Tuesday, November 4, 2014
election day blues
Today is election day, the last day to vote in this mid-term election. I am staying off FB today and not watching the TV, though Marc will turn it on, avoiding election news. I am fearful that all the predictions will come to pass, that the Republicans will take the Senate and hold the House. I fear that those crazy far right wingers like Greg Abbott and his ilk who think a racist pants shitting draft dodging coward who sings and brags about committing statutory rape and writes screeds about killing the president and loves to pose with his guns is a stand-up American will take our governorship and further grind Texas down into the ground. Greg Abbott, the man who did a stupid thing like jogging during a hurricane and sued the pants off everybody he could and got a multi-million dollar settlement after a tree fell on him and paralyzed him and then when he became Lt. Governor he passed tort reform so no one else could get the kind of settlement he did. If we thought Perry was bad, we are in for a world of hurt if Abbott and Patrick get in office. All people have to do is look around at how poorly the southern red states are doing to know that the policies that these Tea Party Republicans support only help rich white men.
OK, enough of that. It hurts my heart to see what is becoming of this country.
Yesterday, I had three things on my to-do list...dig up more grass, plant a plant, and work on some small models for the up-coming open house. I got two models done and a hole dug but did not get the plant planted because I decided I wanted to go to the feed store and get some bags of compost to mix in before I planted the pink angel trumpet. Also, no grass got dug up. But Marc did finish the sandblasting on the window. Haven't cleaned it off yet.
It was breezy and gusty yesterday and it once again was raining pecans. I picked up over two gallons worth and still the ground was covered. Surely I am getting close to my 100 pounds I am holding back to sell. 55¢ a pound for 100 pounds. My neighbor says they had to raise the price because no one was bringing them in. I now have 6.84 pounds of shelled nuts. Not counting the ones we have eaten already. The wholesalers will buy pecans up until January or February if they are still getting people bringing them in. I'll shell until I get sick of it or until January when I will sell all the remaining pecans.
All except for the bag on the far left (leftover from last year) is this years harvest...so far.
It's warm and overcast today and we might get a few rain showers but I suspect not. Perhaps tomorrow when the cold front moves in. The fall blooming tall orange cosmos which volunteered and spread from the four plants from last year are blooming nicely and I saw my first monarch in about two years flitting among them the other day.
Today besides avoiding the news, I will continue on with yesterday's chores. And since the local wholesale nursery has not opened it's little retail stand so far this fall I will have to drive further to get the pansies and sweet pea seeds I want.