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Casa Paloma

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Feb 14, 2005
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A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package. "What food might this contain?" He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The pig sympathized but said, "I am so very sorry Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow. She said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you. But it's no skin off my nose."

So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever. Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.

But the wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well. She died. So many people came for her funeral the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it doesn't concern you, remember that when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. In the book of Genesis, Cain said about Able his brother to our God: "Am I my brother's keeper?"

Moral of the story...We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and be willing to make that extra effort to encourage one another.

Enough of this "feel good" stuff. You've got cows to cull and you're burning daylight.
Casa Paloma: "Enough of this "feel good" stuff. You've got cows to cull and you're burning daylight."

You are right, sir. A windmill repairman is coming today. We have a windmill head, wheel and tail that went bad during one of this winter's hard winds. It is in a distant summer pasture, and is mounted on a thirty-foot tall tower. His boom only goes to thirty feet. Could be interesting, as we will have to tip the tower down to work on it. The real interesting part might be just getting him up to the pasture. It is sure four-wheel drive territory, and we might end up pulling him to the location with a front-wheel-assist tractor.

I have a question for you, or any other Texan. Why are so many Texas counties lined up straight with each other but are cockeyed to the world? It has to be because they are lined up with the ocean and not the north star, but a more thorough explanation would be interesting.
Its mostly all those eastern Texas counties that are "cock-eyed", and that explains it right there! I live in west texas *wink* haha

HAHA...just kiddin. I honestly have no idea, but by looking at a Texas county map a majority of the counties are lined up with each other based on pointing north.....like i say its the eastern ones that are slanted. Of course i am barely considered a Texan.

Take care
Those odd looking surveys were originally made by railroad companies given land in Texas. The railroads then sold the land to unsuspecting persons wanting to relocate (failed to tell them the Indians weren't too friendly). This influx of people then generated business for the railroads.

I'm sure Haymaker or other native Texans can explain in more detail, but Texas history around the mid to late 1800's is very interesting.
HaHa...this aint somethin they teach us in Texas History class....I've never wondered why some were squares and some weren't. but the one's in east texas were for the most part, part of Austin's Colony. East texas was settled a whole lot earlier than west texas..for the simple fact that there are trees and water. West texas has wind and dirt.......not much else..till oil was discovered. (oh yeah..n tumbleweeds n mesquites)
Interesting question tho...I did searches on internet and failed to come up with an answer. But if you look at it...and legal land descriptions....section 640 acres.....Township 36 sections....Range
Assigned to a township by measuring east or west of a Principal Meridian ...but I've read that texas was laid out by "land grants" ..so who knows....
I'm happy to report that the windmill job went just fine. This windmill specialist pretty well fits Baxter's description. Not only does he understand the intricacies of windmills, but he he is a good roper and cowboy. In past years, he has come down and helped at our brandings. The bad news is that he is having an auction on Saturday, May 14th, selling all his windmill parts, truck, and the whole shebang. He and his family are moving to Yankton, SD, where he has a new job working for the company that has been selling the windmill supplies to him.

Say, faster horses, maybe the man who wants a job should come down to the sale, buy the truck and some supplies, and resume the business that my friend is leaving. I guarantee there is a market for such expertise, and staying busy fixing windmills would be absolutely no problem.

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