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Posts Tagged ‘Texas drought’

If Trees Give you Peaches – make Pie!

Posted by Range Officer Rhonda on July 18, 2011

This is the Peach Pie I made today with my peaches from the orchard. I haven’t gotten much fruit or veggies from the garden this year as we are in a severe drought.

For rain this year [2011] we have gotten first, .01 inch; then .66 inches, then another .30 inches last week followed by a trace we couldn’t measure. Let’s see, my house so far this year has gotten a total of .97 inches – let’s just round it up and say one whole inch! Wow – that’s bad. I think we are about 30 inches behind and nearly everything in my yard is dead – including the grass. We have cracks and holes big enough to swallow dogs and squirrels. This is probably the worst we’ve seen in 15 years, and it follows a bad drought from the prior two years.

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Hope = Flowers

Posted by Range Officer Rhonda on November 8, 2009

There is so much to write about this week; but I am going to start with the flowers in one of my gardens. 100_0435This summer, here in Central Texas we experienced one of the most severe droughts in recorded history for this area. Here at my home, we try to grow and eat as much vegetables from the garden as we can. Unfortunately, we had to make the decision to save a few grand old trees with our septic watering field and water hoses or to water the garden. We elected to save the trees and the garden mostly died. Towards the end of summer, with over 60 days of 100 plus temps and no rain, we dug up the dead garden and added to the compost pile. Then the rain came. Soon, we discovered that some of the few flowers we had scattered about had thrown their seeds wide towards the end of the drought and sown a beautiful patch of truly, wild flowers. 100_0437Here are some of the flowers that are now blooming in various patches throughout my yard. The majority of them are Zinnias, one of my own and my grandmother’s favorites.100_0436

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Texas Drought

Posted by Range Officer Rhonda on July 21, 2009

Since it’s on the top of everyone’s mind in Texas these days, I thought I would ramble on about the drought and how it has impacted our lives.

Many discussions this spring were about our next – first black – President, the oppressive question of whether we are in a recession, beginning depression or what, the fail of the banks, loss of homes, jobs, the reversion to home gardens and more. We didn’t think it could get worse – but maybe it has. With record heat and record lack of rain, conversations are shifting more to rain – or the lack thereof. Our little area in the Hill country of Texas is suffering from over two years of drought with less rain in a 24 month period than we usually get in ONE year. Many of us optimistically sat back and said, well, OK – the economy is going to hell but I can fall back on my garden and some of the old ways and we’ll get by.

It’s not happening. Oh sure, some of us got our plants in early – and lost them. Some waited, and got a little late start with a very short harvest season, only to have the weather defeat us at every turn. From drought ¬†to havoc reaking storms – we can’t win for losing. I too was hoping to have a wonderful summer and fall harvest, only to have to stop watering and battling the heat and basically give up. I lost a lot last year – garden, fruit trees, wild flowers and natural grasses. This year I am losing even more. Sure, I have an abundance of some things – peaches, peppers and¬†zucchini to name a few. I may even have an abundance of pears this fall if they don’t die off like they did last year. But we can’t water the garden anymore, only watering enough to keep our trees alive; living by the phrase ‘let the yellow mellow and only flush the brown down’; and making sure the clothes are worn more than once before washing.

To top it off, our family is still suffering from being unemployed – and the unemployment benefits of the state (a whopping approx. $10,000) has run out. Still no jobs on the horizon, all though that could change if BOTH of us take on another minimum wage job. That would make – oh – about 4 jobs I have. I’m scrambling to accept every bit of work I can get no matter the pay or the job. I have to cut down on my charity and volunteer work, which makes me feel like I am letting people down.

So, to sum it up – the drought is not just about rain, although upmost in our minds here. Not only are our lawns drying up – but jobs, writing opportunities, spirits, political support, religious beliefs and more. The soul of our nation is in a drought. I grew up in a society where it was polite to talk around the dinner table about the weather, family, crops, etc but never to discuss religion and politics in mixed company. Now, it’s all so mixed up in our minds that we can’t HELP but talk about it all. Someone give me some GOOD news for a change?

Above all – don’t lose your sense of humor. If you can laugh at yourself in the worst of times, sometimes they can become the best of memories when you get through them. That’s not macabre – that’s survival.

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