Sunday, June 26, 2011

in the trenches

dear emily,

there has been no rain for 7 days, and my newly planted trees are
distressed from the sun and wind.  since i have no outside water
source yet, i have been filling a bucket from the nearby pond and
lugging it to each tree.  not a practical way to water, but it might
help my flabby arms.

this morning i dug tiny trenches from the stream to each tree.   it
was lovely watching the water escape its boundary and become  a
new tributary winding its way to my poor dry trees.   also, once i
became good and muddy, i began to have more fun.  my little dog
kept looking up at me as if to say, "does your mom know what
we're doing?"



love,
lea

"for I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.

they will will spring up like grass in a meadow,
like poplar trees by flowing streams."
isaiah 44:3,4


30 comments:

Mildred said...

Your dog is cute as can be! I remember during GA's drought, we would actually save bath water and lug it around to all the plants in a large trash can. What a job! Hope you have a wonderful week!

notes of sincerity said...

Thank you so much for your sweet words on my blog. :o) I always love when you drop by!! :o) Your comments are set to "no reply" so I am unable to respond through email.
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
Sincerely, Trish

Michelle said...

I think we have been getting your share of the rain. God provides, doesn't He? Good job today taking care of thirsty plants and trees. God bless you!

Farm Girl said...

Well it sounds like fun and I love your dog.
I think playing in the water is always a good day.

Debbie said...

Sounds like you have been quite busy! Good work...Have a wonderful week.

Cinnamon said...

There's no better exercise than good old fashion work. Plus you get your trees watered :-) Did you at least have help? I would have helped you. Brought some kiddos along and we could had a line from the pond to the trees. We could have sung "Hi-Ho! Hi-Ho! It's off to work we go" :-)

Glad you got the job done~ Cinnamon

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I hope your trees will take well with your diligent care and watering, Lea. Your dog is so cute!

Thanks so much for your nice comment --I really appreciate it!

High Heeled Life said...

Wish I could bottle up our rain and send it to you, my friend. We have been getting so much rain ..
Your furbaby is adorable ...he would have great fun with our Dolce and Stella...xo HHL

Packrat said...

Brilliant idea to dig trenches. As with others, I wish I could send you some rain and cool weather. I do hope your trees perk up. Your dog is just as cute as can be.

Karena said...

Lea you little pal is as cute as can be!! You are always an inspiration!

xoxo
Karena
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Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh sounds like you got a little Benjamin in you.(enjoying the mud) How wonderful for God to bring delight to your day as you bring water to the plants...so dry in so many places, Lord send the rain, naturally and spiritually

Cute dog!

Sonja said...

you would have been fine if you had lived back in the days of no conveniences. Hauling water and digging a trench... you just do what needs doing! :)

I know you're having a great summer! Love your little dog.

xo

Cindy said...

I'm not a gardener at heart but when it comes to trees I do anything I can to keep them watered and healthy. Our area has had plenty of rain so this year it isn't as much of a problem.

Sweet dog too!

Jen said...

It has been a crazy summer so far with all the weather patterns. We went 15 days with no rain and temps in the upper 90's and now we have had rain and storms for 8 days straight. Saving precious trees and flowers seems to be an all summer job. =) I hope yours will grow nicely.

Have a wonderful week,
Jen

Southern Lady said...

We are really dry here too. My landscape looks parched already this summer. We are praying for rain. Carla

Jodie | Velour said...

i LOVE this. i love your commentary on the dog's expression. and that you got all muddy. you are just too CUTE. :)

Felisol said...

Animals and children make us become young at heart.
Isn't that a wonderful remedy?
Splashing around in muddy trenches.
What fun.
Isaiah has such abundance of comfort and promises. I love reading his prophesies.

Vee said...

What a time to have new trees needing watering. Are you having the same drought as Texas? Oh I do hope not. Very clever of you to figure out a stream because hauling all that water is not easy. I won't think about that verse again without thinking of you dragging buckets of water to your little trees. Cute, cute puppy!

Vivek said...

Hi Lea,

How are you ?

You said its been 7 days since it rained there ...you know here at my place it don't rain for months ..
But fortunately monsoon has come a bit earlier so it raining ..nicely here ...come over here then.

Your Dog is very cute and look at his eyes they looks so innocent.

Nice post.

Take care
Ks :)

Joan Elizabeth said...

So hard to think of you guys in the heat .. that is a lovely verse of scripture.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Well I love your cope out...I took it all in...thanks, and hugs! God has something good in store...this sure wasn't in my summer plans.
Love you lady...hope you are having fun.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh me..cop not cope...well I guess that is what I am doing...LOL Brain dead...too funny

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Oh Lea, thanks for the chuckle; I can well relate to "flabby arms". Early days on the farm, I had to lug water to my horses. Every time I did, I thought of Old Testament Rachel...was it? who offered to water the camels. Can you imagine? Each camel drink 30, or more, gallons of water and she pulled water from the well for all those camels. Now, that woman was a keeper!

Mountain Mama said...

Way to go Caroline Ingalls - I mean Lea.
Grow trees, GROW!!!
blessings,
ashley
ps cute little doggy

Liz Sarno said...

What a sweet dog! And what a sweet lady:)

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

I love your dog. It's a miracle it's still so clean after your muddy adventure. Outdoor work is always great. I love it.

myletterstoemily said...

anne, you're so right! this photo was from
another nice, clean day. i never have a
camera when i'm actually "doing" something.

busted,
lea

Jenn said...

Lugging water in buckets is hard work! Sounds like you got pretty resourceful with trench digging! Hope your trees make it!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for Grandparents and Caregivers said...

Hi Lea, I had such fun reading various posts - including the delightful one with your family photo and today's with your sweet family memories. A very enjoyable and blessed visit. And by the by- my granddog, who is keeping me company as I type, says HELLO to your cute dog. :) Have a blessed and beautiful holiday weekend.

Rachel said...

Aren't trees so worth it? Loving the dog and the expression!