It might be imaginable that most folks around our parts are wearing rather weary of the cold and sloppy weather that has been blessing us the past few weeks. Although nearly all of us do really appreciate the added moisture to our Fair Valley of the Pecan, we could probably do well with a bit more sunshine. Besides being rather arduous getting around in the pastures to try and keep the ol’ humped up cows fed, regular commerce has been pretty well interrupted with the inclement conditions and the power outages & surges. Both feed stores ran out of Breeder Cubes last week & it wasn’t even their fault; the mills couldn’t operate, and the trucks couldn’t get up and down the highway if they could have been loaded. Our cows didn’t mind much, anyhow, as we implemented with substituting a "Sweet Feed" mix and 3/8 inch pellet, which suited the calves fine, and some of our more venerable cows have a little trouble mouthing the larger cubes, anyhow, if you follow my meaning. One thing about it; when we do get the sunshine and warmer temperatures the Texas intergrass and small grains will be ready to jump.
Looks like we finally got the Super Bowl behind us, and a doozy it was! We probably don’t have to devote much space to the subject as most folks we know were all watching the same thing we were. However, there are a few personal observations that might be a bit amusing. To start things off, I, for one, would wish that future selections on singers of our National Anthem would stick to the time honored lyrics. I really don’t mind inflection of voice ranges from different acclaimed vocalists, but forgetting or transposing words is not the proper action for our National Anthem. Sing it like it’s supposed to be or get your great musical behind on another Band Wagon. I thought the game went very well & should have proved entertaining regardless of which team you might have been pulling for. Lady Z was for the Steelers due to the geographic distance from her birthplace, while I cheered for the Packers, as did most of the Texas folks I visited
with prior to the game. I did happen to take a snack break at the half, and the "Blackeyed Peas" were not really all that bad if you didn’t have to watch them perform. Wonder where they got those costumes? Anyhow, it was a great game & the whole world watched. As to the performers I’ve never heard of, Lady Z was also somewhat short of amazed that I didn’t recall the "Four Tops" that happened to play at the 1st Super Bowl party, she attended during her tenure of planning the Super Bowl functions for the 49’ers.
I mentioned that I’d cover some fruit & nut varieties in last week’s edition that should do well for our area. These are merely listings with no preference intended. Folks need to check out the characteristics of each variety & decide which ones fit their own situation. Pecan varieties that should do well include Pawnee, Sioux, Apache, Desirable, Hopi, Oconee, Nacona, Caddo, Lokota, Kanza, and Choctaw, to name a few. The Cheyenne has a very attractive kernel but the tree growth characteristics are not good for a yard tree. Mahan, Sioux, and Pawnee make good yard trees. While Peaches can really be a problem in the yard, a lot of folks still try to put them there. Some of the Peaches I prefer include, Harvester, Ranger, Redglobe, Loring, Redskin, Dixieland, Indian Cling, and Elberta. A number of folks I
know really like Apricots, though they might not prove to be a regular producer for our area. A few of the best are Morman, Moorpark, Peggy, and Tisdale. Olan likes the last one. Lucille Ellis has some seedling Apricots that make most every year, so maybe you might get some seed from Nana. I’ll
see if I can cover some berries and other fruits for next week’s edition. Guess I’d better get on with this and the Mayor & yrs. truly will try to keep up with most important activities out around———————Harkeyville!!!!!!!!!