Walking with Jesse

Jesse has been giving me forlorn looks lately and sending mind thoughts like,

“we need to do something!”.

I even considered kidnapping his friend, Oust, so they could play together, but I think his hidden messages have been ..

Get Up,

Talk a Walk!

So from clouds to back-to-earth,
~ here we go!

First stop in the middle of the hill

and a find-it game:

‘Where is the Bluebonnet?

Here’s a better look at what is going on under that winter debris of
leaves, Bahia grass blades from last year, bits of wild clover and dollar weed,
there emerges the foundation of the State Flower of Texas ~ The Bluebonnet…

We walked around the small pond;
there are plenty of visitors that Jesse can track, so he’s busy.
For you, a snapshot of probably the only mature Pine trees left on the ranch.

Their Life-giving-water courtesy of the pond they shade.

Further up our road, across from our little
hay barn, are what we call “insurance”.

…and the cedar stump
that I stood upon to take
the previous photo.

I’m ready to go back …
…come on Jesse

Really, come along…

…it’s time for lunch.

Jesse was the first one to get to the house. Food is always important.
Thanks for the walk, Jesse.

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Evening Towers

That’s right, towers, not showers. Towering cumulus clouds were the photo opportunity yesterday afternoon. They rose quickly, in all directions surrounding the hill. Winter tree-tops the foundation in each snapshot. (click any photo to enlarge)

On your left, looking over the tree tops to the Southeast, the cumulus cloud is just beginning to grow.

And to your right, around the corner of the Cabin, your are looking Southwest.

Below, looking West Southwest, forming into a “tower”.

The horizon looking West…

I had to laugh when I reviewed the collection of photographs on my computer (some I snapped with sunshine blinding me) and I discovered this one.

The Dancing Clouds

Snapshots taken one after the other within minutes and, yes, a cool front moved through early this morning bringing light rain. There are ominous, grey clouds moving quickly from the Northeast right now, so thunderstorms forecast by the clouds above may not be over just yet. However, this is Texas! Tomorrow’s forecast is sunshine and Spring like weather!

Y’all come to visit soon. If you don’t like the weather, be patient. You may be wearing a coat in the morning and your sandals in the afternoon!

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A Mini-Rant

Disclaimer: This report is based on prices found in South-Central Texas

While standing in line at the local ‘box store’ last week, the clerk was entertaining us, me and the lady checking out, with tales of her latest recipe. We really enjoyed her sense of humor and after finishing with the lady in front of me, she quickly rang through my purchases.

After clicking ‘total’, she suddenly blurt out, “What Did You Buy?!”. She glanced at what was in the bags, shook her head and then smiling again, accepted my payment.
Perhaps not kosher in the retail world, but it was a gut response to having just rang up a relatively small number of items.

My purchases were 2 packages of toilet paper, 2 medium bags of Purina cat food, 2 containers of Chobani yogurt, a very small bottle of Vitamin E capsules, and a hair clip equaling $60. That’s right, Sixty dollars!

The only extravagance was the hair clip for $4.98. The yogurt is my lunch on some days and the cat food is certainly not the most expensive. As for the toilet paper, buying in bulk is not only smart, but necessary. It is the most overpriced item in any store, in my opinion, but again — necessary.

I’ll not bore you with stories like, “I remember when you could buy a bag of groceries for $20”, because that just tells my age (yes, I confess that I do remember ‘when’). But I will tell you that my husband came home this week with the basics –real food—that would last about 3 days and his total was $72. Not $20, nor even $48. Seventy-Two!

The moral of this short rant/report, regardless of what our government math whizzes tell us, the reality is a real Economic Depression is bearing down fast! They think that ‘recession’ is a bad word, maybe the whole crew should have to buy groceries for their own families for a month. Then report what the real numbers say about what is happening to people’s pocket books – every day!

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