Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Chilling Out

During the "ice storm" we've had here in central Texas over the last few days, we've been fortunate to not have any power outages or other weather-related problems. It always amuses me when people from the north insist that we're "freaking out over nothing," etc. etc. What people forget is that a lot of us live here because this type of thing DOESN'T happen. People who live here are drawn to WARM weather and are oftentimes escaping the ice and snow of colder climates. Furthermore, I'll remind everyone that we're used to a different type of extreme... the HEAT! (We generally don't "get it" when people in Wisconsin get heat stroke when the temp up there hits 90.)

So, here are a few pictures of things that I'm NOT used to seeing:

The Ligustrum that lines the fence between our yard and the neighbors is weighed down by ice.

Ice on our Continental.

The Hancock bridge over Mopac, frozen over.

Ice on the Mexican Plum.

The utility wires connecting to the house.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


It's been so long since I published a post, I forgot I'd switched over to the "new" Blogger. It took me 10 minutes to figure out how to sign in!

Anywho, I got a new (better) digital camera for my birthday, but there's not much going on in the garden right now. I re-structured my front flowerbed by making it smaller and neater, and I'll post pics once I'm done transplanting my perennials.

It's hard for me to get ANYTHING done outside during this time of the year... I work for a group of lobbyists, and the state legislature started session this week and won't be done until the end of May. This limits my daylight working hours to weekends only, but that's when I try catch up with my regular chores, errands, etc.

In the meantime, the husband is searching for a Montezuma (NOT Bald) Cypress. If anyone knows where we can pick one up in the Austin area, please let me know.