Foggy December Morning

Due to all this rain, there is a lot of moisture in the air this morning. And with the right temperatures, we’ve got the recipe for dense fog. It was so dense, I had to drive slow to get to Sara’s Elementary School. Sara said: “Wow, this is a lot of fog. I can’t barely see the school building from here.”

Fog is rare in this area, compared to where I grew up in Europe. In Germany it was foggy almost every day in October and November. And sometimes the fog was so dense, I couldn’t even see my hands in front of my face while walking to work. Driving in that “soup” was no fun either. And it was nerve wracking, when Kevin had to drive in this weather from our house to his post, approximately 15 miles away.

Rainy December Day

Since we didn’t get much rain in October and November, the precious water is so needed in North Texas. The Blue Jays and House Sparrows sit for food and “shelter” at the feeders. They’ve been visiting our yard all morning. Their little feathers are so wet, they make the birds appear very skinny. Rain drops hit the last leaves tangling on the branches of our Bradford Pear trees. Autumn holds on with its last strength, before Winter will arrive toward the weekend. There might be a chance, North Texas will see some snow by next week. But the weather report changes by the minute. So, who knows?! 😉

Musque de Provence “French Cheese” Pumpkins

Did you wonder what happened to these beautiful “French Cheese” pumpkins, I grew in the Community Garden over the Summer? Remember when I photographed them, they were still green and had to grow a little bit more?

Let me go back a little bit. Christi picked up a “French Cheese” pumpkin from a local nursery as Autumn decoration for her house in October 2016. When the season was over, she made pumpkin puree for soups and pies. The seeds got cleaned up and stored for sowing in the following Spring.

Spring 2017 approached, and Christi had about four or five plants from the seeds, she’d been sowing earlier in the year. She asked me, if I liked a couple of plants. “Sure! I love to take a couple!” I said. After I planted the little pumpkin seedlings, I watered them. Christi and I stared at the plants for a moment. “Let’s see, how they will do in the garden.” she wondered. I nodded: “I’ll be excited, if we see pumpkins!”

At the end of Summer, we saw a couple of pumpkins. Each plant produced one squash. I know, that is not much. But I was stoked seeing at least one of each, after we were fighting the squash vine borers all Summer.

In Autumn I decided to clean up the bed and harvest the pumpkins. Christi was a little bit hesitant, because both pumpkins were still more green than orange. I assured: “They will cure for a while and gain their color. I don’t want them to get too ripe, and the critters will have a feast.” She agreed, and I picked the pumpkins.

Now, it is December. And the French Cheese pumpkins gained their color. At this moment, they sit on my couch table next to my little Christmas pine tree. I know, it might look awkward a little bit. But I can’t let go of Autumn, yet. And I want to wait to make pumpkin pie at Yule/Winter Solstice. If the weather is cool enough, I might make a “Curried Pumpkin Soup”.


Musque de Provence “French Cheese” Pumpkins gained their orange color.

Waxing Gibbous Moon In December

This evening I watched the Moon rise, on my front porch. When Luna was behind my neighbor’s tree, I saw a good photo opportunity and captured these pictures. The tree branches still have some leaves left, and they all framing the waxing gibbous Moon with their beautiful Autumn silhouettes.

Luis & Chewbacca

The weather is perfect to sit in the backyard. When I opened the patio door to walk out, two furry heads peeked up from the couch. Luis and Chewbacca looked at me: “Can we come outside with you?” “Of course, you can play outside. Come on, let’s go!”, I replied to them. Off they hopped from the couch. Luis ran out first, and Chewbacca followed right behind him. Luis rolled around in the “dead” grass, while Chewbacca watched a leaf falls to the ground. The rays of the Autumn sun makes them both feel good.

Chewbacca chases a grasshopper in the Autumn foliage, while Luis “talks” to his buddy two fences down across the alley. After the grasshopper escaped from the cat, Chewbacca comes back to rub his fur against Luis: “Hey, what were you two talking about?” “The usual conversation: sleep, eat, poop, chasing a wabbit … He ate his owner’s shoe this morning”, Luis replies. “Dogs are weird!” Chewbacca noticed. Luis looks at Chewbacca: “Hahaha! Says the one, who sits on top of the roof and licks his butt for the whole neighborhood to watch it!” “You do, too!!!” “Yeah, but not on top of the roof, buddy.” … Yeah, they are really an odd couple. But as their Momma, I wouldn’t want it any other way. 😉