R Squared | Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy
Glad you could join me for another edition of the Style Me Bloggers Link-Up series. Our theme for today’s post is
“April showers (rain gear), bring May flowers (floral trends).”
Which begs the question, “What does the May flower bring?”
As a former Bostonian, I couldn’t resist that little joke.
All kidding aside, I found today’s subject a big of a challenge. My immediate thought was I should post some great pictures of my rain gear and floral clothing. Isn’t that kinda what you envisioned?
Maybe a shiny yellow slicker, bright colored umbrella, some rain boots protecting a cute flowered dress underneath from getting wet in the rain. Can’t you just see me splashing about in a gentle spring shower for a quick photo op?
Yeah, well, maybe not so much.
I live in El Paso.
In the Chihuahua Desert on the foothills of the Franklin Mountains, about a mile and a half from the New Mexico border and less than twenty miles from Mexico. Not a lot of rain happenin’ round here.
A large majority of El Pasoans are Spanish-speaking. The Spanish word for umbrella is paraguas, literally ‘for water‘.
But here in El Paso, people have no need for para-aguas. We need para-sols.
Here I am on the Chihuahua Desert with my parasol.
Most of the native El Pasoans carry umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun. When they don’t have an umbrella handy, a folded newspaper, notebook or purse will work just as well. My parasol just happens to fold up very nicely and will fit into my bag or even my pocket, for that matter.
You can tell that I am not a native El Pasoan. I don’t quite have the parasol business down pat yet.
But practice makes perfect.
And I’ll keep practicing.
I was even more stumped as far as the May flowers go.
To reiterate, I live in a desert, not to beat a dead horse, but them’s the facts.
I struggle to grow cactuses, ummm, cacti?
I had no idea what flowers I was going to post.
But when I got out in the desert with my parasol and looked around, I was surrounded by flowers.
Maybe not well-groomed roses, or orchids or irises.
Look, even the prickly pear cactus have blooms!
These little beauties are called cowboy’s eggs. Probably not the “official” name but very apropos.
Pretty pretty, huh?
I am glad I wandered out into my own “backyard” today for this post. I am reminded that there is beauty even in the Chihuahua Desert.
Especially in the Chihuahua Desert.
Please be sure to stop by the blogs of my sweet friends to see the great April showers-May flowers posts they have created.
P.S. I do have some darling Marc Jacobs rain boots that my sweet, sweet sister (in-law) bought me for Christmas. I proudly wear them when the sun shines as I practice carrying my parasol.
Thank you, Greta.
Hugs and kisses,