Rainy Day

It’s been raining since last night, the sort of March rain that is two notches down from torrential but never lets up.  It’s a marathon rain.

The good news is the basement isn’t flooded.  The bad news is that there’s still some water getting in.  The ugly?  We’ve run out of ways to entertain the toddler indoors and have resorted to old Disney movies.

All the animals seem different in the rain.  The pigs are joyous, and for once appear clean.  The sheep resemble wet dogs, and shake the same way.  The chickens look pathetic, and will probably need to be toweled off before we close them up for the night.  Okay, maybe not all the animals – the ducks and geese are largely unphased.

Will is in the basement, building a new rabbit cage for our soon to be here bunnies and I’m shopping for a good toddler raincoat in preparation for the rest of March.  And April.

At least the daffodils have finally bloomed.  Spring is certainly on its way here in central VA.

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4 responses to “Rainy Day

  1. Consider yourself lucky. We’ve still got about 10 inches (at least!) of snow on the ground and we’re supposed to get 12+ more inches on Tuesday.
    I live in Narnia.

    • Does that mean your woodland creatures join you for tea, as that might be worth all the snow. But probably not

  2. I thought the rain yesterday was so great – probably didn’t hurt that I was staving off a cold, and grateful for the rain to make me stop and do nothing ;o) And Ellie is afraid of most Disney movies – much to Paul’s dismay. So, totally unrelated to this post, but have been wanting to ask you – do you think it’s better to eat locally or organically? In Whole Foods today debating between organic strawberries from Mexico or conventional from California (not local, I know)…but, which is the best to buy? Would it matter if the berries were from VA? Better to have convential fruit from the states or organic from another country?

    • My favorite debate! The ideal for me is a 1) local, 2) small grower who is 3) organic or at least organic in nature if not actually certified. So then I tend to step back from there and try to get as many of the three as possible. In your example, I’d probably go with the organic Mexican berries, as I know it has No. 3 going for it, whereas the California ones have just as much (if not more) mileage to travel, and if the farm could supply enough to ship cross country, they likely aren’t small either.

      I guess my rationale is that, if I don’t know who is growing my food, I want them held to a higher standard (in this case, organic). I’m willing to eat non-organic food that’s locally grown because I can find out what the farmers are using – is it apples that get sprayed months before picking or someone who doses his plants with chemicals as part of the daily watering?

      And while it always matters from the environmental perspective, organic matters less from a health perspective for certain foods. Plants we peel, like oranges and bananas, are more shielded from pesticides than something like a berry that has a thinner skin and where the spray is applied to a part of the plant you’re are consuming. The link below shows the “Dirty Dozen” aka fruits and veggies you should try to get organic vs the “Clean Fifteen”, those where you can comfortably save some money and go conventional. I hope this helps!

      http://articles.cnn.com/2010-06-01/health/dirty.dozen.produce.pesticide_1_pesticide-residue-pesticide-tests-fruits-and-vegetables?_s=PM:HEALTH

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