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Winter Melts into Spring

April 21, 2014



winter melts into spring - beautiful fountain of icicles

What a surprise and joy it has been this year to watch winter melt into spring.

CHANGES

Since we have been primarily in tropical Asia for the last few years (to get kiddo's Mandarin fluency) and wintering in Spain before that, plus her early years in California, this has been a unique experience for Mozart.

In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four-and-twenty hours. ~ Mark Twain

winter melts into spring- melting icicles

ADVENTURES IN WEATHER

When we arrived in Dallas in January, the weather was sunny and warm, but Texas is known for quite changeable weather, even though the winters tend to be very mild. I laughed when my niece, who lives in Texas said it is not unusual to use the air conditioning and heater on the same day. She is right!

MOZART'S PHOTOGRAPHY

When we moved into Hawthorn Suites in Addison, there was a sudden cold spell and Mozart thought it was awesome, so took all these photos of the icicles.

NATURES ARTWORK

With all that this  well-traveled kid had seen around the world, including skiing in southern Spain, she had never seen nature do this trick and admired the miraculous artwork of Mother Earth.

winter melts into spring - natures ice art photo

FROM NO VARIETY

Living on the equator in Asia is a wonderful way to escape from winter, but there is not much variety to the weather. It is always hot and sunny with occasional tropical showers and no seasonal change.

winter melts into spring - flowers turned to ice

TO SUPER VARIETY

Even though Texas usually has a very mild winter, this has been one of the coldest on record. So we have had 80 F days, then the next might be record lows below freezing, even snow, one tornado near by and once even baseball sized hail nearby- (so big that it put holes in car windshields), then back to sun.

early spring snow

It might not have made the organic farmers happy, or those stuck in traffic due the unusual weather, but it has been an adventure for us that we have enjoyed.

cherry blossoms in spring as winter melts into spring

You never know what the day will be, but mostly it is spring now and the signs are everywhere.


Spring is when life's alive in everything. -Christina Rossetti


beautiful wild flowers


Mozart and I enjoy taking daily walks and watching the progress of leaves budding out and spring blossoms.

If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~ Audra Foveo.


fresh picked wild flowers

BEAUTY EVERYWHERE

I have the habit of looking for and seeing beauty where ever I am.

We were amazed at the stunning spring flowers at the Dallas Arboretum ( that I will be writing more about), but we also find it when walking in our neighborhood. We spot Cardinals, Robins and let other singing birds serenade us.

flowers picked on sping walks

This is more a commercial area, but we manage to find empty grassy lots to run barefoot in, blossoming trees,tulips, gladiolas and even wild flowers.

FRESH PICKED WILD FLOWERS

All of the picked-flowers on this page are the bounty we return with from our walks. Being a minimalist family on a budget, we just put them in jars we have saved and bring a bit of nature into our home to savor and delight in.

CHANGE, RENEWAL, RESSURECTION, REBIRTH

Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives. -Mary Ann Brussat

Every culture has spring celebrations with themes of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, ressurection  and regrowth. No matter what you are celebrating this season, revel in the blessings all around.

"We always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lots of change going on here, how about in your life? Where are you finding beauty?

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Marlana

Yea I hate the weather in Texas. There is really one distinct season (summer). The other part of the year goes back and forth: fall one day, winter the next, fall one day, winter the next. If there's one thing that marks the season of spring in Texas, it would be the storms. I think the storms is the only thing I really miss about Texas weather.

Just as a warning, it's going to get hot, hot, hot soon. Expect high humity and 100 degrees this summer. By August the lakes feel like swimming in a hot tub. It's disgusting.

Jeanne @soultravelers3

I find it funny Marlana that you hate the hot, humid summers of Texas, but love the hot, humid weather in Thailand and SE Asia. ;)

I think your negative experiences growing up in Texas likely impacts/colors.

So far we have actually really enjoyed the weather in Texas ( and plan to skip it most of July and August likely as those months certainly do have a bad reputation)...and we do not have a car with a/c,

BUT I just talked to a friend from California that was in Dallas in August and loved it.

So, like most things, weather is a very subjective opinion. ;) One person's horrible weather is another's dream. I hate cold, heavy winters, but some love it and live to ski.

We actually enjoy all the changes in the weather here, quite refreshing to us after about 3 years based in SE Asia on the equator where the weather is exactly the same every day and hot and humid is ALWAYS the case.

Even Texas having it's coldest winter, was mostly warm and sunny, so worked well for our needs and preferences.

I found it interesting that one day that fountain would be normal, then the next it was frozen. LOL

We are actually enjoying Dallas much more than we had expected. I doubt if it could ever be our permanent home, but there is much to appreciate here...so far.

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