"Why couldn’t freeze take out poison ivy or fire ants?" by: Mike Reddell

   I hope all of our readers had a great Easter weekend.
   Most of last week was spent hosting a stomach bug of some magnitude.
   When I was able to go outside Saturday and Easter Sunday, everything seem glorious.
   I felt better and on Easter I felt closer to the risen Lord than I have in years. It was quite uplifting.
   Our oaks were wearing the bright green leaves of spring. 
   A few short weeks ago I fretted whether the freeze had set them back, but they’re all looking healthy.
   Like many others, we are forced to clean up the plants that didn’t survive the cold.
   We’ve always had one of the strangest tropical plants – a split-leaf Philodendron - I’ve ever seen in the back yard. 
   Its tendrils were more like tentacles and it has survived previous freezes, but not this one.
   Our crepe myrtles live that’s good news.
   Predictably on the bad plant news, the poison ivy is back and so is every invasive weed in the book.
   Years ago in Kerrville, in a delusion of wishful thinking, I used to think a hard freeze would kill fire 
   Not so, the little monsters simply 
go deeper in the earth and wait it out. 
   The Houston Chronicle did a great job investigating how many Texans were killed in Winter Storm Uri. They found nearly 200 had died, with hyperthermia the chief cause of death.
   They froze in their frigid homes waiting for the heat to come back on.
   How I wish the legislature will do the right thing and ensure our electrical grid is protected from the freezing temperatures.
   The governor appointing a different master of ERCOT inspires no optimism to me.
   Our elected leaders are spending more time it seems on writing election laws that make it harder to vote.
   Talk about misplaced priorities.
   We’ve reached a puzzling point in the effort to vaccinate Matagorda County residents against COVID-19.
   Last week, there was a definite lack of interest in the vaccination clinic, so much that about 300 doses were sent back.
   MRMC called people on its list and they either had the shots or weren’t interested.
   Wow, that’s something, considering how so many of us were worried we wouldn’t be able to receive the vaccine.
   For the record, I’ll get my second Moderna shot Thursday, April 8.
   I know several people who aren’t interested and it definitely feels like a political statement more than anything else.
   I guess they figure they have nothing to fear from the virus – or its variants – and those who are vaccinated will reach herd immunity. 
   Good luck with that.   

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