Tuesday, October 25, 2016

There be Bees

I was taking a walk on my property and saw these autumn wildflowers and a few honey bees. I hope they are making a come back in my area and will be here next spring when I plant my next garden...

Thursday, October 13, 2016


It has been a rough week for me. My old 90 Chevy truck had brake issues and I knew it was going to cost me. But in addition to that I also had fuel issues, I needed a fuel pump and idle sensors. The sense of it is I ended up spending $1500 to get my truck running right again. At the same time my partner's car came to an end with a head gasket problem. She did not have the money to get another car, so with my great credit I borrowed from my credit union enough to get her a great car that should last her the next five years. Got a loan of $9645 at 1.5%, and that included a great warranty on a 2014 Nissan Versa with only 32,000 miles. I like old stuff and she likes the new computer stuff, but she can do three years of $200 a month to pay the loan. I think we might be back to some normalcy now...

Friday, September 30, 2016

Autumn is In the Air

Autumn seems to be bringing itself to the deep south and here in central Texas. This morning after a cool front came through our area the morning temperature was a nice 52 degrees F. I had the windows opened all night bringing in that cool autumn air. Today the temperature is at 80, a perfect day for a walk...

Saturday, September 24, 2016


I am always walking around my property and usually I keep an eye out for what I might see in nature. I live in a cabin surrounded by woods. I just happened to walk up to my shop building and on the screen door just sitting there was a stick bug. I always carry my cell phone so I can take photos, I know it is just a bug, but I love nature and am always impressed by how living things adapt and survive. I saw moma deer and her baby come up and eat some corn I put out and later I saw some turkeys on a neighbors property. I am always looking for other living things...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Jalapeno Peppers

The garden is still producing despite the hot temperatures of the summer. I still have carrots and peppers growing and picked a bunch of jalapeno peppers today. I think I will make some salsa from them...

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Hens

Since I lost two hens to a raccoon and have built a new coop, I have gotten more hens, one is an Americana which lays blue eggs and the another is a New Hampshire Red, now with six hens. I have not had any more problems and I have not seen the raccoon anymore who would go in the chicken pen and eat their feed. Since then I now cover the feed at night and have a light on out there that I can see from my kitchen window..

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rain Update

In the last five days, I have had over six inches of rain after 2 1/2 months of drought which effectively shut down my garden. Most of it is gone, except a few tomato plants, some carrots and peppers that I kept alive. My pear tree also suffered but is back doing okay. The new chicken coop seems to be keeping the rain out (and I definitely am no carpenter). Now if I can get the new hens to start laying soon...

Friday, August 12, 2016

Rain Maybe

I have gone 2 1/2 months of no rain where I am, and have lost about all of my garden. But the forecast for my area has maybe rain starting this weekend, in the past rain has gone either away from me or around me, so I am hopeful that the weather gods will favor me soon...

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Heat Continues

No let up on the heat and with that now over two months of no rain. It looks like August will be no better with predictions of the same. It seems over half my garden is dead and only tomato and carrot plants are still alive but not really growing. My garden this year is done, maybe I can get carrots and a few tomatoes in the fall... I did get the chicken coop expansion done and have acquired two more young hens. I think I will get two more in the fall for a total of six for this coop.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Heat

The heat has taken over here now with temps around 100 every day and no rain since May. Everything is dry and of course my garden has suffered even with the limited watering I do with a hose. I have harvested everything now except for carrots and beans which are still growing. Tomato plants are doing okay, just not fruiting with the heat...