Thursday, October 27, 2011

Aloha Friday - Halloween Happenings

Hello!  I'm participating in Aloha Friday, where I ask a simple question for you to answer in the comments (if you want to).  This weeks question needs a little explanation.


When I lived in California, kids Trick or Treated on Halloween, whenever that happened to be.   In this particular area of Texas, I've noticed that SOME people trick or treat on Halloween, and others trick or treat on the nearest weekend.  So, since Halloween is on Monday, I expect some trick or treaters on Sunday, and maybe some on Saturday (since some people don't like to Trick or Treat on the Lord's Day).  This leads me to today's question:
In your area, do you only get trick or treaters on Halloween (whenever that is), or also on the weekend before Halloween?   For my curiosity's sake, please let me know where you're hailing from too!  Thanks!

You can leave your answer in a comment below.  Thanks for participating in Aloha Friday!



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

This is Texas

Well, much of this was supposed to be posted LAST Wednesday, but I spilled tea on my keyboard, effectively killing it, and so couldn't type.   


First, what my friend posted on Facebook October 19th...


ATTENTION, residents of Houston and surrounding Harris county areas: As of 8:52 a.m., Wednesday the 19th of October, local news authorities and governing officials have announced that it is now SAFE to move out from in front of your ice blocks and portable fans. I repeat, it is now SAFE to venture out. You may walk out to your vehicles now without fear of heat stroke, sudden evaporation, or melting mascara. This concludes this public service announcement.


Ha ha...that's true in Waco too.  We've finally seen some reprieve.  It is now SAFE to go outside without suffering heat stroke!  Hello fall!  This is Texas!


And my mom sent this e-mail last week.  You have to understand, I live less than 30 minutes from Crawford, TX (home of former president, George W. Bush).  My mom lives even closer.  So, here's what she wrote:


JUST got back from my favorite Mexican restaurant not a mile from here, pulled out of the parking lot and whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, 3 State Highway Patrolmen on motorcycles sped past me going the other way and then a large dark SUV and whosh whosh two MORE State Highway Patrol.  Around these parts (not 15 miles from Crawford) that's a pretty sure sign SUMbunny impotant is on their way out there.  Caught me off guard.  Different from an AMbush.  "BUSHED!!"  Pretty cool!

This is Texas!



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Friday, October 21, 2011

Aloha, its a Texas Earthquake!

Any Texifornians feeling more at home?  I heard somewhere in South Texas the earth decided to shake!  Earthquakes in Texas...very Texifornian.  But earthquakes are one thing I'd be happy to let stay in California, thank you very much.  Hope you all are well and not too shaken up.  I'd love to hear your stories.  Did you feel it?  Was it actually bad, or just bad if you're from Texas and never felt one before?

(That will be my Aloha Friday question today...but, if you're not from Texas, tell me...have you ever felt an earthquake?)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rivers Flowing Again



I hadn't yet blogged about the welcomed torrent of rain that we got the other night.  So many happy results of that...the yard is greener, the weather is cooler, and the little creek that runs a short walk away from our home is full again.  No fish or frogs yet, and the usually murky water was crystal clear.  The rest of this summer that stream has been dry...a path, not a river.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Win Sonic Today!

There's an easy to enter giveaway for a $25 Gift Card is going on over at Having Fun Saving. Ends today! I think I could spend all $25 just on their limeades!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

This is Wherever Wednessday - TIT for TAT

At "This is Wherever Wednessday" Budget Blond usually abbreviates her "This is Grenada" to T.I.G. That doesn't works so well for This is Texas...well, unless you're thinking TIT for TAT.

Hey, actually, that's not a bad idea. I think I'll run with that and do this week's "This is Texas" a little differently.

TIT = This IS Texas
TAT = That Ain't Texas.


TIT
I've seen rainclouds, but no rain this week. This is Texas.

TAT
Friends of mine in the East Coast are still bailing out their basements. That aint Texas (This year, at least...oh, I guess any year because even though we have TORNADOS almost no one has basements out here).

TIT
It's fall...so I'm breaking out the seeds and getting my fall garden ready. This is Texas

TAT
Some of my favorite blogs are shutting down their weekly gardening blog events, cause gardening seasong is over! That aint Texas!

TIT
I love shopping all the end of season sales going on. Those chains don't seem to know we'll still be wearing shorts for a couple months or so. This is Texas

TAT
People in other parts of the country are pulling out their warmer clothes and stashing summer clothes away. That ain't Texas.

TIT
Red and orange colored leaves may be the symbol of fall, but here the leaves of the trees are still green.  This is Texas.

TAT
In other places finding orange leaves in October doesn't require a trip to Hobby Lobby.  That ain't Texas.



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Sunday, October 02, 2011

Sit Down to Stand Up For Kids! OCT 13 - Dallas

Little Chairs for a Big Cause is a fun event being put on by Etsy Dallas to help raise funds for the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC),

Small chairs handmade by David Patton of Ferrochie and creatively decorated by Etsy Dallas artists will be auctioned.   Guest can also enjoy free food, drinks, and music. Admission is free, but voluntary charitable donations will be accepted at the door.


WHEN:  October 13th from 6:30 - 9:00pm
WHERE:  The Blue Room at South Side on Lamar (1409 S. Lamar, Dallas TX)

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Souvenir Spotlight - Texas Heat Wave

I Survived the 2011 Texas Heat Wave shirt

My mom thought I should make a I Survived the 2011 Texas Heat Wave shirt with one of my Scribbleprints designs, and I thought that was a great idea! I even made some buttons and mousepads and other stuff to!

You can find buy my Texas Heat Wave products at my CafePress and Zazzle souvenir shops (Hint, for plain white t-shirts the CafePress value tee is your best bargain! ) I'll be adding designs with just the Texas scribbleprint soon, and if you like those wild scribbbles I have more here. You can find coupons for Zazzle here.

And I'm not the only artist out there doing Texas Heat Wave shirts. Here's some more...




(You may have noticed I don't have auction winners here...because no one bidded! Oh well, it was worth a try. I WILL have a Souvenir Spotlight with etsy sellers donating to fire victims soon though).

Ending Today - State Shaped Cutting Board Giveaway

You could win a cutting board in the shape of California, Texas (or something else)!  Ends today, and only 43 people have entered!