Well to be honest with her you should also tell her that many people stay in doors for a long hot time down here. I would take a cold winter for a nice spring summer and fall myself.
Carrie, people are friendly and from all over the world so you will find it a nice place to live. But, hot does not even begin to describe how miserable the weather can be...
On a happier note, you can grow some cacti outdoors.
You can wear sandals, shorts, white shoes
and accessories and pastel colors all year
round, or r, if you prefer, long pants, sweaters
indoors and black all the time (but it will just
make you feel hotter.
newton, it isn't HOT yet, and from where north? Texas has a LOT of different regions- desert to seashore - to piney woods, or even the prairies, but best of all, whenever anyone comes home to the Texas borders, you can here em shout I'm HOME! There's NOWHERE like Texas! (Of course, we understand when that is also the downside of being home) Chuckl
Yes, I wipe the sweat off at night in the winter wherever I sleep, but that's a different thread!
Thank you very kindly for starting this thread in my honor. (I'm Carrie, and I approve this thread?) I don't know what to say! How about I'm ALWAYS cold in other people's air conditioning so I'm a little worried about movie theaters, restaurants, other people's cars and houses but I'm sure we can work something out. DH and I always go somewhere warm on vacation -- ice fishing or even skiing or ice skating are activities that have never held any appeal for me, although I agree you would have an easier time doing them in MN than in TX. (I love to swim, especially in the warm ocean, like the Caribbean, so that's what I'm thinking of when I talk about hot vacations.)
DH works for JetBlue, which is starting at DFW in May. We can fly to Aruba or Mexico for free, which is the only way we can afford to, as long as we go at the wrong time of year. I can't imagine my bones being as cold after the short slightly cooler Texas winter as they are after the very long cold New England, nor can I imagine going to Mexico from Texas the way you would go from Boston (I would go) when it's April or May, not so touristy but I'm not warmed up yet. No, I think I will be warmed up! So now maybe we will travel in Texas to see all the things I never saw--or back East to see my parents.
I tried tomatoes in MA--I had to use super fast ripening ones and still barely had time to ripen completely, although hornworms did me in before frost did. But they were SO MUCH WORK for so few wimpy tomatoes; I should have tried potatoes.
I did buy a new bathing suit...but that's to cover my new surgery scar.
It's really hard to know what to pack. The 'relocation company' will move whatever we want moved (only one piano, the bums) and no live plants (as I said, the bums) but conceivably stuff like lawn furniture or potting soil or toothpaste that I stocked up on. We didn't think we'd be moving! He told me he wouldn't get the job, he was too old, they were sure to chose someone younger, hipper, sexier, whatever. Yadda yadda yadda. So I continued stocking up on all the stuff we always need, and now we have a lot of stuff!
Other than the weather and the friendly people, the next best thing about Texas is the food! BBQ and mexican are at the top of my list. I am really convinced that I was born in the wrong part of the country...
We just had brisket at Baker's Ribs in Dallas. I highly recommend it.
Now I never produced as much sweat as I do here in TX. The first time sweat ran down my face, I thought a bird pooped on me! That is a true story. I always thought I was lacking in sweat glands but not now.
I have learned to like dry rub BBQ, so that is a definate plus.
It's neat seeing the towns you guys are from. I mean we just got back from a week in TX house-hunting a car-shopping. So now I mostly know sort of where Grapevine, Arlington and North Richland Hills are relative to each other and to Dallas or Fort Worth. I've been lurking around this forum just as an impartial observer -- probably the first time I came as a guest was in March or so -- but the names of the places didn't mean anything to me. But we looked at a house in North Richland Hills.
That's a relief! No stupid little things to put down on top of the icy patch when your all-weather tires aren't working, right, not those instead? It's not a cruel joke, NO GETTING STUCK IN SNOW PERIOD? I totally didn't think about that. I was just thinking about not being cold, or what if I were cold. I forgot about how awful driving in the winter is! And EVERY year I get stuck in the driveway at least once. OMG.
While that is true Baja I have to say that on the rare occasions when it does snow here this snowgirl (spent about half my life in very snowy climates) won't leave the house. It's not that I don't know how to drive in the snow... (I'll let you finish that sentence) :)
Wow! I can't keep up with this welcome... sounds like Ms Carrie is coming home.
I was going to comment on the occasional snow. It is a holiday as Baja said. The schools close and folks stay home. When we first moved here, there was a snow and DH was the only tracks into town to work. Even my boss called and said stay home. I thought Yippee!
I think you will love the climate and not to worry about the heat. Everything is airconditioned. You can work outdoors and come in to cool down when needed.
BTW, after your comment about your honey "he was too old, they were sure to chose someone younger, hipper, sexier, whatever" you better look at that guy closer. LOL
No getting stuck in the driveway Carrie and definately no snow tires, chains etc. I always stick up for my northern (yankee) roots but its all for fun. It is hotter than hell here but it beats a long dark and very cold winter. Besides, I like cactus and find Texans a very friendly and proudful lot. Welcome and I know you will enjoy your new home as much as I do.
Carrie, when I first moved to Texas (from North Louisiana) chuckle. I was attending the University of Houston and got out of my car at school dressed in jeans and a sweat shirt. Out of the car ahead of me in the next row a woman got out of her car, zipped up a fur lined parka, pulled the hood up and tied it under her chin before hiking to class. It was 45*. I almost died laughing. The joke is on me however, after living here for about 10 years, I was doing the same thing. When I first got here, I remember thinking that if an alien landed here in August, he would go back and report the planet too hot for human habitation. Ive adjusted to the heat somewhat as well. Texas creates a sort of opposite world where you need your sweater or coat in the summer because the AC is so cold in buildings and in the winter the buildings are so hot you need to wear something cool under your winter coat so you can take off your coat and be comfortable. There are a lot more bugs here than you are probably used to. My house was new when I moved here and my first set of plants were all eaten completely. Later I was able to get a little ecosystem going with frogs and lizards and some things began to survive. I still dont have a solution for the mosquitos. IF ANYONE DOES, PLEASE POST HERE.
LOL on the parka. We felt that way when we first moved to the south from MN. Laughing at the kiddos wearing mittens and parkas on their way to school when we were in short sleeves. Now, the blood has thinned out. Never owned long johns till we moved here and now, if I put them on, I keep them on all winter. Guess the joke is on me but it is a damp cold and rather bone chilling.
Bernie ~ you sound like my husband. He grumbles as there are rarely players on any of the sports teams that grew up in the state they are representing. All it takes is money...
On the mosquitoes, we have a customer that wears those spiral citronella bands around his hat and his cuffs. Rather looks like one of those aliens you mentioned Steadycam. LOL Kristi
I tried Avon Skin So Soft one time and was nearly eaten alive. Mosquitoes LOVE that stuff on me.
Welcome to Texas, Carrie. I moved here from Michigan in 1980 and absolutely love it. I hate cold weather and even the H*ll On Earth summer we had last year wasn't enough to make me change my mind. You will get used to the heat and you will love the winters. And being able to work in the flowerbeds year round!!
The mosquitos around here just laugh at skin so soft and Deep Woods off only lasts a couple hours. I dont know which I hate the most, getting eaten alive or spraying some awful chemical on my skin that tans it into leather. Im outdoors a LOT and I find that just about dusk they are the worst so I plan around that time period if possible.
Don't know if you remember me from the Coleus threads of 2007, when I first joined DG!
Welcome, welcome, welcome!
One good thing about becoming a Texan is that you'll be able to save on gas and electricity for cooking. We can scramble eggs on the sidewalk here in the summer. Which, BTW, lasts from around April to October.
Also, you can forget that "Winter-Spring-Summer-Fall" thing. Here, we go from Fall to an overnight chill, to about 1 week of pure heaven, then straight to H - - L. Truly makes you wanna walk the "straight and narrow..."
Only thing I like better about Houston weather vs. my native Louisiana weather is it's less humid here. You only need to wring out your clothes once in awhile...oh, and there aren't any nutria rats...ok...
Carrie, AC is not an option here as you have probably guessed. Your house must have it, your car must have it and where you work must have it. It is expensive too. Ask to see the electric bill for a house before you take it. Good insulation in a house is the key to a lower electric bill. Look in the attic and see how many inches of insulation is there, ask about insulation in the walls. On the bright side, heating bills are quite low especially if you heat with natural gas vs electricity. Generally speaking gas appliances are less expensive to run than electric ones. Choose a house with gas appliances if you have the option.
Dallas doesnt have the humidity Houston does, even in dry summers- the ac tonnage is higher per sq ft in Houston because of the humidity- But Texas doesnt pay for the electric nor gas bills like the neast corner, we dont make the pay either, so it evens out. The roads unfortunately are being turned into toll roads instead of freeways-but I doubt there's very many Texans that know what pikes are- or Twnships either, chuckle. Yup to the mosquitoes, dunks in standing water, always empty uncovered standing water, and they dont like breezes nor sun, and we have little native fishes named mosquito fish, and citronella bushes, and none of em last on our hungry skeeters. If you go to Houston, beware of the Nile virus those beasties carry if the season shows up. There are supposed to be certain colors that attract mosquitoes- as well as the salt and sugar we eat drawing them, oh, well. Enjoy your stay, gtg back to work.
What a complicated place to live. Here you get up in the morning, go about your business, go out to eat at your favorite restaurant, dining on the patio, then maybe home to sit out on the deck for the rest of the evening. Farmers raise soybeans here, so no mosquitoes.
Wring out your clothes, wow!
Mosquitoes usually prefer my daughter--I'll just make sure she's upwind of me. I'm worried though, because every time I've been to Texas so far, I have packed for heat, and have been freezing in the AC. Even in the hotels, I can't seem to get things adjusted right so that I'm comfortable. I'm either hot, sweaty, and sleepless, or cold, icy, and sleepless. I really hope that once we are in our own bed in our own house with our own food I will sleep better. Otherwise, I won't play!
Once or even twice or three times a year I write an article for DG about being cold, gardening in the cold, rainy, short season in New England, not taking my lung underwear off, or some topic related to being cold. I'm hoping that this move will provide me with a fresh batch of things to write about! But I'm worried I may have packed my down parka too soon. Every time (so far) that I've come to visit, it has rained and/or I've been cowering in the frozen front aseat of someone's car. (Brrrrr.)
I hate to admit it, but a lot of people around here don't know how to drive in the snow and ice either. Especially kids or new drivers. People who have never driven standard transmission. People who weren't listening during driver's ed. And we make panic trips to the grocery store too. But it all will be a learning curve!
My husband will have to work 365 days a year as his job counts as an emergency utility transportation type of thing, but I am happy to stay home. I read a l-o-n-g trhead on the Tomato Gardening forum today and I am psyched...can't dig in the yard.
We have lots of mosquitoes here too, that "no standing water" isn't just Texas. Remind me to check on the screen door! The house is brick with AC, electric stove, hmmm I can't remember what kind of heat, as long as they have internet so I can log on to DG.
nope, if its boxed and fits the space, its sent. You will have central air, it dries out the air indoors. some folx add a cool mist vaporizer and it helps warm up indoor air, i always have my fan goin no matter the temps, and IF you are lucky enough, you will find that keeping temps to a certain range will help your tolerances of outdoor heat an cold, - better than just yankin the t'stat aroun-which is why my fan is where i am.
Carrie, its important to remember that when the plant tag says "full sun", it may not mean Texas sun. North Richland Hills is a nice area and they have a great public water park. There are a lot of great things to do in the Metroplex. There are some outstanidng art museums in both Ft. Worth and Dallas. But you have to try to visit the Hill Country in the spring and see the bluebonnets. Its like nothing you've ever seen. And if you really want to experience Texas, head west on I-20 on a Friday night in the fall and check out a high school football game. Out west we take our high school football real serious, mainly 'cause we don't have anything else to do.;)
Rampbrat, yes, I sort of deduced that, because in BOSTON full sun isn't FULL SUN, I mean I can sun burn a plant here by putting it in the sun too soon, or I myself can get a sunburn with this piddling sun here, so your sun in Texas is real SUN. I'm thinking High Country Gardens has plants you guys can grow--I always lust after their catalogs but my eastern climate is too soggy.
Last time ww flew into Austin it had just rained...late March I think...and the BLUEBONNETS WERE BLOOMING! I had heard of them, I have even written about thm and I have seen pictures but never seen them in person! OH!!! No wonder! My DIL had a picture on facebook -- she lives in DFW and is not a gardener but she does like parks and hiking and she posted a glorious picture.
Newtonsthird--you're Cheryl, right? Anyway, yeah, sometimes the stuff from there is super wonderful (until it doesn't make it through mud season, or ice season), sometimes I just look and don't order, and sometimes I am very impressed. Once or twice I was Very Impressed until the plant didn't make it through mud season. ^_^ After that happened enough times, I just stopped ordering, since I am way too wet for their plants anyway.
Newton's Third Law is what, exactly? That's not one of the Laws of Thermodynamics (heat travels from a hotter body to a colder body), is it?
I've had better luck with Santa Rosa Gardens, but of course there are a lot of great nurseries in the Metroplex. Some of the things that do well in the desert southwest, don't like east Texas humidity.
Welcome Carrie. I'm another transplant (from the Chicago area). When DH came home and said we needed to move our business and to pick somewhere I said I wanted to move at least two planting zones above where I was in Chicago. I e-mailed him a copy of the USDA zone map and he started to work. NE Texas is where we landed and I love it. Hope you do too!
Hah! That's a great story! I am sick of hearing myself complain about the winter all year. I don't mind the heat, at least from this perspective I don't. (Still under my down comforter in Boston, that is.)
It's all hypothetical so far, but moving day has been set, we've signed a lease, DH has signed a contract, grand-kids want him to move in there but but I'm pretty sure his son and our daughter-in-law would not be so thrilled with the idea!
I'm bound and determined to love it for at least two years (the old college try we've all heard of). After that I may admit to be a little overwhelmed by the heat, but not before, lol.
Carrie, I dont know what part of Texas you are coming to but ... bring your Hostas! Just bring the bare roots! :) I will tell you what to do with them when you get here. lol
Hopefully you are coming to North Texas. ;)
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!
What do you mean Carrie?
Sheila, not true! I give away more Hostas locally than I sell wholesale. I tried retail, it dont work for me. I just sent Chuck in Plano and Shawna in KY two big bags. I ordered 100 bare roots for the Dallas Catholic Diocese, now if I can get over there to plant them. :)
The current tentative plan is to stay in DFW until DH retires. He will be eligible in 2.5 years. So we have to stay at least that long. We will probably stay as long as we love it, but AT LEAST 2.5 years, no matter how we feel! I truly hope we love it, I do, moving is too stressful! And as he keeps pointing out, he may have a blast and love it. The last time he was in Texas he was 18 y o and in the USAF and loved it (away from home for the first time, out of NY for the first time)! We love to travel.
Tans are different in different states, Texas tan resembles leather, Calif tans are 'golden beaches' tan - seriously, was told we had a mini quake in Nacogdoches today- see- we have a bit of everything!
Coming from shakyland I will tell you why you don't feel most of the quakes it has to do more with the depth shallow faults cause the real damage if you want track the quakes go to the USGS site it is very complete will show the time and severity as well as how deep..In Nevada we lived practically on top of a shallow fault it was quite active but also very small ..It was more annoying than anything else,,
I was there last weekend, now I'm back in Boston for MD appointments and so on. Absolutely in Euless full time permanently after June 1! OMG!!! Can't wait for a real bed, stuff like that. Cooked food instead of drive-through, etc. (DH is on the Aerobed, poor thing.)
We import a lot of folx into Texas, usually they bring their cultures with them- and food! Closer to Houston the trail rides and chili Cookoffs are happening - then toward San Antone there are the beer festivals, flea markets, strawberry festivals, summers end rodeos, but, look around! Our nickname for Euless is Useless, Bedford- Bedroom, etc
Hostas are basic low plants for any yard or pot in Texas . Sylvia just sent me a big bag and if I don't get her postage in the mail she'll think I'm a deadbeat .
I'm posting from Georgia but have to have my Texas winter , six months out of the year . I ARE a born TEXAN ! God smiled on me .
Chuckl, Texas is a Lot like Arizona in that, if it doesn't stick you, bite you, scratch you, claw you, or poison you, it isn't native, I can name more stickers than grassburs to cause bodily harm to you, chuckl
I've been pulling them up by the roots , before the stickers get hard , for three years . I think my neighbor brought them in on the tires of his lawn mower when he does me a favor and mows while I'm out of state .
Cowtown is my stomping grounds (Fort Worth) for Carrie, who probably doesn't know. It is also "where the west begins" (Will Rogers once said). We are a laid back though cultural too, home loving, Texas loving city. A restaurant once had T-shirts made that said " In Dallas it's Sushi...in Fort Worth it's bait".
Hahahaha that's a good one. Except of course, coming from the place where they actually CATCH the fish, we are terrified to eat fish out here. Way too far from the ocean. DH is at the airport all day watching shipments of frozen seafood thaw out and get re-frozen when they get picked up 4 hours later after a delay. (Shudder.) Not eating sushi in Dallas! I had a wonderful tuna steak in Las Colinas before we moved but knowing what I know now...no way.
Btw there's a lobster surplus in Maine this year for some reason, so they are trying to think of more ways to use it--lobster butter and jelly sandwiches? Kraft lobster and cheese? McLobster sandwiches in the kids' meals?
Crawfish, shrimp, clams taste filthy, I can eat albacore tuna, black tip shark and occasionally salmon- if I can stand to smell them it's a good sign. But even lobster slams my throat into air gasps just to touch- and my lips pouf up lumpy as well, chuckl, shrug, I don't miss them cuz I have never been able to enjoy them.
Well this morning it is 65 here. Had a nice cold front come in and cooled it off. I forgot what a cool breeze felt like it had been so long!
Carrie...The doctor probably meant the enviroment is different with plants and dust that carry things you haven't been subjected to before. I know to take Alavert this morning because the wind out of the north brings Mountain Cedar and other things my nose and eyes can't tollerate.
I am off to play in the river today...hope everyone has a great day!
Pick you up some local honey, helps get your body used to all the things in Texas that you stand, of course, when Texas wants to, even the allergy pills are overwhelmed, chuckl, you will see people wearing dust masks who aren't giving in to our wealth of pollens infiltrating the air.
kitt, lobster, shrimp, crab, crawfish, all those things with legs are crustaceans, and if you're allergic to one, you're probably allergic to them all. (my kids' father was horribly allergic to them, so I always had to watch them to see if the kids were allergic too.) Fish fish, like tuna and salmon, are quite different except for the little detail about breathing underwater. While you're traveling, maybe you'll be near some actually fresh fish! Fish shouldn't smell "fishy" just like meat shouldn't smell like a dead cow, lol.
I've heard that about local honey, too, but I've also read studies that refute that belief. Honey can't hurt, though. Whatever I was allergic to was definitely not airborne, but it's gone now and I hope it NEVER returns.
Oh Carrie , I've heard that about honey too . Seems to me if it's clover honey , or whatever , it may be true you could build an immunity to clover , or whatever . I don't see it helping with anything else tho .
No matter what I eat , my nose and sinuses stop up for awhile .I guess , looking at me , you'd know I'm not allergic to food . LOL (Or maybe I am )
for me it is the sap of various things that I some times have to trim esp. Privit If you don't know about Privit it is a hedge plant that spreads like mad when I have to trim it I wear a full face resperator otherwise I am gasping like a fish out of water..
Fifty years ago , the nurseries were selling privit rootings for a penny apiece . Enough people in this area bought them that they spread worse than Johnson grass . I get little sprigs come up all of a sudden the last coupla years that I pull up around 35 a season . Mowing them off just makes them sprout out thicker at the bottom .We have fields of them .
Local honey is good. Add your herbs, and mints to it to flavor it-use in that good ol antioxidant- a cup of hot tea, yummmm. My allergy is to me- the whites of my eyes puff up and burn like fire when I get a viral sinus infection- I dont even rub my eyes or wear makeup, no no no.
Boy, I was NEVER goofy back home, no way, you guys are SO MUCH GOOFIER than DG members on the east coast, omg, NOT. I think goofy tends to find goofy, and I found you guys, or you-all, so there you have it. Goofy will out, or goofy of a feather tends to goof together, or haven't they thought of a cliche for us yet?
You mean I've been allergic to Texas goofiness all my life? Or maybe my kids are allergic to goofiness, and not dust, mold, mites, animals, crustaceans, homework, wheat, and whatever else the doctors are saying? Hmmmm, it somehow sorta makes sense.