It wasn’t our Turn

I was outside doing the evening chores when i heard a familiar noise; thunder. It’s been a while since we’ve had rain and so though the noise was familiar i’d forgotten that anxious feeling that it induces, as if suddenly you need to secure any outdoor furniture, park the car under the cover of trees …

Cottontails in the Dark lulled by Danny White’s Country Music

I recently had the privilege of meeting a singer song writer from Bandera. His voice was deep and husky and his country songs were beautiful to listen to on the back porch of my dear friend after a good meal and time spent with good people. I was sad that i had to leave shortly …

Flight of the Junebugs

Every spring there comes a time when the june bugs wake up from their winter hibernation and arise by the thousands from a single patch of brush behind the house right at dusk. They do this nightly until they mate, die off, and make way for the next generation which emerge in the form of …

Spring Returns

Now mid-way into April the bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes began to emerge on the sides of the highways. My pear tree put out a number of beautiful waxy pink tinged leaves. My mulberry tree flowered, became pollinated, and currently sports a small crop of bumpy green berries. The agarita bushes bloomed, were polinated, and grew …

A Little Friend

Last night i turned the bathroom light out and headed back towards the kitchen when i noticed a frog hopping down the middle of our floor. The strange thing was that it wasn’t a squatty hard bumpy toad like i was used to. it was a smooth slimy frog with these long gangly arms. It …

Something is Feeling us Out

Last night i was startled awake from a dead sleep by a noise that shook the bed. I thought something must have fallen in the house and hit the floor, causing the bed to shake. When i turned on the light and looked around i couldn’t find anything out of place. I tried not to …

Wildfire

I knew there were fires to the north of us but they were hours away. I knew my friends, neighbors, and coworkers were holding down the fort at home while their husbands took time off work and drove up north in the middle of the night with livestock trailers and bottles of water with the …

The Chickens Try Fish

I had a piece of wild sockeye salmon in the freezer when it suffered through a few power outages during storms. It became clear to me this fish had thawed and refrozen when i cooked its sibling and tasted it and realized it was no good. I ate it, cuz im cheap, but the taste …