Reasons for rain might come in many colors. Lots of folks around our parts speak of the weather nearly all the time, but the most oft mentioned aspect would be whether or not we might be getting another rain or of how dry it is. Late last week I happened to be visiting with Olan Tisdale down at Stafford’s and he parted, saying that he hoped I would be writing this edition listing how much rain some of the folks around the County had measured over the weekend. Pretty good forecast, I’d say. Anyhow, most of the amounts around Town seemed to run from about .25” up to about four tenths. However, some of the reports around parts of the County ranged mostly from about a half-inch to right at 3.” T. Noel was the 1st reporter surprisingly with 1.49” up on the Creek at N. Algerita. I hurried on up to the Gaddy and saw that we got a pretty good rain & the gauge going into the Algerita Cemetery by the Duncan was at a level 2 inches. There was also 3 turkey hens browsing along the Cemetery fence with 21 half-grown poults that were comically chasing grasshoppers. The holes on both sides of Rainbolt bridge had even caught some water. I think Bruce Moore said he got a bit over six tenths at China Creek and Shaw said they got right at 2” up at the Valentine above the Rakey. George Rogers told me they got 3” at the ol’ Home Place on past the Cotton Belt, while Ms. Mae said they had a 2 inch rain up by the Shiloh Cemetery. I think we got about a quarter inch down at the ol’ Towerton place at the Colony but it did settle the dust. I never did get a report from the Bend or Cherokee so they must not have had enough to brag about. Joe Ellis always told me that if it would rain on him he could take a teacup and pour it on the “Just.”Daddy’s ol’ Bank thermometer on the breezeway wall showed a nice 66 degrees Tues. morning, which is a good indicator of the dratted Dog Days coming to an end and a hint of Fall right around the corner. I was up at Holt delivering a load of road base to Anderson of Austin on the ol’ Ware place last Friday and came upon a rather large Rattler making his way across the gravel road between the Cemetery and Holt Church. Hitting the brakes and sliding the rear duals over the middle of the reptile did a pretty good job of eviscerating the rascal. I backed up to see about cutting off the rattles. He was pretty torn up in the middle, but his head & top part of the neck were still very active & he wasn’t in a very good mood, so I let him keep has rattles. Dove season is right around the corner, so folks need to keep a sharp eye out for snakes in the pasture. We’ve been visiting some lately about getting the ground tilled for beginning to plant some things in the Fall garden. If you plan on planting any warm season vegetables you might think about getting them in as we have about 80 days left ‘til the average first frost. Short season veggies such as radish, leaf lettuce, pepper transplants, and summer squash would do well. Tennessee says he’s planning on sewing some Turnips & they will do well as a Fall crop. Snap peas & any of the Southern peas (Arkansas Razorback, Blackeye, Purple Hull, or Texas Pinkeye) should have plenty time. You also have time to plant Cucumbers and warm season Greens if you get them in before Labor Day. Have a good time & get gardening. I’m sure that the Mayor & yrs. truly will take care of our share out around——Harkeyville!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!