Back in West Texas
We got home to West Texas Friday evening, just in time to attend the beautiful wedding and reception for our pastor, Ed Wegele, and his bride, Nicole Martin, who are now Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wegele! Congratulations!!!!
We had a fairly stiff breeze at the wedding (typical for West Texas) but Saturday turned into an all-out sand storm, with high winds and sand blown hard enough to sting the skin! I battled a migraine most of the day. It’s mostly gone this morning, but lurking. I would love to sit outside, but the wind is still blowing, and the sand is still filling every spare square inch it can reach.
I grew up in the 1950s in Levelland, TX, due west of Lubbock 30 miles. That was before irrigation kept the sand and topsoil in place. I remember days when the sand was so thick during the day it was completely dark outside. Sand piled up on windowsills half an inch thick, and our house was covered in a layer of sand–clothes, dishes, furniture, and everything sitting on a shelf acquired a coat of fine red blow-sand. We had sand even in the refrigerator! My father worked for John Deere and learned about irrigation and how to conserve the precious topsoil. That knowledge served him well throughout his life, primarily growing pecans in Central Texas and between Del Rio and Eagle Pass in the Quemado Valley, where he planted 1500 acres of pecan trees. Around Rising Star, TX, Chuck and I managed 200 acres of pecans and lived on the edge of two of the orchards we managed–Lost Creek and Southern Star.
Here in Seminole, there are a good many pecan orchards, too, so we’re able to buy fresh pecans every year. Once we got used to eating pecans straight off the tree, buying them in packages from a grocery store was out of the question. There’s nothing as delicious as a fresh Choctaw, Sioux, or Cheyenne.
We loved our 5 1/2 days at Pine Ridge, feeding two dozen deer, 20 turkeys, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, and even a fluffy gray cat one morning! Stellar’s Jays, juncos, woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, and others came to tank up on the mid-winter feast of corn and seeds. They get used to us being on the porch, watching them, and don’t spook when we walk around.
It was my intention to finish the final polishing on KISS ME, CHLOE while we were there, but a complete rest for mind, body, and spirit trumped any sort of work for me. Chuck puttered around, washing the deck, organizing the trailer, etc., but I remained in my cushy recliner, reading, watching the wildlife, and loving being on the mountain at 8000 ft. among the trees.
Chuck’s sister, Charlotte, and her husband, Roland, stayed at our house in Seminole with Alene–Chuck and Charlotte’s mother–my mother-in-law–while we were gone. We always appreciate it when they can make the long drive from Tyler to Seminole so we can have some time in the mountains together.
This week, KISS ME, CHLOE will be finished, then I’ll be focusing on getting it ready to be released in April through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. The book will be free for the first five days it’s on Amazon, and I’ll let you know here when to download your free copy. Then, I’d love to hear what you thought of the book. If you like it, I’ll appreciate your putting a positive review on the book’s Amazon page. I’ll give you the link for that, too.
Have a wonderful week!