All this wind brings warm air into North Texas, before we get hit with the cold front tomorrow afternoon. This little skipper seems to enjoy the warm day and has a refreshing sip of nectar from a Calendula, which waves back and forth in the wind.
~ Enjoy these few warm days left, little fella. Winter is coming, soon. ~
Skipper drinks nectar from a Calendula flower
Today is a perfect day for snuggling with a blanket on the couch and watch a movie or read a book, while the fire is crackling in the fire place. November is definitely showing its face. It is raining and cool outside. The girls and Kevin will have homemade Chicken Vegetable Rice soup with sandwiches for lunch in school/work. In the meantime, I make another good soup with meatballs for dinner. Hmm, I can’t wait to have a bowl of hot soup tonight.
Autumn Trumpet Vine Leaf Droplets
Rainy, cold November day
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.
We are prepared for the colder Winter season!
Chewbacca is snuggled up on the ottoman next to the fireplace in 2016.
While the ground is still too warm, I’ve noticed some light frost on the north side of our roof. Autumn is coming to North Texas. And when it happens, don’t blink with your eyes. You might miss it. 😉 Between endless Texas Summers and short Winters, there is not much left for Autumn, nor for Spring. It’s either HOT or it is cold. But what we call “cold” here in the South, people up North would laugh at us. 😀 Yes, being born, raised and lived the first 30 years of my life in Germany, I know the meaning of the term COLD. 🙂
In this mid 40s morning, I checked on my cabbages. They were covered in a beautiful layer of dew droplets. I waited until the sun was at the right angle, before I’ve got my camera out to capture some photos. Since I don’t have a macro lens, it is a bit challenging to get these little droplets sharp enough in a photo. But I do the best with the tools and knowledge I have available. I enjoy it every time, when the weather becomes cooler and there are new seasonal objects to photograph.
Cabbage Dew Droplets
Red Cabbage Dew Droplets
The cabbage dew droplets look like pearls in the sun.
After I was riding on an emotional roller coaster all day, I sat with my girls outside and waited for the rain to roll in. Sara was playing with her yoyo. And Katelynn talked about her day in school. When Kevin came home from his workout, it was time for the girls to get ready for bed. It’s their reading and relaxing time to wind down from the day.
And then it began to rain. I still sat on the ground of the front porch, looked at the fairy light and started to meditate. I closed my eyes, thought of all the beautiful things I have in life and listened to the rain falling on the ground. The air became cleaner, and it was easier to breathe. I almost fell asleep. 😀 But I also feel mentally so much better. At the end it turned out to be a good evening, tonight. ❤
My fairy lights help me to relax.
I dug out a few photos of a beautiful sunset I’ve photographed in September of last year. The combination of the Sun and clouds made different shades and colors in the sky that evening.
Tonight’s beautiful sunset in front of my house
I love the shapes, the colors, and the ‘long-nosed face’ in those clouds.