Saturday, July 12, 2014

First Impressions of Texas From a California Girl


Photo by Me

I was born in San Francisco, California and in all of my 59 years I have never lived more than 2 hours from my city of birth. My homes have always been in the small towns surrounding The City. Until now. Would you care to hear some first impressions of Texas from a small-town California girl? 

I did not want this first post to be all about the famous hot weather of Texas......I have convinced myself that it is all a head-game. If I do not expend too much energy "fighting" the heat, it will become my new normal a bit sooner..... but to address the intense weather of Texas is simply inescapable.

WARNING: The following post may not be considered a "proper" conversation for a genteel church lady, especially in "mixed company". But you must remember that I am a recovering church lady, and I am breaking free from the social restraints about what is the acceptable and correct behavior of a "lady." (Especially a CHURCH lady.) 

You've been warned.

You know that dark colored band of sweat that forms around the crown of an old cowboy hat? It looks manly and adds a subtle character to a true working cowboy's headgear. It does not look disgusting at all, does it? Well, I have learned that there are other, more hidden bits of clothing that gain that same band of sweat-stain. I never knew or experienced that before! And yep, it IS disgusting looking.  Eeeew!

The humid Texas heat has also given me a new signature move that I have noticed the last few days. I find myself raising my arms away from my sides in an upward motion. Similar to a chicken-dance kind of thing. Hopefully I will get over this need to separate my arms from sticking to my sides and I will learn to just let them be glued together like a straight-jacket. 

~ And then there is the issue of make-up. I have always worn the bare minimum of make-up. Growing up in the era of hippies and "the natural look" led to a habit of wearing very little on my face. This is a good thing, because here in the Texas heat, what little I am wearing slides right off my face within the first 20 minutes of being outside! I am "glowing" all the time, but cannot use the excuse that my pregnant daughter-in-law can use. Need to do some research on using powdered foundation or liquid....though the powdered BECOMES liquid all by itself! I may be leaning toward forgetting the whole effort. BUT, that is probably not going to happen because I still have a lot of proper church lady in me.

~ But my main first impression of Texas is that it is quite beautiful and very friendly! I will admit that the California snob in me expected an entirely brown, flat landscape full of people who hated Californians. Not true at all. Although some are surprised at our choice to leave Cali for Texas, like our new banker. He said that he seldom heard of anyone who would want to leave CA for TX. He agreed that family is an important reason to move here and we gained his blessing. I mean he LITERALLY blessed us as we left. 

Okay, now I am remembering all those skits about the South, where women say "Well, bless her heart", when they really mean just the opposite! But I want to believe that the "bless you's" that we have heard from random store clerks and waiters are sincere. 

We DO feel very blessed...to be in Texas...to be near Writer Son and Sassy Bride...to be just days away from moving into a beautiful home WITH A POOL! (Sorry to keep mentioning it, BUT OH MY GOODNESS!) We are also enjoying this fun get-to-know you time with Sassy Bride's family! I am so thankful for the warm (HOT!) welcome they have given us. Everyone is so excited for us and happy to have us here. (Future pool invites COULD be involved. Haha!) 

Thanks for coming along with me on this journey into a new land...more to come in future posts. 

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17 comments:

  1. Susie:
    I like what you say here. I live in the same town I was born in. Hubby is from a rural area in southern part of our state. The people are different down there than where we live. The living is more laid back. It would take me a while to get adjusted to being down there if we ever choose to move down there. It sounds like you are liking your new home.Blessings on you and yours.

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    1. Thanks for coming by Celeste. Yes, we are liking our new home. It is a lot to adjust to, but that is part of the adventure, isn't it?

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  2. From another southern gal in Florida, where humidity and heat are a way of life...you learn to appreciate air conditioning in every place you go...from car to store to car to home and to the pool. ( I don't have a pool, so I just stay inside). You take walks in the evening or early morning. You drink lots of iced tea. I like mine unsweet w/lemon and a lot of ice. Most southerners pour on the sugar, but that only makes you more thirsty. When I say "Bless your heart", I really mean, "Bless your heart", I am so sorry, or I am so happy for you, depending on the situation. We tend to hug a lot. And we truly love our friends. Like I truly love you and am SO happy for you and can't wait to come see you in your new home. You just never know who might show up on your doorstep! So always be prepared! :)

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    1. I would LOVE to find you on my doorstep Pamela! Yes, we move quickly from the AC house to the AC car to the AC store! And we already love sitting outside in the early mornings and evenings just like back in CA, but now it is a necessity! My son has to do his yard work either early or late, never in mid-day.

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  3. I'm a weirdy. I love humidity. It rained here in Western Colorado this week (FINALLY) and we actually got our humidity over 12%. *sigh* So happy you are settling in and enjoying your brave, new world! :)

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    1. Haha! You are not a weirdy Niki, it's all about what you get used to I guess. When we took our students on mission trips to the Philippines and Fiji, there were always a few students who would sigh with satisfaction at the blast of humid heat that hit them as they left the airport because it reminded them of home. We had students come to CA for our school from Kentucky, Indiana, N. Carolina etc.

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  4. I bet those "bless you"s are very, very sincere!

    And here is one from sunny NC too... God bless you!

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    1. I am going to accept them as sincere. Ha! And thank you very much for yours! Back at ya!

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  5. Man, how I can relate to the rivers of "glow" everywhere (though I'm pretty sure they ARE sweat!). I have relatives in Texas that I visited often as a child and teenager. What a shock to the system. Even knowing going in that there will be adjustments never quite prepares a person for the realities of those things. I'm holding my breath with you for that first dive into the cool water of your very own pool. So much joy...may you swim in that, as you swim in the heat and in the pool.
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you, I am so looking forward to that first jump into the pool! And I love your idea of swimming in joy!

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  6. I was born and raised, and still live in, California myself. I can't imagine living anywhere else. I've been in Oregon the last few days and boy it's hot. I'm such a baby. I love me some California weather.

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    1. Never say never Barbie, I never thought I'd leave Cali either!

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  7. Glad you're getting settled in TX. I can understand that Texas is different from California. Just as Saskatchewan in different from Ontario (where I grew up). Yes, it takes some adjustment, but it sounds like you're doing fine. Especially with such a positive approach to things.

    Blessings and Bear hugs! (Texas is way toooooo hot for Bears.)

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  8. BTW is that picture is a sign of things to come; will we be getting a lot of bull from Texas?

    Blessings, etc.

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    1. Not from me, you won't! Ha! Well, possibly a little every once in a while, can't promise anything I suppose. I took a pic of this glorious longhorn just a couple blocks from my kids house in a residential area. The same property has horses and donkeys that will come to the fence to be given treats and get a pat on the nose. Sweet!

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  9. Sounds like the pool is a requirement!! Glad you'll be in your new digs soon. We are having a week of the muggies here in New Jersey where bands of sweat in hidden clothing is all too common and twice daily showers are necessary :) with those dog days of summer known as August still in the offing!

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  10. Well, bless your heart! West coast girl is gettin' a healthy dose of southern hospitality. You do have to travel a good deal farther east now to see it done all proper in North Carolina. ;-)

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