Monday, March 31, 2014

RGV Life Event Announcements on Twitter

If you follow RGV Life on Twitter, you will see an increase in posts with Rio Grande Valley headlines, weather, and event announcments. This is a recent effort to make the RGV Life online presence more useful to the community.

Unfortunately, it requires a greater time commitment to write blog posts, otherwise that would be the preferred method of announcing things. Still, keep checking back as more updates and modifications are made.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Weslaco Hosts the 2014 Texas Onion Festival

Weslaco puts on their annual Texas Onion Festival for 2014.

via Storify -- March 22, 2014 at 11:51AM

Friday, March 21, 2014

TEDxMcAllen Live Draws an Audience

The first TEDx event in McAllen gets off to a good start.

via Storify -- March 21, 2014 at 06:05AM

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Texas Onion Festival 2014 Recipe Contests

Weslaco invites the public to participate in the Texas Onion Festival's popular Onion and Salsa Recipe Contest, to be held on March 22 at the Weslaco City Park. 

The event will be held live before the public in the AEP Texas Culinary Center, which will be built on-site by Lowe's Home Improvement 

There will be competitor categories based on age. 

Entry forms and more details are available at 

The registration deadline is Friday, March 14, 2014. 

Friday, March 07, 2014

Winter Tall Grass

We live in a sub tropical climate. I never knew exactly what that meant. I still don't. But, I can definitely tell you that the winter weather has resulted in tall grass in my yard. Well, grass is a bit generous; weeds.

These past years have been rough on yards with the constant drought. If you drive around the Rio Grande Valley, you would have seen a bunch of brown yards and a few dirt yards. There wasn't enough rain to keep a healthy lawn. We could have watered our lawns; but, there were also watering restrictions.

So, what happens? You fall out of the habit of mowing your lawn. If your grass is just barely alive and growing very little in a month, you don't cut it as often. So, this winter, we have had a bit of moisture. But, more importantly, we have had cold weather.

In the RGV, we do not like cold weather. It is a time for soups, teas, coffee, sweet bread, menudo, and just staying indoors. The weather rarely drops below freezing; but, it's cold enough for us. Consequently, you neglect your yard.

So, my yard turned into a forest in just a couple weeks. Those weeds grew like it was nobody's business. We even had law enforcement stop by to conduct searches for missing children in our yard. I got the hint and got to work on cutting down the new forest. But, I seriously considered paying somebody to do it.

It took a few days; but, eventually my son and I got the lawn tamed a little. The weather is starting to warm up and the rain has not been as frequent. We think we can keep up with our yard. We have dealt with our winter tall grass.

If the rest of the year could measure out rain in small, frequent, quantities we would be grateful. Given the long drought, we don't really have grass. We would like the grass to grow and replace the weeds that are placeholders in our yard. Quite frankly, I'd rather have weeds than the dirt yard we had before.

I figure we can mow down the weeds to provide a mulch for the grass we hope grows in.
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