Wet weather and incoming visits from in-laws have been keeping us busy around the house in our post-Christmas rush to organize the basement and tuck away the holiday decorations. I hope any of you reading this have already put up anything that you don't intend to leave out until next year, because at this point I think the Christmas lights have grown roots on the gutters. At least in my mind, because I just don't want to think about it anymore.
BUT, I have rain barrels. Oh, good lord, do I have rain barrels. After the first set of tanks were a no-show on their delivery date and I heard nothing from the shipper (a fella by the name of Mike out of somewhere in Pennsylvania... almost sounds shady, doesn't it?) I arranged to buy several barrels from a guy in the next county who had a stash. And then Mike showed up at my door with the tanks in tow and asked where I wanted them. Apparently, the operative word was WHERE because WHEN i wanted them was days before. Now, I have the daunting task ahead of me to mount and support 1200 gallons of rain water storage about the house. A lot? Yes, but too much? Probably not since this is for the garden and chickens (and us, if needs be, of course) and I believe that at the peak in the summer this will be good to get us through a dry spell. Of course, this is more than I intended but I finnegled good prices and can still put it all to use so there's no point in complaining.
Tomorrow I'll put up pictures and document my.... journey? saga? feat? Of establishing methods to functionally store your rain water barrels. Remember, keeping them high enough to get a 5 gallon bucket underneath means a world of difference in convenience later on when you go draw from it. But, it also means a world of difference in the inconvenience of putting it up.
Ok, K's at work, I'm off today and the house still needs work. I will tell you how it goes tomorrow.