Well, as of last weekend, the drought is officially over in North Texas. It’s been raining cats and dogs and the whole nine yards for several weeks now, pushing our region to more than 2 inches above our normal rainfall.

Lakes have filled up. Creeks are flowing. Lawns are green. And weeds have sprung. Here’s my trophy, as tall as Erin. (Our Hands On champion allowed me to keep it growing, even as it mocked her green-thumb instincts…)


Perhaps our farmer friends in Huanglongxi would even be impressed. Well, maybe not, but I’m sure they share my enthusiasm over rain. Good as gold…

Of course, 21 straight days of rain also meant our yard was a jungle. I had to take a guerrilla approach to chopping it down… up and over, the element of surprise.

I’m not complaining though. Traveling Australia, in the midst of a 6-year drought, taught me to value every drop. The people there seem incredibly aware of the issue. For instance, signs in public faucets remind you not to overuse and ensure a proper turn for no dripping.


Practice good water conservation and be thankful, Texas. According to the recent IPCC report, our perpetual drought is coming.