We live in a sub tropical climate. I never knew exactly what that meant. I still don't. But, I can definitely tell you that the winter weather has resulted in tall grass in my yard. Well, grass is a bit generous; weeds.
These past years have been rough on yards with the constant drought. If you drive around the Rio Grande Valley, you would have seen a bunch of brown yards and a few dirt yards. There wasn't enough rain to keep a healthy lawn. We could have watered our lawns; but, there were also watering restrictions.
So, what happens? You fall out of the habit of mowing your lawn. If your grass is just barely alive and growing very little in a month, you don't cut it as often. So, this winter, we have had a bit of moisture. But, more importantly, we have had cold weather.
In the RGV, we do not like cold weather. It is a time for soups, teas, coffee, sweet bread, menudo, and just staying indoors. The weather rarely drops below freezing; but, it's cold enough for us. Consequently, you neglect your yard.
So, my yard turned into a forest in just a couple weeks. Those weeds grew like it was nobody's business. We even had law enforcement stop by to conduct searches for missing children in our yard. I got the hint and got to work on cutting down the new forest. But, I seriously considered paying somebody to do it.
It took a few days; but, eventually my son and I got the lawn tamed a little. The weather is starting to warm up and the rain has not been as frequent. We think we can keep up with our yard. We have dealt with our winter tall grass.
If the rest of the year could measure out rain in small, frequent, quantities we would be grateful. Given the long drought, we don't really have grass. We would like the grass to grow and replace the weeds that are placeholders in our yard. Quite frankly, I'd rather have weeds than the dirt yard we had before.
I figure we can mow down the weeds to provide a mulch for the grass we hope grows in.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
You may want to visit the new Cinemark Pharr Town Center and XD, one of the latest movie theaters in the Rio Grande Valley. In addition to XD movies, the theater offers additional experience improvements you will not find at other theaters, such as hot beverages, beer, wine, and ice cream. Off course, they also offer the standard fare of hot dogs, popcorn, candy (by the pound), and nachos.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Saturday, July 06, 2013
The City of McAllen held their annual 4th of July celebration, which began with a parade at 9 am.
You can view more photos on our G+ event at https://plus.google.com/events/cgnd2oh13qjdvhlifgtq00448j0 .
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
The old saying is "April showers bring May flowers." Things didn't quite turn out that way for us this year. April did bring in some last minute showers at the end. They were good rains; but, they just weren't enough to help with the water restrictions being set by cities in the Rio Grande Valley.
Even with the dry weather, it seems like nature isn't having any of it. Our native vegetation goes with the flow and flowers anyway.
From overheard discussions, the thinking is that we need a good hurricane to drop some water over Texas so we can recover from the drought conditions. That's a tough one. We do want rain; but, a hurricane is maybe a bit much too fast.
Unfortunately, we aren't likely to get a rainy season that would replenish our wells, rivers, and lakes.
Let's hope that May kicks in the rain that April shirked.