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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Already Gone To Texas In My Mind

Well, spring comes and goes at this time of year, doesn't it?  We've had some delightful days in the low sixties with sun and blue skies that tricked me into thinking winter was really over; but now we are having off and on storms blowing in from the Pacific, dumping feet of snow on the mountains, bringing cold winds, hail, and, blessedly, rain, to us here in the valley. Night before last we had a rain in the night that filled up my rain barrels, watered beds and planters.  When I went out to do some weeding yesterday, however, I found dry earth only inches down - so I am hoping for more precipitation before these storms blow off into Texas.

 As I myself will soon be blowing into Texas, this coming weekend in fact.  My spring break is next week, and my nieces in Dallas both have the same break, so I'm heading across El Llano Estacado to visit them and their parents for several days. A dear friend also lives in Dallas, and she too has that week off, so she will be driving back with me for a long weekend visit with us here in New Mexico.  I badly need this time, and a road trip, to blow the cobwebs of winter out of my soul. Gotta go to the library and find the perfect long audio book to last me at least to Amarillo.  From that point on there should be some wildflowers already blooming, at least according to the Sightings page at Wild About Texas Wildflowers.  I wish I had enough time to detour down to Austin and visit the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, but that trip will have to wait a while.

What I will be doing, however, while in Dallas is visiting The Dallas Arboretum for Dallas Blooms.  This floral festival began last weekend, and lasts until April 11.  It seems early to me, at least for the way things are here right now, but according to the websight, there are many things that should be blooming in mid-March.  Crazy teenage girls, forsythia, tulips, irises, flowering quince, maybe even azaleas? Hopefully sunshine and balmy weather? I'm there, baby.  Just have to get through this week's classes and blustery storms, and I'll be there in a more than virtual way.


emmapeelDallas said...

I put my patio plants out last weekend, and if I say so myself (and I do) they're gorgeous and cheer me up every time I'm in my kitchen looking out at them. It's too early for bluebonnets yet, but it won't be long, and after living in Texas for 27 years, maybe this is the spring that I'll finally succeed in having a picnic near a field of bluebonnets. Enjoy the beautiful flowers!

marigolds2 said...

I'm thinking of a post about my patio plants, and how desperately they want out of this house. I'm glad yours have escaped. I have to believe, I do believe I do believe, that there will be some bluebonnets as I come across the shoulder of TX on 287. And, for heaven's sake, how is it possible you have avoided the picnic in the bluebonnets all this time? How about plopping your kids down in the midst of the blue beauties and taking a myriad of photos? Didn't you do that one?