|Garden after the Rain
It rained very, very early this morning! It began around 2:30 a.m. and was still raining a little when I went to sleep at 3:30 a.m. It had ceased raining when I woke up, however, around 11:00 a.m., it started to rain and then, it hailed a bit! I got so excited! But, by the time I ran to get my cell phone to take a picture, the hail had ceased and it was only rain. Not a heavy rain, either, but, we'll take whatever we get! It was still raining slightly when I took this photo of the back garden.
Then, shortly after that, it began to hail, again! Not big pieces of hail, but, small bits of ice, that melted almost as soon as they hit the ground:
|Barely Seen Hail
However, I had put down some flattened cardboard boxes in the side yard, as a weed barrier, and the hail was more visible on the cardboard:
|Hail on the Cardboard
I am thinking of using one of the above photos for the WPSH prompt "Weather". Or, perhaps, this one, below:
It was mostly clear in the late afternoon, although it hailed once more! It has been raining on and off throughout the evening. I'm glad because we need every drop of rain we can get! During a break in the rain, I dug a spot in the yard to see how far the rain had penetrated into the ground - not even half an inch. The ground is bone dry where the tree roots are!
I had some leftover canned corned beef in the fridge and I cooked it with onions, tomato, and chili powder for brunch. I had it with a taco and daughter had it with rice.
For dinner, I made a batch of "freezer soup". I keep a couple of containers of bits and pieces in the freezer - chicken bones, vegetable cooking water, small amounts of leftover vegetables, etc. Then, whenever a container is full, I empty the contents into a pot, add some water and boil it to make a stock, to which I add various other things to make soup - today, I took a container of mung bean cooking water to which I had been adding various other bits, a packet of chicken bones, and a packet of green bean casserole (whole green beans, mushrooms, pieces of bacon) that I had frozen from Thanksgiving. I added some dried chili flakes and whole pepper corns to spice it up a bit (although it wasn't that spicy).
|Chicken and Vegetable "Freezer Soup"
We had the soup with toast and it made a very frugal meal with things that might have otherwise gone to waste. There's enough leftover for my lunch, tomorrow.
Later, I practiced the piano and chatted with friend R.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Rain for the garden
- The excitement of it hailing
- A working heater
- A warm and dry house
- Freezer soup
Today's joyful activity was watching it rain and hail! LOL.
Just as I was about to publish this post, there was a small earthquake, too (magnitude 2.7), with the epicenter located not too far from us! Hopefully, not a prequake to something bigger!