Waving In The Wind

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. ~

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Skipper drinks nectar from a Calendula flower

Cold November Rain

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.

Cozy Fire In The Fireplace

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.

Dew Droplets And The First Light Frost

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.

… And Then It Began To Rain. …

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. ❤

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My fairy lights help me to relax.

The Life Cycle of A Raindrop

The Adventures Of Randy The Raindrop

Randy the raindrop lived in a cloud.
The heat from the sun made him big, strong, and proud!
He got bigger and bigger until one day – Oh My!
He fell through the floor of his house in the sky!

Randy was scared, then he saw more raindrops falling.
“Hey Randy, isn’t this fun?” they were calling.
Then onto a leaf with a splash Randy fell,
And what happened next is a strange thing to tell.

Randy was made up of water, you know,
a part of him went to help the tree grow.
The rest of him went into a puddle so round,
then the sun came out and shone on the ground.

The sun warmed Randy and he started to change.
He became water vapor – My isn’t that strange?
Little drops of water, too tiny to see,
Floated into the sky – yes that was Randy!

Randy’s home once again was a cloud in the sky.
He was a raindrop once more, but then by and by …
The sun made him bigger and bigger and then …
He fell through the floor of his house once again!

by Patty Jean Wiese