This afternoon I finished All Points South. It hasn’t been soaked and blocked yet so it’s snug on my dress form but it will fit very nicely after it’s soaked and blocked . . which I intend to do tomorrow.
I was going to crop this picture and then I thought . . no! This picture shows so much of what I love about Texas and our place here. As much as I love seeing Addie and getting to spend time with her, until we seriously need to be closer to them for help as we get really old, we’re not leaving here. I’ll always be thankful for the move that brought us here and let us experience a few years of what feels like total freedom to me . . no rules, no restrictions, no one watching what we do . . no one can even see our house except for one neighbor who’s really too far away to see much and they’re actually the perfect neighbors!
I know it’s November but we are seeing about the only green grass we’ve had all year. We went from zero degrees and ice last winter to drought and then got about 16″ of rain in October. Our annual rainfall is 20″. It’s hard living here, especially when we want to grow things but look at that picture! No neighbors. No horns blowing. No dogs barking. No red tag guy. No water bill. No sewer bill. Very small electric bill. We truly have our little piece of heaven here. Even though we talked about buying a second house in Missouri, I kept telling Vince that I don’t want to move away from here until I’m sure I won’t be sorry we left. I’m not there . . not even close.
I need to frame this picture and hang it somewhere so I can remind myself that no matter how bad things get next summer, come October and November, we’ll see green. Really, it isn’t grass because we can’t grow much grass here. It’s green weeds but it’s green and when it’s freshly cut, it suits me just fine.
The high fence you see is where our orchard is. Then off to the back is just more land. As far back as it goes . . and then it turns into someone else’s land, but there are no houses behind us for miles and miles. I don’t even know where the closest house is behind us.
After I came back from Chad’s and those barking dogs behind him, and seeing the red tags, I think the scorpions and black widow spiders are much more tolerable.