Around here, we need rain.
Driving down the road, you can see that the trees, etc. to the sides are covered in a coating of heavy dust.
Permanent state of my back window.
I came out to do chores this morning to this, but it was all for nothing. Despite some thunder boomers... not a drop of rain here. I heard at the feed store that they got two inches this morning from the storm, close to Lawrence (13 miles from here). While I chored, the storm moved off to the south.
Right now, at 11:30... there is another to the north of us, but it is not moving down.
Something is getting some of the tomatoes. I suspect hornworms, but have not found any.... but I am even finding some unripe ones fallen... you can just see one in the upper left. The tomato you see "open" was turned to mush.
Not panicking yet.
We are going to have at least 3 whole ears of corn... there are two on this stalk. What an experiment this has been!
Okay, if this isn't the most unflattering picture of me I have ever seen, I don't know what is. I look like a beached whale here. However, we had a great time at the New Theater last night, and really enjoyed the musical "The Buddy Holly Story". The lead was tremendously talented... and my gosh, the second act... they finished the last 40 minutes with hit after hit, played by the "band from the Surf Ballroom", where his last show was played. The young men playing The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens were equally as talented, and wow, what music!
You can see the tables are very cramped, and we were on the far left, but we still enjoyed it tremendously. The food was great, as usual.
Now I want to thank all of you for your kind comments about Nugget yesterday, but I have a "revelation". I am not emotionally attached to the chickens here.
There are one or two I am more fond of... Butch, my white rooster pet with one eye, and Speedy, the tiny rooster, and a few others... but no, I'm not bereaved when we lose a chicken.
And yes, I do name a lot of them, but not all.
This morning, I found a red hen who appears to be starting her dying process in the big henhouse. Some of you remember that I bought 16 hens from a friend last year that were supposed to be 18 months old, but I found out were actually 3 and 4. This hen is one of them.
I am going to have Keith check to make sure there is no egg stuck in her... but I don't believe she has laid an egg in months.
The extreme heat this week has taken it's toll on all of them. Despite carrying ice to them, and changing water frequently, it's still stressful. Last night for the first time in a year, we left all popholes open so that some breeze could come into both henhouses.
Now it's time for me to end this post and get some work done around here.
I'll leave you with a picture of the cousins at Panera yesterday!
Me, second from right
Sharon, Mary Frances (Fuh Fuh) and Patty, all first cousins.
Pretty good looking bunch of old gals, huh?