Wondering What to Do.


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Before the frosts

I sat looking out of the window at grey and cloudy day
trying to find the energy to go out and play
in the yard where so much needs to be done
after the winters frosts.

Cutting and cleaning  up the dead parts
and raking and loading them into a cart
to place them gently on the top of the compost heap
that is now over six feet tall.

Most of the work is already done
with just one corner left the sum
of which amounts to a couple of hours
of my time.

But today is not the day
to go outside to play
and clean up the winters mess
when I can do it tomorrow.

But wait the sun is starting to shine
and this might change my mind
to work outside in it’s warmth
and clean up the yard.

Written 2/9/2018

I do not want to play, today


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The weather is very grey today
and I do not feel that I want to play
out in the garden not at this time
as I will wait for the sun to shine.

When things are gloomy no sun to shine
I do not feel that I have the time
to work outside and in the yard
working  in gloom is very hard.

For I am a sun loving person at heart
I love the warmth and brightness it imparts
and when it is hidden behind the clouds
I feel the gloom like burial shrouds.

The sun gives me the energy
to do the work that’s a part of me
as tending the yard is one of my joys
being close to Nature as she deploys.

Just as she does every year
fighting her battles to make things appear
young and green and ready to grow
bright and cheerful as she does sow.

I guess I’ll stay inside and write
at least for today until it gets bright
and the sun shines down upon the ground
and the warmth it spreads is all around.

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How the weather affects us


Another grey day

Another grey day

Another day with the weather bad
staying inside and feeling sad
as I sit by the window and gaze outside
wishing the sun would not hide
like the weather my mood is grey
because inside is where I will have to stay
dreaming of walks along trails so wide
with the sun shining no clouds to hide
taking pictures of anything that appeals to me
to put in my blog so that others can see
instead I sit here wracking my brain
with many thoughts that I choose to disdain
thinking of something about which I can write
a verse or a story about one of the walks
or one of the meeting where someone talked
about ponds or fish or garden plants too
or Thanksgiving just passed spent with friends
eating turkey and pie and other nice things
other people to meet with impossible dreams
of things they want to do with their lives
husbands, lovers, children and wives
and all to soon we go on our way
getting ready to face another grey day…

Winter in Texas


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A Gloomy Day

Well, winter has finally arrived to us here in Texas. Not the type of roaring blizzard with 50 mph winds and inches of snow. No, we don’t have that sort of winter at least around central Texas where I live. Our winters are different.

It usually starts with the leaves falling off the trees and the temperature slowly dropping out of the summer 100’s to the fall 70’s. Then before you realize it, all of the trees with the exception of the evergreen oaks are totally bare and suddenly, the temperature has dropped into the 40’s and 50’s. These changes are subtle and have a way of sneaking up on one.

All of these changes are totally bearable with the only difference to my normal attire of shorts and tee-shirt being the addition of a jacket or warm sweater. If it gets really cold, I will have to resort to long pants.

So, I wake up one morning and the weather is dull and gloomy. Where did the sun go we are asking as the sun to Texans is like a goddess, always there and ready to keep us warm. The temperature has now dropped to the mid 40’s and dipping. The weather is cloudy and overcast. It is raining a fine misty rain and there are winter weather warnings on the television. At night, we are getting a light frost when the thermometer drops as low as 25 degrees, cold for us.

All of the succulent vegetation will die off to be replaced by new in the spring. The outside pipes have all been wrapped and everything but the essential water supply to the house is turned off. Its like being in a foreign land of which we know very little. The ponds will not freeze as the moving water prevents it. The fish have all done their fish thing and hibernated to the bottom of the pond with very little movement except for the occasional swish of a tail. Everything is grey and still with the only movement the birds on the feeders, fighting and squabbling for the seed that I have put there for them.

I find this weather very depressing. I dislike dull and grey and yearn to see the sun again and as much as I complain about how hot it will get, I will take it every time over this dull and disconsolate weather.

It will be like this off and on for the next month and then before we know it, things are turning green and Mother Nature has re-asserted herself by presenting us with new growth and sun, lots of sun. I will have less than two weeks to chop down all of the dead vegetation before the new are poking their heads above ground. Things happen fast in Texas.

I can’t wait…