It’s raining, it’s pouring…. Zoey the Cool Cat is bored

Did you know?

El Cajon, California, gets an annual average of 13 inches of rain. My front yard has received 9 inches in the past 36 hours. If we can get just 4 more inches today, we can be done with rain for the rest of 2018! Yahooooooo!

My succulent landscaping project has been put on hold, and considering how waterlogged the soil is, I suspect it will be several weeks before I will be able to resume landscaping.

Zoey the Cool CatFollowing is a short video of the
rain the morning of January 9, taken from my home office, where Zoey the Cool Cat sits sadly & silently on an office chair, staring out the office window, wondering where all the rabbits, squirrels, lizards & birds have gone, & wondering what that cold, wet
stuff is that falls from the sky & makes a complete mess.

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

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14 thoughts on “It’s raining, it’s pouring…. Zoey the Cool Cat is bored

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      It looks like our little subdivision has great drainage, and the hills are alive with lots of trees and brush. As long as we don’t get a fire through here followed by heavy rains………..

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          1. acflory

            Aaaah. I see. 🙂 I’m kind of fond of succulents and cacti myself but for different reasons. Out here the bushfire risk is very high so I quickly learned that cottage gardens are not a good idea. But succulents…. 🙂
            The area directly abutting my house is essentially a rock garden. Past the rocks are succulents. Past them are roses and fruit trees. Mwahahaha! High Five!

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            1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

              California, especially Southern California, has massive wildfires. I was directly affect by the wildfires in October 2003 and October 2007. I thought that if this was going to happen every four years, I was going to have to leave. Succulents (a group that includes cactus—all cactus are succulents but not all succulents are cacti) have been proven to provide a great fire defense. Here’s one article:
              http://articles.latimes.com/2007/nov/08/home/hm-succulent8

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              1. acflory

                Yes! Everything in that article also applies to us except that the article didn’t mention the problems caused by eucalypts – their leaves burn merrily even when fresh and green. Or wet. When I do my burning off, I’ll often place an branch of gum leaves on the fire to make it flare up again.
                Sadly the regulations here in Australia are even less logical than over your way. Here, communities on the fringe between city and country [like my place] are forced by local councils to embed their houses in native plants. For conservation. Some people have their heads so far up their khyber pass it’s not funny. 😦

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                1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

                  We have billions and billions of eucalypts here, too. We brought them over from, uh, Australia in the early to mid-1800s. They are explosive in our wildfires. Firefighters absolutely hate them, No one is planting them anymore but when those that are here have been here for 125 years, it’s difficult to get rid of them all. The Cedar Fire of October 2003, Witch Fire of October 2007, and the recent Thomas Fire all were fueled significantly by groves and groves and groves of beautiful eucalypts.

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                  1. acflory

                    Yup. 😦 Every time I see footage of massive bushfires in California, I cringe. We’re stuck with them but for you, they’re an invasive, deadly species.
                    I do love eucalypts, but I absolutely hate them around human habitations. We’ve lost so many people because of them.

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