The harvest, which for the past six weeks has been a raging flood, has once again returned to a steady (and manageable) stream. Summer crops are giving one last push, while my recently sown fall seeds have begun growing with vigor. Or at least they were. Last week, tropical storm Lee graced us with his presence. It has been two days since the rains have subsided, and my garden is still under water in some areas. The ground is beyond saturated, my only hope is that the predicted thunderstorms hold off, and we have several days of sun.
When I returned from my vacation, not only did I bring home a bushel of apples, a half bushel of pears, and a peck of peaches, I also managed to acquire (and for the record, she found me) a feral kitten. Meet Harvest.
It’s hard to tell from the picture but she is pretty pathetic. She weighs about 2 lbs, all skin and bones; the fur hides a lot! From the large scar on her back, she had been in a fight with either a raccoon, or a piece of farm equipment. Regardless, scars build character and she is an absolute sweetheart!
After a solid seven days of loving care and a full belly, she is one well-adjusted, playful, happy kitten. I’ve even managed to stick to my guns and NOT allow her on my bed! Go me!!
Thursday I had to get to the pet/feed store to put the brakes on some tapeworms. After forty-five minutes of detours and turn-arounds I finally reached my destination, a mere 5 miles away. As to be expected, I had my camera; here is just a bit of what I saw and the chaos that was experienced.
The Susquehanna river crested yesterday, several roads in Lancaster and Harrisburg are still underwater. Thankfully, mine is not one of them! My neighbor had over two feet of water in her house; I managed to stay dry even though my house sits below street level. Fire trucks lined both sides of the road assisting homeowners with water removal.
If the sun comes out, and it looks like it may, I will venture into the garden to survey the damage, pull what’s dead, and reseed that which has been washed away. Here’s to hoping for the best!
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