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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
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Monday, August 29, 2011


well we have finally got there in this area
its hotternhell here now
this weekend it got to 110 degrees on saturday and  to 112 degrees
on sunday and it may get close to that today

when i walk in the pastures around here i feel like im walking on a
bunch of corn flake cereal-crunch, crunch, crunch
the holes in the pastures have now become small canyons

there was an article in the paper recently about these cracks
in the soil
apparently they occur as the soil gets real dry and pulls apart
from itself
then according to the article when the rains come if they ever do
the holes (canyons) fill up with water and as the soil absorbs the
moisture the soil expands and eventually closes itself off

am sure that first inch of rain we get will just disappear and well
never know it was here
heck it so dry that even if it hailed the soil would just absorb those
big rocks of hail and they would not show up at all on the ground
or they would just melt on the way down

a sad picture in the local paper this weekend was of a farmer
feeding a cow who was stuck in the mud of an almost dry
pond bed a bottle of water
despite all the heroic efforts the cow died

there is no hay around here at all
its been shipped from far away from states like nebraska and other
northern states sometimes at 2-3 times the regular price
farmers are selling off their horses and cattle at high rates

even a rare salamander in the local austin barton creek area is
starting to dwindle away and may become extinct
thanks to this salamander many developments that would have
adversely affected the recharging of this creek and the underground
water system that many cities depend on for water were not
allowed to happen
if it dies it has not died in vain and it has kept this water situation
here from being worse

its so hot here that the local fire department went to put out a fire
that starting burning near a neighbourhood and instead of
discovering a spark that ignited it or a chain scrapping on an
asphalt road or a cigarette butt or an arsonist setting the fire
(we know it wasnt lightning) they found that nature had started it

nature had ignited a compost pile that had heated up naturally then
aided by the extreme heat were having it just spontaneously
ignited and burned the area
whoa we could be in trouble if that starts happening with all of the
compost piles we have around here

however there may be some relief here later in the week as we
have a cool spell coming through
guess thats what its called
it will be only in the upper 90s for the end of the week and for
labor day weekend
cool spell who would have thought we would call upper 90s a
cool spell

then goodbye irene
sorry you didnt come this way
then look out jose is right behind you

then tropical depression 12 has formed and seems to be following
irenes path
maybe it can be sucked this way and hit our coast gently please
and dump some rain on us

there also is a forecast of some rain chances at the end of the week
hope they did not put that there to tease us
thats just cruel

we need about 15 inches here though
bet it would not do much as the earth here will just soak it all
up like a big sponge

rain dancers get busy
any help is needed

maybe we could just take that new oil pipeline that is being
built from canada to texas and just plug it into all that water they
have in the upper northern states
bet they could make as much off the water as they would the oil

the organicgreen doctor

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