogs out under my watchful eye and then get some sleep. Hasta mañana!