2019

Beautiful January Winter Sunset II

This was a rough Sunday. My migraine started last night around 2 am, and I had to tough it out until this evening. I’m still not out of the woods. But I feel much better, than I was a couple of hours ago. The weather was beautiful, today. But I missed it all. I decided to go for some fresh air, on the front porch. The sun set already. But the afterglow still looked very beautiful. The rest of the evening, I’ll eat some fruits, turn on my essential oil diffuser, and take it easy. I hope, tomorrow will be a much better day.

2019

First Sunny Day of 2019

Oh, the sun felt sooo good today. And it was warm enough, that I didn’t need a jacket while being outside. My little feathered visitors loved the much drier and warmer temperatures as well. A Robin came by and sang it from the top of the tree: “🎼… The sun is back. It’s a beautiful day. … β™« ♬”

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American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
2019

January Winter Weather

The temperatures stay in the mid-30s (1Β°C) in North Texas, today. Since it is close to the freezing point and raining outside, the girls and I stay cozy by the fire. Since, I started the fire in the fireplace, Luis hasn’t moved a muscle on the ottoman. He really and enjoys the heat. What a lucky pup?! Lexi and the cats are snoozing on soft blankets. Katelynn and Sara have Winter Break until Monday. They still have to do their daily school work, which includes reading books and practice clarinet. Their brains need to stay in sharp, when they go back to school. But homework and riding out the cooler weather is so much more fun with hot chocolate for them, and cappuccino for me. πŸ˜‰

2018

The Full Cold Moon For The Winter Solstice

With the Winter Solstice, we also celebrate the first Full Moon of Winter tonight. Officially, the Moon won’t be full before 11:49 am (CST) tomorrow. By that time it has set for us here in Texas, and therefore we can not see it. The December Full Moon is calledΒ Full Cold MoonΒ orΒ Long Nights Moon.Β Last time, we had a Full Moon on Winter Solstice was in 2010. The next Winter Solstice/Full Cold Moon will occur in 2094.

2018

Winter Solstice/Yuletide 2018

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Today is the shortest day and the longest night of the year, in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun will be ‘reborn” and “climb its way to the top of the hill”, until Summer Solstice in June, before the days will become shorter again. We call it the Winter Solstice, when the days are short and the nights are long. And the days start to become longer.

Katelynn and Sara had their last day of school for 2018. It is also the end of the first semester in school. When the girls go back, Katelynn will have a new schedule in January. And Sara will begin to prepare for the STAAR tests, in Spring. But first, we will enjoy the last days of this year. Hopefully, we have a good start into the new year, 2019. We will visit the family in North Carolina for a few days. The girls want to see their grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins. They always enjoy traveling and seeing something new on the road. It never gets old for them. πŸ˜‰

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Snow in Bill Allen Memorial park in The Colony, Texas (March 2015)

β˜ƒοΈBlessed Yuletide! Happy First Day of Winter!

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2018

The Last Day of Autumn

If we didn’t have 25 mph winds, this had been a very nice day, today. The wind was chilly. So, I decided to spend my day in the house and cook a good “Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Soup”. First I made my chicken broth from scratch, before I cooked the rice. When Katelynn and Sara came home from school, they were very happy to see Momma’s soup. But first they had to help me cleaning up some trash across the street. The wind knocked over the neighbor’s trash cans, and most of the trash landed in another neighbor’s yard. Those were some strong gusts. Tomorrow supposed to be a beautiful day, with only a light breeze. It will be a warm start into the Winter Season.

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One of my many Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Soups, I love to cook in the cooler Texas Season
2018

Tomtenisse ~ Scandinavian Christmas Gnome

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Since the Scandinavian Christmas Gnome became popular in the US, I started like this cute, little Nisse (Danish), Tomte (Norwegian), Tomtenisse (Swedish), and Tontto (Finnish). It is a mythological folklore associated with the Winter Solstice and Christmas in Scandinavia. The gnomes cute little nose, his long beard, and the cap covering his eyes, are just too adorable. ❀ I might have found a new “character”, I can collect for Christmas. πŸ˜‰

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My adorable tontenisse (Swedish for “Christmas Gnome”)

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2018

Christmas Outdoor Lights 2018

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Since two weeks, we have the outdoor Christmas lights up in the frontyard. Finally I come around to post some photos of them. This year, we’ve got a new edition: I love the snowman with its blinking star. All we need now, is some snow to get more into the season’s mood. But it is too warm. So, we have to deal with the cool rain.

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2018, Gardening

First Year-Asparagus

Last month, I put some asparagus roots in a crate full of soil. I did this a few years back, and I had some great asparagus in the second and third year. Asparagus grows very thin in the first year. It’s edible, but I usually let it grow into fern. My tomatoes love them as companions. And so do the peppers and the basil. But I have to keep the asparagus in a crate, because it is very invasive. If I had enough room, I wouldn’t mind growing asparagus in a raised bed. But it will take over, if not watched carefully. Hmmm, I can see fresh asparagus recipes in the future. πŸ˜‰

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First Year-Asparagus is very thin. It will be much thicker the following years.