Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Ramblings


We are in that awkward time between winter and spring -- you know, that time in Texas where you wake up in winter and go to bed in summer -- going from heating to a/c during the course of the day.  This week has been a good example -- near freezing one day, 88 high another, windy, cloudy -- all changeable in a matter of hours.  I have always lived in Texas and will never live anywhere else but sometimes the weather is just, in a word, annoying.  I was raised in South Texas and lived there the first 40 years of my life and I honestly say I prefer the climate there. It is hot, but not as hot as North Texas, it is tropical with breezes coming off the gulf -- not a dry heat like here.  It is humid for sure and I had lots of allergy issues there but I am not devoid of the allergy issues here and sometimes I just miss being able to sit out on the porch, watch the stars, feel the breeze, I miss the vegetation, I miss seeing the things I grew up with --our houses, my grandmother and great-grandmother's houses, my schools -- maybe I just miss home.

Another thing that I miss is NOT having Daylight Saving Time.  I really don't enjoy the time change and I don't find it that appealing having so much daylight in the summer.  It is just jarring to my system and I don't really think it is necessary.  I guess I just don't understand it but it seems to me that there are just 24 hrs. in a day and roughly 12 of them are daylight and I don't care what the clock says, you just can't change it.  From 1945 to 1966 there was no uniform time law in the US with some states adhering to DST and others not.  In 1966, in an effort to reduce confusion, the US passed a law that all states would subscribe to DST.  I remember it well.  I didn't like it.  I still don't.  I don't know what is wrong with just living on God's time and not having to sacrifice an hour of sleep -- I need that hour. Really.

Went out this evening to check on the mint and it is growing quite well in the grass -- not so well in one of the flower beds.  The basil that died ever so dead last year is coming in thick as well as is something else that I can't remember what it is.  The pear trees are blooming, the crabapple is too and the verbena has gone
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I just hope we can enjoy all of it before the 104 temp hits and decimates it all and the West Nile carrying mosquitoes come and keep us from going outdoors.  Love/hate summer.

Ok, I think that is all I have to rant about today.  You don't even want to get me started on the traffic and the insane drivers who see nothing wrong with driving over medians and up the wrong side of the street to avoid sitting in a queue for five minutes. 

Ok, done.