Spring takes a break to let the cold front come through early this week. We expect temperatures as low as 22ºF (-6ºC) 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.
The temperatures stay in the mid-30s (1°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. 😉
It suppose to become wet and much cooler the next few nights. A warm fire helps to stay cozy in this late Autumn weather. Once the front passes, it will be a bit warmer again.
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!
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.
Wow! I can’t recall, I’ve ever started a fire in our fireplace here in North Texas in October. But everything has its first time. Earlier I cleaned up the fireplace and stocked up on wood. While I’ve got the firewood from the wood pile, it began to rain. But it sounded more like ice rain falling on the still green leaves of the trees in our backyard. And sure enough there was some sleet mixed in with the rain. Chewbacca was hiding from the wind and the rain in “Finley’s Clubhouse” (formerly known as the dog house). I had to call and coax him in several times. But once he started running toward the patio door, he came in quickly.
Tonight, the temperatures supposed to fall to 31ºF. Just right below the freezing point. This is a big gap from yesterday’s high of 82ºF. Kevin will run another Half-Marathon at the Shoreline Trail by the lake, tomorrow morning. With the cold temperatures already, and the even colder winds coming in from across the lake, it will be chilly. I hope, he and the other runners will wear the right gear for these weather conditions. 😉 Those muscles need to stay warm, especially in this cooler weather.