Winter in South Texas: we sat outside, last night, as the temperature dropped rapidly from around 70 to about 45 (it dropped into the 30s as we slept) & roasted eggplants in a chiminea over mesquite embers & drank beer.
Our freezer is full of tamales. Hundreds of chattering birds wake us each morning. It's sunny again, today, and warming quickly. The bougainvillea is covered with what strikes me as an absurd amount of purple flowers, and the orange tree is bearing lots of its extra-sweet fruit again this year. Here are a couple of five-minute-old photos for those of you in cold, cloudy places.