May 31, 2008 – Ames Under Water

I found out that the small floods in Marshall County were magnified in Story County.  This morning I drove to Ames and was surprised at the flooding there.  These photos are from along Hwy 30 on the south side of town.  Last night Hwy 30 was closed due to flooding and one lane of I-35 was closed as well.  South Duff in Ames was closed and the Target parking lot was under water as well.

No tickets for illegal parking today!

I’m trying to imagine a new sport that combines boats or jet skis and soccer nets.

Here’s one of many reasons why it’s not a good idea to wade or play in floodwaters!

one year ago…”Thingamajig Thursday #74″

May 30, 2008 – Enough Rain Already!

We had about 4.5 inches of rain here yesterday and on top of saturated ground, that was enough to start local streams to spill over their banks.

This stream usually ends at the tree in the foreground, but has found much more room to roam.  This is near hwy 14 between our house and Marshalltown.  Knock on wood, no water in basement, but many people had water pouring into their basements via window wells.

one year ago…”Peach Culling Time”

May 28, 2008 – New Car for the Girls!

I’ve been looking for a few months for a car for the girls to drive (very soon I hope!) and finally found one that looked like a good deal! I thought I’d use it as an opportunity to get a 4wd vehicle as we don’t have any all-wheel drive cars, and sure could use one on occasion (like all of last winter). My top choice was a Subaru Outback as they are all-wheel drive and get 30 mpg on the highway and will be easy for the girls to maneuver.

This 1996 model was purchased from Rochester Ford within the budget and I have 7 days to check it out.

one year ago…”Memorial Day 2007″

May 27, 2008 – Weeding Raspberries

After lots of excitement on the farm, it’s back to work that has slid with all the recent activity. Some of the raspberries needed some weeding attention.

Here’s a stretch of berries with weeds doing a good job of competing.

A section showing the weeds lost the battle with Linda the weeder and the berries once again have better air circulation and chances to get sun and water, although water is not a problem this spring!

one year ago…”Soap Making Day 1″