Thursday, April 30, 2009
Swine Flu in the Hill Country
There is concern in the southern reaches of the Hill Country about swine flu. Schools are closed in two counties, athletic events halted, Saturday's New Braunfels Saengerfest wine festival has been cancelled--and what could be more healthy than drinking wine and singing?
The closures came about as a result of several local cases of swine flu. Fortunately the young men are recovering nicely and their flu experiences were relatively mild. In fact there's been only one death so far in the US, a young child, sadly, for whom there were other complicating factors.
I had to make a decision whether or not to attend the local Master Gardeners seminar--whether I was more concerned about plant diseases or swine flu.
It was a great seminar.
I might not go to Mexico City right now...but I drive the interstate fairly often, which is a calculated gamble. The swine flu odds looked pretty good to me--much better than the odds for avoiding cedar fever in winter, which are slim-to-none if you're susceptible (and almost everyone is) and live in the Hill Country.
Anyway, I'll know in a few days. But tomorrow I'll use what I learned to treat my redbud tree and hopefully someday it will look this one in New Braunfels' Landa Park.