Happy Mother’s Day!
Antelope Horn is a milkweed native to Texas, which grows in pastures along roadsides and creeks throughout the central path, that most Monarchs take on their migration coming back up north to the US from Mexico. The milkweed got its name from the seedpods, which look similar to the horns of an antelope. In late Spring, I can find them next to the creek behind our street. And I also find them on the meadows of the local parks. From all the milkweed plants I have seen so far, the Antelope Horn is my favorite.
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.
I never can wait for May to arrive in Texas. This is the most colorful time of the year, when the Texas Prairie is in full bloom. We live in the Blackland Prairie zone, and I always love to “discover” new wildflowers. Several years ago, I stumbled across this beautiful and delicate purple flower named “Venus Looking Glass”. While I can’t find it on our property, I always sneak over to catch a few photos in my neighbors’ yard. Right now, they have several spots growing along the grass strip in the back alley.
Today, I had some fun playing with the filters on my computer. I wanted to see, how the photos come out. Hmm, they look very interesting compared to all the colorful pictures. But the filtering is not something, I’d do on a regular basis. I like the natural colors so much better. 😉
As I mentioned in the previous blog, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I went to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano yesterday evening. While Kevin was running the trails, the girls and I took pictures of the gorgeous Texas Bluebonnet, and we hiked to the frog pond towards the center of the park. Unfortunately, it is too early for Bull Frog sightings. And the edges of the pond were covered in algae. So we couldn’t see any tadpoles either. But that was okay. We still had a fun walk, which ended with hanging out at the playground for a little bit, while we were waiting for Kevin to be done working out at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.
Kevin, the girls and I were talking about today’s work and school at the dinner table. It also popped up, that he wanted to run at the Sport Park tonight. So I made the suggestion, we all could go down to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. He can run, while the girls and I hike and capture photos of the Bluebonnets. Katelynn needed to get out of the house anyway. She has an English Language Art (ELA) test in school, tomorrow. And what’s the best way to relax for a bit? Hiking in nature, getting some good fresh air and get the mind off the test. The little things in life are still the best.
Katelynn and her school band had a blast, the last 3½ days. They left early Saturday morning to fly to Florida. When they arrived at Walt Disney World, they went straight to Epcot. Katelynn did show her friends “Germany” and the sign of the city, where she was born. The following day, they spent the day in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. She said, her favorite area was Tomorrowland. And she enjoyed the fireworks, while standing next to Space Mountain. On the third day, the group went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and see the Blue Man Group in Universal Studios. Today, it was clearing the resort rooms, get on the bus to the Orlando International Airport (MCO) and fly back home to Dallas.
Spring takes a break to let the cold front come through early this week. We expect temperatures as low as 22ºF (-6ºC) for two nights. Thank goodness, everything is covered in the garden. And Kevin rolled the Meyer Lemon tree in the garage. I covered the tree as well. But for extra protection, we rather have it in a warmer place. For the next few days, I’ll have a fire in the fire place. When the front is over, the firewood will be gone as well. I just hope, we will be done with the hard freezes in North Texas. We don’t want to get more firewood before this Summer, when it is cheaper than in Winter.
Texas Independence Day is the celebration of the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836. With this document signed by 59 delegates, settlers in Mexican Texas officially declared independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas.