In Austin this morning, in the face of flooding on Lake Travis and Lady Bird Lake, someone has put a life jacket on the statue of Stevie Ray Vaughn. Stevie Ray was an Austin icon and famous musician.
Oh, I'm going to vote, all right. Just not the way you'd like.
That's lovely. Not often I find a Texas connection (first bishop of Galveston) in a French church! Thanks for sharing.
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Lake Lady Bird has risen 10 plus feet in 24 hours. Areas like Graveyard Point are flooding. There is a tremendous amount of water coming from upstream, and its got to go somewhere. Some of the dams upstream are simply overwhelmed. The lake in my community is full, and if they have to open the flood gate, that will only add to problems downstream. It's tragic.
I'm not familiar with your area. Why is this happening?
We have had two months of practically non-stop rainy weather. The ground is saturated. It has rained constantly the last several days and the water has no place to go. So this happens. Unusual to be sure, but sadly not unprecedented.
The bridge that was destroyed was in Kingsland. Washed away like it was made of play-dough. The video was stunning. Several of my Facebook buds are from Llano and have been posting videos. Lots of people have been stranded, at least temporarily, on one side of the river or another. The damage will be in the millions, but the main stream media will not cover it because it's conservative Texas. Sigh.
I have tried to keep politics out of my posts. I stick with travel pics, and recipes, and non-political stuff. I'm not going to convince anyone else of my view, and they're sure as hell not going to convince me. So today I posted about the terrible flooding in Llano, Texas. I posted a rather stunning picture in contrast to another I had taken two weeks ago. Water was up 40 feet, no exaggeration. And what did one of our progressive members do? Made a goddamn snarky remark about global warming. Geez. I called her out, because real people are being affected by this tragedy and all she cared about was her tacky political agenda. She responded that I needed to start believing in global warming. As if that would make a difference to the people in Llano. Liberals pretend to care, but they do not. It's all about the talking points with them. I ty not to get upset about things like this, but her remark was so uncalled for and so callus. Thanks for letting me vent. May the Red Wave wash over us all.
My simple recipe:
IRISH SODA BREAD
3 TBS butter, softened
2 TBS sugar
2 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1/3 cup raisins
¾ cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375°.Cover raisins in Irish whiskey and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Let stand for 15 minutes. Cut margarine into flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in raisins and enough buttermilk to make a soft dough. Turn onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Shape into round loaf, about 6 ½ inches in diameter. Place on greased cookie sheet. Cut an X about ¼ of the way through the loaf. Bake in 375 oven until golden brown, 35 to 45 minutes. Brush with butter if desired.
Soaking raisins is optional. Or use water instead of Irish whiskey.
Isn't it lucky that Climate Change is a hoax?
This flood is affecting real people, in real ways. They are being flooded out of their homes; their businesses are washing away. It is by any measure a tragedy. But you go ahead with your tacky political agenda. You are heartless. What. A. Jerk.
And by th way, the river was this high back in 1935. So....
Snagged this off Facebook. Compare to my earlier photo. I am gobsmacked.
I fixed some hamburger soup for lunch today because it's a cold weather favorite and we will have enough for several meals. It freezes very well and we almost always have the ingredients on hand. And I made corn muffins (Jiffy mix!) to go with.
1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup peeled & chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 can diced tomatoes
½ tsp. basil
1/3 cup barley (or more)
5 cups beef stock
3 TBS ketchup
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
In large soup pot, brown beef. Partway through browning, add onions and cook until tender or beef is browned. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 Â½ hours. Serves 6, freezes well.
Llano river has crested, BUT more rain is expected so it may come up again. Water is pouring over several dams and carrying all sorts of things downstream. I even saw the deck of a house going over on TV. It's bad. I wish I had better news. Officials are evacuating everyone within 1/4 mile of the river.
DH and I went to the library to pick up some books I had on hold and I suggested we take a loot at the San Gabriel river. Yikes! The road thru the park was closed but we were able to go part way. There was a police car warning folks not to get too close.
This is about 3 times as wide as it normally is.
This was as close as we wanted to get. The river is really roiling and has already destroyed a pedestrian bridge.