Helios & Luna

YES! The rain has stopped and the sun came out, this afternoon. Oh, these warming rays felt so good on my skin. I couldn’t get enough of this beautiful weather. Katelynn and Sara came out to play in the yard. Several times I had to tell them not getting too wet, due to the saturated ground and cool weather. But they were too busy rescuing worms from the stream and counting snails on the front porch.

This evening, Kevin and I sat with a beer in the garage. We watched the sunset, before we had dinner. It was beautiful, but it was not as fiery as I was hoping tonight. And it was nice to see the Moon, again. We haven’t seen Luna since it was in its New Moon phase.

More Seeds For This Gardening Season

Last Sunday, I ordered more seeds from Botanical Interests. Since they have free shipping on all their orders throughout the months of February, I had to use this opportunity to also get some seeds I usually can’t get in my local nursery. Today, the package arrived. When I opened it, I could tell it was put together with Love. The order was complete. And it had some extras: a Mesclun salad seed package, a seed guide, and a sticker. Now, I’m excited and can barely wait until the weather becomes warmer and I can work in the garden again.

The First Narcissus of 2018

Despite the cool rainy weather, it stayed above freezing inside the greenhouse. The Narcissus doesn’t seem to mind the cooler temperatures and slowly opened its blossom, yesterday.  When the ground dries I have to lie down some mulch and stones. It will prevent, that I have to walk through puddles and mud in the future. But this morning, I managed to capture some photos of the Narcissus without getting my feet wet, when I walked over to the greenhouse.

“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. 🙂