Friday, October 5, 2018

Rain Hits California

Another gorgeous morning at the Pumpkin Patch, except for that big black cloud.  No worries, my weather report says NO rain for the next ten days.   That suits us just fine, but the dark sky and the cloudy clouds are troublesome.
The lines were empty until I met up with 66 kids from Winfield School.  As we walked from one attraction to the next, a little boy ran up and tugged on my shirt.  "There's a man out there ... in the field.  I think you should check on him!!  He doesn't look good!!  In the field ... you should go check!  I think he's DEAD."

Knowing there was nothing in the corn field, I asked him exactly where it was.  "There's a man on that machine and he's got neck bones.  YOU CAN SEE HIS NECK BONES!!"  Then very quietly, "does that mean he went to heaven?"   Finally it dawned on me.  He had seen the skeleton man in the excavator.  Rather than try to explain all about the bones, I said yes ... yes it does.  He went to heaven.  It was easier than trying to explain a Halloween skeleton to a five year old.  I hope he's not scarred for life.
Pretty soon the sky darkened even more and it was beginning to look like those tornados we drove through in Kansas.  This old 1800's windmill was SCREAMING!!
As the sprinkles began, we frantically raced around covering up the hay ride hay and picking up signs that had blown over.  Lucky for us, the wind was so strong it blew the shade covers enough to remove most of the dirt.  

And then it began ... probably the biggest rain storm I've seen in all my years here.  It's a good thing this is all nice sandy soil because the water just disappeared.  No need to irrigate the corn today!!
We closed the snack bar completely and began cleanup.  I brought three huge towels just for the occasion to dry up the ride seats.  In no time we were back in business ... just in time to go home.  But WAIT!!  Someone forgot there were two big parties coming to the barn.  

At 5:30 I finally snuck out the gate.  I'm exhausted and I've got company coming.  Lucky for me she brought dinner from Applebees.  My favorite salmon and veggies.  I literally fell into bed at 9:00.

Today I do it all over again, only this day I have FIVE schools.  I'm determined to slow down and push work off on others.  Shhhhh ..... don't tell them!!


  1. Rain makes things grow so maybe the crowds will get bigger soon.
    Be Safe and Have Fun!

    It's about time.

    1. Funny though, when it rains, the crowds disappear!!!

  2. You are having so much fun with those kids, despite the hard work...

  3. Gotta love all the interaction with the kids, lotsa work but a lotta fun too, maybe delegate a but more to help out?

    1. Delegate. That's my word for the week. I have been doing exactly that! LOL


  4. The nerve of you trying to scare and traumatize a little five-year-old for life you should be shamed of your adulthood
    AND It's Friday are you testing me I hope you didn't think for one minute that I wasn't going to teach you the rest of the song

    Oh, hear the word of the Lord
    The head bone connected to the neck bone,
    The neck bone connected to the back bone,
    The back bone connected to the thigh bone,
    The thigh bone connected to the knee bone,
    The knee bone connected to the leg bone,
    The leg bone connected to the foot bone,
    Oh, hear the word of the Lord!

    If it's the word of the Lord the child won't be traumatized
    And it sure wasn't mother nature that made it rain AFTER U traumatized that Poor little innocent sweet kid

    1. Hahaha ... that's a great song! I'll remember that next time!

  5. That poor 5 yr. old, probably scarred for life! ha ha, highly unlikely!
    Sounds like you got some Ridge weather! Winds and rain! You can have it, we need sunshine now!

    1. It's definitely different than previous years. We've had cool mornings and crazy thunderstorms. Last year it was in the 80's the entire month.