Saturday, July 7, 2012
Bob and I decided to farm around the homestead this morning since it was a bit cooler (only 87 degrees)! Weed-eating is one of my least favorite horticultural chores and I'd procrastinated about a month too long. I had to re-drill the holes that hold the wire I repaired the plastic guard with, re-fill the string spool, and re-attach the extension cord several times!
After moving hoses and sprinklers, and for the second time this summer, farmer Bob began fertilizing the Bermuda grass with his four-wheeler and buckets of nitrogen from the local Co-op.
Both of us were soon sweating and visualizing icy Cokes inside the 68 degree house!
Are you noticing something wrong with this picture?
We spend lots of money for rural water and fertilizer to enjoy green growing grass. Then more on lawn equipment and we labor trimming, weeding, clipping, and killing bugs to keep our place neat and trimmed. In last summer's drought, we nearly gave up, but have vowed to keep ahead of the browning this year no matter what.
We see the beautiful yards and patios on HGTV and in magazines where people seem to be out there grilling and entertaining all summer long. Here in northwest Oklahoma, we seldom have the inclination to sit out on our porches or cook outdoors, especially after a day of working out in the heat.
One of our friends used to call the horses grazing in the pasture by their driveway their sea horses. He said they weren't riding horses anymore, they were just see horses!
I guess by the same token that we actually just have see yards and see porches and are beginning to examine this rationale a little more closely!