Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

First of all:
Yippee! A little, teeny, tiny amount a rain! Lots and lots of thunder (it sounds so good!), some wind, and the hope of some real rain!

Second:
Yikes! I went to the back to door to call Jinx in (one of the kitties.) She came in, but then I could tell something was swarming around my head. I leaped out into the rain, slapping at my arms and brushing at my hair, running through the yard. I walked slowly back to the door (in the rain, yea!), and noticed for the first time that there are two wasps nests in the corners of the doorway!! I guess the sudden rain brought everyone home to roost a little earlier than usual. I'd never been stung by a wasp before, got stung twice - on my left forearm, and right thumb. :-(

Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

Wish some of that rain would come our way! Maggie, hope your wasp stings are not hurting you too bad. If you start having any swelling, especially around your neck, be sure and get medical attention asap.

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

Thanks, they don't seem to be too bad. I'm really pretty curious about them. A little swelling, a feeling of "tightness" around the sites, a little tingling, and just once in a while a sharp "prick" feeling. The one on my forearm had a dot of blood.

My son's dad swells up like crazy if he just looks at a bee.

It's so encouraging to hear the rain outside. It's a nice rain, not a gully-washer. We haven't had rain in.... I can't remember when we had rain last. It's been at least 6 weeks, though there has been rain nearby more recently.

Houston, TX(Zone 9b)

Maggiemoo,

I can't believe you got rain today!!! I am in Northwest Houston and we didn't get squat, except extremely hot.

Sorry to hear about your stings. If you start to have a reaction, you can take Benadryl to help it if it is not too serious.

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

Thanks, I was thinking about taking some Benadryl just to be sure, or to at least minimize whatever will happen.

Rain - and *heavy* rain, at that - has been all around me in the past couple of months. It's my turn! :-) I looked at weather.com, they say Harris and Montgomery counties are in a severe thunderstorm watch until 9pm. The radar looked like there was one cloud, raining on my house. As soon as I get done with it, I'll send it your way, lol!

Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

Send it North!! Don't you just love the smell of rain in the summer?

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

no, no, no send it south, it's hotter here. However, I would be willing to share LOL

Houston, TX(Zone 9b)

Okay, so I complained too soon. All of a sudden (and not 10 minutes after the timer on sprinkler finally turned off after 1 1/2 hours), we started getting lightning and thunder and now rain, glorious rain. Really big drops and lots of wind. Only down side is that my dog is terrified of storms, so we have to medicate her and put her in her kennel. She's like a bird, you cover the cage and that helps her calm down. Of course, sometimes the storms are over before the medication kicks in, but oh well, whatcha gonna do.

Anyway, I am still not going to complain too much. I think the last time we actually had any measureable amount of rain has got to be like Mother's Day. Every afternoon, everything looks as wilty as I do when I am outside too long.

Hopefully, we can get it down to you Nery if we don't use if all up. LOL!

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

Oh, so THAT'S where it went! I wasn't finished with it!!

Shuggins, what area of NW Houston are you in? Just curious, as I am driving around the 249@1960, Jones Rd @290, and Cypress (almost to Fairfield) areas almost once a week, for work.

Plano, TX(Zone 8a)

Well I'm glad ya'll are getting some rain even if we are dry up here. :-)

La Grange, TX(Zone 8b)

You got the rain that, according to our weatherman, was almost certainly heading our way. There wasn't a cloud in the sky until late this afternoon, but only the white fluffy ones. I want a rain cloud or two, or maybe three. The grass has gone dormant. If it doesn't rain soon, more suppliment feeding. Those 50 lb. bags are heavy.

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

I haven't watered my front lawn all year, and it looks like it! I did water the small area of grass in my back yard over the weekend. We must certainly be behind out normal rainfall for the year.

Houston, TX(Zone 9b)

Maggiemoo,

We are at Barker Cypress and 290. If you are out in Cypress, you are very near us. We live on the other side of 290 from you. I am directionally challenged, so I couldn't tell you what direction it is.

So how have you gotten away without watering your grass? Do you have San Augustine? Ours stays mad all the time these days. Between the grass and all the beds I put in over the winter, I dread seeing the water bill this summer.

Kerrville, TX

I really wanted some of that rain but it never materialized even this close to maggiemoo...(Kerrville) it sort of ...kind of sprinkled a tiny bit and then moved on...Wahhhhhhhhhhh I really wanted some on my garden.

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

Shuggins, not watering my front yard wasn't really intentional. I kept thinking it was about to rain big-time, but rain kept falling everywhere but here. Then, when I finally figured I'd better supplement, I kept forgetting to (I spend almonst all of my time in the back yard anymore.) It is San Augustine, and I practice tough love: I water less often, but deeply, and I tell those blades to reach deeper if they want more water! The back yard is where most things are that I really want to baby. :-)

HotnSpicy, I really feel for you, that's how frustrated I was. I'm not saying that I want a tropical storm in TX, but.... maybe the wet edge of one wouldn't be so bad!

Port Neches, TX(Zone 9a)

Walked out of the doctors office yesterday afternoon to a down pour. One whole inch of rain in my gauge. WHAT A BLESSING.

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

Oh, a downpour! What sweet music! :-)

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

That "Radar" pooch on Ch 2 better get his act together and bring us some rain!

Houston, TX(Zone 9b)

Or it's back to the pound with him?!?!?!?LOL

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Maggiemoo, I know what you are talking about with the wasp sting. I was in a hurry one day to pick up my son at school and got in the car without looking, Welll! I sat on a wasp and I really got it, I have never forgotten it.

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

Oh my goodness! You didn't see THAT coming!!

I totally forgot about those guys, headed out the back door when I got home from work, and almost got nabbed again. I'll wait till dusk, when they are all pretty much back at the nest, and then it will MY turn to nab them! ;-)

The beds in my back yard looked like they didn't get enough rain to brag about it. My "wildflower bed" is looking especially sad, so I went ahead and set the sprinkler on it.

La Grange, TX(Zone 8b)

Ouch!!! And I thought stepping on a bee was bad.

Maggie, I hope you aren't still in pain. Good luck getting the buggers.

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