Overnight last night, it started raining. A soft, gentle, soaking rain. Just what we needed. We topped out today at not quite 1.25 inches of rain. DEFINITELY a beneficial rain.
I'm hoping that the garden will really start to take off now. I've got a few overachieving tomatoes that already have blossoms on them, even though they are only about a foot high (Amish Paste and Black Sea Man). But the !$*# birds have pecked off every little tomato that Mom gave me. Grrr... And something has eaten all the lower leaves off about 5 tomato plants. Every leaf up to 8-10 inches is gone. Not just snipped off- gone. Who knows- I've never had that problem before. I can't imagine bunnies eating tomato leaves but we seem to have an inordinate amount of baby bunnies around this year after the mild winter and early spring.
Now for a bit of random babbling.
In randomness I've found amusing in the news recently- the "Zombie attack" in Miami and of course, the Homeland Security word list. I was amazed at that list. I must have been 'pinged' as a possible terrorist many times. I mean, really... with words like: storm, snow, blizzard, pork, Home Grown, cloud, disaster preparedness, power lines, flu, virus, tornado, hurricane and a host more, reading pinged content must be a tedious job at DHS.
In 'not so much fun' news, our local landfill is on fire and has been for 6 days. Officials are letting it 'burn out'. It appears that a fire started and spread to the 3 foot layer of shredded tires that they use to protect the liner. So, there has been a huge plume of gray/black smoke to the southwest of us. Makes me glad we live where we do and that the wind has been favorable to keep it away from us. We were in that part of town on Sunday afternoon and the stench was terrible.
Today was the last day of school for the boys. I now officially no longer have a child in elementary school. Oh, I feel old. I was hung up at work but V went to K12's 6th grade graduation. Of course, he didn't take the camera (sigh). But, now, all children are home for the summer and will probably eat us out of house and home.