We are going to miss this view, this park, the birds, and the people we know and love here. 😢
When we saw that it had snowed elsewhere on the Gulf Coast, we jumped out of bed despite the frigid temperatures and squeed when we saw the snowdust.
Seriously, we adore these birds so much.
They’re such beautiful birds. This is a terrible iPhone pic, but I loved the stance.
We get some really vivid sunset colors here. I didn’t get a good pic of last night’s, so here’s one from the end of June that I never posted.
There’s some gorgeousness to be found just 5 minutes from downtown Houston.
It has been a tough few weeks with loss, over here. Not only in my family, but others close to us as well. Me being me, a loss in one area of my life will start my brain echoing with other losses. I don’t want to discuss losing people or pets, so I’m going to talk about the things I’ve lost by moving to another climate.
One of the things I REALLY miss – lilacs. Lilac season in New York is swoonably delicious, in scent, color, and tactile experience. Regular lilacs don’t bloom in Texas, due to the lack of chill*. There are new hybrids that are less fragrant, but they’re not generally accessible to the public. And sure, I could grow some, but I have to have a decent garden and a few years to wait. Which, yeah, I do not as of yet. Additionally, lilacs don’t make for good cut flowers, & they don’t ship well. That didn’t stop me from spending an inordinate amount of time searching, though. No dice – lilac delivery to Texas is expensive, and they don’t guarantee good fragrance. Big sadface for me.
Another thing I really miss – snow. Both Jon and I like fresh snow a LOT. (And Kizu learned to love it WAY fast.) We both traveled enough this past winter to get a weeee tiny bit of cold weather, but not the fluffy drifts and stompy-trompy fun time weather from REAL snow. Even New York City was having a dearth of good snow storms up until the early part of 2016, but those were so gorgeous and so much fun that even despite the slush stage, I now ache when I see pics of other folks in snow. *sends glares to our friends in Canada*
(As a side note to that, while I don’t like the dryness of winter weather, there’s this crisp smell to the air in the latter end of fall I enjoy immensely. I noticed that difference when traveling this yr.)
A third thing I really miss, and this is the one that surprised me – the subtle differences in the stars. I don’t get to see Orion as long, and the humidity makes the stars a little blurrier than New York, particularly in the mild winters.
Those are the climate things I’m missing right now. In the future I’ll do something about what I miss about infrastructure. ;)
* Yes, this is a real thing. Flower aficionados call it chill hours or chilling units, but I’m just gonna go with TEXAS HAS A LACK OF CHILL.
I took this at twilight from a Target parking lot.
Nothing has been done to this photo other than cropping.
This camera is the BOMB.