Kevin’s New DIY Wood Rack

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Several years ago, Kevin built a wood rack from material leftovers in the backyard. Our neighbor had too much wood and shared it with us. and he had to built it in a hurry. A couple of years later, Kevin had to build a Β½ cord wood rack in one evening. Because our wood guy called and said he’d be in the area the following morning, Kevin had to hammer and screw something together real quick. That Β½ cord rack surprisingly lasted five years. But now, it needs to be replaced. Kevin build a new ΒΌ cord rack, which is much more stable and right next to the porch. And when it gets a little bit cooler, he will work on a new Β½ cord wood rack by the fence. He did really good. I’m proud of him. And what I like about the new rack, it has a roof.

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Backyard Fire, Smoke Monkeys & The Waxing Crescent Moon

Since it is Labor Day weekend, Katelynn and Sara wanted to do something special. Kevin wants to use this weekend to get a good rest, before he’s going back to work on Tuesday. So, we’ve decided to get the fire pit out and a good fire going in the backyard. After dinner, the girls got roasted marshmallows. They still played quite some time with their sticks in in the fire, while Kevin and I kept an eye on them. When Kevin played with the dogs, he saw the crescent Moon in the background of the house, and said: “Honey, the Moon can be seen from here. It’s just a sliver.”

Stay Warm In Texas This Week!

Spring takes a break to let the cold front come through early this week. We expect temperatures as low as 22ΒΊF (-6ΒΊC) for two nights. Thank goodness, everything is covered in the garden. And Kevin rolled the Meyer Lemon tree in the garage. I covered the tree as well. But for extra protection, we rather have it in a warmer place. For the next few days, I’ll have a fire in the fire place. When the front is over, the firewood will be gone as well. I just hope, we will be done with the hard freezes in North Texas. We don’t want to get more firewood before this Summer, when it is cheaper than in Winter.

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A cozy fire to keep us warm, while the cold front comes through North Texas.

January Winter Weather

The temperatures stay in the mid-30s (1Β°C) in North Texas, today. Since it is close to the freezing point and raining outside, the girls and I stay cozy by the fire. Since, I started the fire in the fireplace, Luis hasn’t moved a muscle on the ottoman. He really and enjoys the heat. What a lucky pup?! Lexi and the cats are snoozing on soft blankets. Katelynn and Sara have Winter Break until Monday. They still have to do their daily school work, which includes reading books and practice clarinet. Their brains need to stay in sharp, when they go back to school. But homework and riding out the cooler weather is so much more fun with hot chocolate for them, and cappuccino for me. πŸ˜‰

Winter Solstice/Yuletide

In the Northern Hemisphere we celebrate the return of the Sun, today. It will be the shortest day and the longest night, before the days will be come longer, also known as the Winter Solstice or the Pagan Yuletide. The Southern Hemisphere celebrates Mid-Summer/Summer Solstice, today. It’s the longest day, and the shortest night of the year. So wherever is your home on this beautiful planet, Happy Solstice to you all!

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Winter in North Texas

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Blessed Yuletide!

Cozy December Evening

The wind is blowing and the temperatures are falling below the freezing point, tonight. This is a good evening for getting a fire started in the fireplace, and a hot chili for dinner. Katelynn is still practicing clarinet in school, while Sara is bundled up in a blanket and the pets are laying close to the fire. It will be a cozy December evening in our Texas home.

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We are blessed with a cozy fire in our home on this cool December night.