Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Rain Barrel Poem

I was amid a pile of laundry one day
when I heard this uttered from my husband Jay:

"I'm going to buy some huge barrels today! 
From a nice guy selling his wares on ebay"

"I'll raise 'em & rig 'em in a very strange way
Attach a faucet, cut the downspout, use a bottle if I may."

My reply: "What they hey? What's all this for, please tell me, Jay."

"Why it's to capture all the rain that fell yesterday!
And use it in our garden for free, I say!"

Then Bug and I planted spinach and flowers so gay

And watered them with rain that fell just the other day,
from stormy skies so cloudy and gray.

(Now before you snow dwellers comment in dismay
just remember that this is the California way
And while we love that we can go out and play
With narry a coat or mittens, as if it were May
We sure would love to get out our sleigh
and go sledding on a glorious snow day).

(PS It sure is hard making everything rhyme with -ay)


Christina said...

Dr Suess seems more talented all the time, right? That's how I feel when I try to write this kind of thing! :)
What a fun idea...I bet the kids think their dad is the coolest-catching the rain like that.
And your poem is great!

Unknown said...

I'm sure it is hard but you did a good job! : )

And yes, I was about to dismay but you made a good point, so I'll keep the warm comments at bay!

Be well!


Unknown said...

what a great idea! I love it!

teamkyte said...

Very cool!!!

CottageGirl said...

Great idea! And you did a great job with the rhymes!!!!

Jana said...

May have been hard but you did it so well! how cool! everyone in WA had the barrels, out here, um not so much....I think i am one of the only people who recycles too...where am I?? where is starbucks??

Unknown said...

You are talented!!! I was wondering about the barrels myself until I saw how they were being put to use. That's a good idea and not only that but you're teaching the kids about water conservation too.

monica said...

Your poem is awesome! Your idea of this is great also. Your water conserving and reusing water that would have gone to waste! I love this idea!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Great idea! You Californi-ay people are SO smart, and warm, and gosh-darn-it.. I'm moving to CA for the winter :) You have such a lovely assistant too! -Tammy

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

I am coming with Tammy! And bringing the herd! Bug, can help care for them!
xo, misha

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...


Haha, nice poem! I couldn't have done that probably..... :l Lol.

Again, Bug is so cute! :)

Love, Joy

Ingrid_3Bs said...

Nay, I think you did a great job rhyming "ay"! Happy Frid-AY! :)

Muthering Heights said...

LOL, great poem!!!

It made me think of spring...

{We're still under snow!}

Unknown said...

So cute! I love the poem and the photos are great! Bug seems to be enjoying her gardening!

Dandy said...

You should write childrens books! Anyone with that kind of rhyming capability is so very talented!

Thats a really fantastic idea. I am so impressed!

CottageGirl said...

Hey, Elle ...
Just wanted you to know that I've just started having my comments held until I can view them ... and I read your comment about the spaghetti ... and I apologize, but I think I deleted it some way (When I press "Publish" it should post, shouldn't it? Publish is not a weird code word for delete ... is it?).
So ... thank you and I hope that you enjoy the spaghetti!

Buckeroomama said...

Way to go! I thought you did just great! ...and what a cool idea to collect the rain to use for the garden. :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

You are the cutest!!! I love the rain barrels... I think I need some, since I live in the Pac. NW and we get some RAIN girl. Let me tell you! LOL

Catherine Anne said...

Love the watering idea. We have been talking about doing this too.

curegirl0421 said...

That was awesome! YAY! :)

Jackie said...

Cute Rhyme! I want a rain barrel and hope to install one this spring. Oh, and I get my binder rings from and Office Depot.

Enjoy your warm weather and I'm hoping ours isn't too far away.


Yelena R. said...

Great poem :) You guys are too cool!