2019, Travel/Vacation

Summer Sunday (2)

This Sunday, Kevin, the girls and I went for a hike to Tyler State Park. I always wanted to check that place out. Due to “Barry” about an hour east of us, it was a bit cooler but very humid today. Here and there, we had a little sprinkle. But it was worth getting out and doing something with the family.

Tyler State Park, Texas

2019, In The Garden

Relaxing July Evening

Today was just one of those days, I didn’t feel like doing much. Some days are there for being lazy and do a whole bunch of nothing. But I still went outside to do my daily photography. Kevin found a young toad, when he worked on mulching the west side of the house. A Pearl Crescent butterfly enjoyed some nectar from the blooming Lantana flowers. The Texas sunset was beautiful as always. And I could capture the Moon in some clouds; a very beautiful and dramatic setting, we’ve had this evening.

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The Approaching Summer Storm

Hot and Humid are the two words for today. Therefore, the thunderstorm approaching from up north was a very welcomed sight in North Texas. The wind cooled the temperatures down, a little bit. And it was much more comfortable going outside, once the storm past through. It’s still very humid.

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Peace After The Storm

Earlier in the evening, we had a thunderstorm coming through North Texas. After lots of lightning and rumbling, the Sun came back out. It was so peaceful. With plenty of day light left, this gave me the opportunity to capture several photos, before the sun was below the horizon.

2019, Travel/Vacation

Last Minute Preparations For The Trip To Seattle, Washington

Between taking care of some errands and all the tornado warnings, I had to make some last minute preparations for our trip to Seattle. While sitting with Sara and our fur babies in a fort build from mattresses, pillows, blankets, and plush animals (they need to be safe too), I had some time pondering about the Seattle City Pass, what other destinations are surrounded on the way from San Jose, California to Seattle, Washington, and how far the distances are between these points of interest.

Meanwhile the storm was brewing outside, and there were also a few tornado touchdowns in the Metroplex. While Sara and I sat together in her little fort, we talked about the upcoming trip, and how she feels about being in an airplane for the first time. Trust me, it kept us from getting nuts with all these sirens going off in the neighborhood. Soon, the sky cleared, the Sun came out, and I could finish my research on the computer.

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We will fly with Southwest Airlines to San Jose in California , and drive from there to Seattle, Washington.
2019, In The Garden

Texas Garden Sunset (3)

After Kevin mowed the lawn, I checked on the plants in the greenhouse and enjoyed the  view of the setting Sun, this evening. We have nine tomatoes growing so far. The plants are doing well in the raised beds. Last week, we’ve had lots of rain, which was good for the garden, and our water bill. 😉

This Summer, we will end up with a lot of sunflowers. The birds kept dropping the seeds in the soil, while they were picking for different seeds on the plant and from the bird feeders. They planted some corn as well. In Autumn and Winter, the birds will be rewarded with fresh seeds. It’s nice to have little feathered and furry friends as garden helpers.

2019, In The Garden

More Rain & Thunder On Saturday Morning

Another night and morning with Thunderstorms came through North Texas, today. Kevin and I can’t really do anything, we planned for the backyard, this weekend. But the weather didn’t stop me to shoot more photos of the moisture, that was still left on the plants in frontyard and the backyard.

2019, In The Garden

Rainy May Weather

It felt so good, when I woke up to a rainy morning. I had my window cracked and listen to the thunder storm, while I was working on the computer. The air feels and smells fresh. It is a relieve from the seasonal allergies and this humidity. Earlier, I had to wear my cardigan, while I was sitting at the desk. After all those 80+ degree days, today in the mid 60s felt a little bit chilly. It is amazing, how fast the body adopts to the warmer temperatures.

There are more thunder storms with a bit of sunshine in-between, in the forecast. Flora and Fauna can use it. But our lake is over five feet above full pool and flooding the trails and some nearby properties, again. All this water has to go down the Trinity River and into Dallas. Let’s hope, it won’t be as bad as it was in May 2015. That year, the lake went over the spillway. It took months until the water receded, and the trails were repaired by volunteers.

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Crazy Texas Spring Weather

The last few days, we had all kinds of weather patterns: Severe thunderstorms, tornado watch, sunshine, more severe thunderstorms, clear skies and sunshine again, … and so on. This evening I’ve watched the sky, when Sara put her bike in the garage. It got extremely windy. We’ve got a few drops in our area, and then everything calmed down again. Looking at the radar, the storms went around us. It was a nice break from last night’s thunderstorm. But I have to admit, that storm was very soothing, which cooled the air nicely. Today, it was not so uncomfortable humid.

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“If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait a minute. It’ll change.”