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 .
I went outside to work today but it was so darn hot that I could not stay and had to stop the task in hand and it messed up all of my plans of things that I wanted to do which means that I will have to start anew but it is not going to cool down as this is Texas and it is renowned for the heat of the summers always so hot making the body perspire a lot when the temperature reaches a hundred degrees and too much of it makes you weak at the knees we know it will happen the same every year the summers are hot and the skies are all clear and the ground dries up and the plants need the rain and then the clouds will form and sometimes sustain long enough to bring a shower or two to cool things off just to do it anew it is no good thinking that the following day will be any different as this is the way of the summers in Texas for thousands of years have always been hot as the sun domineers so tomorrow instead I will get up at dawn and get out early to mow the lawn and do the things that I need to do and grow with the heat as I start anew of one thing you can be very sure the Texas heat is hard to endure whether you care and like it or not the Texas summers are bloody hot.
I was looking for something to do
my brain was acting without a clue
as the rain outside came teeming down
and the wind blew hard to add its sound
we were going through an unusual remake
of three days of rain without a break
as the hurricane moved way inland
and off to the East with its heavy rain bands
the weatherman says we are not through yet
as more of this wet stuff we will get.
Texans complain when they’re in a drought
things are dry and withered no water to spout
so a hurricane that brings lots of rain
to make things green and growing again
is a welcome site for those who hold dear
or live off the land the rain brings good cheer
usually one day is enough
two maybe and thats pushing your luck
get to three and then it is time
for rain to stop and for sun to shine.
Actually I kid a lot
as we will take any and all that you got
to fill up the lakes and rivers too
for when rain comes it’s something new
and we never know how long it will last
or how quickly it is a thing of the past
as the sun scorches down at one hundred degrees
baking the land and shading the trees
and before long you will hear people say
“Sure wish some rain was heading our way”.
After a month or two of pleasant times
with temperatures not unduly high
hoping this might be the year
when the weather is kind to us
but this last week things have changed
with not a rain cloud in the sky
and Nature has reverted true to form
with temperatures back to the norm.
After such a slow start
with Mother nature being a dear
we were wondering what is happening to us
able to work outside without fear
of burning up or feeling faint
no energy to do our tasks
but gradually things have changed
and summer time in Texas is here at last.
For those of you from cooler climes
Eighty degrees are probably hot
and if ever ninety degrees it reached
then a heat wave is your lot
try going out when the temperature is high
lets say a hundred degrees or more
and it hits like a furnace on your face
when you step outside the door.
Welcome to Texas is all I can say
as that is what its like here today
a hundred degrees and probably more
when I step outside my door
to go to the store with things to buy
and in the car it is so cool
but when from the car I dare to step
its hot, so bloody hot and I know
that the Texas summer is now on show.
This video is of my back yard taken this morning. It’s amazing how green and lush everything is considering we are in a drought and I haven’t done much watering. I do use soaker hoses and they tend to be more efficient.
It’s a bit of a job to even see the ponds because of the growth.
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