For about five minutes the rain was furious enough to cause the gutters to become rivers. Unfortunately, Austin needs about two weeks of that before you could call the drought over. Now it's blue skies and sun again...lovely for us, but not so much for the grass.
Yesterday we got our exercise doing four hours of manual labor emptying the compost bins, spreading the dirt out on a low spot in the yard where all the grass had died, and raking up leaves to put into the compost bins. We still have about ten bags of leaves which won't fit in the bins; next year, maybe I'll buy my folks a chipper/shredder...and maybe someday somebody will invent a compost-bin-sized reactor for producing ethanol or methane or petroleum from yard waste. Or we could feed it all into a wood gasifier. Something. I can dream.
Time to go make apple pie.
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