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What's Up?

I suppose I should change the name of my blog from News From Mississippi to News From Texas. (That reminds me of a dumb blond joke Zee's husband told me. The db is on a quiz show and is asked "How do you spell Mississippi?" The db says "The state or the river?")

Here in Floresville Texas, 30 miles from San Antonio, this is what it's like. In spring, clumps of cacti on hillsides, roadsides, fields, ans fencerows all bloomed these gorgeous yellow flowers, as delicate as silk. Stupid me insisted on picking one and got these finer than hair stickers on my fingers that can't be removed. I tried pulling them off with tape--tweezers don't work, they are too fine for the tweezers to get a grip. So you fidget with these painful wispy spines until they wear off.

Zee's house is in an area that used to be a confluence of streams and creeks, but now, and I don't know for how long, this land has been dry, dry streambeds remain. But it supports an amazing amount of wildlife. Driving out to the main road(sorry got disconnected again)

Back again. Just driving out to the main road, you see turkeys and deer crossing the streets around the houses, you hear Bob White quail and evidence of a puma. Building the houses on this land is squeezing the wildlife off their habitat and of course here as in Mississippi, no one gives a rats a**. Apathy. It's everywhere.
And all over the place are travel trailers parked in huddles in the broiling sun that the oil/gas fracking people live in. Hotels and motels are going up fast to attract these workers. HEB and Walmart and the steak restaurant are crowded with these workers from all over. I see a Mississippi car tag pretty often. I talked to one at Walmart--he said I love Mississippi but there are no jobs there-so I'm here as long as the job lasts.

Got to go, sorry about this long blog. Thanks for reading, love from susil

posted on July 9, 2013 8:43 AM ()


Just catching up on reading blogs, and so so very glad to find one from you! I have thought of you so often, and wished I had your address to write you. But we can catch up now....

It has been a very rocky year for me and my family, sad to say. My dear sister-in-law fought a brave, courageous three-year plus fight with ovarian cancer, but died a few months ago. I had been commuting to be with her and my dear brother in Chicago, so glad I was able to help, but it was exhausting. Now I'm slowly getting back in gear....

We all have our travails, and I know you are dealing with physical limitations which are hard to come to terms with, but please know I send you care and support. Take best care!
comment by marta on July 13, 2013 1:12 PM ()
P.S. I hope you and your family in Texas have not been near any of the wildfires I have heard about in the southwest. I know drought has been bad in Texas, but reading this post makes me happy for the blooms and growing plants you have seen. All the best, Sue....
reply by marta on July 13, 2013 1:15 PM ()
sounds very beautiful!
comment by panthurdreams on July 12, 2013 9:42 AM ()
Hi there; It is beautiful, and very hot, the heat makes you feel like you can't breathe.
reply by susil on July 12, 2013 2:23 PM ()
I have always loved San Antonio. I hope Zee cooks Mexican food a lot.
There is a tremendous amount of oil activity here too. Our sun is beating
down on us and I have to water every night.
comment by elderjane on July 12, 2013 5:04 AM ()
Hi jeri; Zee waters her outdoor plants every other day; she has a lot of different kinds of palm trees planted and lots of potted plants on her back porch-the girl has a green thumb!
Yep, this the home of Tex-Mex cooking; I like it once in a while
reply by susil on July 12, 2013 2:28 PM ()
Bracken Cave isn't far from San Antonio - don't know what direction you are but it's a very interesting place. Something like 20,000 bats live in it and they all come out at dusk to feed. When I was there they were still coming after 3 hours... There were hawks and other birds of prey hanging around and now and then, they grabbed a bat for their own meal. Sounds like you're in a pretty part of Tx.
comment by catdancer on July 11, 2013 1:58 PM ()
Hi karen;I visited the caves north of San Antonio years ago when I was able to ambulate, but wasn't there when the bats came out. I saw the bats fly out of Carlsbad Caverns once, thousands of them, a sight I'll never forget!
reply by susil on July 12, 2013 2:33 PM ()
So good to have you back with us. Do you think wiping sticky stuff with olive oil might help? Just a thought. Write as much as you want -- we love your stuff.
comment by tealstar on July 11, 2013 7:54 AM ()
Hi teal, Thanks, so so happy to be back again, missed y'all so very much!
Well, I tried everything I could think of the get those spines out--I'm sure there's there's a down home remedy everybody native to this place knows about, but I'm in the dark.
reply by susil on July 12, 2013 2:40 PM ()
I'm sitting here praying that this means you've got a good Internet connection finally. Besides those cacti, we've got wild raspberries and roses in our flowerbeds and always get those stickers in our hands when we try to weed. That's my excuse for weedy flowerbeds.
comment by troutbend on July 10, 2013 6:54 PM ()
Hello friend, I hated that typewriter I used to write you with, because if you made a mistake, the correction ribbon didn't work--it was so frustrating. How pleasant to be able to write and have spell check fix it!
As for internet connection, it is iffy but the Microsoft format is familiar to me-I'll take it and be happy for it!
Take care, you are dear to me.
reply by susil on July 12, 2013 2:48 PM ()
Spring with a drop of rain makes deserts bloom completely changing the view. we had a mining boom in aussie, workers caused a few towns being built , rents in some were over 500 dollars a week
comment by kevinshere on July 10, 2013 1:21 AM ()
Hi kev; Yep, I hear local merchants are gouging the oil/gas workers for all they can--which makes the cost of everything for the locals expensive too.
In winter, the countryside here was gray and bare and dreary--a little rain and it all turned green overnight-amazing!
reply by susil on July 12, 2013 2:53 PM ()
Sue read my last blog and you will know why I haven't been in touch with you.
I hope you are getting along better. Soooo good to hear from you
comment by larryb on July 9, 2013 6:22 PM ()
Hi larry; Will catch up on your blog today
reply by susil on July 12, 2013 2:56 PM ()
WOMAN: "How do you spell Mississippi?"

MAN: "I don't know. Spell it for me."
comment by jondude on July 9, 2013 12:58 PM ()
Hi jon;
reply by susil on July 12, 2013 2:58 PM ()
Good to see ya back on mybloggers! Not very long blog at all after the time you've been away! I'll be sure to avoid the cacti if I'm ever unfortunate enough to end up in Texas.
comment by jjoohhnn on July 9, 2013 11:31 AM ()
Hi jj; hope life is treating you well!
How come something as beautiful as those cactus blooms could cause such a hurt? Bees love them--how do they keep from being impaled on those dratty stickers I wonder?
reply by susil on July 12, 2013 3:05 PM ()
Nice to hear from you.How are you doing there?
comment by fredo on July 9, 2013 10:00 AM ()
Hi fredo; For having undergone a life changing horrible experience I'm now just glad to be alive.
reply by susil on July 12, 2013 3:07 PM ()

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