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 …

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 …

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 …

Just Some Chickens Eating a Squash

There’s nothing i love more than to watch the chickens eat. They love food so much. They’ll eat almost anything and they’re happy to function as the clean up crew when you have peels and stems and odd ends and pieces of things after cooking. I like to listen to them make that airy huffing …