This has been such a strange year. After the worst flood this state has seen in many, many decades (or more, they called it the Thousand Year Flood), we’ve had NO rain. I guess we got it all at once. The creeks are bone dry, and even the springs aren’t doing much. There’s a lot of bucket-filling to keep the animals in water. And the temperatures–in late September!–are still in the 90s, which is unseasonably hot for this area when fall is normally a lovely time. This year it’s just plain sweaty hot. I wonder what it all means for this winter. Last winter was a hard winter with some of the greatest snowfalls here in years. Will a harsh winter followed by a flood then months of hot, dry weather lead into a milder than normal winter? I can but hope….