My barn owners have opted to let the vast expanse of yard go pretty golden. We still have grass, but it's spotty in some places and gone in others. In exchange for not watering the grass, I am allowed to water the arena. Most naturalists would probably freak out at the thought of watering dirt, but if you live in a hot and dry climate, you'll know why we water.
On Sunday morning, Californians woke up to morning rain showers that actually carried enough water to soak the ground. It was enough of a rarity that Facebook exploded with status updates like this one, "Laying in bed (yes at 11am), windows open, listening and smelling the rain outside."
Not having to race to the barn to beat the heat was already enough of a treat, but knowing that the rain was doing the job of my sprinklers sent me over the moon. It was like Christmas in July, a birthday party, and winning a blue ribbon all wrapped up in one giant package.
When I got to the barn, I grinned in absolute delight. My sandy arena was perfectly soaked everywhere. There wasn't a single funky area that the sprinklers always miss, and I didn't have to piddle around looking for jobs to do while the sprinklers did their work.
El Niño, where are you?!?!