I think I’m a failure at growing early tomato plants from seeds. I finally took my two trays of spindly plants into town to the school. The agriculture teacher has a green-house full of many beautiful plants. The 5th and 6th graders have beautiful, large tomato plants growing out there. Yes, 5th and 6th graders! Today at lunch, the Ag teacher told me he had my plants in the “plant intensive care unit” of the green-house! Oh No!!! I knew they looked sickly, but that bad?! My son will be most aggravated if I waste those seeds from his League of Nations garden!
Today was one of those days when I wonder why so many little things that go wrong get me down! Ever have those days? I’m a school teacher. One of the play’s important props went missing, students wanted their grade averages and I don’t have them ready, the cast forgot their lines tonight at the dress rehearsal, some students were disrespectful and wanted to show their “power” and “bullyness”, and the furniture store who owes me a new, matching sofa and loveseat that are already paid for emailed that they are closing. Well! what an end to a perfect day! Whine, whine, whine. Spring break can’t come fast enough for students and teachers alike! For sure I can’t go into full-time gardening for a living since my plants are in intensive care, so I guess I’ll suck it up and go forward as a teacher.
How lucky and fortunate I am to know an Ag teacher who will take in my ailing plants and nurture them and to know I have students who will rise to the occasion tomorrow when they perform for a critic in Bandera, Texas.
The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas. The blossoms resemble the bonnets of pioneer women. We have an abundance of the plants here at the Mountain Pasture. Summer before last, a friend gathered some seeds from our prolific plants. She planted them. They haven’t come up. She is distressed.
I was reading about bluebonnets today, and the success rate in planting seeds is 60%, and sometimes they don’t produce blooms for two years if they do come up. The plants are survivors, and they are very careful about protecting themselves. It is best to plant the seeds in the fall in soil that has good drainage. Some recommend that a person scar the seeds before planting them and barely cover them with soil. There are many recommendations on the Internet for planting bluebonnet seeds.
Sheep and goats eat bluebonnet plants as quickly as they poke their heads out, but cattle don’t care for the plants. I think we’ll have a fairly good crop this year. Below are some photos of the current state of the plants at the Mountain Pasture. Can’t wait to see them in bloom!
Here is a photo of a blackberry plant that my husband planted a few weeks ago, and the next photo is of a blackberry plant planted last year about this same time. It is amazing what a year’s growth amounts to! Wow! Maybe, we’ll get a handful of berries this year! I can’t wait until I can make a fresh, blackberry cobbler! mmmmmm, good!
Here is a photo of a fruit tree planted a year ago, and the next photo is of a fruit tree planted this year. I just can’t believe they have grown this much in a year, especially with the Texas drought going on. Due to the dedication of my husband to keeping the trees alive, he watered them twice a day, every day last summer, and he did it by hand with a water hose, the trees grew by leaps and bounds.
Please help the high school drama club spread the word that Elvis is coming back to Richland Springs this coming Saturday night, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the RSHS Cafetorium. Adults: $5.00 minimum donation; Students: $2.00 minimum donation. Harvey McSpadden will once again entertain with his deep, resonant voice. Grab a friend and “come on down” to Richland Springs for an evening of great musical entertainment. Harvey also sings gospel and country music and performs a nice tribute to our veterans. This is a fund raiser for the Richland Springs Drama Club.
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Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Yesterday, I tuned in to the last few minutes of Whitney Houston’s 3 hour and 45 minute funeral service. The main preacher was about to begin. He preached on the above verse from the Bible. It really is so true, that we all get caught up way too much in what we are going to eat and what we are going to wear. The man did a good job in my opinion, and not only did he preach, but he played the piano and sang and asked his twin brother to sing. I can’t even being to imagine being the mother of children like that who have talent beyond measure.
In my English IV class on Thursday, we were discussing iambic pentameter and the fact that Shakespeare wrote his plays in iambic pentameter. I commented that students were allowed to say they didn’t care for Shakespeare’s style or his works, but that they were not allowed to say that Shakespeare was dumb. That class discussion and Whitney Houston’s funeral led my husband and I to discuss the God-given talents that people are born with and what raising children with great talents entails.
My brain is so small that I can’t even imagine hearing a song in my head that has not been written yet or hearing a play in iambic pentameter as I wrote it. I can’t even imagine having a talent like that.
Take a moment to consider what you will eat and what you will wear, but put the emphasis of your thoughts on the more important things in life. It’s a good idea whether you are a Christian or not, and that’s my sermon for the week. Have a great week!
Yum, yum! Can’t wait for supper tonight! How nice it is to have electricity and a freezer and be able to preserve those yellow, summer squash from the garden. I just got some out to thaw for supper tonight. The package states the amount, but actually I have used out of this package before, so if that doesn’t look like 2 1/2 cups, it’s probably not! These will simmer for a while with salt, pepper and butter and will taste nearly as delicious as when they were first picked from Grant’s garden last July.
It’s time to get your seedlings started and begin tilling your garden space if you live in Central Texas. My father-in-law, who lives down in the Texas Valley, reports that he already has some nice-sized tomato plants that he is anxious to set out. He, too, must worry about a freeze, but I’m guessing our freeze here in the Central part of the state will come much later than his freeze. I was out and about this morning in the country, and I can hardly believe how green the landscape is. The winter grasses and weeds seemed to have turned green overnight, but we are expecting temperature in the low to mid twenties tonight, so don’t put those plants out yet!
My husband and I took my high school cast for Steel Magnolias to San Antonio, Texas, to see a college production of the show. It was a good trip, but my girls are well on their way to a fine production of their own! Can’t wait to perform it for the public in March, probably March 18th, a Sunday afternoon. We are still looking for a few items such as a wig for Clairee and a small area rug, but we are making progress.
COYOTES FOR CHRIST
Coyotes for Christ is a youth group started in the spring of 2011 by Michael and Amanda Brand. Michael is a coach here at Richland Springs, and Amanda is the 6th and 7th grade Reading and English teacher. They started Coyotes for Christ because none of the local churches had any youth groups, and they felt that the youth in our community needed to be more involved with the word of Christ. Coyotes for Christ is held on Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm in the Band Hall at Richland Springs School. Everyone in grades 6th-12th are welcome to join in on the games, food, fun, and worship. Coyotes for Christ is a great way to learn the word of God with your friends. Local churches support Coyotes for Christ by providing food and necessities needed for the service. Michael and Amanda have made such an outstanding difference in our school and community and we are blessed to have them here.
Be sure to check out Coyotes for Christ Facebook page by adding Michael N Amanda Brand! Coach and Mrs. Brand would like to remind everyone that Coyotes for Christ will not meet this Sunday February 5, 2012, or during Spring Break.
Cheyenne and Brooklyn
On my way to school yesterday, I just had to stop three times. The sunrise was just too gorgeous to not enjoy and photograph. How in the world did I get so lucky as to be able to see such sights every day???
..and then, there was THIS morning!
Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow…..can’t wait!
Are you prepared in case your electricity goes out? It always happens when you never expect it! Last night at play rehearsal, the electricity went out. Who would have thought it? Our little school had emergency lights in the cafetorium, behind the stage, and in the boys bathroom! Then, our cell phones went dead, and we were using them for light in the girls’ bathroom! You can probably guess what happened next since the boys bathroom had an emergency light. We dismissed, and I came home to discover no electricity here either. It was out for miles and miles.
When we lived in the cabin, we were totally prepared, but now that we are on top of the hill in a nice house that is all-electric, we were not prepared at all for the electricity to stay off until 2:30 a.m.! Of course, that meant we had very little water either. Some people had none. A cup of hot tea surely would have tasted good!
We threw on another wool blanket and were in bed by 8:20!
Today, we purchased more candles, and Coleman fuel, and we will bring the Coleman camp stove and portable heater up to the new house. To heck with depending on the electric company.
By the way, can you name the famous play that had the line in it, “Where Was Moses When the Lights Went Out” ? My family always said this line when the electricity went off, but these days, we just don’t expect it to go off.