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Thoughts While Shaving for July 14

If you are doing a ‘public opinion poll’, kindly remove my name … some enjoy and some dislike … I do not participate … Lots of opportunities this time of year, in fact, 2 or 3 daily … so it seems…

Rainfall came down hard yesterday ’bout 4:30 p.m. in our area … lots of wind, lightning and thunder. Checked my rain gauge, had nearly 2.5 inches, but remembered had not checked since Thursday … so the total was accumulated over a 4 day time frame … Average rainfall for this area for the month of July is 5.5 inches…

Overnight low was 69 degrees as of 5:30 a.m.

Forecast for today, sunny with a nigh near 93. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph. Tonight, mostly clear with a low around 73.

Wednesday’s forecast, ’bout like today, high near 92. Next chance of rain is Saturday…

Enjoy a ride throughout the area every so often … latest was Sunday, seldom see a horse or mule in the pasture … I think back to years gone by, think about a horse collar, bridle, single-tree, gee and haw … remember, gee was move one way and haw was the other … guess few knew, but it was one of the orders you hoped the mule or horse understood … not sure they did…

When the temp reaches 90, now I hibernate … and think back to the days when we cropped tobacco by hand … mule and drag … suckers, bud worms and horn worms … sometimes a snake when we were croppin’ lugs … and heat index must have been over a hundred … When the green leaves reach the tobacco barns, could sometimes hear the ladies stringin’ and handing scream when they saw a worm.

If you didn’t live on a farm in the 50s, 60s and 70s, chances are you missed the fun…

Seeing more tobacco is some areas of the county than I have in a long time … Hope the golden weed produces lots of green cash…

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” Henry David Thoreau

The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.

If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed.

robert g hester
rgh4612@gmail.com
910-876-2322

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