‘Pinto – Los Lunas’ Category

  1. Adios, Goatheads

    July 24, 2014 by myeye

    The goatheads are springing up all over the yard.  We’ve had several nice rains and the weeds have responded.  I don’t have time to weed an acre — especially goatheads — because you can’t chop and rake them.  If you use that method, you scatter the nasty little thorns which are painful for dogs and which start an entire new generation of the nasty parent plants.  By hand, you slide a shovel under the flat growing plant and lift the entire thing gently into a wheelbarrow or bucket to be deposited into a plastic bag for disposal.  One can also use a propane torch to burn them up.  Option 3 is puncturevine weevils.  So, that’s what I’m doing.  I ordered 250 weevils to destroy the vines.  I’m told they are very effective in the Albuquerque area.  I’ll give them every chance to shine.  My first batch will be here on July 31 to begin eating their way across the back 40.  I’m told they move on when all the goatheads in one place have been destroyed.  Since the acre next door is full of the weed, the little weevils won’t have far to go.  Then they can return home when more goatheads spring up.  The weevils are available from a small company between July 1st and September 30th — prime goathead time.  The plant is the gift that keeps on giving as it leave the thornes on the ground year round.

    Be gone, you nasty plant!

  2. The Yard Before and After

    August 11, 2013 by myeye

    Here’s the yard before the guys came over.



    And after 9 hours — still a long way to go . . .




    Will they come back and finish?

  3. New Mexico Has Weird Weather

    June 22, 2012 by myeye

    It has been so very hot here — high 90’s — and the relative humidity has been so low — less than 5% — that it has been very uncomfortable.  Last night at about 9:30, it began to rain on my house.  It was a torrential rain with lightning and it lasted for at least a half hour.  Everything smelled so fresh, and I was so happy that the dust would be subdued.  I thought I might even pull weeds this weekend.

    I walked out this morning to go to the office and saw that our graded dirt street was completely dry.  Usually after a deluge, the street is a quagmire.  I had no puddles in the front of my house.  I went back in and looked again out the sliding glass door.  I had puddles on the patio.  I know Inca and Chase were wet at bedtime.  What was going on?  Apparently, it rained on the west side of our street on my roof and in the back, but there was not a drop for the front of my house and east.  So, I’ll pull back-40 weeds this weekend.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?

  4. The Neighborhood Is Poorer Today

    May 30, 2012 by myeye

    The well drilling company came out at about 11:00 yesterday and replaced the well pump/motor/control panel and we have water once again.  We definitely spent one of the longer weekends waiting for them.  With tax, the fix cost more than $3500.  Painful.  While the guys were down in the well, they discovered that one of our pressure tanks is beginning to leak.  It will need to be replaced within six to eight months for another $2200.  Egads!  We’ll be starting another kitty for the new tank.

    I am going to go stand in the shower now — you’ll all be glad I did!

  5. Well, It’s About The Well

    May 29, 2012 by myeye

    Murphy was in charge of the Memorial Day Weekend.

    On Saturday, early afternoon, the well pump gave up the ghost.   The neighbors and I agreed we would hold out until today so that we did not pay the holiday premium for the drilling company.  The non-holiday charge was going to be bad enough!  Everyone has the money to pay his/her share (IT’S A MIRACLE!!!).   None of us are taking a vacation this summer.  Instead we will all take at least two showers a day and pretend we are standing in a waterfall on a tropical island.

    Our drilling company had us first on the emergency list when I stopped in on the way to the office.  Matthew (owner) said they will have a new pump/motor/control panel installed today.  I cannot wait to get home and stand in that tropical waterfall.