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 .
Even though time moves on and Springtime has come and gone Summertime is here to stay along with the sun and heat of the day when temperatures will rise to one hundred degrees even under the shade of the trees the sun is hot and the skies are blue with nary a cloud to obstruct the view anything to do outside needs to be done at first light when the outside air still feels cool as the heat of the sun is not yet cruel today is not one of those days as the clouds have formed and in so many ways today we have rain along with a breeze and the temperature has dropped to sixty eight degrees cool for us for this time of the year but not for very long I fear we can always use the rain as the heat will always return again of this we can be very sure which is what we have to endure would I have it any other way maybe a little cooler through the day when I like to be outdoors fussing with all of the normal chores like feeding the fish or cleaning a pond or cutting back plants that have grown beyond things that are a part of my normal life that I do everyday with the minimum of strife today I sit and look at the rain wondering when I can again take a walk and so implied and be one with Nature in her countryside.
It’s been raining at my house for a few days preventing me from going out to play and any work around the ponds has to be done with a raincoat on and even after the rain has stopped everything has turned to slop and being outside is just not fun as the dripping trees continue to run I’ve spent time indoors sitting around not wasting it as I have found that time on the website that I maintain is put to good use as I make it the same as I picture exactly what I want it to be and then write the code so that others can see the pictures and words of upcoming things they can see for themselves my offerings in an attempt to show them what is in store including the fabulous Austin Pond Tour with fifteen ponds spread over two days all different kinds and so many ways to make a back yard a beautiful thing so that others can see and their praises will sing not knowing the time and the effort it takes to turn it into a beautiful place the rain has stopped and I venture outside to look at my ponds that Nature does hide from view as I sit writing these words with growth so thick that even the birds have trouble in finding the seeds that I spread as I welcome their presence and they’re not underfed birds of all colors some big and some small jostling to get to their share of it all the yard I have is a beautiful place everything so green filling a space in between the ponds of which there are four filled with Goldfish and Koi and plants galore with pathways between leading around and around until back at the start you can be found ready to do it over again to see what you missed as its never the same to maintain the ponds is a lot of work which in the past I did not shirk but as I now am eighty three the work is catching up with me and I’m no longer sure for how long I can last as I do not work like in the past and things are much harder than before as old age is knocking at my door and with it the loss of strength that I had especially when I was a much younger lad and what I will need to do is close down the ponds before I am through and still have the strength to perform this task just a few more years is all I ask as I live out my remaining days just me and the dogs very set in our ways.
I had to sit around indoors as the weather had turned to rain too wet to go outside to play on trail or garden both the same I looked around for things to do something that I would not shirk the house needs cleaning and dusting too but somehow that looks like work there is only me and three small dogs whose contribution to the cause is for each to have their special place where they can sleep without a pause to interrupt their daily routines just to clean up their dust doesn’t seem to be the way to go no need for me to make a fuss that solves the problem about cleaning the house but what to do instead I could probably take a nap and creep back into bed the dogs would cuddle up with me just to keep me safe but that would be a waste of time and my mind would chafe as doing nothing is not my way so that idea is gone so maybe I can write a poem a verse or more not long it’s just that I am sitting here with nothing much to show messing around with my PC and things are going slow trying to write a word or two to get them all to rhyme and the going is very hard and taking all of my time but wait just look what I have written words that are in verse and maybe it’s not that good but I have written worse so I will make this do for now and write another day when the brain is working not so hard but in a different way tomorrow the sun many shine and I can take a walk much better than sitting here with a brain that will not talk.
Today we are having rain
something about which we do not complain
as I have said many times before
in Texas it rains and we let out a roar
as a sign of our pleasure for so simple a task
more rain is something we always ask
to combat the heat with the temperatures high
looking for clouds to darken the sky
and hoping that rain will fall on the ground
and so doing will cool the temperatures down.
I took a walk around the yard
in between the showers so hard
to make sure that things were OK
and the ponds could handle the rain this day
I barely had time to make one loop around
before it started to rain on the ground
and I dashed to get in the house and the dry
as the rain continued to fall from the sky
and sat by the window to watch it fall
as the rain is at Natures beck and call.
Today it rains but not a lot
enough to ruin any plans that I got
I was thinking of taking a walk you see
as walking is quite the luxury
the recent weather frosty and cold
did not encourage or make me bold
staying indoors where it was warm
was the best choice but a little forlorn
the house is quiet just me and one dog
she’s sleeping away just like a log
under the covers way out of sight
where she spends her days with the utmost delight
the other dog the one name Pete
is in doggy hospital which is no treat
for he has a breathing complaint
coughing and wheezing in a terrible state
he will stay in their care for a couple of days
and hopefully be back home to his normal ways
in the meantime what shall I do
as I look at the screen without a clue
I need to think of something to write
interesting enough to give delight
to others who want to read my stuff
and have not yet had enough
although I do not write for them
the words I hope have a special blend
and will satisfy my mind
on this rainy day when the weathers unkind.
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”.
I do not want to work outside
this gloomy day I cannot hide
no pleasure in working out in the yard
so gloomy and damp it makes it hard
to really enjoy this what I do
when the mud is collecting on my shoes
and everything around me is damp and wet
and my heavy jacket is making me sweat
but without it I would not stay dry
with the rain and fog in the sky
and everything is wet to the touch
and my gloves are soaked and hard to clutch
the tools I am using for the task
just one more and it will be the last
and back inside warm and dry
to look out the window at the grey skies.
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