Emily and I are taking off for a few days to spend some time in an air conditioned casino or two. Headed to Tunica for the weekend for some much needed R&R. It #@$^^&*ing hot here! Forecast calls for more of the same next week although in the cool 90’s instead of the 100’s everyday i think.
I’ll update Emily’s progress on installing the irrigation system next week. She bought a River Gun sprayer, 600′ of 2″ fire hose and a huge pump that runs off the pto on the tractor. It irrigates 200′ circles by pumping water from the lake. Researching and purchasing the whole system has been quite an ordeal but I’ll have her fill in all the details on my next podcast.
I’m using up all my winter hay now and the fields are all dried up so even watering I don’t know if there’s time for any grass to grow before our winter frost. We’ll see…at-least we’ll have it for next year and beyond if needed. She drove 2 hours into Kentucky to buy it. I worry about all the farmers around here, many are selling cattle they can’t feed and I’m sure there’ll be some lose everything over this. We also had a weird late frost this year and lots of people lost anything planted to that. No this drought. Kind of a one two punch I guess.
My days are mostly filled just delivering water and hay to the horses. Today I started at 8:30 and finished hauling water at 11:30. I brought another barrel full before dark. They’re all healthy and happy so it’s worth it but man oh man i wish it would rain.
In the mean time I’ve been busy up at the house cleaning and stocking our winter pantry. I’ve got it mostly to where when I go to the grocery I only pick up a few types of items on sale. If it’s a really good deal I buy 5 or 10 cans, boxes etc. Emily says her mother used to call it “buying long.” I organized the shelves to make it easier to see what I have a lot of and what I don’t. I know my generation didn’t know the depression but I talked with my grandmother a lot about it and I remember she saved everything. Nothing went to waste. We once had a good laugh when we found her unscrewing the lightbulb in the refrigerator. She worried about it on her electric bill and didn’t know it went off when she shut the door. She knew how hard times could get. She learned how to survive and she raised 5 kids as a single mom in the 1930’s.
I don’t think many Americans today understand what that could be like and if it happens again I wonder what will happen. The dollar is weak and the Real Estate market could be a major disaster for us. 750,000 people could be facing foreclosure and another 900,000 are expected to lose their homes next year. Asia (china) holds a ton of our debt and I don’t feel comfortable with that do you? We went to war and instead of the president telling us to sacrifice he told us to go shopping. He gave the superrich a tax cut. If you look at our national debt on the web, it increases about 2 million dollars per minute. Last time I looked it was somewhere around 8 trillion dollars. That’s about $30,000 each one of us have to pay back in our lifetimes to break even. There’s trouble…i say trouble…in rivercity…
so I’m filling my shelves as best I can, hoping mother earth will just hang on a little longer so we can get these maniacs out of our whitehouse and finally deal with global warming while we try to regain our standing in the world, learn how to make peace again, rebuild our country’s infrastructure…oh and fix some of the social issues like gay marriage.