This page is about winter in Texas. I know it is still technically fall, but we have been having cold (for us) temperatures here in South Central Texas. We just don't experience enough cold each winter to stop growing things here. With the help of a greenhouse and by planting cold-hearty plants, we garden all year long, even when the temperature is in the 30s, like it is this week!
This morning, the low was 36° when I woke up. It is pretty cold out. Of course, there is no snow so it makes cold mornings a lot better than back East. I am from upstate New York and we have lived in Marquette, Michigan so I know what a cold morning really is but when you have survived the wicked heat of summer here in South Central Texas, 36° Fahrenheit means winter in Texas!
This morning, we are very busy with the business. There is a lot of product to be sent up to Amazon today and several of us who don't normally do this anymore have been asked to help with getting product shipped up, including me.
The day went by quickly. We got a lot of product sent to Amazon for your buying pleasure. However, if you want to save money, just go to our website, David's Garden Seeds® and click "Shop".
I collected 18 eggs this afternoon. It was cold all day and will be cold again tonight, in the 30s. So far, the chickens are doing well.
I stopped by to see the seven baby bunnies. They are adorable and getting big fast!
I put away a ton of laundry tonight. Then we watched some TV and I happily fell asleep on the couch in the den. It is the place where I get the best sleep of the night because my nose does not clog when I am sort of sitting up. So cozy and comfy.
Winter in Texas is brief and comes and goes. For instance, the weather last week was up in the 70s during the day but now the morning starts out with 30 degree weather and we barely get into the 50s and 60s during the day. Just a few weeks ago, we had our first freeze. By Christmas, it will be warm again, at least according to the Weather Channel forecast. This morning when I woke up, it was 35° Fahrenheit.
Right now, we have several things growing in our garden beds that are cold hardy, like onions, carrots, some strawberries, kale, spinach, and more. They are not in the greenhouse, but are in hoop houses and some are out in the open raised garden beds.
It got up into the low 60s but it was chilly all day long, just like yesterday. The chickens are doing well despite the cold. I read in one of my chicken books that you should just let them handle the cold on their own. Still, it makes me a bit nervous. They are still putting out a good amount of eggs, between 15 and 19 each day. They are adjusting to winter in Texas very nicely.
Good, cold Wednesday morning. We started at 35° F. and I am still cold in the house. It is 10:30am. The housekeeper is here getting the place cleaned up for Christmas.
Today, our chickens turn 33 weeks old! Can you believe that? I cannot. 2020 just flew by with all of its problems and challenges. I have a feeling that it was a rehearsal for an even tougher 2021. So gather up all of the toilet paper and hand sanitizer you can (LOL)...2021 is just weeks away!
Today is our monthly employee birthday celebration as well as our Christmas luncheon and we are having it catered by a local guy named Bart Oropeza. He catered several of our monthly luncheons here this past summer. He is a great cook so we should enjoy it. A lot of the cars are parked in our personal driveway today so there is room for guests to park as well as store customers.
We have two birthdays for December. Last year, we had two different birthdays--Josue and Bethany, both of whom left us this year when we made our move to the farm. Bethany actually graduated from dental assistant school and got a new job just before the move. We sure miss her.
Our housekeeper is here. She arrived at 8:35am so she can get out of here early. I have invited her to have lunch with our team. She says she has another house at 2pm so she needs to get moving!
Matthew is hanging all of the fairy lights that I bought in the summer. He hung a few then, but most have just been sitting in the sun all rolled up. Soon the house will look good year round at night.
I just let the dogs out to go potty and it is still so cold out there. The wind is chilly. The dogs are safely back inside my office at home. Winter in Texas is cold this month.
I need to go over to the new building and make sure everything is getting done for the luncheon.
Susan just handed me a box from UPS. I thought it was Max's new bedding that I ordered for Christmas. Amazon lost the first package of new bedding for him. It was not bedding in the box. It was a package of Christmas gifts for us from my mother and sister. I will save them for Christmas morning.
The lunch was delicious. We had our own 20 team members plus 11 guests. We enjoyed brisket, grilled chicken, au gratin potatoes, and green beans. We also had two birthday cakes and two strawberry cakes from the caterer.
It is now 3:15pm and I am in the store working. Karen had to leave early for an appointment so I am holding down the fort. Our housekeeper is still working on the house and our dogs are relaxing in my home office. The kitty is just wherever she wants to be. She hissed at the housekeeper and went on about her business.
Karen waited on a couple in the store this afternoon while I was putting up more Christmas decorations outside.
David and Matthew have an appointment to go to, so the rest of us will keep the business going until 5pm.
Today, we had to spray the chickens again with the purple stuff. For some reason, about 11 of them are being pecked clean. A few days go by and I see the beginnings of feathers and then they are pecked all over again.
We collected 18 eggs so the daily egg production goes up and down by just a few. We are getting more than enough eggs each day!
Rodrigo picked all of the bush beans and I know they will be delicious. There is nothing like fresh beans from the garden.
Work is busy with a lot of time consuming computer work. We are also adding stores on different platforms so we don't have all of our eggs in just one basket.
It got down to 37° Fahrenheit this morning, more winter in Texas. Now it is in the 40s. However, the clouds have moved in and we have a good chance of rain this afternoon into this evening. It is a chilly day. It looks like it could snow, but it is not cold enough!
We never got a drop of rain but it stayed sort of chilly all day long. I collected 15 eggs. The chickens are doing well but they are still pecking each other.
We had three different visitors to the store today, a bit unusual since most locals are talking about corona resurgence and sheltering at home again...
Winter in Texas meant temperatures were in the 30s again. This morning, we started the day with a yummy German pancake and then we went grocery shopping for everything we would need for Christmas. I even picked up a large turkey for David to smoke on New Year's Day.
We got home and I started cleaning up a bit. One of our Financial Peace University students from San Antonio texted that she needed some help so she came out in the afternoon for a financial coaching session. It went well and then she purchased a few packs of seeds and a dozen of my delicious chicken eggs.
Speaking of eggs, I collected just 14 today.
The Svengoolie movie was The Invisible Woman and it was fun but I thought he would have shown a Christmas type movie...
Happy Sunday from the farm. We had a beautiful sunrise that looked like a red fireball coming up from the earth behind the large oak. The colors out here are just fantastic! Of course, because it is winter in Texas, the temperature was 37° when I woke up.
David finally found the grill of his dreams. He gave his small Traeger grill to his son, Jeremy last month and said he was looking for a new grill that uses wood chips. He could not find it. While we were getting ready for church this morning, I told him about Pitt Boss grills. I have seen Willie Robertson use them on Instagram. I am a big Duck Dynasty fan. David pulled up the Pitt Boss grills and bought one. We picked it up after church. It took three men to get it up on the truck so tomorrow, three men will have to take it off of the truck and put it together. Merry Christmas, David!
In the afternoon, I wrapped the rest of the gifts and folded laundry while doing more laundry. Then Matthew and I sprayed the pecked chickens again. I collected 14 eggs.
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