Friday, October 28, 2011

Oops

I could have also titled this post as "My Big Bozo No No" or "It's an Instant Winter Wonderland".  My husband and I were discussing sustainability this morning, wondering how some of these desert cities get enough water to stay afloat.  As my husband continued talking, I began spacing out, just hearing the word "water" over and over.  I suddenly jumped off the couch, eyes wide, and said, "You didn't happen to turn off the sprinkler last night, did you?"

"No, was I supposed to?  I didn't know it was on."

"Uh, I turned it on after I fertilized the pasture and completely forgot about it."

I raced outside to the pasture and this is what I found:





At least the sagebrush that has been making me sick for the past few months is now enclosed in ice balls.

I'll bet the neighbors really love me right now... especially the lady from Arizona who insists that everyone in our neighborhood should tear up their lawns and replace them with rocks.

13 comments:

Ms Martyr said...

It's pretty even though unfortunate. We've disconnected our hoses for the season. Apparently the water in the hose can freeze and back up into our home plumbing, causing it to burst. Don't need that...

Katharine Swan said...

No damage done to your hose or your water lines, I hope? Amazing that it's all so pretty. Especially the sagebrush. And I loved your comment about it being encased in ice balls!

fernvalley01 said...

OOPS!!! It is pretty though

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

No damage to the hose or pipes. The sprinkler was still going in the morning, so the flowing water didn't freeze. It only froze when it hit the air and ground. We still have pretty warm days, so we have to keep watering unless it rains or snows. I'll just have to water during the day, so I don't forget it in the evening. We had been watering at dawn and dusk to avoid water waste through evaporation.

lytha said...

i just cannot imagine watering a lawn in october, what a different world you live in! i love your ice sculptures, esp that little bush and the sage. we have our spigot all wrapped up in a towel so that nothing freezes at night.

BrownEyed Cowgirl said...

Oooh...I have done that...quite a few times. Isn't that a sick feeling when that instantaneous thought pops into your head...'I left the water on.'...'Crap!'.

Your pictures sure are pretty though.

Linda said...

That's awesome! What a cool example of turning something bad into something beautiful!! I love the sage. Makes me want to run out and turn the sprinklers on tonight. ;)

Mikey said...

Lol, but beautiful!!

Allenspark Lodge said...

I don't know a soul who hasn't done this .. a few times! We have a running stream most of the time, but occasionally it dies out and I have to use the horse tank. I run a hose and I even set a timer, but when I realize the timer went off "a while ago", it's usually because I hear my mare IN the tank splashing water at the other horses, or making mud sculptures outside the tank! I DO love the ice pictures frozen sprinklers create.
Juanita

Cheryl Ann said...

OOPS! Well, at least you got some good photos out of it!

Dreaming said...

How beautiful!
I know that feeling.... there have been times when I have been and hour away from home when I remembered that I left the water on - we had great neighbors who rescued me on more than one occasion!
I finally began wearing a jingly bracelet when I turned the hose on. When I finished, I put the bracelet on the spigot. It was a great reminder!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Pretty! But a definite ooops moment!

Reminds of the pictures that make their rounds every winter of the cars that were covered in ice from a broken water line, while sitting in someone's garage. Or the car that was encased in ice while parked on the curb beside a puddle and splashed with water all night long as cars drove by.

Looks like your grass has finally experienced a hard frost. :)

~Lisa

achieve1dream said...

Hehehe I've left the water on all night before (several times in fact), but never when it was cold enough to freeze. That is so beautiful!!! I love the pictures. :)