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Blue Bonnets were blooming in the Big Bend National Park a few weeks ago.

My mesquite trees were budding and leafing out.

It was 80" F one day and 15" the next.

My kids are unpredictable as I don't have any idea when they will come for Christmas.  To be prepared, I went to get the turkey out of the freezer so it could be thawing in the fridge.  The first thing I grabbed was a package of jerky that just didn't feel right. Upon further inspection, the freezer has died.  Lucky, I went to get that turkey.  Most everything was still frozen.

Of course, it is an old freezer and probably just died though I wonder is the 15' F has anything to do with it.

Now I know when the kids are coming.  We bought a new freezer that they will pickup today and bring to us.

Anything unusual happen other places?





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It is way below normal here. It was 3 degrees this morning when it should be almost 20. (F)

But winters typically come in pairs, and this is what happened last year. We had very little snow, so it should be a decent winter, just cold.

But today is the last day of fall; we are headed towards summer now and those nice long days! Yeah for winter solstice!
 
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im in zone 8a, too, and its slightly warmer than usual this year so far, but we had a cold snowy winter last year. Something unusual- had a single rose bloom in December. Very strange. Its not that warm! And this was in our cold (30's) streak!
Never seen something like it before. I call it "Winter Rose"
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Another happening that I forgot to mention is that some critter dug up my coffee grounds and ate the whole 3 gallons of it. I have been putting 3 gallon batches in the garden since 2016 and nothing has ever eaten before!
 
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