Gypsy's Travels

Monday, December 10, 2007

"Oh What a Beautiful Morning....."

It is hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner. We will soon be 8 years into the new Millennium. Remember when we were worried the world might come to a screeching halt at midnight on the last day of 1999? Would computers stop? Would all the things dependent on computers just quit? People were stocking food and preparing for an unspecified period of isolation as the world waited to see what the morning of the year 2000 would bring. When I was young, I thought about the advent of the year 2000, but I did not think I would be able to live long enough to see it. I simply could not imagine being THAT old. Of course, it doesn't seem so old now.

The old adage - "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute and it will change" - is especially true in Central Texas this time of year. Yesterday it was 80*F outside, today, at this writing, it is 37*F . When we walked this morning, there was a heavy fog which almost felt like sleet falling and the wind chill was 31*. Yesterday, the gold, pink, purple, and orange colors of the morning horizon heralded the new day as we finished our walk and headed home. The trees were dark silhouettes, and our resident herd of wild deer grazed in the landscaped gardens. We tolerate the deer, having invaded their home, and they retaliate by munching on our shrubs and having babies in our gardens.

I can look out my front door and see the tree across the street clothed in its Fall finery. We don't always have a autumnal show of color and mine is the only house on the street that does not have a tree in the front yard, so I particularly enjoy this one. It is a glorious yellow right now. With the cooperation of the weather, it might reveal some other colors. Soon, the deciduous trees in the greenbelt behind my house, will lose their leaves. They won't change slowly and with dignity like the one across the street. They will just change from green to brown and drop their leaves in a huff of wind. The bare trees have their own beauty against the morning and night skies and they leave behind a treasure only seen when the leaves are gone. Amongst the dark bark and green cedars of the greenbelt area, the possum haw will reveal its red berries which glisten like jewels with dew or ice in the mornings and provide food for the resident and wintering birds until spring.

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24


  1. Whilst over here in the UK, the greenhouse effect and o-zone layer hole seemingly determine that we no longer get our seasons when we're customarily supposed to... *sigh*

    Thanks for helping my relive regular seasons vicariously through you! :)

  2. Well, Stephen, we have to look quickly. If we blink, we might miss a whole season. It has been cold and misty all day - a good day to sit by the fire (if I had one) and read a good book ( if I had time). Guess what! Tomorrow it is supposed to be in the high 70's again. We continue like this until January and February when we will, most likely, have a couple of ice storms and the town will shut down for a couple of days.

    Sorry your seasons are lacking these days. Hope they return. I recall a visit to Stonehenge when the weather was much like it is here today, only much more windy.

    I wish you snow for Christmas....

  3. Gypsy, what a beautiful writing! I empathize with your weather woes--we are having the same thing in North Texas. Crazy, isn't it? At least it is finally beginning to FEEL like Christmas....

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful word picture.

    I am still trying to figure out what's up with Blogger comments. I tried to leave a comment on your blog yesterday. At least today I have figured out how--I think.

  4. Well out here it is cold also, not like last year yet when most all of the tropical plantings died back into the ground. We even lost parts of some of the pine trees with the cold and windy days. So far this year it has been colder than normal, if there is such a thing, but only requires another layer of clothing and blanket on the bed. Our deciduous trees have nearly dropped all of their leaves, I keep looking for Linus, (from the Snoopy cartoons), to lament over the last leaf to fall.

  5. The cold weather WAS enjoyable. It is now 70* and rising....and it is not even noon!


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