It got cool, this afternoon. At 11:00 am it was 61ºF. And then the temperatures started to plunge. By the time I picked up Sara, the temperatures dropped to 40ºF. A strong wind brought the cold front in. Some neighboring cities had snow flurries. But we weren’t as lucky. While I made hot cocoa for the girls, the Sun peeked through the clouds, right before sunset. Well, we’ve got rewarded with a little bit of sun at the end of the day.
Since Sunday, temperatures were in the 10s and 20s and didn’t reach the freezing point for over 72 hours. My critters and little feathered friends were coming frequently to the feeders. The birds looked like little puff balls, and they didn’t mind sharing their seeds with the squirrels. Today, we finally reached more pleasant 45ºF.
In the Northern Hemisphere we celebrate the return of the Sun, today. It will be the shortest day and the longest night, before the days will be come longer, also known as the Winter Solstice or the Pagan Yuletide. The Southern Hemisphere celebrates Mid-Summer/Summer Solstice, today. It’s the longest day, and the shortest night of the year. So wherever is your home on this beautiful planet, Happy Solstice to you all!
Christmas stars shine on high,
Golden stars in the wint’ry sky;
Christmas candles in windows bright
Send s greeting into the night;
While in our hearts the Christmas flame,
Glows with a love like his who came,
The infant Christ of lowly birth,
To bring good will and peace to earth.
by Marie Irish Bright
A year and a half ago, my neighbor moved from the Arkansas River Valley to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. While the weather in Arkansas seems to be steady, Mother Nature shows a little bit more of her “bi-polar” side in Texas at this time of the year. “Is this normal, having the heater on in the morning, and crank up the A/C in the afternoon?”, she asked me while shaking her head in disbelieve of this crazy weather. I laughed, and said: “Yep, this is a typical North Texas Winter. Heater in the morning; Air conditioner in the afternoon.” I remembered asking my husband the same question, 13 years prior. And he gave me the same answer. Coming straight from a Franconian town in Germany, I couldn’t believe it either. I left Germany with a pair of long johns, arrived in Texas with snow on the ground. And a week later, I walked around in shorts. What are the odds?
So, at this morning I’m freezing my tail end off. Because it is cold, and frost is laying on the ground. And at this afternoon, we suppose to get warm upper 60s. Tomorrow, we suppose to be back in the 70s, again. This is perfect weather to get some garden work done. By that time we are also tried out a little bit, before another rain front should come through DFW on Sunday. Well, let’s enjoy the warm temperatures while we can. Texas Summers are no joke. When the thermometer raises to 100+ Fahrenheit for weeks in and weeks out, it will put a lot of strain on many people. Hopefully, we won’t have many electricity blackouts, as we did in previous years.