Wednesday, October 01, 2014

31 Days...Postponed Until Next Year...

THIS SERIES IS BEING POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT YEAR

I was very excited to do this, but after the posting this and then mulling over ideas today,  I just didn't feel at peace about going forward with the  "31 Days of Blogging" challenge right now.   But I love the idea of this topic, so, provided we are still in Texas this time next year, I will give it another shot.






MY ORIGINAL POST:


I believe it is so important to vote, but more than that, it's important to be a GOOD VOTER.  What does that mean?  Well, primarily, I believe that means researching your vote.   It means learning about the issues and learning about the candidates.  And, it's scary how many people vote without doing this.

  • I first learned about this problem when I was still a teen.  Our high school English teacher assigned us to research and defend ballot measures (which in California, where I grew up, all voters get to vote on).  After we gave our presentations, my teacher surprized me by saying "You all are probably know more about these bills than most of the people who will be voting on them."  
  • In college I read a study of voters in local elections.  In the Texas town they studied only 4% of people voted in local elections, and when they polled people on why they voted for who they voted for, a large number knew very little about voters, but voted based on things like "I like their name better" or "I like the way he looks better."   Unfortunately, I've met enough people along the way that have told me they voted based on things like that, or just as trivial.

So, that's why I wanted to focus on "getting ready to vote" for the 31 day blogging challenge.  I AM NOT going to push my political views on you (save the view that no one should "take a wild guess for their country").  What I plan to do in daily posts this October is show you how to research your vote, so that you can vote in a way that truly supports YOUR views.   As you notice from the graphic above, I'm going to focus on voting in TEXAS, but some of the information I'll cover over the first few days will be helpful in preparing anyone to vote.  

But that doesn't mean I don't want to hear YOUR political views.  I'm hoping the comments section will be a place to share thoughtful, well researched opinions on the candidates.  Also, later this month I will posting up a linky encouraging Texas bloggers to share what their opinions on the TX candidates and measure this year.    That will be posted some time in the next week.

I hope you'll join me for this journey.    

'Gale

  

This is Wherever Wednesday (#23)



Welcome to This is Wherever Wednesday!   At Wherever Wednesday we share those little moments that show the character of the places we live:  those "This is Kansas, this is Des Moines, This is the Phillipines, or  Morocco  moments."  Wherever you are, or wherever you've been...you can share your posts about those places here.

And I have some news.  Next month is our TWO YEAR anniversary of Wherever Wednesday being at Texifornia!  So, to celebrate  NEXT MONTH I'd like to have people share, in addition to any new posts they want to share, an OLD Wherever Wednesday post.  And I'll be featuring some of my favorites through the past two years too.    Thought I'd give you a little advanced warning!

Now, usually I share a couple of hightlights from last month... but, you may notice if you look below that last month's links are still there.  That's because I couldn't get the new linky to work (some problem at inlinx where the "submit" button wasn't showing up...I'm writing them about it).  So, I just extended the date of last month's linky and included it here, since it's code was still working right.   

If you're new to Wherever Wednesday and are wondering what's this all about...every month we share those little moments that really show the character of the places we live:  your "this is North Dakota, Denmark, Delaware, Dubai"  WHEREVER" moments.     If you're still a little uncertain what that means, this post over at Budget Blond will help you out.  And, though it's not required, I'd love if you would grab the This is Wherever button on the sidebar and share it in your post or somewhere else on your blog!  




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

40% Off Texifornia Pillows

Check out these fun pillows with my photos and designs. You can use coupon code ZPILLOWFIGHT for 40% off pillows at my Texifornia Zazzle Shop or any of my other Zazzle shops through Oct. 1...AND the same coupon code gets you get 20% off NEARLY everything else in my shops (everything save stamps and a few of my posters--which have a lesser discount).



Can't be combined with other offers, including bulk discounts.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

This is Wherever Wednesday (#22)



Welcome to This is Wherever Wednesday!   At Wherever Wednesday we share those little moments that show the character of the places we live:  those "This is Alabama, this is Detroit, This is Bolivia, or This is Finland  moments."  Wherever you are, or wherever you've been...you can share your posts about those places here.

Every week I like to share a few highlights from the previous week...
So, if you missed any of those last week I hope you'll take the time to check them out now.
And, if you're new to Wherever Wednesday and are wondering what's this all about...every month we share those little moments that really show the character of the places we live:  your "this is Carthage, Canada, California"  WHEREVER" moments.     If you're still a little uncertain what that means, this post over at Budget Blond will help you out.  And, though it's not required, I'd love if you would grab the This is Wherever button on the sidebar and share it in your post or somewhere else on your blog!  


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A Mild Texas Summer


"This is, after all, Texas, and it's only by the grace of some current climatic weirdness that we're not slow-cooking in our own juices already."
~Owl farmer on a recent  post about Texas Summer

THIS was a mild summer.  A WEIRD summer for Texas.  But I can totally deal with weird.

Sure, it got into the hundreds a lot last month, but it actually got into the eighties too!  THE EIGHTIES, in AUGUST!  And so much rain.  I've been so thankful for that, not just for the cool it brought, but also because Texas needs it so much.  I have hardly had to water my lawn.  It's been LOVELY.

And gardening this summer has been great.  My one remaining swiss chard took over the back part of my raised bed, and made the basil turn into little trees climbing above it, taller than my 6 year old.  We collected onions all summer, and they didn't turn bitter and baked like they have in past, hotter summers when I've left them in the ground too long.  And, I had a couple firsts:  My first successful cucumber, and, right now, cultivating my first PUMPKIN...




Check THAT out.  Also, got to try cooking Stuffed Pumpkin Flowers, which are delicious!

Anyways, hope you thoroughly enjoyed this mild Texas summer, as I did.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

5 RAINBOWS!

I saw FIVE rainbows on my drive this morning.  FIVE!  I couldn't stop to catch most of them but are three of the ones I did catch (the first pic has two if you can catch it...you might need to click on the pic to see it larger)..






And even without the rainbows the skies were gorgeous...



Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This is Wherever Wednesday



Welcome to This is Wherever Wednesday!   At Wherever Wednesday we share those little moments that really show the character of the places we live:  your "This is Los Angelos, this is London, This is New Hampshire, or This is Brazil moments."  Wherever you are, or wherever you've been...you can share your posts about those places here.

Every week I like to share a few highlights from the previous week...
So, if you missed any of those last week I hope you'll take the time to check them out now.


And, if you're new to Wherever Wednesday and are wondering what's this all about...every month we share those little moments that really show the character of the places we live:  your "this is  Indianapolis, Iowa, India, Ireland"  WHEREVER" moments.     If you're still a little uncertain what that means, this post over at Budget Blond will help you out.  And, though it's not required, I'd love if you would grab the This is Wherever button on the sidebar and share it in your post or somewhere else on your blog!  






Thanks to everyone who shares the graphic below on their post or sidebar! It's not required, but it sure is appreciated!