Retired from the University of Texas and too old to play soccer anymore. Now, in the twilight of his years, time is spent writing in this blog, hiking and exploring Texas Parks, photography, working out, gardening and tending to the five ponds he built .
With the weather warming up so much and everything is hot to the touch and to walk outside to an immediate blast of hot air which we know will last until September or for half of that month getting hotter and hotter as the thermometer jumps until the temperature will stay at close to a hundred degrees each day and overnight is not much better for in the eighties is the night weather and when the day has first begun is the only time to have outside fun unless your work keeps you outdoors then of course you have to ignore how hot it is as the temperature drifts time to cool at the end of the shift I used to work out in the sun and could not wait for the day to be done relentless heat for eight hours a day trying to keep the sun at bay with sunblock and sunscreen placed on the skin and a hat and dark glasses before you begin lots of water to drink to try to hydrate and keep an eye on your buddy for safety’s sake if you work outside then you have no choice not counting the thoughts that you may voice if fate has dealt you a working man’s hand with millions of others throughout this land of the one thing you can be sure Texas heat in the Summer is tough to endure.
I took a few pictures over the past couple of days of the flowers blooming in my yard. Sorry to say that the 100+ degree weather we have been experiencing lately is playing havoc with the greenery AND my water bill as I finally had to turn on the soaker system that I have installed. I held off as long as I could and even now, it only runs every 3 days and then only for 30 minutes.
The last water bill I got told me that I was using 3500 gallons less than my neighbor, whichever one it is, so I don’t feel bad about it. Even so, at $100 a month, I will be glad to see some rain. It is not only the yard that needs the water as the ponds all experience some form of water loss due to evaporation and plant growth. I have automatic fillers on all of the ponds but I usually regulate when they come on.
I was talking to a neighbor friend who is also an avid gardener and told her that I was going to plant and hopefully grow only those plants that seem to hold their own in the Texas heat. As it is, most of my yard is stocked with Texas natives but occasionally, I try to grow something more exotic which invariably doesn’t make it. So, no more experimenting. I am going to stay with the tried and true as I know they they will grow. Famous last words…
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