My favorite, the sunflowers, are beginning to bloom here on the farm.
I have many blog posts just waiting to be written, the last few months have been hard and strange and I am just starting to feel a little like myself again, although I think I have been forever altered, hopefully for the better.
We had our first snow of the season here on Quail Run Farm, we feel snug and cozy inside the warm farm house, as we prepare for Christmas and work on a few indoor projects.
We have a lot of little lizards scuttling around this here place of ours. I guess, considering it is the desert, and there is a fair amount of rocks and sand it would be a given that there would be lizards.
I just didn’t think of it before.
Anytime it is sunny outside and we walk about the property we find lizards. Which means there are snakes too, and the rattling kind, but I try not to think to hard on that and think only of the lizards, since they are kind of cute and don’t bite or inject poison into peoples bodies.
Our little Sassy has become quite the lizard wrangler, she had found a method that works almost all the time and had caught quite a few of the little critters. We keep the small reptiles around for a little while, but let them go after a while, lizards are good to have around, they eat bugs, and bugs eat my garden, therefore, lizards are our friends here on Quail Run Farm.
(this post is picture heavy, and some of them are rather large pictures, some of them are from my phone and aren’t great quality, but I felt I needed to post them all, as this blog is somewhat of a journal)
June 2012 has been one of the driest Junes on record for the state of Utah, and I would assume for most of the west. Combine that with the two previous exceptionally wet years and you have the perfect recipe for wild fires. It has been hot, and windy, the kind of hot wind that just sucks all the energy out of you.
It seems like every corner of the west has been affected by wild fires, and Utah is no exception, as of yesterday (July 4) there were 10 wild fires burning across the state.
On the afternoon of June 21st a wildfire was sparked that hit very close to home.
Through out the afternoon my neighborhood was put on alert, we were to be ready to evacuate at anytime. The kids and I packed the things we felt were important, and spent the afternoon watching and waiting. All the roads into our city had beed closed (too keep the sight seers away) and about half the city was empty. We watched helicopters fly to the lake, pump water and dump it on the fire, there were also big planes dumping fire retardant around the perimeter, a fire break was also built around the neighborhood.
Sunday July 1st, our family along with many other people fasted and prayed that there would be some relief, hopefully in the form of rain and cooler temperatures. We need some moisture so badly to help with those fires, to keep new ones from burning and to give moisture to the tinder dry conditions around the state. So we fasted and waited.
On Sunday there was no rain in the forecast.
As the days went on it started looking like something might happen at the end of the week, but it wasn’t a sure thing.
This morning, I woke up to rain.
Not just scattered thunder storms, but good steady drizzly rain! Not enough to cause mud slides on the damaged hills, or flash flooding, but enough to give everything a good soaking.
Today I am feeling so blessed
Because I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers.