Fall in Houston is a confusing time. The ads on TV show people layered in coats and long sleeves frolicking in vibrant orange leaves with lightly worn brown leather boots. It’s the picture of fall happiness. So we, as South Texans, do the same pulling our one long sleeve shirt out of the back of the closet that we’ve been hoarding for the last 10.5 months since we placed it back there and we put it on. We pull on our cowboy boots because that’s as close as we get to trendy riding boots (cowboy boots are truly for riding you know) and we wrap a scarf tightly around our neck and pour ourselves a piping hot cup of tea. Then we already have to go knock our AC’s down 10 degrees.
Finally we step outside ready to walk briskly through the cool autumn air while bright orange and red leaves crunch beneath our boots. And yet as soon as our bodies hit the humid 97 degree air we wilt into a puddle on the sidewalk, stripping off the layers and replacing them with t-shirts, shorts and flip flops.
At least we still have the fall colors that mother nature brings forth. Right?
Bright green is a fall color isn’t it? The petals on the flowers that are still blooming is kinda burnt red in the right light.
And just look at those leaves! Ready to
fall stay put for a few more months!
And that cute fall wardrobe is more like whatever the 4 year old picked out since we’re on a mission to teach her greater independence this week. Add a pair of fancy leather riding boots to the princess t-shirt and dancing frog pajama pants and she’s ready to go!
There’s just a enough signs of fall to give us hope such as this mum that came up in my flower bed as a surprise. It’s slowly getting bigger.
Or the one acorn that we found today.
Fall in Houston… Also known as summer part 2. Winter will be here before we know it (for about 3 weeks)! It’s time to break out the snowsuits! Oh wait.