Friday, January 8, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside

When I went out at dawn to feed the birds this morning, the air was 28F degrees with a 15 mile an hour wind.

My friends in the cold Northeast and Canada probably think 28 degrees above zero is a warm day.  But here in South-Central Texas, that's hibernating-cold.  Made worse because  last week, we gardened in t-shirts on a  70 degree day.  I'm guessing a 42 degree downswing would be something to talk about in New England too.

When Denny built our backyard waterfall for my birthday a few years ago, the best birthday present I've ever received, the pump salesperson said don't worry about the cold, just leave it running and the circulating water will keep it from freezing.   And there is still some water running...

The weatherman says we'll get some hours above freezing today.  I expect the ice will melt before the harder freeze he says is coming tonight.

I'm refusing to worry.  That doesn't mean I'm stuffing it to one side of my brain to smolder like a lit cigarette tossed by the side of the road on the way to starting a forest fire.

I'm tired of being fraught over things I can't control.  One of my non-resolutions this year, more like an aha change in attitude, is to be kinder to myself.  Quit expecting perfection.  Accept and adapt to what comes.  Do the best I can and then rest.

Worry won't make the air any warmer.  Nothing lasts forever.  The ice will melt.  Tomorrow will come.  The garden will grow back.

Garden and waterfall last September.


  1. Love your last paragraph, Kathleen. Right you are. Now let's enjoy a day of garden book/blog reading with a cup of hot chocolate.

  2. Worrying about the weather never raised the temperature one degree I suppose. Fretting while looking out the window doesn't keep the plants from freezing either (I have tried and tried, believe you me).

    I did cover some crop plants in hopes they will survive to harvest. The rest of the outdoors will have to fend for itself, though I do make sure to have water and seeds aplenty out for the birds. Hot chocolate and a good book sounds like just the ticket for us indoor birds so off I go!

  3. Kathleen,
    I am so glad I discovered your blog this year! It looks like I'm going to have a blast reading your posts and seeing photos of your amazing gardens. Isn't it wonderful how we garden spirits seem to find one another?

    At the same time, I appreciate you attitude about not worrying over things you cannot control. This is one of many lessons we learn from our gardens!

  4. Like you say, it will warm up. But, look at that gorgeous ice! You took such a great shot. Looks like dripping diamonds! So maybe perfection is letting things be all the things they can be, even unexpectedly, huh? Great post.

  5. Your garden looks so beautiful (even the icy fountain is amazing!). During the dozen years that I've lived in southern CA (and I'm from the East Coast), we had a real freeze/frost once that I remember. So many plants died down to their roots but, amazingly, came back.

    Stay warm!

  6. I like you un-resolution.
    There is a serenity in that... like the saying goes.

    Your garden looks so inviting. Love the bridge.

  7. As I write this comment, it's 21 degrees here in sunny Florida! And yes, it is sunny. I love your un-resolution, too. It's a good manifesto for serenity.

    Thanks for posting a comment on Grandson Garrett's new blog. He's a young lad, and we've caught him in a learning frame of mind! :)

  8. Yep. It's been below freezing at night here in North Florida for days. We're all freaking out and are going to lose a lot of plants that generally take a few nights of freezing and come back. Sigh.
    I like that you're going to be kinder to yourself. Wouldn't we all be so much better off if we could do that? And so would our loved ones. Jesus.

  9. Thank you, Pam and Texasdeb. I know you're experiencing the same things we are...and we'll all share advice in the aftermath.

    Cindy, I feel the same, I'm so glad to have made your acquaintance! I feel at home in your words.

    Paula, thank you for this comment. I didn't even see the diamonds until you pointed them out.

    And this is wisdom: "perfection is letting things be all the things they can be, even unexpectedly"

  10. Elizabeth, thank you for seeing the love in my garden and for sharing your experience about plants coming back. Rare freezes are harder on plants than regular ones, I think. BTW, my sister and her family just got back from your area (Texas/Alabama football game) and couldn't stop talking about how much they enjoyed the weather and the people and the town.

    Deb, serenity, you're right. Seems like I have to work for serenity. Must mean I need the practice. Thanks, also, for seeing the bridge. Denny will be tickled as they were his first construction project here.

    Beth, I thought Garrett wrote a great review and I'll be checking back for others. I added him to HCM's blogroll so my friends can find him too.

    Ms. Moon, you and I share a deep attachment to our landscapes so I know it hurts to see green go to brown. But most things will grow back in spring. We'll plant others in place of those that don't, and by next fall, we won't remember it any other way.

  11. Your waterfall is beautiful. Isn't it interesting the way the ice forms?
    It's been cold here, every morning this week. This morning, the low was 8, here at our house.
    I'm afraid I'll be starting over with the plants. But, I've done it before.
    And, you're right. I've never known worry to make anything better.
    I need to go tuck some more plants in for the night.
    Stay warm.


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