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!


Monday, July 14, 2014

New Postcard! (And 50% off ALL Postcards TODAY)

All postcards at my Zazzle Shop are 50% off TODAY with coupon code POSTCARDDEAL. And, I have a two new postcard designs to share--one with the Waco Suspension Bridge and Texas Longhorn Sculpture, and another of the cowboy sculpture (both part of the "Branding the Brazos" series by Robert Summers).  This coupon above good at my other Zazzle shops too.





Wednesday, July 02, 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 Michigan, Miami,  Malawi WHEREVER" moments. 

Every week I like to share a few highlights from the previous week...

  • Drink Life Deeply shared several "T.I.N. (This is Nicaragua) moments, a refreshing perspective on a place I've heard about often but know so little about.  
  • Side Street Style shared about their trip to Brussles (loved the fun photos!) 
  • Crazy Running Girl shared her hiking adventure in Pedernales State Park.
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 Wisconsin,  Boston,  India,  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!


Monday, June 30, 2014

TX and CA Giveaways

Found the following giveaways that I thought might be of  interest to Texifornians.

Orange County Fair Tickets (7/2) Orange County, CA

Mt. Playmore Annual Pass (7/7) Austin, TX

Texas Metal Star (7/11)


Friday, June 27, 2014

Mockingbird Chick

About a month ago I went out to water my potted plants, and as I went to get the hose this grey bird started going CRAZY chirping and ruffling it's feathers and doing everything it could to get my attention.  It even swooped at me.  "Hmm...I thought.  Must be a nest nearby.  Good mama"

But as it turns out, it wasn't the nest she was concerned about.  When I went to water my flowers I almost watered this little guy...



"How on earth did he get there?" I thought.  These planters weren't under any trees, or anywhere else there might be a nest.  I wondered what I should do...but in the meantime brought my children out to take a look.

"Do you see the baby bird?  Don't get too close.  You don't want to scare it.   Just look...don't touch."

Afterwards I went online to identify it's mom, and see what I should do.   Our mother and baby were  Mockingbirds--the Texas State Bird.   I can't believe I've lived here all this time and never knew what our state bird looked like.  I've seen these birds all around but just never tried to find out what they were.  I didn't get a good picture of the mom, but here's one from Wikimedia Commons...

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
Photo by DickDaniels - http://carolinabirds.org

Not only is this bird the Texas State Bird, it's also the state bird of Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee  (and used to be the state bird of South Carolina).  On Florida's site about this bird I learn this...

  When the chicks are about 12 days old, they will venture from the nest and hop around on the ground or in low shrubs. During this transitional period (after leaving the nest and before they can fly), the young birds are still in the care of the parents, who feed them up to five times per hour. If found hopping around on the ground, they should be placed low in a tree or in a shrub and left alone. The parents will continue to care for them for several days until they learn to forage for themselves.
- The Florida Gardener
My mom, who always kept birdfeeders out and full, once commented on this bird.  "I used to like those birds," she said, "...until I saw how they bullied the other birds.  They chase away any other birds that come around."  I wish I could have shared with her what I learned (she passed away last summer).  She would have loved seeing the baby bird we found, and I think knowing that these birds acted the way they did to protect their fledglings would have warmed her heart towards them.  She was fierce like that as a mother too.


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