Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rain is a good thing

     With a steady rain comes reflection. While it is the end of January this is not a cold rain, it's a healing downpour. One that is meant to give the ground a good long refreshing drink, and here in the desert, sorely needed. When I woke up this morning, it was to the sound of consistent muted drumming on the roof. I knew instantly that today would belong to me. I could leisurely sip coffee on the porch, read, watch the rain and enjoy the morning.
     After moving some plants to have better access to the water I put some buckets out to collect some rainwater for my indoor plants only to realize that much more water was quickly filling my containers than I would need. That sparked a curiosity to investigate how well the home we recently purchased stood up in the rain, and what simple changes can we make to enhance sustainability.
       On the porch I noticed a sound that was more than just the thrumming raindrops, but quite like a rushing water. I immediately went to investigate to discover that my rain gutter was gushing water into a rapidly forming whirlpool. Another project has been added to my list of chores, a rain collection barrel. 
This storm will also wet down my newly created compost pile thus saving me time and money. Thanks Mother Nature.

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