February 23, 2007 - 11:20 AM
The day starts with two sniffs of tea,
bodies need time to warm on cold mornings,
we know that life is willing to wait,
that it's all an energy game,
that the sun will come up and feed someone somewhere,
and eventually me.
It's all in my cup of tea.
Who knew that all the knowledge
of our short world
fit so neatly into a ceramic mug
of boiled water,
green leaves swollen with understanding.
February 17, 2007 - 12:56 PM
Remember how long thou hast been putting off these
things, and how often thou hast received an opportunity
from the gods, and yet dost not use it. Thou must now
at last perceive of what universe thou art a part, and
of what administrator of the universe thy existence is
an efflux, and that a limit of time is fixed for thee,
which if thou dost not use for clearing away the clouds
from thy mind, it will go and thou wilt go, and it will
- Marcus Aurelius Antonius
from The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Antonius (167 AD) translated by George
February 17, 2007 - 12:30 PM
Last weekend I picked up 650 Austin blueberry plants
from our good friend, Michael Knight, in Buckatunna,
Mississippi. They all made it back in one piece and are
in the process of being put in the ground.
We were finally able to obtain a new H2A visa for our
long time employee, Javier (if you want the horrific
details of that process email Sid
). He arrived from
Mexico last Friday. In the Mexican tradition, he
was married two weeks before his arrival here.
Hopefully his wife will be able to join him in the
next month or so. Javier's first big project is
planting the blueberries. Maybe that'll keep his
mind off his woman.
After the planting we will work on replacing the
current irrigation hose. We need something that
provides more coverage. The current hose only has
emitters every five feet, which in an ideal world would
work perfectly since the plants are five feet apart.
But hosey don't plant that
. Instead it
shifts and curls with the varying temperature and
the emitters end up a foot or more away from some
plants. This resulted in a rather high plant death
rate last year.
We are looking at a completely different kind of hose
from an Israeli company called Queen Gil
. The emitters are every
four inches. It is a much lighter weight hose and
thus much less expensive than what we currently
have. We would like to elevate it along the row
like they do in grape vineyards. This would both
allow us to visually ensure that water is being
applied and prevent damage from rodents
and weed eaters.
February 08, 2007 - 08:24 PM
Read all about Maine-Anjou cattle
courtesy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Who's
that handsome fella on the left?
Dad's on a newspaper rampage! He also recently prompted
an article to be published on problems with forest fire fighting
funding for the Texas Forest Service.
that's a lot of "F" words.