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Don't get the wrong idea

I'm not complaining about the rain! Rain is good. Even wind is good.

...Except that later in the day, the wind got VERY strong and blew down half a tree over our back fence, and put a split in one of the trunks of our palo verde. I have it roped up now, and sprayed the wound with this black anti-fungal stuff that Toni-from-over-the-road loaned us, and it might survive if we're lucky. We'll have to look out next season and check for new growth.