Saturday, February 16, 2008

Gray Day

Well, I guess this is winter for us here in Central Texas. At 10:30 a.m., it is gray and overcast and we're having a light rain. (which is good for us because a real rain usually turns into flooding here very quickly). It's 41 degrees and the forecast says it will get to 65, but I think they are mistaken! The bad news: as this front blows in this afternoon, we are also on the lookout for severe thunderstorms, hail and possible tornadoes as cool air meets warm air.

We need the rain - after last summer's endless rain, we've now been exceptionally dry all fall and winter. So, right now, our gardens are pretty happy. I'm not sure how happy they'll be (little daffodils and such) if we get heavy storms and hail.

So, I'm inside blogging (instead of at the soccer game which was cancelled - yeah!) and about to try again to bake a pie for my husband's birthday today. The first one didn't set yesterday -- buttermilk pie -- but the crust was good and that's the bane of my existence. I'm a really good cook, but I can't bake. And he loves pie, so every few years I try, try again. Today, literally, again!



8 comments:

Sue Swift said...

Hi Diana,
Hope you don't mind if I say that for the rest of us it's a relief you can have grey days in Austin! Here we seem to have them for months on end ! Oh well, summer's nearly here ...
Sue

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Yay, rain!!!

kate said...

I'm glad to hear another mum saying she was happy a soccer game was cancelled (I always felt kind of guilty!).

Even though the skies are grey, your pool looks inviting! I hope you get some rain, but no huge storms!

Diana said...

Sue - I don't mind. I've been there - I lived in Minnesota for 4 -1/2 years, so I get it. But, you remind me not to be too whiney and appreciate our climate. No kidding, I used to drive to work every day right after I moved back and just say to myself, I am soooo lucky to live here!

MSS - and a nice, good rain - no damage at my house, at least. I think we got the weather Chicken Little syndrome going again! And they said it would get 65 today! HA. They were only off by 23 degrees!

Kate -- Yeah - I suffered through 14 years of soccer heat and cold with my son, my tolerance has diminished somewhat with my daughter! The pool is pretty - but darn cold! Probably not even 50 degrees -- I won't be getting in it for a long, long time!

Pam/Digging said...

You know I don't like to brag on Austin, but every time I travel (and I love to travel), I always come home thinking, "I'm so glad to live in Austin!"

Thanks for the wide shots of your gardens. It gives me a much better sense of your landscape.

Carol said...

Here in Indiana we had sunny skies and I think it got up to 40 degrees, so I actually spent an hour or so puttering around outside in my garden!

(But today, Sunday, is cloudy and rainy.)

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Rurality said...

We're getting the rain here today (in Alabama) that you had yesterday. We really appreciate you sending it. :)

Lori said...

Oh, thanks for posting those wide shots of your yard. I really like getting a sense of how all of the plants work together in the space.

Once I spend a couple of hours with my photo archives, I plan to do this in my own blog. I'm having trouble finding pictures of the yard right after I bought the house, though, and I think you need to see the tacky gloriousness of the cinderblock goldfish pond and above-ground swimming pool to really appreciate the plants and trees that are there now. ;)