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  1. Please read the whole thing. Wilson has articulated my point more clearly than I have: that the real business of politics is to build the social space within which we can flourish, and become who God created us to be. Because the Christian faith has become so feeble and compromised in this post-Christian era, it is at best a distraction for believers to put all their political effort into participation in the mainstream, though inevitably we will be part of that mainstream. I do not call for a withdrawal from politics as usual, but as Wilson correctly perceives, a recalibration of our idea of politics, such that we redirect our attention to the kind of politics that matters most. – Rod Dreher

    http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/5629/christian_politics_iisi_the_benedict_option_now.aspx

  2. Judging from the style of dress and vintage of the photo, this must be a page from Texpat’s album of previous girlfriends. Dude dated well.

  3. Rose Smith was a wild one, but I knew that from her crazy eyes.

    Third from left?
    Mornin’ Gang

  4. Last night, the wife was out running errands and wouldn’t be home for a until late, so I got out the last of the Roast Beast we had on Sunday. I sliced it up and made open face Roast Beast Sammiches on toasted Rye smothered in the left over mushroom gravy…..Mmmm, Mmmm, Good Stuff Maynard.

  5. #7

    Normally I’d think not SD but, throw about 3 eggs in there this morning and scramble ’em up sounds delicious. Guess I’m hungry.

  6. Morning, chickadees! 68 outside at Chez Harp, looking forward to doing my walking in the back yard after breakfast.

  7. Well I have an idea, we ain’t getting rid of Joe Straus in any other way, and he’d do less damage in DC….

  8. I will support Dwayne Stovall. He’s not well known, certainly not throughout the state, but I hope he runs for the position again.

    http://texansforstovall.com/

    If Cornball gets picked for any position in DC — ohdearlordNOTtheFBI — does Gov Abbot appoint someone to complete the term?

  9. So there’s a possibility we might lose our senior senator. Who are possible replacements?

    #12 Don’t even joke about such things!

    I would not be surprised to hear that D_n Hattrick was cooking a spam sammich and saw a message from gawwwwwwwwddddduuuuuuuhhh telling him to run.

    Wait doesn’t the gubnor appoint a replacement till the next election?
    I can see D_n laying prostrate at Abbots feet begging to be appointed. I can see Abbot thinking, this is my chance to get rid of this goof.

    Here is the greasy pan that D_n saw his message to run for Lt Gov. If you look closely you make out the shape of a KSEV microphone imprinted over a map of Austin.

  10. Is mid-May a bad time for seasonal allergies? This popped up out of the Memory Bag on FB today, and made me think of Adee.

  11. Good cool and dry morning Hamsters. Snoopy Happy Dance for the 59 at 6 that we enjoyed along with a gorgeous sunrise and a northerly breeze.

    #2 Shannon

    Do read the whole thing and definitely read the comments that are so instructive about the influence of one Saul Alinsky—yes that Saul Alinsky— on Catholic thought about Social Justice, the very thought that pretends to be the Christian charity of old and is not. ‘Splains a lot about the Jesuit defections without mentioning the Jesuits per se.

    Especially read the last comment by Summa 58 that nails the Catholic myopia and general Christian myopia about radical Islam’s march. Where is Charles Martel, where is El Cid when we need them?

  12. Gov. Greg Abbott would be tasked with a short-term appointment, but several months later the state would hold a special election to finish the duration of the term, which ends in 2021. – Texas Tribune

  13. So where is Cornyn going? It’s hard to get news out here in the sticks. Surly Trump is smart enough to know what a snake in the grass he is and to not appoint him to anything requiring trust, and he would be foolish to take anything short of a cabinet level position. His departure would certainly not be a disappointment to me, and I might even drive my car down the street a honk the horn a few times to celebrate should he leave office.

    Now, hedges are trimmed, lawn in mowed, skunk is still at large, and house still needs to be painted. Man I’m having trouble getting motivated on that painting project.

  14. #21 mharper42

    Yup, every time we get a strong norther, rain with it or not, and that marvelous clear blue sky, you can be sure the wind bears pollen of some sort from a long distance. Maybe even from Canada for starters and picks up more as it comes south. Moderate sneezing is going on here likely from some of that and the wildflowers growing in the pastures. Not just the unfeathered bipeds either, also the quadruped equines including Chester donkey next door.

  15. 23 Adee

    The conversation started by Dreher’s journey seems endless and the most interesting I have ever followed. No telling how many thousands of words I’ve read in the last twenty four hours.
    Once you start following the links, you’re hooked. I can’t seem to get his book read for all the commentary surrounding it.

  16. Don’t forget that with the firing of Comey, Trump has created another job opening. A shovel ready job tuh boot.

    He’s (Cornyn) at the White House being interviewed for that job as we speak.

  17. Once you start following the links, you’re hooked. I can’t seem to get his book read for all the commentary surrounding it.

    I had to quit reading the commentary. I got tired of him having to explain “No, this doesn’t mean I’m going to crawl into a cave and live on honey and locusts” after about the millionth time.

  18. Huge ransomware hack biggest ever courtesy of heisted SpyDuckus malware and still CenemaNN runs stories about Trump getting two scoops of ice cream.

    The cyborgs of propaganda not only jumped the shark eons ago, they’ve gone and shot that big porker into the outer edges of the stratosphere.

    Porkers? You talkin’ bout porkers, Mr Hoopuh?

  19. #27 Adee
    Yes!
    I would support Louie Gohmert for any office he ever runs for. One of the few stand-up people in politics. I know lots of people sneer at him and think he is a hick. To me, that ain’t no liability, noways.

  20. I am at a loss as to what the question about Cornholio is. Is he in the running to be promoted out of the Senate or is he retiring or did someone dig up some dirt and he “wants to spend more time with his family?”

  21. 35-BC

    He was mentioned as possible replacement for fired FIB Inspector Dumbseau.

    Personally I think Con-job Cornyn would make a better phony tv evangelist since he already looks the part.

  22. A Reason To Live, A Reason To Die

    with James Coburn is a great Civil War era spaghetti western, if you haven’t seen it.

  23. Ted and Louie would make quite a formidable tag team match from Texas. Then the Dems would really hate Texas.

  24. Can you see the Ds sharting themselves if someone like Trey Gowdy took the spot as Director of the FBI?

  25. Interviewees:
    The four candidates meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein are:

    Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, who used to work in the Justice Department’s Criminal Divsion; the acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who recently testified before Congress about the agency’s Russia collusion investigation; Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the current Senate Majority Whip and former attorney general of Texas who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee; Judge Michael J. Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals, who previously served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.

    My thoughts:
    Fisher – female
    McCabe – Hiliary/Obama dem
    Cornyn – backstabbing liberal in conservative clothing
    Garcia – Yankee
    Please bring in the next panel.

  26. I didn’t get to visit with Mom for long last night. She had come back from dialysis not too long before I arrived, and she told me that she’d had a bad day. For some reason, she couldn’t swallow at lunch and she waved that meal off. She told me that was a blessing, as she puked like crazy at the end of dialysis. She felt so bad for the ambulance attendants! She was still refusing dinner when I arrived. She sounded weak and tired, so I gave her my card and told her about my brother buying a year’s worth of education for some underprivileged kid somewhere in the world, in Mom’s name.That cheered Mom up a little bit.

    They also changed her blood pressure meds yesterday, so I don’t know if it was a reaction to the dialysis, the meds, or both. either way, Mom was not a happy camper. Not at all.

    I gave her a new towel to lay hat her neck and over her port, talked just a few minutes, then left her to rest. I hope she’s feeling better today.

  27. I’ll believe this when I see it.

    HEADLINE: Sessions ends Obama-era leniency on sentencing, infuriating civil rights groups

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday that he has told prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against criminal suspects – a stunning reversal of Obama-era policies, and a move that infuriated civil rights groups.

    “We will enforce the laws passed by Congress pure and simple,” he said at an awards ceremony in Washington D.C, adding that prosecutors deserved to be “unhandcuffed and not micro-managed from Washington.”

    “This is a key part of President Trump’s promise to keep America safe,” Sessions said. “We’re seeing an increase in violent crime in our cities – in Baltimore, Chicago, Memphis, Milwaukee, St. Louis and many others. The murder rate has surged 10 percent nationwide – the largest increase since 1968.”

    In a letter to 94 U.S. attorneys Thursday night, Sessions called it a “core principle” that prosecutors charge and pursue “the most serious and readily provable offense.” Sessions defined the most serious offenses as those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence.

  28. Anybody…Squawk…know about this ransomware ?

    From Ars Technica:

    A highly virulent new strain of self-replicating ransomware shut down computers all over the world, in part by appropriating a National Security Agency exploit that was publicly released last month by the mysterious group calling itself Shadow Brokers.

    The malware, known as Wanna, Wannacry, or Wcry, has infected at least 75,000 computers, according to antivirus provider Avast. AV provider Kaspersky Lab said organizations in at least 74 countries have been affected, with Russia being disproportionately affected, followed by Ukraine, India, and Taiwan. Infections are also spreading through the United States. The malware is notable for its multi-lingual ransom demands, which support more than two-dozen languages.

    and,

    The Wcry developers have combined the Eternalblue exploit with a self-replicating payload that allows the ransomware to spread virally from vulnerable machine to vulnerable machine, without requiring operators to open e-mails, click on links, or take any other sort of action.

  29. #54 TP:
    This link, found on Drudge, states that the attack has been temporarily halted. The guy who fixed the problem stated emphatically (while remaining anonamous) that the problem is not over.

  30. The American Interest:

    In any case, the thing that is slowly killing Obamacare, with or without Republican help, is the same thing that is making it so hard for the GOP to come up with an alternative: American health care costs too much. Solving this problem isn’t just about litigating the merits of Obamacare or Trumpcare; it’s about ensuring that the American people have access to the health care they want and need while keeping the country solvent.

    We can’t do this all at once by some mighty government fiat—or, for that matter, through a blind faith in private markets. It took two generations for us to work ourselves into our present mess, and it will take time to work our way back to a sane and sustainable system.

    Glenn Reynolds added…

    America’s problem is that we have too many areas like this: Decades of gradual screwing-up by can-kicking politicians, with the bills now coming due in ways that can’t be fixed short of catastrophe.

    He is right, but I dread crises dropped in the lap of politicians who then run around screaming we have to do something, anything now ! That’s when we get “solutions” like TARP, GM bailouts and trillion dollar “stimulus” legislation.

  31. Texpat/BC

    Wannacry is not dead but slowed down

    It has specifically targeted institutions hospitals, schools, banks and businesses in particular. You get it by opening an email attachment or following instructions form a bogus email. This one is especially bad in that it not only locks up your potter, it encrypts and sets a timer. Like you pointed out ti can blow throw network machines.

    A patch has been issued by windows that is supposed to lock down Win10 machines. The bad guys target hospitals and such because they usually have older machines many times Win 2000 systems because these institutions have not upgraded in years.

  32. BTW there is a variant that can attack Mac machines under certain circumstances so NO heckling from me this time. There are two ways to be sure to protect yourself but not very convenient. Take out or disable all email clients and remove flash/java from your machines

  33. For immediate release:

    The at large skunk which has been terrorizing the neighborhood for the past few day has been captured and detained. It will probably be interrogated by a few coons, possums, deer, cats, roadrunners, and whatever else comes along between now and Monday. I expect to stay away from my backyard until local INS officials remove him for deportation. The varmit was finally lured into the trap with the grease and left over bones from baked chicken legs trailing from the watering hole to the trap. BTW, don’t let anyone know that it took me four days to finally outsmart a skunk.

  34. Thanks Texpat
    Good to know. All my machines are covered. But as usual the bad guys will always be one step ahead and mass companies do not update their computers.

  35. I’d like to dedicate this song to my friend, the Hambone Blog, that died on Saturday night at 10:29pm, 05/13/2017.

    Fond memories I have of you dear blog.

    Maybe there’ll be a Sunday morning miracle–somewhere, somehow.

  36. Good Moring Hamsters. Welcome to the last day of comfy weather from the last front as we enjoy 62 at 7 and sunshine in the treetops with ground mist rolling in below.

    Happy Mother’s Day to moms of all designations.

  37. #67 – As if those degrees from HBCUs weren’t phony enough to begin with. Actually, I think Trayvon’s degree was in rocket surgery. I guess it could have been signed by Sandra Bland. When you really think about it you realize just how sad it is that some people have to stoop so low to find heros and role models. Very sad. MLK would be run out of the country today if he was preaching the same story as he was in the 1960’s. OF course, JFK would be leading the Republican Party too.

  38. OK, Squawk you had a 35 MM, I betcha’ had a 6 X 6, but you didn’t have a Camera Obscura.
    You recon where he finds film to cover the walls?
    Mornin’ Gang, another beautiful day.

  39. Oops. Looks like I may have been celebrating the capture of the skunk a bit prematurely. A visual inspection of the trap this morning reveals that the door had been triggered, but nothing was inside. Now the trap’s trigger is a floor plate that when stepped on by the perp, closes the door. The floor plate is wire mesh and pretty sensitive, so baiting the trap can be a challenge. I dug a small hole under the trap, put the bait in the hole, and then set the trap on top with some generous splashing of chicken grease . It appears that the perp(s) dug their own hole, removed all the bait, knocked the trap around a little causing it to spring, and then sprinted off with their ill gotten gains. This all happens right at dark, so last night I saw the skunk around the trap, heard the door slam, saw the trap moving like some wild animal was shaking it around, and presumed the perp was captured. I wasn’t about to go outside in the dark to investigate a trapped skunk. Oh well, back to the drawing board.

  40. So apparently there’s a move by Republicans to troll democrats and get Trump to nominate Merrick Garland to the FBI. I think that’s a fantastic idea.

  41. I want to put Joe Straus in charge of the FBI, now the move to put a liberal hack judge. I guess we don’t put much stock in that position. Or maybe we haven’t found the right power thirsty cross dresser yet.

  42. Morning, chickadees of The Couch. I’m headed out for a stroll around the back yard before it gets hot out there.

  43. So I’m always on the lookout for pictures and examples of vintage food and stuff to sell to Reenactors. I recently found all the information I needed to make historically correct boxes for the Hard Bread the Army issued in WW1.

    Being an astute bidnessman, I am now looking to expand that product line with other historically correct items to put inside that box with different labels. So far, I’m working on a Fig Newtons label and have finished Uneeda Graham Crackers.

    Last night, I found this example:

    a now-forgotten product of the National Biscuit Company. Published not in a magazine, but in a magazine-like program booklet for the Gaiety Theater, August 21, 1916.

    It will be easy enough to produce, but I am unsure of its marketability.

    What do you think?

  44. We had a mortgage burning ceremony at church this morning for the building renewal project. We built a multi purpose building and classrooms (to get the kids out of a basement firetrap). I was Chair of the first attempt at the project, which failed to pass. You should have seen their faces that morning when I told the Congregational Meeting that we needed to spend well over a million dollars to rehab the 125 year-old Sanctuary and build additional facilities.The old Germans just couldn’t grasp the concept of spending, much less paying off, a note of that size. The Committee re-formed immediately and the project ultimately passed a year later.
    Paid off $1.7 million in seven years.

    And much greyer for it.

  45. Historically correct food boxes for reenactors?

    Sounds like a somewhat limited market to me.

    🙂

  46. #80 Shannon : MAZEL TOV. Now try and convince the congregation to continue to set aside the payment equivalent into an interest bearing account and in 7 years or so you can pay for the next upgrade in cash.

  47. Shannon says:
    MAY 14, 2017 AT 10:26 AM
    Historically correct food boxes for reenactors?

    Sounds like a somewhat limited market to me.

    It is, but I can make a box for 50 cents and sell it for $4.00. I’m selling all sorts of stuff right now. That will stop sometime in November next year.

  48. Our young pastor took on the project of calling each person/family who had donated over the years to thank them and invite them to the ceremony. That amounted to slightly over 300 phone calls. So between them and a few estate gifts, it got paid off.

    83 Bones
    It’s near impossible to get people to donate to a tangible project much less some unknown future endeavor.

  49. #80 Shannon

    Yea for your committee’s success and the church’s updating. Done, I would expect, without harming the original beauty of the sanctuary.

    There is a humongous new Catholic parish in Fulshear, St. Faustinia’s, on FM 1093 (Westheimer) right next to an equally humongous Baptist church that’s been there several years and growing all along. At St. Faustinia’s the church building itself hasn’t been built yet, services are in the activities/classrooms/offices building for now. The parking lot is immense, as is the Baptist parking lot. And not more than a half mile to the east at the intersection with FM 359 is another humongous non-denominational church.

    Sunday morning traffic is jammed all along the way come 11:30-noonish. It would be helpful if the pastors of all 3 could coordinate service times so they aren’t simultaneous. It’s a nightmare for all the parishoners, never mind folks just wanting to pass through to get someplace else.

  50. Some where around the shop is, or was, a pair of WWII era 120v dc generators in their crates. I ought to see if they are still around. Lots of stuff got misplaced in moves over the years.

  51. Handsome Son walked across the stage last night in his cap and gown. He earned his Associates Degree in Applied Sciences in commercial air conditioning. Considering all the angst I had over his future when I was fighting the school district over his learning disabilities, this is a huge step for him. It wasn’t easy for him.

    We noticed tons of cosmetology, information technology, nursing, etc., recipients, but only 3 with his commercial a/c degrees. Even their engineering college had six graduating. Handsome said that the commercial a/c was probably one of the hardest ones to get, because on top of the course work they were all working full time. Many had to drop out because of the strenuous schedule involved. Makes me even more proud, because I know that for Handsome to make it through his studies, he had to work twice as hard. Perseverance is one of his gifts.

  52. The first speaker asked some questions of the graduates, asking them to stand:
    Are you the first one in your family to earn an advanced education degree?
    -> Over half of them stood up

    Are you a single mother, getting this degree to make a better life for your family?
    -> I was wowed by the number who stood up. Hundreds.

    I noticed quite a number of cosmetology students had blue, purple, pink, or red hair. Two of them walked across the stage, chewing gum like a cow. It really ruined their moment, IMO.

    One girl stood out as they were processing in. She was wearing really stylish but very high heels. Some women can do heels, and she wasn’t one of them. She didn’t walk in, she stomped unsteadily in.

    Handsome trimmed his beard and got a haircut. Thanks to FDIL for that! He looked very respeckable. We went out for dinner after and got to meet FDIL’s folks. They seem like very, very nice people.

  53. Yes congrats to HS, that was a tough journey. We on the Couch are very proud.

    My sister’s daughter is a doctor now, vet, graduated (?) this week at ATM. She made the road tougher by getting married to a fellow vet student last year. They both became doctors this week. Proud for both of them.

    Oh and, hunnerd!!

  54. Tedtam, congratulations to the Boy, he done good,…and so did you. Just think, in commercial Hi-Vac he’ll only make 3 or 4 times as much as those folks with their 4 year History, Arts, Basket Weaving degrees. 😀

  55. Daughter has a friend from Richmond and her daughter married a guy from South Carolina that had moved to Houston to get trained on underwater welding. They married and moved to Charleston where he knocks down a 6 figure income.

  56. #89 Shannon

    What a beautiful church it is. Its architecture is very similar to St. John’s United Methodist Church in Richmond, the current building also dating ca.1925. Its interior is best described as simple Gothic, elegant with stained glass windows, beautiful woodwork in pews and sanctuary. High church. It looks like a church ought to look. 🙂 The congregation dates to the mid 1800s.

  57. Happy Mother’s Day y’all. At our church we observed
    Ephesians 6:2
    Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

  58. This is not good. Not good at all.UnKorea

    The U.S. has spent tens of billions to prepare for a biological attack, but the advantage is strongly to the attacker. The threat is real, the consequences unpredictable, and prevention is difficult.

    Did I mention Happy Mother’s Day?

  59. Wife’s sister is a manager at one of the chain restaurants, at 3:00 today they had made 16K and there was still a line when she left. Dang.

  60. mharper42 says:
    MAY 14, 2017 AT 11:30 AM
    #79 Sarge
    Homo Biscuits for the Gaiety Theatre? It’s a joke/hoax, right?
    :mrgreen:

    Nope. Just a juxtapostion of current culture and that of 100 years ago.

    If you find Grandpop’s diary from when he was in France during 1918 and you read in it that he and his squadmates went to Paris and had a gay time while there you can’t celebrate him as a Gender Rights Freedom Fighter. It means they got drunk and met some girls.

  61. OK, getting about time to go back on skunk patrol. The chicken leg bones seemed to work pretty good for bait last night, so I prepared more leg bones by eating three more chicken legs for dinner. If I could get it to come out before the sun sets I could probably just shoot him, but the angles have to be just right to avoid neighbor houses on one side. I thought I had him last night but he outsmarted me again (see #61, 71 above). This time I’m tossing the bones into the trap instead of just placing the trap on top of them. Wish me luck, and I’ll report in later one way or the other.

  62. As to all the insane lefties out there, why not just ignore them. Ignore the main stream news media, TV, newspapers, internet outrages, and the like. They act like mentally ill children who think that bad attention is better than no attention at all, so the worst thing you can do to them is to ignore them. I see criticism of people all over the place that I have never heard of before who are just seeking their 15 minutes of fame. They say “resist” I say “ignore.” Of course the more they are ignored, the louder and more outrageous they will get, but they’ll probably do that anyway. Ignore, ignore ignore – word of the day.

  63. Her Highness said the one thing she wanted most for Mothers’ Day was all the flowerbeds to be planted. I have worked my tail off this week to get it all done.

    I never planted foxglove before, but I found one a couple of weeks ago at Home Depot all by itself. I bought it and planted it. It went from one stalk about 24″ tall to two stalks now 5 feet high and two others about 3 feet tall. Spectacular. I hit the sweet spot between sun and shade.

    144 marigolds, 48 zinnias, 25 giant dahlia bulbs, rosemary, thyme, cilantro, lots of basil and 14 caladiums pots. The five tomato plants, 2 cucumber, 2 yellow squash, 2 zucchini and 2 eggplant were already in the ground. 10 flats of petunias. As well as regular dahlias, salvias, 2 big mandevillas, wood lawn phlox, regular phlox and some other stuff [dianthus] whose names I have forgotten at the moment.

    I took her out for supper Friday night and supper tonight plus a big bouquet of cut flowers.

    I think it was enough. I hope it was enough.

    “Tote that barge! Lift that bale!”

  64. 120 Shannon

    I have to say, it’s easier to handle the flowerbeds here than in Texas. One brutal hot day and everything in your beds could die before you get home from work to water.

    The problem here is the season is way too short.

    The guy who installed the sprinkler system had just started out and didn’t know what he was doing all those years ago. He is a neighbor and friend, although I don’t let him forget how he screwed up.

    The zones in the system combine beds and lawn around the property. The lawn turf areas should be separated from the flowerbeds. So I end up over watering the lawn and under watering the beds or visa versa. I would like to deep water the lawn twice a week and give the beds a little drink each day, but I can’t do it with this setup.

  65. Tedtam

    A hearty mazel tov for your son ! There will never be enough skilled, honest HVAC guys working around SE Texas.

  66. Aha, Ms. Skunk is now officially residing in the trap. Since Shannon determined that she is a she, that’s how I’ll refer to her. Anyway, she showed up about 7:30 and birds sitting on the trap triggered it when they flew away. So, Ms. Skunk is trying to get to the chicken bones inside, so I went outside and made enough noise for the skunk to go hide under some bushes. I reset the trap and went back inside to watch. This time Ms. Skunk goes to the back of the trap and starts shaking it, and it snaps shut again. So again, I go back outside, the skunk goes under the bushes, and I reset it a third time. This time out, Ms. Skunk sniffs around the trap a bit and then finally walks right in the front door, and snap, she’s now a prisoner. There was still enough daylight for me to go back outside and visually verify that the skunk is now actually inside the trap. Now the animal control guy can come get her in the morning. So who says I can’t outsmart a skunk, given enough time.

  67. Years ago I caught grief from the Pa-in-law’s friend’s for not killing rattle snakes on a deer lease. Like skunks they eat rodents. I’d rather have a rodent predator that might smell bad, one has to provoke them to do so, if you give said predator some leeway.

    BTW. while my son was at Baylor some kids herded a skunk into the dorm. Everybody survived and all have a tale to tell.

  68. We have finally revived a couple of mostly sunny flowerbeds around the house that had been pretty sad for a while thanks to the floodwaters that barely missed coming into the house last May. The primary plantings are deep pink knockout roses toward the back with smaller annuals to the front in one and a mix of plumbago and dwarf boxwoods at the front of the other in between Texas-shaped stepping stones.

    Another bed between the house and barn that was under water for a couple of days had dwarf boxwood and ajuga along with decorative rocks and a small village in the center. The ajuga have revived from nothing above ground in half of it to almost what they were before, but the other half is still mostly barren so I will have to get another flat of them. The boxwood lost their branches below water level but are otherwise good.

    The bed next to that going to the barn was likewise drowned for a bit longer, being lower. It has wedelia in it. Wedelia is a pratically indestructible plant, attractive with yellow blossoms and deep green leaves that only a freeze temporarily kills above ground. It spreads like mad and is great for covering large areas and seems not to care much about whether it’s in sun or shade. At this stage of my gardening career I prefer plants that thrive on benign neglect.

  69. Congratulations to El Gordo for trapping Madame skunk at last. Hope she doesn’t deliver a litter in the trap before morning.

  70. #128 – The big problem with skunks is that they are primary rabies carriers. Probably 80% or more of the skunks out there have rabies. Rattlers eat what they kill, and I’m not at all a snake lover, but Mother Nature seems to control their population. I remember once several years ago when the county that I’m in had an influx of rats for some reason or another. Soon enough, the rats were overcome by an influx of rattlesnakes. Once balance was restored, everything went back to normal, but it did take a few years. We don’t hear much about rabies any more, but it’s still out there. Last year a couple of foxes were removed from my neighborhood that tested positive. There are plenty of feral cats around to control the rodent population in my neighborhood, so you all can just keep the skunks somewhere else.
    #130 – If she does, they will be born into captivity.

  71. Heh Brother Squawk, Mr T rocks.

    Keep em coming Brother.

    You’ve tuned me in to videos I never knew existed.:)

  72. I’ve seen more skunks in New Jersey than I ever saw in 50 years living in mostly rural Texas. It really is bizarre. The damn things are everywhere up here.

  73. #126
    El Gordo: Smarter than a feral female skunk!

    Just curious, are skunks exterminated, or sent to a wildlife center?

  74. The local animal control guy told me that they did not have a relocation program here locally – so I suppose there’s an answer in there. Hopefully they will send the necessary parts to Austin for rabies testing.

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