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DayCreek Journal

September 10 , 2006

Let It Rain, Let It Rain, Let It Rain

It's a quiet, rainy afternoon here in Southeast Minnesota and there's a hint of autumn in the air. The rain that is falling is a gentle rain—nothing like the cloudbursts of summer—just a slow, gently falling rain. The sound of the raindrops falling off of the hundreds of trees near our house is quite soothing. If you were to close your eyes, you'd swear there was a waterfall nearby.

Besides the sound, there's the aroma of the rain. It's really not the rain itself, but the combined scent of all the wet leaves. I wish there were a way to bottle it. It would come in handy in the middle of the winter when one yearns for these rainy days again.

Gentle rains are the best—not just because of the soothing effect it has, but it's serves a real purpose. It's slowly filling up the cistern. Because it's falling slowly, I don't have to worry about the cistern filling up too quickly. I will admit there have been a couple of times during a thunderstorm when all of a sudden the cistern was full to the top and there was a big puddle in the back of the house. I have computed that a half-inch rain adds about 10 inches of water in the cistern. The tank is 5 feet deep, so it takes about 3 inches of rain to completely fill the tank if it were dry.

Taking out my measuring stick I have determined that I have about 12 inches to spare, so I'll wait for about a half-inch of rain and close the valve.It's been a good year for rain—not too much and not too little. The cistern has been pretty much full all summer long and after today, it should be filled to the top once again.

The farmers should be happy with this year's rain and by the looks of the apple trees in the area, there should be plenty of apples this year and they should be ripe just in time for La Crescent, Minnesota's Applefest.

La Crescent Minnesota is the "Apple Capital" of least that's what the sign in town reads. I'm not sure if the state of Minnesota has ever had a vote to determine this, but La Crescent has taken it upon themselves to deem La Crescent as the Apple Capital. I guess it must be true. There's even an Applefest Queen and a First and Second Princess. With all this pageantry, I would never question whether La Crescent is really the Apple Capital. It almost sounds like it should be the Apple Kingdom of Minnesota, but I guess there is no apple king.

As in previous year's, we are having our own "Applefest". It all started about eight years ago when we invited friends to come up to watch the apple crate races in La Crescent. It was a fun way to spend a autumn afternoon enjoying the kids racing down one of the hills in town. This only lasted a few years however. The event was cancelled after the year that one of the participants spun out of control and broke his arm. I guess it was a bit too dangerous for nowadays.

So instead of watching the races, we now do our own thing: croquet golf. It's a lot of fun and it doesn't really take any skill to play it. All you have to do is hit the ball. Something that most people can do when they are sober. (No need to go into more detail here.)

I'm glad that it is raining now. Hopefully this will lead to better weather by week's end. We can only hope. So let it rain, let it rain, let it rain!


A Red-Eyed Vireo makes a brief appearance in a clearing.