The Day It Rained

It rained today.

It has been a while since I could say that. We are in the midst of a historic drought in northeast Nebraska . People are comparing it to the 50’s or even the 30’s. We limped through last year, using all of the reserve soil moisture and depending on irrigation to keep the pasture alive and receptive to the few rains we did get. This winter has been equally dry and disappointing, from a moisture standpoint.

I am not a fan of winter, but I would have endured a few blizzards and some snow in order to get some moisture into the soil. No such luck. We couldn’t even get a proper blizzard in this drought, despite some optimistic weather warnings from the local meteorologists.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt has been raining off and on all day. I have also recently re-committed to exercising and try to get out and run most days each week. At first, I thought that the cold rain would give me an excuse to stay inside tonight. Of course, the clouds parted and hubby encouraged me to get out and run while he was doing chores. I did that, only to be greeted with a nasty substance that was either small hail or really large sleet.

As usual, our faithful puppy accompanied me on this run. At several points during our adventure, she deliberately threw herself into the water flowing down the road ditch. I might mention that the ambient temperature on our run today was 38 degrees (F). It seemed rather cold and pointless to me to play in icy water, but she had a great time.

Then it dawned on me…puppy is only a year old. I do not think she has ever seen a puddle before…


About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at
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2 Responses to The Day It Rained

  1. Lona says:

    Oh my. We’ve had dry, but not like that. Prayed for more rain for you (at the appropriate times).

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