Life At The Pond

Beginning of May was like a light switch for the Texas weather. As soon as May 1st came around, the temperatures began to rise significantly. And today, will be the first day of this season when we hit over 90ºF in DFW. This time of the year, I rather hike in the mornings. It is still cooler. And I love the morning dew around my feet and ankles. At this time of the day, wildlife is more active before they’ll rest during the midday’s heat. So I chose to go to a local pond, this morning. Original I was frog hunting with my camera. But they were all hiding, as soon as I came closer to the water. In the distance, I saw some Mallard Ducks and a couple of Red-eared Slider Turtles resting close at the pond’s edge. Momma Duck and her eight ducklings took a short break in the shade, before they swam to the other ducks across the pond. I kept watching them all waddling up the hill. When it started to get much warmer, I walked back to the car and drove home. My morning hike is done for today.

Cumulonimbus Mammatus Clouds

After the rain was gone and the sky cleared out west, Sara and I watched some beautiful clouds, named Cumulonimbus Mammatus, in the sky. They don’t have to be always perfectly round (utter-shaped) to be called Mammatus. It’s fun to look them, at this time of the year.

NASCAR: Speeding To Read & Texas Motor Speedway ’18

Sara’s Elememtary school is the winner in the Speeding To Read competition for the second year in the row. Last year, the students got a visit from NASCAR driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. On Thurday, Aric Almirola came to their school. Aric got quite a few questions asked about NASCAR, the car he’s driving, and personal questions from several students. He was very patient explaining the answers to the kids.

Second-grader Mirayah Wortman won this year’s Lionel Racing’s “Design a Die-Cast” challenge. She chose the colors red, orange and yellow, which represent fire fighters. Aric admired the design and said, that his father was a fire fighter for over 30 years. “But NASCAR drivers don’t like fire!” he joked. Last year’s model car, which was designed by Xavier Gooden, will be in Walmart stores and Target stores by July.

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NASCAR Cup O’Reilly 500 At Texas Motor Speedway

Oh boy! That was an interesting race, yesterday afternoon. The race started out with 37 cars, and ended with 20 left when Kyle Busch went though the finish line. With other words: The race was far from being boring. Alex Bowman hit the wall right in front of us in the third or fourth lap. He kept going, but left a lot of smoke behind. Most NASCAR drivers drove through the pit area; but some went straight over the grass, because they couldn’t see anything. All they could hope for was not hitting anything. The smoke was just too thick.

The race went so smooth, I almost dozed off while texting on my phone, when Martin Truex Jr., (#78) blew his tire. That BOOM woke my a$$ up, quickly. I said to Kevin and Sara: “Ooh, finally we get some action here!” And it didn’t take long until Kyle Larson (#42) plowed into the wall right at Turn 2. Minutes later, Denny Hamlin (#11) lost control over his vehicle and caused a pile up in Turn 4. Unfortunately Jimmie Johnson (#48) and Aric Almirola (#10) got involved in that wreck and were out of the race. 😢

After more tires and engines blew up, and some car fires (not major, but stinky … I still can smell the burned rubber a day later. LOL), only 20 cars were left in the race. Kyle Busch (#18) went though the finish line, and Kevin Harvick (#4) was on his heals. Bubba (#43) was the rookie and finished 8th. Sara wore her Bubba t-shirt for “Good Luck”. And it worked. 😉 What a crazy and fun race it was at the Texas Motor Speedway, yesterday.

Foggy Morning Pond

When the temperatures drop below freezing and the sun is rising, fog builds on top of the pond near Sara’s school. After I drop Sara off, I take my camera and hike down to the pond sometimes. Here are some photos, I’ve captured back in February 2014.

Beautiful February Winter Sunset

“Mom, bring your camera! It’s so beautiful outside.” Sara said to me, when she ran into the house. I looked out the storm door and saw the red of sunset reflecting on my neighbor’s sidings across the street. Quick, I picked my camera and captured several photos. Sara was doing her cart wheels and hand stands while the sunset and the red colors slowly disappeared.

Frost Resistant Plants In The Colony Community Garden

Christi and I were working in the Community Garden this morning. She was mulching in some leaves in her raised bed. And we planted some onions, together. Dave came over to join us and see how the garden is doing, after the freeze in the single digits earlier this week. The broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, leek, onions, savoy cabbages, spinach, and white & red cabbages made it. That was an exciting sight. Something has survived. We still had to plug some dead plants out. But the work was not wasted time. ❤