Saturday, April 24, 2010

THANK YOU, EARTH!

Well, I had planned to get this posted yesterday for Earth Day, but as usual, it was crazy around here and I didn't reach my goal!Spring has really sprung around here. The wheat has "headed out" and will start to turn golden in the next month. By the end of May, the "Wheaties" will roll into town with their HUMUNGOUS John Deere combines chained to ENORMOUS flatbed trailers. They'll stay in this area for a week or two, to cut/harvest wheat on the many farms around Vernon and then make their annual journey back to Canada, stopping along the way to harvest more wheat, corn and maize. It's a very well-oiled round-the-clock schedule with these harvest companies - they don't waste any time or man power...they get into the fields, harvest, truck it off to the grain bins in town and move onto the next field...If machinery breaks down, their personal mechanics that travel with them are instantly on the spot to fix the problem. It's very impressive!

The fig tree is budding out....

Dyke and Zack dug up some seedling trees from the river and they've started them in pots in the garden

Last week, we had 3 days of rain - totalling 5-6 inches! Zack found a baby cottontail trying to stay afloat in the lower pasture, as it was like a lake down there from the swollen creeks! We kept him for a week, and when he was eating well, Zack released him back to the pasture. While he was recovering and strengthening in his temporary home at the house, we woke up several mornings to find that he had escaped the box! We had to bring Penny into the house to "sniff him out!" She was successful and we knew that the bunny was getting strong enough to survive on his own.

Jake and 3 others were invited to "perform" in a fashion show as part of the local Campfire Girls meeting. They had to come up with their own outfits, so Jake chose my black slinky dress with cascading turquoise beads. I had only worn it one time - on the cruise that I went on a few years ago. It was a sight to behold! He wore his turquoise-topped cowboy boots, and stuck a fake flower in his ear. I did not attend, but heard from many that they were a RIOT!!!! Ah, that's my boy!!!!

3 comments:

Carancahua Creek said...

Things are looking gorgeous up there! I sure do want one of those wagons. Have a great week - only 23 1/2 days of kids left. Woo Hoo!! Come on summer!

scot7 said...

HI,YOUR PLACE IS JUST BEAUTIFUL!IT SEEMS LIKE A REALLY GOOD PLACE TO RAISE SONS IN!! I LIVE BY TEXARKANA IN EAST TEXAS,ITS VERY GREEN HERE BUT ALL TREES AND UNDERGROWTH,MORE LIKE THE SOUTH THEN TEXAS AS ONE THINKS OF IT!!

TURQUOISE COWGIRL said...

Hey, Thanks, Y'all! We love it out here, especially in the Spring! The hot, dry summers are a different story though! Thanks for your great comments!