We know that it is might near impossible to be able to pen one of these columns without bringing up the weather. Most city folks don’t know it, but we are all extremely dependant upon the weather and those of us involved in Agriculture and other outside activities stay pretty well aware of it. One thing about the weather, whether you like it or rail at it upon occasions, about the only physical acts, weather-wise, that we are capable of is either getting out of it or into it.
Our fair Valley of the Pecan was truly blessed last week with the widespread rains received all over the County, as well as pretty well blanketing all surrounding areas, as well. It has been a few days since the rains, so I might not be quite correct on some of the amounts in all areas of estimation. Another factor adding to the differences was in the varying amounts received even among close neighbors. For instance, I heard from Will that Lucille might have gotten about 2.5" on the Home Place, while Joe, Jr. got around 3.5" just up the Hill from the Horse Pasture. He did say that Nana was very happy as Post Oak Pond was full and running over the road. We fed for Daddy & Jr. Goode on Sat. and thoughtfully used 4-wheel drive in all 3 of the places. The Garvin gauge on Johnny Brown Lane read an even 4", the Rimes at Algerita 2.5", and Richland Creek was running to full to cross up on the Gaddy.
We saw several pasture flats so flooded on Sunday that they had some ducks paddling around on what was dry ground a few days prior. Daddy & I went down to the Colony and checked all the pipes and electric at the Towerton and our community gauge on the gate at the ol’ Ragsdale (DPH) registered 4 and a quarter. I’m not even going to say how much Floyd Huffman related measuring down at Pecan Grove. Regardless of the amounts, everything is fairly floating and the Rivers, creeks, and draws are flowing well and nearly all of the tanks and ponds ran around. The Angelo Times said we might be getting some more the latter part of this week.
At this writing, I’m not informed as to what Puxatawnie Phil saw on Tues. morning, but we do know that if any groundhogs are around these parts, they surely could not have seen their shadow as it was fairly foggy early that morning. I never really saw the connection of some lil’ whistle pig up in Pennsylvania with forecasting the rest of Winter weather out our way, anyhow. Gene Williams & I agreed, down at the Donut shop earlier this week, that even though we’re a bit weary of cold weather, we’re not putting up our Winter gear as of yet. We hear that some of the better gardeners have their Onion plants in the ground and are marking off some of the rows & beds for planting soon on some of the earlier crops. Now is an excellent time to tend to some planning for later planting, as it would be rather difficult to do anything relating to cultural practices right now.
There are a number of folks that are tending to some pruning of trees and shrubs around the yard and landscape being that February is a proven time for that particular practice. Regular yard work is pretty slow at the moment, so it would probably be a good time to take the moss off the ol’ Perch trap and get ready to think about the best places to put out the lines for Yellowcat. I know that Mr. Sutton is thinking about it and Thomas Earl probably has his out already. Surely, the Mayor & yrs. truly can take care of our part out..