I'm a retired Estate Master Gardener that works as a Paper Sculpter and Garden designer. This is my chronicle of outdoors as I see it.
By: AkashaD, 11:16 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
Tonight is the first real hard freeze of the season in Austin. Winter was slow coming but now its here. I've had a chill in my bones all day. The kind no amount of clothing gets rid of. And then on top of it all...
The Cedars are having sex.
Now I understand. I'm no prude. When you only get to bust one good nut a year might as well make it a big one. But to you have to kill me in the process?
I noticed a week ago that the pollen sacks on the Cedar trees were quite full. And like the idiot I am all I could think was 'Look! How pretty. All that yellow.'Now almost a full week later I had to take a day off from work and was in bed two full days thinking I had a virus when all I had was Cedar fever.
We may be freezing tonight. But weather in central Texas is constantly changing. It'll be 70 by Sunday and freezing again next week. All this will do is make the Cedars ejaculate a little bit harder. A bit longer. I try not to hate but its hard. My head is pounding, every joint in my body aches (and not just from arthritis) and I've got loose bowls. All that mucus running and collecting. I'm sweating like I'm hot when I'm cold. Cedar fever sucks major!
But enough bitchin' and moanin' about things I can't change. I've done my nasal rinse and taken my pills. Now its time to go outside and water everything in for this freeze. Ah life in glorious central Texas!
Updated: 11:17 PM GMT on January 12, 2012
By: AkashaD, 9:36 PM GMT on January 04, 2012
Happy New Year everyone! Its 2012 and I'm proud to say the Swift Fox (Vulpes velox) that likes to walk my fence is still alive and doing well.
I'm breaking one of my own codes which is unusual for me. I'm feeding the little bugger. I can't help it. I only leave small amounts of meat and bones during the day time when I know she's most active. Its not an everyday thing. Just time to time when I know she's around.
In no way do I try to approach her or make her human friendly. After the really negative response about seeing her from some of my neighbors, I don't want her to become accustomed to people. I leave food on the fence where she likes to walk and walk away.
But more than once I've seen her on our patio table intensely watching me as I go about my daily routine. Sometimes at night but mostly about 11AM when I'm home. But I fear for her. I've got some really stupid neighbors. Some think its funny to watch their dogs chase after the wildlife. And other's think that they (mammalian wild life) is a threat.
Part of me wants to call Texas Parks and Wildlife so they can capture her and relocate her to a save place. But the bigger part of me just prays for her safety and that she will continue to go unnoticed.
I call her "Kitsune". Japanese for fox. I pray she lives a long, long time.
Updated: 10:28 PM GMT on January 04, 2012
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