School has been in full swing for a month now, the dog days of summer are over, Autumn is officially knocking on the door but we continue to be blessed with 100 degree weather. I say ‘blessed’ with tongue in cheek. This is Texas after all, and after two and one half years I still don’t have a good handle on what is considered normal for the lone star state. Or perhaps there is no normal; it seems the weather in northern Texas is consistently inconsistent. One thing for sure is that I’ll be on pins and needles come spring and storm season. Last spring arrived with unprecedented floods and hailstones 5 1/4 inches in diameter. The blue covered roofs still sprinkled throughout the area are a stark reminder of the far reaching devastation and the time consuming effort to get all the repairs finished before winter sets in. However, if this winter is anything like the last one it will feel more tropical than not. I’m really not complaining, but it seems there are severe repercussions for having warm winters and the piper must be paid at some point. The cost turns out to be more than most of us want to pay simply to have a mild winter. (And I haven’t even referenced the increased insect population that we are dealing with.)
I haven’t seen many squirrels here but I witnessed one this morning running down the sidewalks stopping at each door he passed for, I assume, any food morsels that could be found. Sadly for the squirrel this is a pretty clean place and it didn’t look as if he found anything at all. I do wonder if the intense heat has dried up all his food sources or if he just knows it’s time to prepare, however unsuccessfully, for the coming winter. I’ve heard geese flying overhead in the early mornings a few times and that raises my spirits a little and gives me hope that cooler weather is on the way. Maybe if I hang on a little while longer I’ll live to enjoy the outside air again.
It’s time for chrysanthemums and I’ve seen some in stores but so far I haven’t been interested in obtaining any. It’s just too hot to enjoy them, besides mums and their pungent fragrance need to be aligned with crisp cool air which is sadly lacking in my part of the world. This makes me wonder now if it’s actually the mums or the cool air that I so love and look forward to, most probably it’s a combination of the two.
I’ve been on a quest to enjoy my life as it is and to find something to be thankful for each day. So I’m thankful that it will only be 100 today and not 105; I’m thankful my outside patio plants are thriving despite the heat; I’m thankful for air conditioning; I’m thankful for my ice maker; I’m thankful for my sweet family; I’m thankful that I feel better than usual today; and oh, did I mention that I’m thankful for air conditioning? Maybe I’m hard to please but I’m thankful too that it’s not cold and icy, although that may be on the menu later in the season. In view of that thought I feel I really must not complain too much about present conditions for if there is anything I hate worse than hot weather it’s cold weather with ice. Thanks for reminding me that it could always be worse. In this life of uncertainties one thing we can count on is that Mother Nature remains unpredictable and no matter how educated and sophisticated we become we can’t change, or even predict with any degree of reliability, what she will do. My final happy thought on this matter is that this very fact keeps life interesting….and as a bonus always gives us ungrateful souls something to complain about.