Sunday, June 26, 2022




Most mornings now, the cats will find their way to the acre of brambles and bushes they used to roam freely just a couple months ago. Evenings, they would return with cockleburs wound in their fur, and meowing from the discomfort. Her would carefully brush them out and back they would go, next day. But as the heat and sun of the season have come on, their acre is no longer as user-friendly. 

So, they sit at the edge and look. I wonder what goes through their cat minds? Do they sit and ponder? Do they long for days past? Eventually, a flying bug will distract them and they will ninja air-jump and chase off. 

I better appreciate the lyrics in the song by Johnny Horton.

"Yeah they ran through the briars and they ran through the brambles
And they ran through the bushes where a rabbit couldn't go"


Friday afternoon starting a hot weekend.

Yes, I know the humidity is low. But I am good for 10 minutes outside in the shade before I am wringing wet. 

Just finished the new compost bin yesterday. 

110 gallon plastic bin from Tractor Supply, a few pine boards and hinges make up the lid. Top is double-coated with weather sealant and rests against a "T" post when opened. 

With questionable cost and availability of garden/potting soil and additives next season, best I be better prepared with building nutrients in a compost bin. Scraps that can are now walked to the bin every day.  


Temperature's triple digits for a good part of the days now. Mornings cooler but with humidity. The heat in the afternoon is impossible to work in.  

We are awake at 3:30, up at 04:00 and outside working at daybreak. By 9:30, our days are done. We can hear lawn mowers and other machinery start up about the same time.

Just one one-hour thunderstorm a week would be welcome and would be enough to keep East Texas growing fields of hay for harvest. But many worry about getting in enough hay for this coming winter.

The tomato plants love the heat. They are watered twice a day and on the lunch/dinner table every day in some fashion. Peppers are doing fine, zucchini and yellow squash have slowed down, string beans have quit as have the cucumbers. Half the garden is taken down now. 

Thanks for the visit and have a blessed week.


  1. Our tomatoes finally are done, but I did get a big enough batch to make some homemade marina. It's in the freezer for a future date.

  2. Greetings. If you don't mind me asking, what make/brand is that weather readout you have displayed there? I might be in the market for something like this and I'd like to know a little more about it. Thanks!