Living in such severe drought conditions has forced us to stay at the house in the Greater Houston area and to avoid our acreage. This is the time of year that I define as "Texas Hibernation." It is just too dang hot to do anything outdoors, unless it involves a water activity.
So, we are in Texas-hibernation mode and this means we aren't able to enjoy being on our land as often. One of the reasons we go to the land is to clean it up, to mow, to haul fallen branches and tree stumps to a burn pile that we light up. If we went to the land right now, we'd be making a pile of deadwood that would only sit for a long period of time. The land is also so dry that we can't even cook on an open fire and that is how we cook when we stay on our acreage. You don't exactly want to drive 15 miles, one-way, to town to eat when you are covered in sweat and dirt...enjoying the life of a true country bumpkin. Since there are burn bans and no way for us to access a large amount of water during an emergency, we must ride it out in the city house while waiting for drought conditions to improve.
|Years ago, when we kept an RV on our acreage.|
|Deputy Dave actually using the sprayer as a watering can for|
my special plants on the land...lemon tree, Jane Magnolia, etc.
We do not have a water source to reach this part of the land.
|This is what I'd eat very often...fresh tomatoes|
with cuts of mozzarella. Often, with slices of avocado too.
YUM, YUM, YUM!
Okay, I thought tomato picking was as exciting as hunting for gold, but my niece took it to a new level, she sees the green attachment to the tomato as a beautiful CROWN!
I think that when we plant our home-grown veggie garden on our acreage, we'll plant a few tomato plants in an area that will get partial shade. The sun's full heat upon the tomato plants is not so great for their production as we get fully into summer-time. The Texas heat can be harsh.
|The plants BEFORE it got too hot.|
|Me and my personal Santa...my dad.|
Photo taken this summer.
Santa's hair has disappeared, but he's cooler this way.
This is the true picture of the effects of a drought. I don't think my brother will be catching any fish here, not until we get rain, lots of rain. Until the usual Texas heat wave passes and drought conditions improve, I'll try to enjoy my Texas Hibernation.