The Agaritas Bloom

Two years ago my family member notified me that these thorny things on my property are agarita berry bushes and that while painful to harvest they yield pretty tasty berries. I have wanted to investigate this ever since she said it but for the past two years we have had apocalyptic winter every time these …

a Winter Storm is Coming

The talk around town was a winter storm was headed our way; one that was expected to resemble last february’s ice-pocalypse; the one that was responsible for the deaths of 58 people and shut down roads in Texas for over a week. The weathermen were just about peeing their pants with enthusiasm. They whipped everyone …

Mowing the Lawn

After the scythe was fully functional i took care of the armpit-high grass and then it was time to use the mower to get at the waist-high stuff. Because it was winter and the grass was dead mowing over it multiple times in opposing directions was actually working to cut it down. Over the course …

My New Year’s Resolution

Every year i make a resolution to be more organized, get more done, establish a daily routine and stick to it, or work out every day. I make all these plans and then by week 2 of the new year i’ve ceased doing any of it. This year i decided to make a resolution that …

First Freeze of the Year

After our catastrophic winter storm this spring i figured winter would bring more of the sort but it didn’t. It was the first warm weather halloween i could remember and we didnt have a single hard freeze until the first day of the next year. I saw the forecast a week in advance so i …

A Glass of Cold Water

The well on the property is a sulfur well. The water itself smells like rotten eggs and if consumed will cause a case of the runs that will dehydrate the poor soul faster than the intake of fluid could replenish. I’ve actually used a color filter on this photograph to hide the fact that the …

The Winter Storm Arrives

Well, the announcer on the weather radio was correct. There was winter weather on the way and it arrived as promised on time. I had been off work most of the week and the one day i was scheduled to work was the day the storm hit. It rained all night. I knew it was …

Bud the Armadillo

There were two armadillos that frequented our property. One was a small armadillo; quick and very people shy. The other one was a large armadillo with a signature puncture in the side of its shell that seemed to have healed long ago. He had something like a keloid hanging out of it but there was …

3 Days Off

I ended up with 3 consecutive days off. I felt like i should really make use of it; since i wasn’t contributing any income during these three days, i ought at least to be productive. I began with a long overdue project; cleaning the chicken coop. I couldn’t imagine how my arthritis riddled body was …