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 .
Well, the weather has finally decided to do what the weather should have done as it has for thousands of years here in my part of Texas and has finally cooled down. When I say cooled down, I am talking of it dropping all the way to 32 degrees. Actually, it must be 33 degrees as we didn’t get any frost. The Fall has been so mild with higher temperatures than normal for the time of year and I was wondering when the first frost would hit. There I was waiting with great expectations hoping that I would be able to see my garden again. Well it didn’t happen at least this time around although many of the plants have lost their leaves at least creating some gaps in the garden jungle and adding to the clean up that will be facing me pretty soon.
I got in the car to go to the stores dressed in my usual attire of shorts, tee shirt and jacket and immediately went back in the house to put on jeans and a flannel shirt over the tee. It was freezing, not literally of course but bloody cold. Last year, I think I only put on long pants a couple of times preferring to wear shorts but I guess as I grow older, I am feeling the cold a lot more. Anyhow, I was not too proud or stubborn to change and was glad that I did as the wind had a bite to it. The car has heated seats and I cranked them up until it got so hot I had to turn them down again. Same with the thermostat as in the end, it got too hot for me.
Happy to say that I survived the short drive to the Post Office and Supermarket and couldn’t wait to get back home to my warm house. I hate the cold weather and pictures of snow do absolutely nothing for me. I lived in New York State for ten years and the coldest I have ever been was on the ski slopes with the wind chill at minus 52 degrees. It was so cold I walked back down the hill to the lodge carrying my ski’s. Oh yeah, I got frostbite on my face even wearing a face mask. Another reason to hate the very cold weather.
At least it won’t be for long as it starts to warm up here in mid February. Come on Spring…
Sitting here and feeling blue
not sure what I want to do
outside it’s cold, too cold for me
to work outside, or drive a nail
or take a walk on a nice long trail
even the two remaining dogs
are stretched out on the bed like logs
as they sleep the sleep only dogs can do
with one eye open just in case
I should make a move to leave this place
and step outside where it is cold
which they will brave just for a while
until they lose interest and it gets old
to be outside, out in the cold.
I got up early on this morn
unable to sleep as I usually do
haunted by the the memories of
the death of yet another dog
the second in these last six months
leaving me with two to love
and lavish attention upon them both
as they help my grief to transcend
at losing two of my furry friends.
we will survive, we always do
we will move on and it won’t be long
before just memories those dogs will beas we go about our daily tasks
living the life we have always led
gardening and hiking and taking walks
this time with the dogs by my side
as two I can handle and it will be grand
taking walks together, paw in hand.
I do not like the cold
maybe because I’m getting old
it creeps under my very skin
and seems to freeze me from within
I have to put on extra clothes
as the cold gets to my toes
and long pants instead of shorts
to keep my legs warm as I walk.
My beautiful garden will soon be gone
leaving me to clean up the mess
as the frost kills the lush growth
and drooping plants is all that remains
I feel so sad to see them gone
but glad to know they are not dead
and when springtime comes around
they will again raise their lovely heads.
In the ponds as the water cools
and dormant soon the fish will be
as the cold weather gives them stress
and Nature slows their bodies down
and on the bottom they will stay
until the water warms in May.
The cold has come early this year
usually December it appears
but when a storm across the Mid West
it will always be a test
for there is nothing in between
except flat land and prairie wide
open to the sky for the wind to bring
cold weather with no end in sight
to freeze my bones, keep me indoors
and give me a chance to sit and write
I should not really complain
as winter here is usually mild
a couple of days of frost here and there
and maybe sometimes a little ice rain
but Spring for us will start early March
and by then things will already be green
but I still do not like the cold
and it’s not because I am growing old.
Today the weather has changed
and there is a chill in the air
a little early for us here in Central Texas
as we usually get winter in January
but Nature has decided to be a little different
and the air is cold.
The sun is shining bright but has little heat
unless you find a sheltered place
out of the wind and in the sun
and then you can feel its warmth
my dogs already know this
and are laying in the sun
out of the wind
in their sheltered spot.
I do not like the cold
I like to feel the sun on my back
and to feel its warmth without finding that special spot
but I am cheered by the thought
that this is Texas and the cold will go away