I wanted to give you something to think about while I’m gone. These three people are running our government. Joe Biden doesn’t count. I’m leaving early, early Sunday morning and will be back after Labor Day. We will finish the job before we return. While I’m away, please keep the pressure on Washington to stop this government health care bill. I was listening to a recording of president Ronald Reagan the other day and he said, “Write letters. I need for you to write letters so we can stop this government health care bill.” I’m no Reagan, but I have a heart that loves this country as much as he did. Please write letters. Letters are the most powerful thing you can do. Please don’t put off writing. Reagan said write those you agree with and lend them support as well as those we don’t agree with. Seems we are fighting the same fight as they did back then. I wanted you to have something that would motivate you to act. If this photo won’t do the trick then you are dead already and don’t know it. It will only take you five minutes to write a letter telling them NO government take over of our health care system.
I got an inch of rain this week. I was so overjoyed I stayed awake, listening to the thunder crash and the rain hitting my roof way into the morning hours. It has been a long time since I even heard thunder. We are in the driest 23 months in the history of Texas. I loved getting the inch of rain but my earth is so dry it sponged up the moisture almost before it hit the ground. We could use a 10″ gully washer. How dry is it? In a 23 month span back in 1910 this area got 28.94 inches. Please note that’s almost two years. From September 2007 until August 2009 we have only received 23.8 inches of rain. We are almost 6″ under the worst dry spell ever recorded.
Not only has it been dry, it’s been hot. In 2001 Del Rio had 72 days with the temperature over 100 degrees.
Austin in 1925 went 69 days with the temperature over 100 degrees.
We have already had 65 days with the temperature over 100 degrees and summer is not over.
I have made up my mind. If we don’t get rain in the next couple of months I’m going to reduce my herd by at least 200 head and try to hang on until we see some moisture. I’ve got plenty of water, but feeding a big slug of cattle can run into serious money. Especially when your operation is set up to grass feed your livestock. I know this is not an interesting blog, but there is just so many warnings I can give without being redundant. I probably could write every day about the president, but by now you know what we have in office. He is the most radical man to ever serve in the highest office in the world.
The left press is saying threats on his life are 400 times higher than any other president. That’s hogwash. Remember the picture they were showing of a man with an automatic rifle over his shoulder in Arizona when the president was inside speaking? What the left media didn’t show was his head. He was a black man. The media wanted to portray him as some white, right wing nut job. No doubt people have threatened him. But no more than president Bush. The difference is with the current president people are arrested for a home made sign, whereas with Bush they could write books and make movies about killing him. Let’s pray nothing happens other than we vote him out in 2012. America doesn’t need a Civil War.
I will admit I’m discouraged with the final prices of my work on eBay. I just sold a Hopi Snake Priest that would have been a steal at $400. It went for $90. I’ve been asked many times to paint larger pieces for eBay. Pieces that I would put in a gallery. My question back is WHY? Why would I want to spend a week on a painting and see it auction off on eBay for $150???
The fine people who do my shipping, or I guess I should say have their people do the shipping are great folks. He is a master artist and she is one of the top female artists in the country. Their gallery in Santa Fe has asked me several times to paint some things for them. They want 30″x40″ and larger. I’m flattered a major gallery wants to represent me, but it’s like me winning an around the world trip. I don’t have time to travel around the world, even if everything was paid. I don’t have time to paint them a half dozen major paintings and without having my ranch suffer. If my grass were green and the economy better, I might be tempted. The Lord knows I want to paint. I love painting.
I will also admit I love writing blogs. I love to write period. I just wish I knew more about writing. My writing, like my painting is self taught. Before one of you wise guys says it shows you are under educated, I quickly admit my flaws and weaknesses in both painting and writing. In the back of my mind, I know how well I can paint if I had the time. I feel I could write pretty good if I had time to re-work my drafts three of four times. Dress things out and re-say what I wrote until it flowed. That’s a dream, but as long as I’m fighting to keep my cattle from starving, I can’t entertain those kind of thoughts.
If you have Direct TV then I have a great idea for you. I have been wanting TIVO for a long time, but just never got around to going into San Antonio or Corpus Christi to shop for one. I was eating at the local Dairy Queen and listening to my old rancher buddy and his friends chatter. Out of the blue one of them said, “I just got TIVO for free.”
My ears perked up. “How?” I enquired.
In a slow Texas drawl he mumbled, “The Dish Network is giving ’em for free. I called my Direct TV folks and told them what Dish was doing. I’ll be durned if they didn’t up and give me TIVO. They had these young fellers come out, hook it up and show me how to record. It’s the slickest thing since sliced bread.”
I called Direct TV. I thought maybe he was jerking my chain. To my shock they gave me a free TIVO set and hooked it up last week. Now I can record one football game and look at another on a different channel. You have to listen to those old folks, they are pretty slick. It will be the seniors who stop this government take over of our health care.
See you when I get back. Will Cooper <><