The Arctic Storm

I had 10 full days notice that an arctic storm was coming and honestly thats the only reason we fared as well as we did through this one. I was covering a full time therapist’s caseload while she was out of the country visiting family for Christmas. It was a 50 minute drive there, a …

A Rain Storm

As i watered the orchard and went about the evening chores the wind picked up and the air became cooler. The sky clouded over and nightfall drew ever closer. It felt as if the forecast for rain the following morning may come true. The weather was not producing at the moment but the atmosphere seemed …

I Hear You. I am Here.

In the week leading up to the treatment an argument ensued between myself and the oak wilt crew leader. We had been dealing with a historic level drought. Never had it been so hot, so early, and for so long, with so little rain. i mowed my grass once this year. Some mowed not at …

Gardening, a New Friend, and a Hail Storm

It was a very hot sunny day, not a cloud to be seen…one of those heavy humid days where the heat seems to be pressing you into the ground and the hoppers click and hum through the grass as the buzzards circle overhead, assuming that if you have a heartbeat and you’re outside, you must …

the Magnificent Progression of Surprise Weather

I arrived home one day to find this cloud formation sitting directly on top of my property. There were no other clouds, just this rather impressive blob sitting atop my house dropping sheets of rain on the yard. Because it was near sundown the thing soon caught all sorts of pink and orange light which …

Cashew Weathers the Lightening Storm we got in the Evening

These first two videos are how Cashew is during a storm if i hold her but am not singing. she stops barking but thrashes around, breathes heavily, and shakes uncontrollably. The last video depicts how singing soothes her. If i rock her in the rocking chair, pat her, and sing to her, she is soothed …

A Karaoke Day for Cashew

We finally got the rain we needed. I’d say between 8:30 am and 3 pm it rained pretty consistently. And that meant Cashew lost her mind. It was lightening and thunder kind of rain. So for two hours straight Cashew barked and howled ceaselessly while she shook uncontrollably in her crate. We really need a …

An Old Man who likes 4 Letter Words, Respects Okra, and can Smell Rain Coming

Yesterday i was looking at a storm system located over Bandera while standing in the yard. Today i am watching one in a different portion of the sky. From what i understand its somewhere between Mason and Fredericksburg, but i just know it to be the sky over the front right portion of the property. …

The Plan for the Oak Trees

Now that spring is in full force over here (though the dry rainless conditions may have stunted the flower and grass growth a bit) i can finally see which parts of the oak trees on the property came back and which parts are definitely dead due to icepocalypse a little over a year ago. Last …

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 …