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Rain, Rain, Come & Play!

We’re getting a good rain event, yesterday afternoon and today. I’m hoping for an inch of precip, maybe more. I’m tired of watering already! I’m also hoping this is a sign that the predicted severe drought will stay away this spring. I’m not confident, mind you; simply wishing.

The lows the next two nights might be […]

Garden Recovery Plan Complete; Rebuild Under Way…

Man, I hate it when that happens. A late freeze, I mean. I’d already declared Winter dead and Spring sproinged back in mid-March when the temperatures reached about 90 hereabouts. That’s hot enough, right? Now way could it freeze again after that.

Dang Global Warming stuff.

I had 30+ tomato plants out, a large area of radishes, […]

What Do You Have for Sunday Lunch When It’s Cold and Wet?

Stew? A hearty soup? Chili? Maybe something from the slow cooker?

I like any of those choices, and since it’s usually indoor time when the weather’s nasty out, cooking’s a joy. I take my time and check the dish regularly while I work on fiction or something equally gentle. We don’t have snow down here, thank […]

It’s Raining in Texas…

And I didn’t even have to get nekkid and dance in the yard. (Good thing too; the neighborhood watch has me on the list after that last little misunderstanding, I think.) After the last several years, when we’ve been very dry at this time, it’s nice to actually be ahead of schedule for moisture for […]

Thinking About the Garden, Already

The weather here’s been warm, at least for February. I’m not saying I’ve put the coats away yet, but some of the trees are thinking about budding out. It’s way too early for them, of course, and if they do they’ll likely get bit in a late frost; but hey, it’s their choice, right? At […]

It’s Soup Weather! What’s Your Favorite?

Cold; oh so cold! How cold is it?

It’s so cold that stainless flatware is sticking to tongues.
Hitchhikers are holding pictures of thumbs.
My optician is giving away free ice scrapers with every new pair of glasses.
Starbucks is starting a new product line: Coffee on a stick.
We’re taking everything out of the […]

Here’s to a Safe Labor Day (and Fewer Fires)

From all the Elves here at the Chile Underground, we wish you a safe and enjoyable Labor Day holiday. We know that not everybody’s getting to enjoy their day, or even be safe, thanks to all the fires here in central Texas. (A good friend lost a house to the Bastrop fire. We’re thinking of […]

Lazy Sunday at the Ranch

When it’s this hot, we don’t get out and move around a lot. Oh, we grilled sausage for lunch (it was very good). I say “we” because it’s polite. However, it’s also a Royal “We.” I stayed inside and made sure the margarita machine ran on schedule. (It’s particularly tough duty, that; but we […]