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After reading [profile] whatifoundthere's comment on my last drought post, I re-read the drought restriction notice more carefully. They're not applying drought rate to 90% of what we used, but to 90% of what our allowed baseline usage was. The baseline levels have always been kind of a mystery to me anyway. So it's not so brutal to people who've been careful with their water usage in the past, but Casa Sweetrabbits has some work to do.

One thing that may help: Sweety left for work early the other day and realized that the sprinklers were running more often than we thought. When the landscape designer put in the new watering times for our newly landscaped yard, she didn't delete the old watering program. Sweety deleted the old one, so we will be using a little less water than we've used the past few months, at any rate. No wonder our new plantings looked so lush and green, eh?

A doughnut restriction? What?

Date: 2008-06-02 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drj0402.livejournal.com
Just kiddin'!

Date: 2008-06-03 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynodd.livejournal.com
Youch. Maybe time to plant a rock garden.

Date: 2008-06-03 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaderabbit.livejournal.com
I think our new plants--most of which are xeric--will be well-established now and do just fine with the normal amount of watering. Sweety says most of the excess was actually going to the lawn, anyway.

xeric

Date: 2008-06-03 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynodd.livejournal.com
That was a new word for me. It even stumped crabbydragon, who knows a lot more words than I do, and uses them in his speaking vocabulary. We have not lived in dry climates, for the most part, and are not terribly green thumbs.

Re: xeric

Date: 2008-06-03 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaderabbit.livejournal.com
Sorry. Didn't mean to be obtuse. It's a word we run across a lot here, and I think "water-wise" sounds a bit precious. Plus, it's so much fun to say!

You want weird words? We watched the spelling bee last week. Sweety was almost angry at how obscure some of those words were.

Re: xeric

Date: 2008-06-03 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynodd.livejournal.com
Sorry. Didn't mean to be obtuse.

Don't apologize. It was good to look up a new word. Now I'll know it.

Clair_de_lalune and I had an interesting word discussion a few days ago. She had said somewhere on one of these blogs something about "religiosity." In discussing religiosity, we realized we were having different understandings of the meaning. She thought it was synonymous with "religious," but I didn't. Looked it up (in my paper dictionary, no less), and discovered that both of us were right. Definition 1 was religious, 2 was excessive piety (my definition). Not often that we can have a disagreement and both be right!

We watched the spelling bee last week. Sweety was almost angry at how obscure some of those words were.

But isn't that kind of the point? I mean, the spelling bee is, I think, the art of taking a word you don't know, and deconstructing it and figuring out how to spell it.

Re: xeric

Date: 2008-06-03 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaderabbit.livejournal.com
He was irritated at a few of them because they are so out of use that the definitions were close to inaccurate. And I thought the words that have been through several languages were a bit rude; there was no way to predict which part of the word looked like which language. At that point, it's all about luck and vocabulary.

Students need to lighten up. If you don't know the word, ask the prof or look it up. Sheesh.

Re: xeric - P.S.

Date: 2008-06-03 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynodd.livejournal.com
I find it hard to believe, but crabbydragon's students have even gotten angry at him for using words they don't know.

Isn't that part of the point of college, that your professor teaches you things you don't know?

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