Views of the Neighborhood – After the Storm

It is in the 50s, and the snow is almost gone. Today’s tour of the neighborhood will be a mixture of some sad things and some to make you smile. We will take the bus even though it is a short ride.

Of course, we need to take food, but since most food stores have minimal supply, we will be forced to make do with what we could find. For an appetizer, we have some Cheetos that are only a day past expiration. The main course will be a choice of hot dogs and beans served on whole-wheat toast with canned green beans or scrambled powdered eggs and spam served with canned peas. For dessert, we have a choice of an orange popsicle or Hostess Ho ho’s. We still have plenty of top-shelf liquor, and our wine today is Carlo Rossi red or Franzia chablis.

Today’s entertainment is Buck Owens.

Jump on the bus, and off we go.

Views of the Neighborhood

The first stop is not too far from home. The mountain laurel in our backyard took a hit.

The ice was in the trees yesterday morning with a wake-up temperature of 21 degrees F. ( -6.1 C)

Β Ice on the bushes. Then the temps went to 57 degrees F (13.8C)

Looks like someone had a hard time stopping before hitting the stop sign. The road was covered in ice.

A bunch of broken juniper limbs.

A snowman still left.

In honor of Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras.

Here’s the mountain laurel all trimmed. The Producer put a tag on its toe, but I got a stay of execution until after the sprig bloom to see what it does.

Palm trees took a big hit.

The deer love the sunshine.

An oak with broken limbs and glare in the photo.

A succulent broken into two pieces. It looks like the weather is going to get better from here and out further.

The tour is finished. Stay and have some more food and drink. Listen to Buck. Enjoy all you Buckaroos. Have a great week.

 

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  1. Def hard on the palm trees 🌴 & trees in general. Too freezing πŸ₯Ά

    Now imagine the weather like this for 4 months lol πŸ˜‚ or colder…. this is how I live 😭😭😭😭

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    1. Yes, but you have strong trees and well-insulated houses. Still, I would die there. Today it’s going to be a high of 20.5 C. More my kind of weather. Stay warm, VR. πŸ₯Ά

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      1. 20??!! Almost summer haha πŸ˜› 2 months to go – & we’ll be β€œthere” too πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  2. What a shock for Texas, eh? I know it’ll be a long to spruce and repair everywhere – but I know you’ll be Texas Strong! I’ll bet, once the initial shock is over, your laurel will bounce back too.

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    1. I think all will be well, GP. We have survived hurricanes and now a polar vortex. We’ll get through it. 😁

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      1. I know you will.

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      2. Thanks. 😁

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  3. That was some fast melting! Country music sure has changed since the Buck Owens days.

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    1. I know right? This was a look back for sure. 😁

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  4. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Melting snow is surely a sign that Spring is on its way. Texas so deserves its arrival. We’ve still got mounds of snow everywhere, but the forecast is of sunny days ahead. YAY! Loved your jaunt around the neighborhood and the Buck Owens finish. 😊

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Ole Buck is a throwback to a simpler time. Have a super Sunday. 😊

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  5. I hate to see the palms damaged. I’m happy your temperatures are moving in the right direction. It won’t be long until everyone is complaining about the heat. Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday, John.

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    1. That is true. I hope all the generating equipment is back before the summer heat. 😁

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  6. Ice storms do bring beauty, but at a great expense. Will improved temps, I hope services can be restored to everyone. Meanwhile, Buck Owens is a reminder that Country & Western then is much different than Country music today.

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    1. Yes, the music then was a simple reflection of life just as today’s is a complex reflection.

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  7. As you know, nature comes back with care. In a couple of months, I’m betting that damage will be a memory. Thanks for the tour, John. I’m guessing you have a water purifier. I know I do. All the best. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. Yes, we do have a purifier. Thanks, Suzanne.

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  8. So glad that temps are rising once again, John. Know my parents are relieved to see the Mercury heading up. Heartbreaking to see the palms. Take care!

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    1. The palms took a real hit. They will come back though. I remember ours on the coast had the same problem. 😁

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  9. The devastation is startling, especially those palm trees. Thanks for the Cheetos and hot dogs.

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    1. Hahahaha. Thank you for coming, Jennie.

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      1. Wouldn’t have missed the bus trip around the neighborhood for anything. πŸ™‚

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      2. Thank you, Jennie.

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      3. You’re welcome, John.

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  10. I’m glad we’re all on the thaw. Yesterday, I got out of the house for the first time in eight days. I’m not will about winter weather and even less fond of it after this disaster. Remind me I said that when we reach triple-digit temps this summer!

    Sad to see the palm trees, and I hope your mountain laurel makes it.

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    1. Thanks, Joan. I hope it makes it too. This 73 degree temp sure feels good.

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  11. That is some serious damage. But I did let out a loud laugh with the Mardi Gras snowman. Sense of humour amidst the carnage is good.
    Love the stay of execution, as well πŸ™‚
    I had to crack up at the snack being served, as well. Hard times and all that πŸ˜‰ But loved me the Buck Owens.
    Stay safe and glad to hear the temps are rising!

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    1. Wasn’t that snow man cute. I went by it today and it is a bunch of beads in a puddle. Yes we are up to 73 degrees now.

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      1. Completely adorable.
        73…. sheesh. Nuts

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  12. How fragile the tropic plants are, my dear John! I’m sorry to see the laurel cut. Nevertheless, you might dry the leaves. 😁😁😁

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    1. Yes the poor laurel. We don’t know its future now but we will wait and see.

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  13. Plant life definitely took a hit there. The ice buildup is a branch’s worst nightmare. Hope you guys recover quickly down there.

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    1. Yes it is. Thanks, Charles.

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  14. I’ve been thinking about you and some of my other Texan blogging friends. The news is full of terrible images and tragedies. Take care, John. I hope that the temps continue to rise and everyone gets their power and water turned on soon. ❀

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    1. We are doing great, Diana. Thanks.

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  15. Someone should have told those snowmen NOT to open the Ark of the Covenant. Finally, a menu my kids will eat . . . well, the cheeto’s and hotdogs, anyways. I’ll settle for the liquor. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Marc. Glad we got something for them

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  16. Sad to see the damaged trees and cacti. Glad to hear it is warmer now. Thanks for Buck Owens. I remember him from Hee Haw!

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    1. Yes Buck is an oldie but goodie.

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  17. This outbreak of winter produced such contrasts: wonderful pictures of ice and snow on the one hand, but immense destruction on the other hand. Thanks for your pictures.
    Enjoy a warmer Sunday,
    Pit

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    1. Thank you, Pit.

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  18. It’s always the trees that take the big hit. Luckily they do recover. I used to go out and de-ice our Christmas camellia trees because they were so slow to recover and I hated to lose them.

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    1. I don’t blame you. We contemplated trying to de-ice our olive tree but gave up the idea. It is fine.

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  19. All those poor trees and bushes! The palm trees are especially so sad to see. I hope they recover. Can palm trees stand up to weather like that?
    I’m glad the worst is behind you, John.
    Loved the photo of the deer sunning themselves πŸ™‚

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    1. The palms will comeback. They will need to be trimmed to get rid of the dead leaves. Thanks, Mae.

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      1. So good to hear about the palms, John. I was worried.

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      2. They usually can sustain some pretty brutal weather. In a hurricane they are usually the only trees left standing.

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  20. The tour must go on! Thanks for sharing what you had! Cheetos pair well with chablis. Glad the snow is melting. Yes, if we can survive hurricanes, heat and droughts, we can survive an arctic vortex. Cute snow people. The many palms around here are sad too. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. Glad you could ride along. Sorry about the food.

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  21. Those poor palm trees. So glad the temps are rising, John, and an orange popsicle actually sounds refreshing. ☺

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    1. Well is has been thawed and refrozen so maybe not. Thanks, Lauren.,

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  22. I’ll bet by today most of your snow, etc., will be gone. Tomorrow, at least. Here, we’re totally thawed. Water pressure’s back, and boil notices are being lifted. We still have one, but I’m sure it’s because of the backup at the state lab. Galveston just had theirs lifted.

    You might get a kick out of some of the images of Austin I snagged. Some, including the Bingo card and the Austin snow removal machine, came from someone using the online name “Evil MoPac.” How great is that?

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    1. The photos were terrific, Linda. I didn’t know you had another site. I just followed over there too. We have 69 degrees which is more normal. 😁

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      1. Oh, my. 69F sounds like heaven! We’re around 60, which is just fine, even without sunshine.

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      2. Now up to 73. Heaven

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  23. And now comes the cleanup and hopefully a return to more agreeable weather.
    Could you pass the Cheetos?

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Marc.

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  24. Those poor trees! Hopefully, Texas doesn’t go through something like this again {{hugs}}

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    1. Thank you, Jacquie. We hope so too. 😁

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  25. It’s sad to see so much damage, John. It’s hard to believe you’re in the same state as you were when you lived on the beach. Do you know whether the storm got that far south?

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    1. They had some low temps and power outages. No snow.

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  26. Golly, Nature can be really hard on plants and trees, can’t it, John? I’m sorry you had to go through all this, but I heard on TV that Texas typically gets a harsh winter every eight or so years. I guess I wasn’t there long enough to experience it, thank heaven.Can’t say as I’m enamored of your menu today, but I hope the store shelves are soon stocked full!

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    1. We have been here in Texas for 21 years and never saw anything like this. Thank you, Debbie.

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  27. Glad it’s warming up for you, John! It’s so sad about the trees but hopefully they’ll bounce back with a little TLC. And thanks for the orange popsicle … my favorite πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Marie. 😁

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  28. Great photos, John. I’ll pass on the food today and go straight to the liquor.:) Love Buck Owens!! Great choice!

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  29. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Wild! I hope everybody has thawed out and can get the old parts moving in synch again.

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    1. I think we are there. It was 73 degrees today.

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  30. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I cringe thinking of palm trees in that cold. Nice to see the deer enjoying the sun. Glad your laurel is getting a chance. Fingers crossed.

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    1. Yes, we will see about the laurel. It looks pretty sad right now. Thanks, Denise.

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  31. I will bring my own food, thanks. Sorry, but your menu doesn’t seem to agree with my digestive system, so I will bring a piece of wheat bread with honey peanut butter, and a few slices of cheese. I nearly cried when I saw the palm trees … I hope they recover. I’m glad your snow has mostly melted … we still have a good 8″ on the ground, the top 2″ of which are now ice, thanks to the melting/refreezing process, and I nearly broke some bones yesterday just trying to salt the walkway. That said, I enjoyed the view around the neighborhood and hope to see crocuses popping out in the next week or two. I’m so jealous of your 50+ temps!!! Keep safe and warm, dear friend.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Yesterday was in the 70s, so I think we are good.

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      1. 70s??? Did you say yesterday was in the 70s? I was pleased as punch because it got all the way up to 23Β° here!!! Tomorrow, though, is supposed to get to … I think 34Β° — a regular heat wave!

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      2. That’s what Ohio gets ya. At least your pipes don’t burst. 😁

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  32. I hope the palms and succulents are hardy enough to come back strong. I loved, loved, loved that Mardi Gras Snowwoman/man!! That was pretty great.

    I am happy to know you and the family came through it pretty well.

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    1. Yes, we are very fortunate for sure. Having lived up North we knew what to do to keep the place from freezing. I’m not sure about the irrigation system but that is for another day.

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  33. Those poor trees and bushes. Hope your laurel rises from the ashes this spring.

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    1. I do too, Teri. Thank you.

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  34. I can’t get over the deer just sitting in the yard. I hope the worst is over.

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    1. Those deer were fine in the cold. Amazing creatures. I think the worst is over. Thanks, Traci.

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  35. Hi John, I’m glad your weather and temperatures are improving. Do you think those palm trees will rebound? Take care.

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    1. I think they will. When we had a freeze at the coast they came back.

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