Texas on fire
The drought here in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and even parts of Colorado has been devastating. The pastures are crispy, the crops are either gone or barely hanging on and many farmers and ranchers are watching whats left wiped out by wildfires. Wildlife is showing up in strange places. Snakes in the dog’s water bowl in the backyard, armadillos cooling off in the sprinkler, deer in the horse tanks. All the ‘ol timers’ saying, “I ain’t never seen it this dry before”.
Yesterday as clouds gathered during the hot 105 degree afternoon we anticipated the possibility of rain. The humidity rose and the 80 mile drive home from Amarillo made the car feel more like a sauna. As we approached our home town a few rain drops were falling, by the time we hit the red light on main street it was pouring, we were ecstatic, then as we were leaving town it was over, dry as a bone. We could see showers falling here and there in the distance and as we turned down the dirt road to our farm we could tell that we’d had a little shower and it did smell sweet. When we went out this morning there were no puddles but a large limb was laying in the yard and lawn chairs were blown off the porch.
Just last Saturday night the ‘Firebelles’, the ladies axillary of the VFD, held a benefit dinner to raise funds for the fire department. Our grateful community stepped up and came out in support. This small community is one of many in rural America that knows how to reach down, grab our bootstraps and pull ourselves up. Without the selflessness of these volunteer firemen protecting life and property, things would be a whole lot worse.
More chances of rain are forecast for today. As we watch the skies we will anticipate the rain and at the same time pray that lightning won’t start another wildfire or that if it does that water falling from the sky will be a downpour and put it out….
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