Even in the dead of winter there is the promise of spring…and here in Southeast Texas old man winter is losing his grasp as spring overtakes the race…we are now in the season of Sprinter.
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Today, I took a walk in the woods next to our house.
I was totally focused on watching where I was walking so I wouldn’t step in a rabbit hole, trip on a fallen tree or walk into a Pyracantha branch.
The silence was broken by a soft scurry through the fallen leaves...
the next thing I heard was a guttural sound and the loud flapping of wings…predator or prey.
I was quickly reminded that walking in the woods is like visiting someone else’s home.
Walk softly and leave things better than you found them…
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Living in Houston, Texas usually affords us a very mild winter…The average high temperature for January is 62 and the low is 43. We can expect to see temperatures that range from in the 30′s – 40′s for about 3 weeks in early January. Hard freezes are uncommon. The coldest temperature recorded in Houston was 5 degrees on January 18, 1930.
So here we sit on January 7, 2014, with a low temperature of 24. The pipes and plants have been wrapped and the pets are bundled into their cute doggie sweaters. We are eating homemade chicken soup and sipping hot tea with honey all the while we are using up our propane at a record rate.
We get our share of backyard visitors…Since the very first day we visited the property where we now live, I have affectionately called our little piece of heaven the “hundred acre woods”. This reference comes from the adventures of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh. Christopher Robins woodland friends consist of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and little roo.
The very first day we visited the property we were greeted by large Owls, rabbits and piglets. We are regularly visited by neighbors on horseback, Whitetail Deer and their offspring, armadillo, opossum, countless birds and an assortment of snakes.
But over the last few weeks we have been visited by one very beautiful but very dangerous Tigger….a Texas Bobcat. She has been skirting the woods that border our home, probably hunting for food for her litter. She doesn’t seem to be concerned with us…as we have seen her at different times of the day. I hope she continues to keep her distance because this momma will protect her litter if a threat becomes apparent.
My husband has always wanted a cactus garden. I on the other hand am less than interested. My lack of enthusiasm comes from an incident as a child when I ended up in the cactus garden…not one of my happier memories.
My husband finally has his cactus garden…It is a beautiful mix…and it’s not very likely that I will take tumble into it, but only time will tell.