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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.