Todays harvest were a few jalapeno peppers.

Grasshoppers are our bumper crop this year.

You can walk out through the pasture and a wave of grasshoppers flows in front of you.  I have a sweet potato in the flower bed and the grasshoppers ate the peel off of it.  If you try to shoo them off, they show their teeth and growl.

Other produce harvested so far this year includes red potatoes, yellow squash and tomatoes.

Fall of the Alamo, 175 Years Ago Today, Remember the Alamo

Fall of the Alamo, 175 Years Ago Today

March 6, 1836 was the culmination of events that resulted in the battle cry “Remember the Alamo”.

This battle cry provided the passion and adrenalin for the troops to win Texas Independence.

Many movies have been made the best of which starred John Wayne as Davey Crockett.

An account of the fall of the Alamo was written by Captain R.M. Potter who lived near the Alamo.  The account along with input from Juan Seguin was published in the San Antonio Herald in 1860.

See the full article here:  http://www.nationalcenter.org/Alamo.html

Photo of Alamo

Remember the Alamo

Travis Draws the Original “Line in The Sand”

Travis knew by March third that the situation at the Alamo was hopeless. 

Sometime between the  third and fourth he used his sword to draw a line in the sand.  In a passionate speech Travis told the Alamo occupants the situation was hopeless and they should decide how they would die.  He challenged all those who would fight to the death to cross the line in the sand.

“We must die. Our business is not to make a fruitless effort to save our lives, but to choose the manner of our death.”

All but Moses Rose crossed the line.  Rose snuck through the enemy lines the night of March fifth.

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Kreuz Market
619 N. Colorado St.
Lockhart, Texas 78644
Beef or pork on butcher paper, no plates, no trays no forks and no sauce, in the purist Texas tradition.

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Texas Best BBQ, beef and pork

1/2 pound of beef brisket and 1/2 pound of pork ribs. If you need sauce, its not Texas BBQ.

175 Years Ago Today

Colonel Travis letter read by Willie Nelson.  Click here to see the YouTube Video

175 Years Ago, February 8, 1836 – Former Congressman David Crockett Arrives at Alamo

David Crockett lost his election to the US Congress and was reported to tell the body “You can go to Hell. I’m going to Texas.”

Davy Crockett left Tennessee Nov. 1, 1835, with three other men to explore Texas.  He picked up and lost several men on the way.  Crockett arrived in Little Rock on November 12 and passed through NE Texas to hunt with one of my ancestors, Crockett’s fellow Tennessean and Texas Ranger, Henry Stout.  Crockett and 65 men arrived in Nacogdoches, Texas in early January 1836 where they signed up as volunteers for the Provisional Government of Texas.  On February 6, 1836 Crockett and five other men rode into San Antonio.Tennessee

The group spent the night at the home of Don Seguin along with Jim Bowie.  Crockett first arrived at the Alamo on February 8.

Just like everything else, the death of Davey Crockett is controversial.  Since this is my article, I choose to subscribe to and report that “Ben” a former slave and cook for Santa Ana reported Crockets body was found surrounded by at least sixteen dead Mexican soldiers he had killed in his last stand.

What Led to the Texas Revolution?

Mexico encouraged immigration into Texas in the early 1820’s in order to help settle the Texas Mexican State.  Many US settlers made the journey including the original Stephen F. Austin group.

In 1830 the President of Mexico implemented several changes in the law to discourage immigration from the United States into Texas because the US settlers were outnumbering the Mexican born settlers.

Some of the measures imposed on the settlers were:

  • Settlers were denied freedom of religion and were required to join the Catholic Church.
  • Further immigration from the United States was prohibited
  • Property taxes were imposed.
  • Tariffs were imposed on goods from the US.
  • A prohibition against slavery was imposed.
  • Mexican criminals were given the choice of prison or serving in the Mexican army in Texas.
  • Texas was combined with the Mexican State of Coahuila and the capital moved 500 miles south.
  • When Stephen F. Austin went to Mexico to protest and petition for changes he was jailed.

In 1834 Texas there were:

  • 30,000 US immigrants
  • 7800 Mexican born immigrants
  • 5000 slaves

In 1835 Santa Anna abolished the Constitution of 1824 which was based on a Federal Republic type of government (like we have in the United States) and installed a new constitution removing individual freedom and establishing a powerful centralized government.  Sound familiar?

Texas Rolling Power Outages Update

Mid-morning Update:

During the early morning hours, the ERCOT grid began experiencing numerous forced outages of generation due to the cold weather.  As of 9 am, more than 7,000 MW of capacity was still out of service or not producing at its expected level.

Rotating outages were implemented around 5:30 a.m. this morning to shed 4000 MW of load.  The rotating outages are continuing as this time, although the amount has been reduced to about 3000 MW.

We expect the rolling outages to continue until a sufficient amount of generation is back online.  We are continuing the appeal for energy conservation.

Further updates will be provided when additional information is available.

Power Emergency – Conservation CRITICAL–Rotating Outages Have Begun

Feb. 2, 2011, Austin — The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has instructed utilities to begin rotating outages to compensate for a generation shortage due to numerous plant trips that occurred because of the extreme weather.

Rotating outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of electric service, typically lasting 10-45 minutes per neighborhood.  The locations and durations are determined by the local utilities.  Critical need customers such as hospitals and nursing homes are generally not included.

It is not known at this time how long the need for rotating outages will last.

Consumers and businesses are urged to reduce their electricity use to the lowest level possible, including these steps:

*       Limit electricity usage to only that consumption which is absolutely necessary. Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.

*       Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.

*       Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.

See more conservation tips at “Powerful Advice,” Public Utility Commission of Texas:


Chronology of the Alamo, 175 Years Ago



December 4, 1835 –

Colonel Benjamin R. Milam rallies Texians for an assault on Cos’ garrison in San Antonio de Béxar

December 5-10, 1835 – Battle of Béxar rages as Texians fight their way into town – Cos surrenders his army, which is then paroled

December 21, 1835 – Colonel James C. Neill receives orders to take command at San Antonio de Béxar – garrison consists of about 100 men

January 19, 1836 – Colonel James Bowie arrives to investigate the military situation for governor Henry Smith and General Sam Houston

February 2, 1836 – Bowie and Neill vow “. . . we will rather die in these ditches than give it up to the enemy.” Lieutenant Colonel William B. Travis arrives with 30 men

February 8, 1836 – Former Congressman David Crockett arrives in San Antonio de Béxar with 12 volunteers

February 14, 1836 – Travis and Bowie agree to share command at San Antonio de Béxar after Colonel Neill received a temporary leave of absence

February 23, 1836 – Antonio López de Santa Anna and the Centralist forces arrive and the Siege of the Alamo begins

March 6, 1836 – The Alamo falls in a predawn assault

March-May 1836 – The Alamo reoccupied by Centralist forces

May-June1836 – Centralist forces are ordered out of Texas following Santa Anna’s capture at the Battle of San Jacinto – the Alamo’s fortifications are destroyed by the Centralist garrison