Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Scenes From a Near By Fire

by Karen on July 4, 2012

in weather

Yesterday there was a fire about 20 miles from us.  As I have told you all it is very dry here.  Today Mike and I drove over to the area to see how close it had been to us.  A new report just out says 500+ acres burned, I had originally thought it was about 15 miles from us but I do believe it was closer to 20.

Mainly this is forested area with some farm land here and there.


How the leaves on these trees didn’t just light up and burn is beyond me – they are so dried up – this is what we are seeing on trees around here.


Today we got some more 5 gallon buckets and Mike drilled a couple tiny holes in them and we put them around the Redbud and Dogwood trees.  I will fill them up in the morning and/or evening and see if we can save those trees – I love decorative trees these are not real close to the house so it is hard to try to keep up with them.  The small dogwood by the house I put a water sprinkler on it barely turned on so it will drip overnight on it and it is staying ok although I need to do that again tonight as the leaves are drooping.  I do it about once a week.  I want to conserve – but they have not told us that we can do no watering so I think it is still ok to do a little of this – if they come out and say no outside watering at all then I will stop.

Did you all have a good 4th?  I must admit to doing hardly anything at all!  We had a picnic meal inside! it was too hot to cook outside I thought – it was just the two of us anyhow.


Anyone For Pie?

by Karen on July 4, 2012

in Baking/cooking

I made up a recipe for pie – it is a little rich and might make some changes if I make it again –

Pina Colada Pie

1 – 8 oz. bowl cool whip
1 – 8 oz. package softened cream cheese
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 frozen can of Pina Colada mix
1 graham cracker pie crust

Whip the milk and the cream cheese together, stir in the slightly thawed Pina Colada mix, then stir in the cool whip – pile it all in a crust.  I put it in the freezer overnight to firm it up and then left it in the refrigerator.  Adding a can of drained crushed pineapple would have been a good addition!



Happy 4th

by Karen on July 4, 2012

in weather

4th of July in Arkansas will not be having fireworks this year and somehow with the heat I think there will be less picnics as well.  There are only about 4 or 5 counties I believe that are not under a burn ban.  I have mentioned the drought we are having and high heat.  Yesterday there was a fire about 15 miles from us-I could see the smoke in the distance but the breeze was carrying the smoke away from us so I couldn’t smell it – thank goodness.  I heard 200+ acres burned – people were evacuated from that area for a time but let back in towards evening.

This is what it looks like around here – I normally cut grass about every week in April – June then maybe twice a month as things normally dry out in July and August.  This year I haven’t cut grass since the beginning of April.


This tree like many others in the area are turning brown already – you can look at the trees on the hillsides as you drive around and see large patches of brown.


The red bud tree turning yellow


Leaves hanging limp on a tree instead of standing out firm and plump


We have 2 dogwood trees that look like this, the leaves will be falling off soon I bet.


Where grass should be we have this.


We need rain badly.  Please do not use fireworks if you are in a drought area – just forgo that pleasure this year!