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 .
Another year has come to an end and with its passing like losing a friend with the New Year not far behind bringing in things of a different kind it’s not like we have a fresh start and that our troubles all depart everything that was there before is still there knocking on our door we are not really another year older and definitely not any wiser even though twelve months have passed we hope that it is not the last of these years that keep passing by before we reach up to the sky and give up our life here on this earth hoping that we have proved our worth enough of these melancholy thoughts instead we are grateful what time has bought another year spent on this planet with family and friends and pets along with it lots of things to look forward to what they are we haven’t a clue but it matters not whether good or bad or whether they make us happy or sad the future for us is already ordained we cannot change what it is or keep it the same our lives are governed by forces unknown and the time that we have is really on loan and is over in the blink of an eye as time is as deep as the endless sky and all we can do is enjoy what is there with Nature to guide us we haven’t a care on this Beautiful Planet that we call home with others around us we are never alone. Happy New Year.
Living in Texas, one expects surprises from time to time and Texas weather is no exception. Less than 3 weeks after the last of our 100 degree weather, we are now experiencing ice rain and freezing temperatures at night with daytime highs in the low 40’s. We get a bit of a winter every year with at least one or two freezing nights and occasionally even a little snow that is generally gone by the next morning but never usually quite as early in the year as this. So, even for Texas, this cold snap is a bit of a phenomenon and I can only put it down to Global Warming which gets blamed for anything to do with abnormal weather.
I had been holding off getting into the ponds to cut back the vegetation which I normally do every winter hoping for it to correspond with cleaning out the leaves that have fallen and settled to the bottom. The frosts have completely knocked down the iris and taro plants but there are still a lot of leaves on the trees so it looks like I will need to hold off on my cleaning plans for a bit longer as I need to do both jobs at the same time. Not that I want to get outside at this time as the weather being as cold and wet as it is and there is no immediate hurry so these things can wait. Heck, I don’t even want to go hiking while it is like this. The fish have gone into semi dormancy but still show some signs of activity even if it is a bit sluggish so I have cut back on the feeding to once a day. The one good thing out of this cold weather is that most of the algae is gone as it does not like the cold water.
I have been spending some of my time working on the picture at the top of the page for a friend, taking a part of one picture and adding it to another one to combine the two. The program I used is called InPixio and it allowed me to make a lot of adjustments to reach the finished project. It took several iterations and changes of mind before we were both satisfied with the finished result. I took the cabin from one picture and added it to the main picture as you see it above even flipping it around so that it faced in the opposite direction. Oh yes, there were several different cabin pictures and lots of attempts before we arrived at the right one. Photographic software is pretty amazing.
With tongue in cheek, my friend suggested the following story about how she lived in that cabin and often sat on the porch shelling peas that she grew in the garden behind the cabin. The cow in the front is Bessie who she hand raised when her mother was killed by a mountain lion. After closer examination, she asked me to please explain that she also paid for the cow’s sex change operation.
My friend has a twisted sense of humor but then again, she is a Cajun from New Orleans…
I can’t remember what I would have been doing to keep myself occupied through an enforced indoor stay prior to 25 years ago, At that time and after computers came into general use, I worked a Home Business that was soccer related (what else) and utilized a lot of my free time working on it. That ended 15 or so years ago and then my interests changed and I started taking pictures and eventually, working on them to get a higher quality finished product. In 2011 I started this blog site and now I combine photography and writing a blog on days when the weather is too unpleasant to be outside. In the case of living in Texas that is either because it is way too hot at 100 degrees or like it is now at 41 degrees. I even discovered that I can write poetry although it has to be said, the quality is sometimes questionable.
If I really run out of ideas, I can complete Part 2 of the book I have been working on which is pretty much about my life story. The first part is of growing up in England during World War 2 through the move over to America and is already written and has been for some time. Part 2 entitled, My life in America, I have yet to start. In any case, it will be a story without an end unless someone else completes it after I am long gone from this earth. Maybe when I can no longer get out and about and have to lead a much more sedentary life, I will work on it assuming that I still have a functioning brain.
In the meantime, back to writing until the weather warms up. What will be the next subject you ask? Who knows as I haven’t got that far…
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.
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.
It’s July already and what do you know
Mother Nature is running a little slow
so far the weather has been cool and nice
and we have not yet sacrificed
in order to be outside in the heat
as so far it’s been a real treat
ninety-five or six has been the high
and it has not climbed up to the sky
as one hundred degrees we have not yet reached
although we know it’s not far away
and we are hoping that each succeeding day
the temperature will rise ever so slow
even though we all know
that one hundred degrees will come soon enough
and then we will know that summer has arrived
making it tough to be outside
here in Texas.
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