Snake stories abound in West Texas. We do have snakes! Everyone has a good snake story. The best ones are about rattlesnakes people have encountered. This is my best rattlesnake story~true and authentic~
this is like rattler that ‘froze to death’ that day~
One day when the boys were little and we lived on the farm over on Will Davis Road we were on our way to town when we saw a big rattle snake in the road. We stopped and I found a rock while Daddy watched to be sure the it didn’t get away. He hit it but only stunned it, it was slithering around and rattling. Then Mr. Belk drove up in his big butane truck and got out to help. He said he could spray it with butane and it would freeze like a block of ice. He got his big hose off the truck, turned on valve and sprayed. He said, “if you get these snakes froze solid, you can hit them with a stick and they will break into a hundred pieces.” By then, Longino and Goya had driven up.The kids were standing there with me watching. Well OK, it’s Show Time! Mr. Belk hit the snake with the nozzle on the hose but nothing happened. “Guess we need another blast!” So this time he gave it a big thorough sousing until it turned pure white, frozen through and through, solid as a rock. He hit it with the nozzle again~ and again~ and it didn’t break into a hundred pieces, or even two pieces. “Well doggies”. Then he decided to just set it on fire instead. He stuck a match and WHOOP! The barrow ditch was on fire in both directions, all the way to T.P.’s gate and back nearly to town. Goya grabbed little Paul up and ran down the road, Dan was running neck in neck with her. I was just running. (so much for my theory that a mother will try and save her babies first). Mr. Belk jumped in his truck and shot off down the road to get it away from the flames, dragging the dripping hose behind him. In a few minutes I heard the fire whistle blowing and the fire truck was there a hurry. Half the town came out to see what happened. Back then, when there was a fire, everyone showed up. it was like a social event, something to talk about at the coffee shop for the next week. I always liked Mr. Belk, he was a nice man. I don’t think any of us ever forgot this day.
One of the bucks, his stomach is swollen from starving condition
A doe with her twins, there were many does with babies
This was in 2012, my yard was full of deer. We had not had rain in months and they were coming in for water and trying to find food. By March I was buying 150 lbs of deer corn every week. During the day there 27 does and fawns, then 7 bucks at night. They were in terrible shape, especially the does, nothing but skin and bones. I had six of them die in two weeks and had to haul them to the pasture in the wheel barrel. I kept the windmill going on the grass day and night so they would have a cool place to lie under the the trees. It took several months but they started looking better. The terrible heat broke old records all summer. Here are a couple of pictures, one in May and the other in October. Since there was nothing for birds to eat either, I have had hundreds of doves that came to eat the sunflower seeds. I love wildlife.
This blog is a re-run of my first blog when I started Jan. 14, 2012. I have learned a lot since that time. I know now it is not easy to find pictures and a story to have ready every morning by 5:15 or earlier. Sometimes it takes five hours to get something together. I can now appreciate people who have jobs with deadlines. Their’s is real work.
this is group of deer from 2012, they look like they have come out of the drought pretty well. Frankie Lively sent me this nice picture
This is a mango seed after being wrapped in a damp paper towel and sealed in a plastic bag for ten days. It is ready to be planted in a bucket of potting soil.
After having good luck sprouting peach and apricot seeds last summer, I decided to try a mango seed. First you cut around outside of the husk then remove the seed from inside. Wrap it in a wet paper towel and place it in a quart size plastic storage bag. Put it in a warm place for about ten days or until a little green shoot shows up at one end. Then it is ready to plant in a bucket of potting soil. It will grow fast
this one didn’t look like it would make it but popped up in a few days
I sprouted two seeds and one flourished while the other looked like it would not make it. I had a little talk with it and promised I wouldn’t give up if it would try real hard and it looks like we made it! I will keep these plants in my sun room and hope to enjoy them for many years.
Here is this sweet baby at five weeks old. It is already eight inches tall.
It takes mango trees several years to produce fruit and needs a year round warm climate, like banana trees, they will not survive a hard winter freeze. However it makes a nice lush pretty house plant and can be set outside on a porch in the summer.
These are Cherokee Indian Peach seedling and are 3 weeks old.
Of all the trees I have grown, the peach and apricots are my favorite. These three little trees are from some seeds I saved last August and planted three weeks ago. They are growing fast and are over 10 inches tall, I will re-pot them into three gallon size buckets in a few weeks and grow them in the sun room until Spring. Sprouting seeds is addictive, you get fast results and it is fun watching a miracle of nature. I gave away over 20 peach and apricot trees last year and the friends who took them will be having fruit in three years or so. Tomorrow I will give you a favorite cobbler recipe of mine, it is easy and delicious, you don’t even have to get out your rolling pin~
These are great hot out of the oven but also later in the garden with a fresh green onion. My all time favorite is homemade apricot preserves~to go with a fresh hot biscuit
Biscuits are easy to make, my grandmother Montgomery made them every single morning for breakfast for her family. One of the sweetest things I remember about my childhood is waking up at her house with the smell her biscuits baking. She always had homemade fruit preserves, back then everyone made their own preserves and jellies. I got to have a little coffee with cream and sugar too. (I poured it my saucer just like Granddad and let it cool and drank it from there). I liked being at their house, it just wrapped itself around you with good smells, soft cuddly beds, the sound of the train whistle, and all of that sweet love from Grandmother and Granddad.
Buttermilk Biscuits (preheat oven to 375 degrees)
2 c flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. soda
2 tsp. baking powder
4 T. Crisco
3/4 c. buttermilk
mix dry ingredients well, then using a pastry blender
or two knives, cut in the shortening until it resembles
coarse meal. Add buttermilk and stir only until mixed.
Form dough into a ball, roll out on a floured board 1/2″
thick and cut with biscuit cutter. (I sprinkle a few drops
of water on counter, place a piece of wax paper down,
flour it and roll my dough out on that. It is easy to clean up.
Place biscuits on pan that has been lightly greased with
Canola oil. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden.