*Last year we had plenty of rain and gorgeous wildflowers. We even had an unexpected flood that did a lot of damage…This year we are in a drought and the wildflowers were almost nil. In Comal County we are allowed to turn on the sprinklers once a week, but we can use the hose all we want, so far. The sides of roads are beginning to turn light brown from lack of rain. To make things worse, wild fires have consumed hundreds of thousand of acres and many homes in west and central Texas. Unless there is a hurricane in the Gulf that will result in a couple days of rain, we are doomed to hot and humid days with no relief. We could have record temperatures again, too. Schlitterbahn and Landa Park pools will be packed, but tubing on the Guadalupe River could turn into river wading.
*Today, retailers will be swamped with last minute Easter shoppers…I remember Easter as a child. Mom would make us dresses for Sunday school. We would wear white gloves, shiny shoes with ruffled socks, and flowery hats. And we would stand on the front stoop to get our picture taken before we filed into the station wagon. When we came home, we’d hunt for Easter eggs and open our Easter baskets. No businesses were open on Easter Sunday, so nobody had to work in our neighborhood, just like at Christmas time. It was a day of joy and family fun.
*The blooms on the lantana plants in our front garden areas have been eaten. They are supposed to be deer resistant, except in times of drought. Ticks me off!!! Why can’t these deer (mostly females) be rounded up and taken to west Texas, where they can multiply or not? They are pretty and gentle, but they are way out-of-control pests within city limits.
*It always amazes me that men who refuse to change diapers have no problem with picking up their dog’s poop. Reinforces my belief that some people treat their animals better than they do their children or other people. Dogs become surrogate children who don’t talk back and love/protect unconditionally. Cats, as surrogate friends, haughtily accept their owners undying love and attention, while retaining their feral instincts. Since animals are fun and comforting to have around, the pet business is a multi-billion dollar industry, no matter what the economy is like.
*From all the new cars, full restaurants, and new buildings going up around here you’d never suspect a recession is still upon us. Most Texans have been lucky. The housing market has slowed somewhat, but there was never a bubble to burst. Unfortunately, the lone star state is in debt and having difficulty funding the essentials – education, health care, foster children, fire/police departments, etc. If every person living in Texas, whether legal or illegal, over the age of 18 sent $100 a year to the state treasury, perhaps the government burden could be eased. BUT, these monies could not be spent on legislative salaries, governor’s expenses, statues, historical sites, tax cuts for big business, or anything else that does not directly benefit the public’s everyday life.