For the last two days, rain has fallen, perhaps as much as three inches. My rain gauge cracked and I estimate the amount cautiously. Replacing the rain gauge is a task ahead of me. Weather forecasters — I listen to the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC television station — say the rain will stop by tomorrow. My water tank appears up by several inches, although it is too muddy to trudge down to verify.
The plow follows the rain. That’s an old adage. Here’s another one: Chores follow the rain. Right at the top of the list of my chores is to perform foundation dirt work on the alleyway and barn area. Water runs off the barn roof and into the alleyway and horse stall. In addition, I have to transport my Case DX-55 tractor to the repair shop to fix the linkage to the PTO (power train operation) so that I can do another chore. I have to shred some sprouting mesquites in the fields with the tractor and shredder. Until the rain subsides and sun dries the soil a bit, I am at ease in the ranch house.
Here is a photograph of rain puddles in front of the barn.
The runoff from the barn roof floods the alleyway. This is a chore to follow the rain. Notice the green trees and grass in the background.
This next week is Spring Break. I’ll be marking a few tasks off my list. My list of chores is not long, so maybe I will put one chore on a page rather than list the whole congregation of tasks on one page. That way I can see one task at a time, or one task on one page at a time. Pace myself, as my step-father used to say. He did not say much, but that was an ‘adage’ I remember he said.
1. Construct dirt foundation for alleyway and stalls.
2. Change tire on flatbed trailer so I can haul tractor to repair shop.
3. Take tractor to repair shop and return.
4. Shred mesquite sprouts.
5. Replace rain gauge.