“Screw It! I Will Keep Gardening Anyway!”

… was my thought this morning. The North Texas nights are around the freezing point. And during the day, we get mild temperatures of upper 60s to low 70s (20ΒΊC – 22ΒΊC). It supposed to get cooler by the end of the week. But I’m tired to wait for Spring. And by that time, I have to plant the Spring/Summer crop.

Over the last years, I gained quite a bit of knowledge in gardening. And I’m still learning a lot. What grows best, and what crop I should stay away from in our region. But I’m also very stubborn and try and try and try. Sometimes I outgrow the advises, and put pumpkins and squashes in the garden, anyway. I curse the squash vine borers. But if it wasn’t for that one or two pumpkins, I probably had given up already. πŸ˜€

The Texas roller coaster weather throws another challenge in my direction. Over the last few weeks, I lost some crop due to the daily temperature changes. I watched carefully, what survived in the Community Garden, the Church Garden and my own garden. I just keep adding to it. My family likes their cabbages and kale. And screw it! I will keep gardening, anyway!!!!” πŸ˜‰

Frost Resistant Plants In The Colony Community Garden

Christi and I were working in the Community Garden this morning. She was mulching in some leaves in her raised bed. And we planted some onions, together. Dave came over to join us and see how the garden is doing, after the freeze in the single digits earlier this week. The broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, leek, onions, savoy cabbages, spinach, and white & red cabbages made it. That was an exciting sight. Something has survived. We still had to plug some dead plants out. But the work was not wasted time. ❀

Christmas In Our Neighborhood

Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I went shopping for Winter jackets and boots. Since we didn’t wanted to get home right away, we looked at some Christmas lights in our street and the next street over. I told Kevin, I have to bring my camera and capture some photos.

Tonight, I walked over to shoot some photos. Three houses had their whole front yard decked out. There was a neighbor between two fully decorated yards, who had a sign saying: “Ditto”. That was very cute and made me laugh. It’s one way to decorate for Christmas. πŸ˜€

Winter Vegetables In The Colony Community Garden

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One of our volunteer gardeners planted a bunch of cabbages and other Winter vegetables. When Kevin and I came to the Community Garden to check on things, he pointed out a cabbage head and the cauliflower in Katie’s raised bed. I’m so excited seeing the Winter crop growing and producing wonderful vegetables.

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American Heroes Festival

Hello! I’m back again. Due to the flu, I was bed ridden for a few days. There is a nasty virus going around, right now. Sara had to come home from school early on Monday. She missed two days. She was very sad and tried to convince her Daddy, she’s feeling all better on Tuesday morning. But, we convinced Sara it was better to rest with some fluits and a couple bites to eat watching Spongebob on the couch. (I tell ya, Spongebob might not be the smartest sponge under the sea. But he’s my hero in situations like that. He fixes almost everything.) Today she was fit enough to go back. Me? It felt like getting hit with a shuffle across the face. I don’t know how it really feels. But I can imagine it feels similar to that, what I’ve been going through the last several days. Still a little bit exhausted; however I can sit at the desk without passing out and later finding out I have keyboard marks all over my face. πŸ˜‰

Last Saturday, there was a Part II on Veterans Day. After we came home from the American Heroes 5K Run, we rested for a while before we went to see the Oak Ridge Boys and the fireworks down at the festival. It was a great evening. The Oak Ridge Boys are still up and going. The fireworks were great as always. And I had a chance to do some more long exposure shots of the carnival with my camera. We had a great time as a family. And here are some photos of the festival:

American Hero 5K Run

This morning, Kevin, Katelynn and Sara participated in the American Hero 5K Run. Kevin ran it in 33:26 min.; Sara ran it in 34:25 min., made 1st Place in her age group andΒ won a Gold Medal; Katelynn ran a relaxed 50:44 min. Katelynn told us before, this might be her last run for a while. She wants to spend more time with her clarinet, and rather competes with the band.

Thank you to all the Veterans, who have served and to all the Military Members, who still serve for this great country!

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Frosty Half-Marathon

This morning, Kevin was running in the The Colony Half Marathon. The runners began at 8:00 am and at 34ΒΊF. When Kevin was done, the thermometer just reached 50ΒΊF. Short before the 12-Mile mark, Katelynn, Sara and I sat by the pond and waited for Kevin coming around the corner. I timed it perfectly. After about 10 minutes, here he comes running. And he dropped everything, he didn’t needed for the rest of the run. Katelynn ran over and picked it all up. Kevin looked much better this year, than he did at his very first Half-Marathon last year. He was more alert but also a little bit heavier, this year. And he improved his running time from 2:49:24 (h:m:s) to 2:37:12 (h:m:s). Yep, that’s an improvement of 12.12 min. Way to go, Kevin!