Sunday, May 29, 2011
Welcome to Drought Week here at OPOD. I decided to make it drought week because here in West Texas we are in the worst drought of the last 130 years. I heard this weekend that it is worse than the drought of the Dust Bowl/Great Depression. The wheat farmers lost their winter wheat crop due to lack of rain. Worse yet, the lack of rain has dried up the grasslands, so ranchers have no grass to feed their cattle and other livestock. Initially they tried to weather the drought by feeding hay, but now hay is unfordable and unavailable. All the ranchers I know have sold off their herds. The sad thing about this is that they hang on as long as they can, and when they finally give up and sell, they are selling at the worst possible time, as everyone is selling off at the same time, and prices turn out to be the lowest ever.
DOMESTIC UPDATE: THE PEACOCK HAS LANDED
I am happy to announce that Ms. Elly May has hatched her babies. If you have been keeping up with the Domestic Updates, you will know that Elly May is the one who laid her eggs out in the bush. She laid 5 eggs, and 2 hatched. We saw her march into Chickie Town with the two new little babies. I have noticed that peacocks only hatch about half their eggs.
Lovie and Miss Kitty are still in the peacock palace sitting on the same nest of eggs. We would hope those eggs would hatch this week, but with all the turmoil over those eggs I don't know if they are going to work or not.