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Old 09-01-2011, 04:06 AM
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I don't know if it was PBS or National News last evening that had a segment on the drought situation in Texas
how the cattle are so thin & cattlemen are having to take to market & sell at a loss.
And how horses are being given away to any takers for free or even left along roads.
This is all so tragic for all concerned.
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I don't see very many deer at my house either. Some come bye to check if I've thrown out my old bread or cantaloupe peels or banana peels, etc. Otherwise they stay close to the lake, which is less than a mile from my house. The lake has a huge bathtub ring now, and islands being exposed. Water rationing is in effect in the Austin. There are actually paid water police.
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I don't see very many deer at my house either. Some come bye to check if I've thrown out my old bread or cantaloupe peels or banana peels, etc. Otherwise they stay close to the lake, which is less than a mile from my house. The lake has a huge bathtub ring now, and islands being exposed. Water rationing is in effect in the Austin. There are actually paid water police.

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Not to worry, the govt will bail out the huge corporate farming corporations which will then have enough money to buy out the small farmers. Also this will be an excuse to raise beef prices.
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Meanwhile we've had more water than we know what to do with in Idaho.
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I don't see very many deer at my house either. Some come bye to check if I've thrown out my old bread or cantaloupe peels or banana peels, etc. Otherwise they stay close to the lake, which is less than a mile from my house. The lake has a huge bathtub ring now, and islands being exposed. Water rationing is in effect in the Austin. There are actually paid water police.
Very sad situation for wild and ranch animals. Last I heard about rain in Texas was for one day in August, and don't think it was much, certainly not enough to make a difference. We can just hope that a wet weather system moves through the area soon and brings some relief for all the folks and creatures living there, they deserve a break to be sure.
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According to the weather channel, a tropical thingy has just formed in the gulf so parts of Texas may get some relief.
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I'm praying some rain for you folks in Texas & for some lower temps too.
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That tropical storm will be a bit much for Louisiana and parts of TX coast. Not inland. Our Houston area forum friends may get some. The one rain event was in the Dallas area, north TX. Those poor guys get all the bad weather, winter freezes, vicious hail storms, tornadoes. The rest of TX seems to be under a bubble. Nothing but sun.
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I was sorry to see the terrible wild fires Texas is having at the moment, and I hope you and your family are safe jfh and everyone else on here that lives within the wild fire area.
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We've once again had a week of upper 90's & low 100's with little rain here in N. Ky & S. Ohio areas.
While at a small farmer's stand yesterday afternoon where I bought some green beans, tomatoes, peaches,
& new potatoes. [he was crowded/busy.] customers were talking about the probability of our fireworks
display on the Ohio River tonight being ruined as we're due rain & storms tonight. I think the
farmer & I were the only ones who said we would rather have the rain than the fireworks.
Our condo community is having a cookout today too [closing of our pool] which might get rained out.
Since I don't eat brat/hotdogs [no hamburgers due to high cost of ground chuck] I'm not sure
I'm going tho I've made pickled beets to take as my contribution...I may just drop them off & come
back home. ....My daughter & I are going to see the movie "The Help" tomorrow. We both read the book
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We've once again had a week of upper 90's & low 100's with little rain here in N. Ky & S. Ohio areas.
While at a small farmer's stand yesterday afternoon where I bought some green beans, tomatoes, peaches,
& new potatoes. [he was crowded/busy.] customers were talking about the probability of our fireworks
display on the Ohio River tonight being ruined as we're due rain & storms tonight. I think the
farmer & I were the only ones who said we would rather have the rain than the fireworks.
Our condo community is having a cookout today too [closing of our pool] which might get rained out.
Since I don't eat brat/hotdogs [no hamburgers due to high cost of ground chuck] I'm not sure
I'm going tho I've made pickled beets to take as my contribution...I may just drop them off & come
back home. ....My daughter & I are going to see the movie "The Help" tomorrow. We both read the book

I was talking to a 30 yr old co-worker a week ago and trying to explain to him, that in the 1980s and before, even if you did not make much, groceries and gasoline were not huge expenses. Now they are crazy.
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Well, our fireworks went off as planned....just a few minutes late as rain fell before 9PM. A lovely
display lasting 45 minutes with rousing patriotic music.
Happy Labor Day all!
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JFH how close are you to the wild fires??? Are you ok??? Do you need a place to go?? I am south of houston, so if you need a safe haven, let me know and I will give you directions to get down here.... Hopefully you are not in this mess!!!

My daughter is in bastrop...awaiting word whether they need to evacuate or stay...they are ready to go, just waiting for word.... God we need rain.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:21 AM
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Bastrop is in the worst condition of all the wildfires. I feel sorry for those folks. Just Me, I'm on the north side of Lake Travis, 20 miles northwest of Austin. The fierce winds were blowing south, so I don't even get the smoke. The wind has died down today, so that should help the firefighters. Keep us informed about your daughter. She is lucky if she had not yet been made to evacuate.

At least we are having a cooling trend. Down into the 90s this week. The mornings are around 60F. That's unusual, but autumn is near. We did not have a spring in this area. I wonder if we are going to have an autumn.
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Quick call out the National Guard! This is one of its duties. Oh wait! Never mind they are busy guarding some other nation’s poppy crop.
But that's OK there are a handful of volunteers that are trying to fight it.
Oops take that back FEMA is now involved and they don't want volunteers getting in their way.

Of course we know what a great job they did in New Orleans so obviously there is nothing to worry about.
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