About Living in Texas

We live in Cypress, about 24 miles NW of downtown Houston. The heat and humidity are depressing from about June through October. November through May are months with more pleasant temperatures and less humidity. There is tremendous construction and destruction of trees to build ugly concrete buildings with parking lots. It’s not too lovely. There are conservation groups such as the Native Plant Society of Texas, of which I am a member. I have gotten my yard certified as a wildlife habitat.

If there is a lot of rain, you may have a water moccasin visit you in your back yard. Watch where you step, and take a flashlight if you go outside at night. Other non-venomous snakes may pay you a visit. They are interesting to behold. Best to just stay away — they will leave eventually. You might be lucky to be gifted with their shed skin — awesome!

The mosquitoes get big.

If you live where it’s humid and warm, you likely will not have a problem with dry skin or split fingertips. Having lived in Wisconsin, this is a big challenge in the winter, especially if you’re a harpist.

You can grow turmeric, comfrey, and make fun tea. You can even grow a real tea plant, but wait 3 years before you harvest. Tea plants will survive a freeze. Watermelons grow well in Texas, as does oregano, which likes hot and sunny. I have not had good luck with tomatoes. You can grow citrus, but likely they will not survive a freeze unless you cover them and hang a lightbulb from a branch inside the covering to keep the area warm. The kind of light bulb used in car shops is ideal. Even this may not work. It seems strange to think about cold when right now it is so hot and humid that it’s hard to breathe.

College Station might be a great choice. College towns can be open minded (relief). College Station has excellent air quality, but poor water quality. There is a good amount of culture in terms of visual art and music.

I am not a fan of Cypress, Houston, or SE Texas in general.  I have come to the conclusion that it’s not so much about the heat, it’s about living in a city of 10 million people.  Of course this includes the surrounding suburbs. Drive time plus the heat: two negatives.  One or the other might not be such a challenge. I do enjoy the terrain, topography, butterflies, birds, native plants, etc.  I highly recommend joining the Native Plant Society of Texas, and Native Prairies Association of Texas. By doing this I feel I’m doing my small part in helping preserve a place for insects, birds, and wildlife.

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