Christmas in Texas

As many of you know, this past summer I moved from my long time home in Colorado to my new home in Longview, Texas. I was excited about the warm winters and lack of snow. I’ve never been a winter person. Give me 70-80 degrees, and I’m happy ūüôā What I hadn’t anticipated is how the seasons just blend together. In Colorado, we have four distinct seasons. One ends and another follows (that is, except for spring when it’s been known to snow on Mother’s Day, but that’s another story).

Anyway, in the fall freezing temperatures appear in September, sprinklers are turned off, mowers are put away, and the grass goes dormant for the winter. Then the fall leaves turn to brilliant shades of yellow, red and orange, and quickly fall off of the trees. The end of September and the month of October are spent raking leaves. By the time mid-November hits and it’s time to put up the outside Christmas lights, there’s a clean slate. Nothing much interferes. Oh, we had an occasional snow, but the snow serves to make the lights more festive–the bright colors shining through the white.

Not so in East Texas. I enjoyed putting up the lights without the need for my down jacket, mittens and scarf, but the grass was still growing. I carefully staked the Christmas ornaments into the front lawn, only to have to move them to move the grass underneath. And then, the leaves finally turn and begin to fall- IN DECEMBER. Lot of leaves. Tons and tons of leaves, that gently fall to the ground and cover the ornaments. Once again, ornaments are moved to rake underneath them.  Every week, more and more leaves fall.

We’ve been in a basic drought since I moved here in July with very little moisture. That is until this week. The weather has decided to make up for all of those sunny days. Three days ago we had four inches of rain and today is predicted to be much the same. Why do I mention this? Because of all of those nice little extension cords criss-crossing my lawn. Everywhere one cord meet the other, moisture gets in, and shorts out the lights resulting in blown fuses. Just when they were all dried out, it’s raining again. Hard. The other night I did something I’ve never done in the month of December, I didn’t turn on my Christmas lights! I didn’t want to spend the entire night flipping breaker switches.

All in all, I’m happy to be in Texas. I admit, I do like a white Christmas, preferably with all the snow melting by the 26th,¬†but¬†when I saw the 9 degree temperature in my¬†former town this morning, I didn’t miss that. I guess I’ll take 70 degrees and soggy lights.

Merry Christmas¬†or Happy Holidays¬†to you from me. Whatever your beliefs, or whether you’re in snow or rain, sun or clouds, warm or cold, its the loving spirit of the season in our hearts that count. May you all have a blessed start to 2018!

A blizzard is coming!

020 (800x533)80 degrees here yesterday, but they are predicting a major blizzard here in Colorado this weekend.  It would be a great weekend to light a fire, sit inside and read my latest novel, Colorado Cabin in the Pines, just released today at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DMTHWKQ

First day of Spring?

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Well, it’s here, this is officially the first day of Spring 2014.¬† I want to be excited–Why?¬† Because I hate winter, I hate cold, I hate snow, and this year has been worst than most here in Colorado. Oh I know I shouldn’t complain when half of the U.S., mainly the east coast, has had a much¬†more severe winter¬†than here in Colorado, but I am complaining anyway, because did I mention–I HATE COLD AND SNOW!¬† Anyway, back to today, we all believe, or want to believe, that the advent of Spring signals the start of warmer weather.¬† Put away the down jacket and wool suits and get out all my colorful spring outfits.¬† But wait, not so fast, here in Colorado we usually have more snow during “Spring” than we do in winter.¬† And scheduling a soccer game or track meet on a Spring Saturday is a sure guarantee of cold and snow!¬†So although I am smiling that it is finally Spring, I will remain cautiously optimistic.¬† For today, I am excited, even though there was a good deal of frost on my deck this morning, the prediction is that our temperatures will rise to the high 60’s by late afternoon.¬†(Although I would prefer the 80’s, 60’s are indeed glorious this time of year).¬† I intend to get outside with my dog and enjoy.¬† But then there’s tomorrow, the second day of Spring, when the forecast is for temps to top out in the high 40’s and Saturday, the third day of Spring, the day I have to be outside the ENTIRE day, even worse a prediction of a high of 40 with snow or rain showers! So forgive me if I am not overly excited about the arrival of Spring, but the idea of Spring–That’s something to truly celebrate!