Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Saga of the Drive Bed...

You've heard the story of the
Drive Bed,
many times.

I did a long history blog about it changed again.

I thought maybe I could save this big Prickly Pear.

The Cactus Bugs had done a real job on it.

I began trimming back and cleaning up the ruined pads.
That's when I began to see even more of the awful bugs.

Why do all that work, just to have it continue to fall apart?

So, I started hacking it out.
Not an easy job, with such a big mess.

I finally got it hacked down, and the trunk dug up.
I hauled it out and piled it all in the Grove, where it began years ago.
Maybe some of the pads will root, and grow again.

By the way...these can be vicious plants.
Long spines are not the biggest problem.
Those mean little stickers...glochids....are.
They were even in the soil.
They worked their way into my gloves,
and since I sit on my behind, while I garden... get the picture.

NO FUN!! is the new incarnation...

So far, I like it.

These Golden Barrel Cacti needed to have more sun, anyway.
And, the little Bunny Cactus fit in, nicely.

It looks especially nice, in the morning light.

I'm sorry to lose such a beautiful plant.
But, the bugs won this one.

That's the thing about gardening...
it's never DONE.

Hope you're enjoying your ever-changing gardens.

Happy Gardening...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Father's Day, 2017...

 I'm reposting last year's 
Father's Day post.

With a little extra thrown in.
We added another father this year.


There are lots of fathers, in my life.
Some gone, and some still with us.

The first father I knew was my Daddy.
He was a good man. A hard working man....
He loved to learn new things...have a good time.
And, fish.

And, there's my father-in-law.
Another good man. Another hard working man.
Fun, and funny...always ready for a good time.
And, fish.

Both are gone now. And, we all miss them.

And, this guy.
The one I see every day.
Another good man. Another hard working man.
He's also fun, and funny.
And, ALWAYS ready for a good time.

Another good man...hard working and always there for his family...
our Son.

And, our Son-in-Law...
another good, hardworking man...
there for his family.

This year, we added one more father.

Ronnie is our newest father...
Father to our sweet Great Grandson.
Another good, hardworking guy.

I'm blessed, to have all these good men in my life...
past and present.

Seems we have an ongoing theme in this family...
good, hardworking men.

Good men....good good families.
We're all lucky to have them, in our lives.

The generations march on.

to all the fathers out there...
all the Dads.

We love you all.

Happy Father's Day...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day...

Let us all pause for a moment,
on Memorial Day,
to remember those who 
paid the greatest price,
for our freedom.

Arlington National Cemetery

Freedom isn't free.

Happy Memorial Day...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Remembering the Power of Water...

It's been two years,
since the Blanco River took homes,
and lives,
as it rushed through our area.

Some people are still getting their lives
back together.
Some gave up,
and sold their land.

Some of the victims were never found.

It's all very sad.

But, time will heal.

It will be a very long time
before the River gets back where it was.
Six hundred year old Cypress Trees
don't grow back very quickly.

People heal more quickly.
But, the memory of the
power of water,
and the power of people to rebuild,
will be with us a long time.

Here's what I posted then.


By now, you've probably heard that there was a flood in
Wimberley, Texas,

There was a lot of damage....destruction...along the 
Blanco River.

I've shown you the beauty of that river before.

The giant Cypress trees turn beautiful colors in fall.

And, under most conditions, the river flows gently along.

But, Saturday night of Memorial Day Weekend, it turned into a monster.

We hadn't had much rain that day. We've had lots of rain here, but that day
wasn't bad, in our area.

But, to the west, in Blanco, it rained a foot of rain, in a short time.
All that water went into the river, and the river rose thirty feet
in less than an hour.

Houses that had stood solid for fifty or sixty years with no flooding,
were no match for this tsunami.
Debris...houses, cars, trees, boulders...came rushing down,
washing away everything in its path.

People's homes were damaged, destroyed, or simply washed away.

People lost their lives.

internet image. source unknown.

The deluge topped this bridge by at least ten feet.

The beautiful Cypress trees, which have stood for hundreds of years, 
were bowed over and shredded.

We pray for those who have lost so much.
We hope for them the strength it will take to get through all this.
We do what we can to help, with funds, time and energy.

Meanwhile...this small town of Wimberley is still 
A Little Bit of Heaven.

Stay safe...
God Bless...