"O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you yas long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands."
Cool, clean, fresh, water in our creeks and tanks at the ranch. It's the first time in four years that we've had water in our seasonal creeks due to the severe drought. The water in both the tanks and the creeks is clear and fresh. Water is important to cattle ranching and ultimately makes a difference in how the beef tastes. Did you know that cows need approximately 20 gallons of water a day?!?
Driving down FM 4 the week we headed to Switzerland and what do we have... Rain!!!! Palo Pinto county has every shade of green after 4 years of having every shade of brown and yellow. The drought is behind us!! Well....for now!
By the way....this section of FM 4 was the first designated scenic highway in the state of Texas.
All our tanks are full for the first time in three years! The seasonal creeks are all flowing and meandering throughout the ranch. As a result we have our water falls again. The sound of the water cascading over the rock cliff and hitting the boulders below is pure music to my ears! Indeed God is good!
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"It crept up out of Mexico, touching first along the brackish Pecos and spreading then in all directions, a cancerous blight burning a scar upon the land. Just another dry spell, men said at first. Ranchers watched waterholes recede to brown puddles of mud that their livestock would not touch. They watched the rank weeds shrivel as the west wind relentlessly sought them out and smothered them with its hot breath. They watched the grass slowly lose its green, then curl and fire up like dying cornstalks." - Opening lines of the Prologue (The Time It Never Rained - Elmer Kelton)
The Ranch During & After The Drought
"The smell of rain brought Charlie suddenly awake. Rubbing one eye, he raised up to look at the luminous face of the alarm clock beside his bed. A shade past five in the morning. He heard the pat-pat of water striking the window. He swung up, his bare feet hitting the rug-covered floor.
RAIN!!!" - (Chapter Twenty - The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton)
Heck, We've gotten so much rain!! I'm definitely not complaining! With the severe drought we need the rain! It's amazing the difference some rain can make.
Martye has to wear her rubber boots! (Can't remember the last time she had to do wear them instead of her cowboy boots.)
The grass is green and is really starting to grow!
Our tanks are slowing filling back up!
The winter wheat has really shot up!