Thursday, December 11, 2008

Winter Wind

Look what blew in from the north! No, hell has not frozen over, but close. It snowed in Houston yesterday. This phenomenon occurs maybe once every five years or so. We tend to get really excited when it does. In this first picture, I was trying to catch the wind blowing the snowflakes around, but my fingers were frozen, and I didn't get any good shots. This was the best I could do. I'm not used to this kind of cold.

Snow on my geraniums

Snow on my mint

Most of the snow melted as soon as it landed. I had to be quick ;]


Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! It's almost kind of funny--I used to live where the snowbanks were OVER the tops of the cars!

How cute!

I don't really know what the weather in Houston is normally like.

It's in the twenties here. I went out to the store and then to the concert without a coat. I WALKED to the store.

I like your cute snowflakes. :-D On mint, it looks like. Mint here's all frozen--dead.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

There's flowers in bloom! We haven't had flowers for a couple month!

bluerose9062 said...

LOL! I imagine this post is quite humorous to those of you who live up north. It might get into the twenties once or twice a year here. So far, our lowest temperature this winter has been 31 degrees, and that was the day it snowed. It's 66 right now, and expected to go up to 70. My mint and geraniums were unaffected by the snow. The banana trees, though, are spent. They'll come back from the ground in spring [which by the way, will begin around the end of February or the beginning of March]. I only started using the heater in my house about two weeks ago. I keep my house around 65, which is barely tolerable for me. My toes turn blue in temperatures less than 70. I can't imagine walking around in 20 degree weather without a coat!

We do have flowers here year around. In the winter we grow a lot of the flowers you have up north, like pansies, that wouldn't survive a summer here. During a hard freeze [around here a hard freeze is 3 or more days in a row where the temps drop below freezing] people throw sheets over them. I don't bother. I rake leaves around their roots, so that the leaves and the warm ground is enough to keep them alive. We hope for at least one 'hard freeze' a year to kill off some the mosquitoes and fleas, or else the summer will be miserable. So, that's what it's like living here, and why we get so excited over snow.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! It must be nice there in the winter! Super--got room for us?

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

On the other hand, summer's probably hell!

Tara's Talk said...

What beautiful photos!!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, Tara, hope you'll join us.

bluerose9062 said...

Thanks Tara! and welcome to Silk Creek Portal!

Mary, you need to become what we affectionately call a snow bird. Visit here during the winter, and head back north for the summer ;]

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Don't I wish!

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