As I take a brief break from reading and editing my sermon for tomorrow morning, I confess to being conflicted about the seeming non-stop rain we have been getting in the Kansas City area.
On one hand, the rain is good for the antler development of the whitetail deer. Right now is when bucks are growing their new antlers and lush, green grass and plants are their chief food source until crop fields start maturing (sorry farmers). There is a direct correlation between heavy rainfall in the Spring and more massive antlers on mature bucks in the Fall. Further, does are starting to fawn now (be careful on the roads, there will be lots of does and young deer running across the street right about now, for the next month also) which means good rainfall will enhance the vegetation and give the does better, more nutritious milk. It is important for young deer to get a good start as they move toward being a deer who's head is worthy to hang on my wall. So, in that way, lots of spring rain is good.
On the other hand, how can a guy get his tomatoes planted when it won't stop raining? My father gave me his trusty rotor-tiller (mine died a smokey death last year) to prepare my garden with. Providentially I was able to till it once this week, but it need a couple more tillings with some added manure, peat moss, sand, and top soil before I can introduce God's prize vegetable creation- the tomato. I had hopes of getting my garden in before May 15. My hopes appear to be dashed as the wind howls and the rain pours down this evening as it has for most of day. The ground is saturated and the garden is a mud pit.
UPDATE: Incredible tomato story (let's see grapefruits like this Jeff!)
So I am torn. Big antlers vs. properly timed Tomatoes. Life if full of strains and struggles.