Signs of Spring

Storm clouds gathered recently and the weathermen were all cautioning about potential severe storms including 60-mph winds, hail, and even tornadoes. I’m terrified of tornadoes. I’m not sure why, maybe my childhood home was a hot-spot for tornadoes or something but for some reason I have a healthy heaping dose of fear of them. So the forecasts had me plenty worried.

01-13 Storm Clouds

Thankfully the only outcome from this storm was about 3/4″ rainfall, the winds were not high and we didn’t receive any hail. This makes me happy on two levels – first I got to avoid the weather that can have me curled into the fetal position babbling incoherently about flying monkeys and Auntie Em, but it also resulted in the much-coveted moisture that’s been severely lacking in our area.

January was pretty good to us this year. The weather is always unpredictable during this time of year and it swings from beautiful blue skies to stormy skies to blustery cold snowy skies – I’ve loved them all. It’s not necessarily rare that we see snow in NE Texas but we get the white stuff pretty infrequently so I was excited to see measurable snowfall a couple of times this season.  Moisture is moisture in whatever form it comes and we’ll take all we can get.

01-13 Cistern Snow

After so many months of being dry in 2012 we finally received several small rains in December and  January.  The result has been a blessing to our very dry ponds which have been slowly  filling back up after being zapped through months and months of moisture hardship.  I love to stroll around our pastures, I think there’s beauty everywhere and during all seasons.  But it’s so much more exciting when weather wrongs are finally being righted again.

01-13 Barn Pond (2)

Signs of spring are showing up everywhere, including sprouting green in our pastures is so vivid it hurts your eyes…  in a good way.  My color-starved eyes are enjoying the green that rightfully belongs on our piece of paradise.  All that’s old is new again.

01-13 Green Sprouts01-13 Signs of SpringWeather like this gets me itching to get into the garden and begin prepping it for planting.  I know not to jump in there too soon, winter’s not done with us yet!  But with these glorious signs of spring my thoughts are turning to warmer and greener times.  What about you – are you seeing signs of spring?

01-13 Tree Sprout


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6 thoughts on “Signs of Spring

  1. Madge @ The View From Right Here

    Rain, snow is SO needed in the mid-section of our country… praying the drought will be broken and the land nourished again… Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #69!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Madge – Love the Weekly Top Shot – thanks for the opportunity. We’re thankful to have received some moisture during the winter months. Praying for continued recovery. ~TxH~

  2. Texas Homesteader Post author

    Rose, Thank you for your kind words. I love our 1880’s barn and it gets included in lots of shots. Sorry to hear of your weather woes – it seems most of the country was gripped in drought during 2012. Before the drought, rain was something I enjoyed most for how sweet it made the air smell. Now I get almost giddy when I see the rain clouds gather. Praying for rain for all our drought-stricken areas. ~TxH~

  3. Rose

    I love your header shot…enjoyed the ones in this post also. We have got some much needed rain the past couple of months, too. I have never seen it so dry and so hot for so long. I forget how many days in a row we had temps over 100º….and this is West-central Indiana.

  4. Texas Homesteader Post author

    Thanks for your comments Beth. Our cattle are Herefords. When we first decided to start raising cattle my husband insisted on Herefords because it was reminiscent of the “old west”. 🙂 I absolutely love BC – old barns are near & dear to my heart! The 1880’s barn located on this property is the reason we chose this location to begin our new country life. It’s true what they say, “They just don’t make ’em like they used to”. ~TxH~

  5. Beth

    great shots. love the cow – i need find a brown cow around here – we usually see black & white ones … it’s the little things that make life grand. thanks, for linking up to BC. take care. ( :


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