“Kevin, Get The Boat! …”

When it rains, it literally pours in Texas. It’s all or nothing. We either are in a drought or we have flash floods. It’s either hot or cold. Nothing can be in the middle. Right now, I could use a boat to get to my greenhouse. I have a small lake in the backyard. And I probably need to find a sturdy board I can cross to check on my plants. Moments like that, I always joke with my husband: “Kevin, get the boat! We’ll go craw daddy fishing in the backyard! Get some lily pads, frogs, and a ‘gator as well!” What’s a better watch dog than an alligator? It sure will keep those pesky solicitors at bay. … Until the game warden shows up with the Gator Boys. 😉

There is still a lot of rain in the forecast. And the surrounding lakes are filling up quick. I keep an eye out with the data about our local lake. It has gained over two feet of water, since yesterday evening. And it’s over one foot above pool level. Another nine feet, and it would go over the spillway. But we are not there, yet.

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If it keeps raining like the last couple of days, I can put this guy and his siblings in our backyard.

Another Rainy Day

Brrrr! It got really cool yesterday evening. The cold front dropped the temperatures down to the freezing point and the wind was even colder, today. But I went outside to feed my little friends: the birds, the squirrels, and the rabbits. As usual Mr. Blue Jay made the announcement, that food is served. And single every one showed up for lunch. Non of them cared about the rain. They were just happy to get all their little bellies full. ❤

Rainy February Day

Due to the warmer weather I could leave my greenhouse window open the last couple of days/nights. But this afternoon, the rain became more severe and a cold front moved in. The temperatures dropped from 70ºF (21ºC) down to 48ºC (9ºC) within a few hours. And it supposed to get even cooler tonight. In neighboring counties is Winter Weather Advisory until tomorrow evening. In the meantime, the wildlife tries to stay warm. And we don’t know, what happens to the trees, which just budded over the last few days. If Mother Nature is not bi-polar, then I don’t know what is is going on with this crazy ol’ lady.

Presidents Day 2018

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Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

Happy Presidents Day!

I remember, one of the questions in my citizenship test was: When is Presidents Day?
And the answer is: Presidents Day is the third Monday in February.
It was the question I had to read and answer verbally to the officer, in November 2016. 🙂

Chapel of Thanksgiving In Dallas, Texas

A few years ago, Sam (my son) came from Germany to visit family in the USA. We reserved one day to do some sight seeing in downtown Dallas. Since I always wanted to check out the Chapel of Thanksgiving, we walked over to the Thanks-Giving Square. Once we were inside the Chapel, the “Glory Window” looked really impressive. All these beautiful stained glasses in the spiral roof look amazing. The window was created by Gabriel Loire in 1976.

The Meyer Lemon Tree

A week before Valentine’s Day, Kevin (my husband) asked me what I would like as a present for this special day. Since I’m low maintenance, he always likes to ask me first, before he goes to a store and buys something ‘silly’. I said, I’d love to get a plant from him. A lavender, a rosemary, or anything what comes to his mind, when he visits a garden nursery. Valentine’s Day had approached, and Kevin walked with a Meyers Lemon Tree through the front door. It had lots of blossoms, and a lemon to show. And the fragrance was amazing.

Almost four weeks later, I seriously had to think about re-potting my new tree. It’s Spring and the right time to look for a new pot. I went to our local nursery, found the perfect pot, got some citrus-tree fertilizer; bought a couple of smaller pots to re-pot my lavender. And of course I had to get a Texas Bluebonnet. I couldn’t resist it. Back at home I filled the pot 1/4 with potting soil, pulled the lemon tree out of its old plastic pot to transfer it, and filled the rest of the new pot with soil. Now, the lemon tree roots are watered, fertilized, and have more room to stretch and grow. The bees have already discovered the tree and are very busy pollinating it. Hopefully we have more lemons, soon.

Originally posted on my old blog “A Garden Full of Memories” on March 11, 2015.

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Update today:

Unfortunately the first Meyer Lemon tree made it only through two seasons, before it died due to a hard freeze. Not even the greenhouse could protect it. We pruned it, and it didn’t really come back for a third season. This made me really sad.

Kevin and I were debating long and hard to get another Meyer Lemon tree. Because I really love the fragrance of its flowers. And when I  squeeze some drops of the lemons in my water, it is very refreshing and not as harsh on my tummy as the juice of  a regular lemon. We still were going back and forth with a new tree last year.

This February, Kevin asked me what I would like for Valentine’s Day. I replied: “Do you remember, when you got me that Meyer Lemon tree on Valentine’s Day three years ago?” “Yep, I remember it! I guess, it is time for a new tree”, he answered. Today, we went to the nursery and picked up a new Meyer Lemon tree. And this tree definitely won’t be in the greenhouse in Winter. It will have a cozy place inside our house until the weather is suitable enough to roll the tree outside, while it will get pollinated by bees and enjoys the warmth of the sun and the rain drops of Spring and Summer.

Here are some more photos of the first Meyer Lemon tree. For photos of the new tree the temperatures are cool and the lighting is not good enough, today. But I will post photos throughout the warmer seasons.

A Candle Jar For Every Celebration III: Year of The Dog

This afternoon I cleaned out another apple sauce jar to make a candle light for Chinese New Year. I ripped up more gift paper and glued it to the glass. While it dried, I printed out “DOG” in Chinese Mandarin. When the name was added to the glass jar, I put candles in all three jars to honor each individual holiday of this week. Enjoy the photos. 🙂

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“Year of the Dog” Candle Jar

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A Candle Jar for every occasion: Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, and Chinese New Year.