One of the things I've always loved about living in central Texas is that we truly have four seasons. Some of them may only last for a few days while others last for eight months; but, we have all four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter.
Summer is our predominant season. It can go on for seemingly forever with high temperatures, dry weather, hot winds and long dusty days. It also includes swimming at the pool, fishing at the river, eating watermelon, playing golf, or even just laying about in a hammock and swatting away flies.
Fall and spring are our most transitory of seasons. Sometimes it can seem that we move through them all too quickly they are done before we even realize that they've started. But, when we do have them, they are completely amazing.
Mason County in the spring - I mean a really great spring that has hillsides and roadways covered in color, the sweet smell drifting into your windows and butterflies and bees buzzing all around - that is something that is not to be missed. The roadways are clogged with visiting motorists stopping along the way every few miles to pull out their cameras and take copious amounts of photos. Around town, there are no parking spots. The restaurants are all full. The sidewalks have constant traffic, even in the morning before the stores open, and at night when everything has closed for the day.
Oh, and the fall. It starts to finally cool off at the end of the day. The kids all return to school, football takes over on Thursday and Friday, band music drifts up from the practice field every day, and the hunters arrive in town. Not just a few of them,,, there are entire platoons of dover hunters, turkey hunters, deer hunters. There are deer blinds, deer corn, arrows, bullets, camo clothing and more four-wheelers than at a motocross race!
And then, there is winter.
So often in Mason County, winter is four to seven days long. It is a few short days of temperatures that drop down to, or just below, the freezing mark. There are the rare snow flurries, occasional ice storms, and even a bit of drama as storms move toward us, over us, and then move on their way.
But then you have a winter like this one! During 2013 and 2014, winter has settled in and made itself known over and over. We've had temperatures in the teens, frozen water pipes, a little bit of sleet, a little bit of snow, and a lot of really cold weather. This year, winter has been everything it's supposed to be and more.
I don't mind the cold weather. It is a refreshing change from the weather we have during our other three seasons. It is a time when everyone drags out their warmest clothing, their biggest coats and their most creative methods for staying warm. Fireplaces are stoked, campfires are cherished, and the occasional hot toddy is shared among friends!
Of course, the other advantage of living in the Texas hill country is that we know this bitterly cold weather will not last much longer. The bitterly cold weather is great for fruit trees and grape vines. It is a natural way for weaker animals to be culled from the system and for bugs and pests to be brought under control. But, then it fades into spring and summer as the northern hemisphere begins tilting back toward the sun.
I love my four distinct seasons, and I love each of them for their own unique reasons. But, I most love that the seasons change in the repetitive cycle of life. If it's too hot, it will eventually cool off. If it's too cold, it will finally warm back up again.
It's a winter wonderland, with an expiration date!
It’s all just my opinion.