While cleaning this morning (2 loads of laundry folded and mostly put away, every dish is the house washed or washing now, and bedroom picked up) I was pondering my previous post about the creek. It isn't always dry. This time of year it usually fills up and by August or September it will be dry again. In fact two years ago it was nearly overflowing. Two years ago today we were widening a ditch The Man started on New Year's Eve. The Man used a pickax and shovel to make a ditch between our fence line and driveway from the big river in our driveway to the creek. He then placed some bales of hay to dam up the river and divert it to the ditch.
What river? After nearly 2 weeks of constant rain, snow, then warming temperatures, the ground was saturated. Almost every property up the creek from us has built up and put rip rap all along the creek to keep the fields from being washed out when the creek rises. Most of ours is also, except the place where we have the cut-out as mentioned in the previous post. This is great when the creek rises.
However, two years ago the fields overflowed. All the water from the acres of fields up the creek from us flowed unto our property, across our driveway, and back into the creek at our cut-out.
There is a lady at church who, if you say, "See you next week!" will respond with, "If the Lord willin' and the crick don't rise." We began to fully appreciate that phrase two years ago.
This is what we had to drive through to get to church on New Year's Eve...
There on the left is the pole I tied the horse to last night, just so you know. We are working on, but we still haven't replaced all the gravel that got washed away.
The official creek was mostly full, but it didn't quite overflow...
It was strange looking out the kitchen window and being able to see water in the creek.
Don't you just love the color of that water? Unfortunately, all the well water was also that color for a few weeks. We drank bottled water and I refrained from washing whites. Laundry? I think I need to put in another load now. This concludes our trip down memory lane.