This summer has been the hottest on record and for me, it seems, the driest. But when I look at my rainfall records, it's not quite as bad as 2011, the year I bought and hauled water for a solid 12 months.
It pours everywhere but here. Today I heard pounding rain to the north and west, but nothing here. Every day it pours in Alpine and neighbors all over this area are boasting of the wonderful monsoonal rains. Pretty discouraging. I can make it on what water I have for a few more weeks but the native vegetation, like the soapberries, are all dead looking. It was 103° today when I started watering. Couldn't start sooner because the electricity was off.
I'm having serious thought about giving up on the oasis. Life is too short to spend it stressing about the weather. Gonna hang in there until I run out of water. Then if the person that said they'd get water hauled here does, maybe I can go a little longer. I think global warming is making projects like the oasis untenable. I haven't given up, but getting closer than ever. Age might have something to do with it too.
While I was watering, I sprinkled the leaves of my best madrone tree and discovered a Bell's Vireo nest in it. Don't remember seeing a nest in any of my madrones before. Cool! I would think it would be a popular nesting tree being evergreen and lush.