Seems as if our weather in the fair Valley of the Pecan cannot quite make up it’s mind if we’re still in Spring time or going into summer. Here we are only in mid-May and having some temps. up in the 90’s this past week.
I liked the days of the weekend better when it would start out in the high 50’s and get up to about 72 in the afternoon. We’re about due another rain as the County roads are getting pretty dusty and all the lush foliage is sapping moisture out of the ground, especially with the warm, windy weather. Jarvis did say that Patty’s brother-in-law forecasts a rain in the near future as the Wheat harvest should be ready to kick off in a couple of weeks. While speaking of wheat, it appears that we might well be headed for the best harvest, production wise, we’ve seen in several seasons. Looking at the fields around the County, just about anyone that planted last Fall should make a fairly good gleaning. Most of the wheat fields are some what more free of the dreaded thistles, Wild oats, & Mustard. Some noxious weed control seems sort of expensive at the time, but can usually pay off at harvest. I doubt that you can expect too many wizards to try & predict the per-bushel price during the harvest, but it might turn out to be a good year for storing for a few months if one has that capability. Ms. Sanderson & I were visiting in the grocery line early in the week and agreed that was exactly why so many of the good farmers erected all those Butler bins so many years back. Shaw & I have stayed semi-busy trying to hustle bait & keep a few drop lines baited out in the San Saba & Colorado. We try not to put out too many hooks as it can be pretty difficult to keep enough perch in the bait box. Will has been coming in from Waco on the weekends to visit and help with his Granddaddy and Nana Ellis. Daddy is getting along pretty good and Lucille is re-habbing from recent hip surgery. Anyhow, back to the fishing. Shaw & yrs. Truly took 5 nice fish off our lines in the San Saba early Sunday morning, while Will & Daddy opted to check the lines down at the River Place at the Colony and wound up with one pretty large Needle-nose Gar fish. Will did pitch in and help me clean the fish, though, so it turned out to be a fairly joint effort. If you happen to see Will around this next weekend, you might want to ask him why his digital de-liar registers about half of what Shaw’s scale weighs at. We’ve also been trying to catch a good fish for Mike the Barber, but haven’t come up with the right one, as of yet. We’re seeing quite a number of good garden spots around Town & out in the County the past few weeks. Shaw picked his first Yellow Crook Neck this past week and Tennessee has been trying to get me to thin his Onion Shallots for the past week or so. Arnie’s is looking well tilled, but I have a hard time checking on Skeeter Grumbles’ garden as he’s fenced it in and the windshield inspection is somewhat hindered, now-days. Anyhow, warm weather, weeds, bugs, and leaf spots will start showing up, as well as hot weather demanding gardeners to adhere to a more strict watering schedule. Cousin Dale Maas was in visiting from Prescott, Ariz., at the Harkey House last week and spent most of the week down at the River Place. He and his lovable Lab, Marnie, explored the whole place and took a lot of photos. Dale also accompanied son, Will, and I down to the YO Ranch on May Day for a Memorial service for an ol’ friend , Rusty Cox, that had passed on. We saw a lot of pretty flowers, took a lot of pictures, and got to visit with a good number of dear ol’ friends. It looks like most folks got by Mother’s Day in fine fashion. Momma has been gone some 12 years now, but I usually spend some of the Day fixing some sort of delectable dish that suits Lady Z’s palate. This year I happened to be a day late with the Turkey, dressing, & gravy, but Will saved the day with sending her a tin of Apricot Nut Bars that she dearly loves. Bubba Barber & yrs. truly should be over around Horseshoe Bay this Friday, sizzling some sirloins for a bunch of hungry golfers in the Adams’ Open. It’s a pretty easy crew to cook for, as they are so tired and hungry by the end of the day, one could grill 7-steak and they would think it was good. Anyhow, 30 some-odd pounds of G&R Sirloin, pre-seasoned by Buster go quite well with a bunch of hungry golfers for the Mayor & me anywhere out around——————Harkeyville!!