Mud! Farm work is just a wee bit harder when you have to deal with this stuff. It's dried up a lot in the last couple of days but rain is in the forecast. Also on the farm we've had calves, calves and more calves. It's Arthur's favorite time of year and there's nothing he enjoys more as farm work than delivering complicated deliveries. So far none have been too complicated this year. This weather is hard on the calves but they seem to be doing okay.
Farewell - Arthur's hauling this truck, our big white van, plus a bunch of stuff to the scrap iron dealer. Yes, he's leaving the truck and van as scrap metal. Lots of memories in that van but we're pretty confident no one would buy it or this truck. Plus, the price of scrap metal is really high right now and so it's a great time to clean things up a bit.
Games - Good thing to do with friends.
And the winning name for our new llama is "Nacho"! Thank you Louise for the cute suggestion. If there was a runner up it would be Cocoa. Thanks everyone for the great ideas!
Also, if you think of it, please pray for Texas and thier desparate need for rain. Gov. Perry has asked for a weekend of prayer and I think as christians we should all be praying as well.. Here is his proclamation:
Governor of the State of Texas
To all to whom these presents shall come:
Whereas, the state of Texas is in the midst of an exceptional drought, with some parts of the state receiving no significant rainfall for almost three months, matching rainfall deficit records dating back to the 1930s; and
Whereas, a combination of higher than normal temperatures, low precipitation and low relative humidity has cause an extreme fire danger over most of the State, sparking more than 8,000 wildfires which have cost several lives, engulfed more than 1.8 million acres of land and destroyed almost 400 homes, causing me to issue an ongoing disaster declaration since December of last year; and
Whereas, these dire conditions have caused agricultural crops to fail, lake and reservoir levels to fall and cattle and livestock to struggle under intense stress, imposing a tremendous financial and emotional toll on our land and our people; and
Whereas, throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer; it seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this devastating drought and these dangerous wildfires;
Now, therefore, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution of Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on those days for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal way of life in Texas.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my Office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 20th day of April, 2011.
Governor of Texas
Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them,
"Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spit on: And they shall scourge him and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again."