“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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In Our Yard & 'Round Town...

...CRITTERS on GOOD FENCES

Bird images are 'mouse-over captioned'...place your computer mouse over each image, and pause!!


...SKYWATCH
Near the TAMU-CC [Texas A&M University] there is a winding paved bike/hike trail along the bay. This past Sunday morning we parked by the campus church and walked the entire distance and back along the bay waters. It was a beautiful morning, tho even with the sea breeze gently blowing, it was scorching by the time we did the two way hike. Glad I took along a cold bottle of water. As we neared the car to leave, the church spires and blue sky captured my attention. [in the back of this church, an open water bay was gorgeous, sparkling in the sunlight, dappled here and there with waterfowl like Egrets, Sandpipers, Spoonbills, Pelicans and more...]

linking to:  Skywatch Friday


SOME RANDOMS...

1] If you live in Texas, I'm sure you know all about H E B Grocers. Every other month recently [used to be every month but nothing new about cutting costs in this day and age]...there is an 'in-store' published magazine called "My Texas Life". Most times it's chocked full of cooking ideas,  health, vacations within the state, sometimes a bit of state history, coupons, etc. etc., and what I like most of all, the recipes!! In the August issue one recipe caught my eye. [I look for simple; easy to prepare]

ALMOND BUTTER JELLY BARS
3 TBS almond butter
3 TBS coconut oil
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups flour [reserving 1/3 cup]
3/4 cup NO SUGAR added preserves [any flavor]
1/2 cup low fat granola

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine almond butter and coconut oil in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer, until soft and fluffy.
Add sugars and salt and mix until well combined.
Gradually add flour [reserving 1/3 cup] and mix until a dough ball forms.
Press dough into the bottom of 8x8 basking dish.
BAKE 15 minutes
Remove pan from oven and spread preserves over the crust.
Combine reserved flour with granola and sprinkle over preserves.
BAKE an additional 20 minutes. Cool and cut into 12 equally sized bars.

...the nutrition info on the page
Calories per bar 150
Fat 6g
Sodium 60g
Carbohydrates 26g
Fiber 1g
Protein 3g

I made 'em this morning but haven't tried 'em yet. I used the no sugar Black Raspberry-Blackberry Preserves.

If you can't copy this, look for the August 2014 issue on H E B website...page 36  [it will take a week or two for the August issue to be published online.  In the meantime you can view for free the past issues]

2] A most recent event for our city and for us bird enthusiasts!!! A rare, never recorded in Texas history, bird from the UK is[was] here in one of our bays. Photographers were everywhere in the small park!

3] HOW HOT IS IT?

It's so hot...
...I saw a dog chasing a cat, they were both walking!
...I didn't realize that asphalt has a liquid state!
...I've stopped associating bridges with rivers.
...There are four stages of Summer in South Texas ---tolerable, hot, hotter and ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
...I've even experienced condensation on my butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl!!!

4] This time of year, I really miss EEGEES slushies!!! Each month they have a 'special' flavor...mine  was ....Cherry Cider. I swear I went there during that time...nearly every day.  Since moving to Texas I even wrote them and asked about consideration for opening a franchise here in Corpus....no go. They want it ONLY in Arizona. I think that's mighty selfish of them, don't you think? Marie? Are you listening to me? Have one for me, willya? [get the lime and add a bit of tequila...that'll work!]

5] I don't want to jinx this, but....
so far it's been a very quiet hurricane season out in the Atlantic. In the Pacific it's been a bit different. TWO...count 'em...TWO just last week were heading toward the Hawaiian Islands, and a third this week, Karina is boiling up!!

108 comments :

  1. very awesome pics of the birds :) I always loved going to watch the spoonbills at the time though I could have sworn I was crazy because ***dont laugh I thought they were pink pelicans I know funny huh? thanks for sharing...hugs n blesssings

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    1. ...at a distance, I can see why you thought they were flamingos.

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  2. HOW HOT IS IT is a hoot! Could apply here as well, we live in a rather hot spot of South Africa...

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    1. I'm ready for the 'hot' to disappear. We have a long way to go yet before Fall.

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  3. Beautiful shots of the birds perched on the fence.. Pretty sky shot.. Have a happy day!

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  4. That Baltimore Oriole is beautiful.
    Hot water in the toilet bowl causing condensation our your butt. I'll be laughing over that one all morning

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    1. LOL....hope y'all have a handy dandy pair of Depends™!!!

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  5. Your bird pics are wonderful!
    The recipe sounds really good, and I enjoyed your sooo hot jokes. :)

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  6. Almond butter jelly bars, oh yum, they sound and look good! All of your birds at feeder images are wonderful. I LOVE the Baltimore Oriole best~

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  7. Like your 'hot' jokes and those almond bars sound delicious. You always have the most amazing bird shots!

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    1. ...thanks Judy...glad to know you enjoyed the hot comments I added this morning.

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  8. I guess it's so hot those four birds are resting on fences...I hope in the shade. :)

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  9. Those birds are so pretty and colorful. I am glad we just got through an especially hot period (for us) here in the Pacific Northwest. Now's it's back to normal 70s and I can handle that. There's a reason I don't live in Texas. :-)

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    1. I'll have to mention this to Erik...he's ready to move away from Houston to a cooler clime.

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  10. What neat pictures of birds for your fences post! :)

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  11. love all the colorful birds on your fences! we had a nice 2 day cool-down again here, but the 100s and humidity are coming back for the weekend. ah, well...

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    1. ...'bout now a TWO day cool down sounds heavenly. Thanks Ms. T

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  12. Thanks for sharing these awesome bird shots. You do a super job.

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  13. That sure is a colorful group of birds sitting on their fences. The recipe does look easy and sounds delish! Let me know and I'll give them a try. Fingers crossed those hurricans stay away. Although I don't get as worked up about them now as I did when I was a property claims adjuster!

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    1. ,,,it's a whole lot different now with insurance and claims, I'm sure.
      And, they ARE DELICIOUS!!! [I'm thinking next time, I may add a cream cheese mixture to it.]

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  14. Always an interesting read here...and great pics of the birds.

    I loved the part about the hot water in the toilet bowl...makes me laugh.

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    1. LOL....glad you enjoyed my take on the hot weather Rose.

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  15. the golden fronted woodpecker is great Anni, sure wish I could do that with my neck. all your birds are so pretty.

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  16. Your bird shots are really nice. I like the "mouse over captioning" feature. I really laughed at the How Hot Is It? - condensation experience. That was funny!

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    1. lol...glad you could laugh today.

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  17. Wow Anni. love that woody. Terrific captures!

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  18. Oh my goodness, what charming critters, and they sit so well for your fence post too! Your recipe is one I'll have to give a try! Sounds really yummy!

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  19. Awesome bird pictures!

    Those almond bars sound yummy. I may have to try them. They sound kind of healthy, but good!

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  20. The church is very modern looking! Oh gosh, you are so lucky to live in a bird paradise! But it would be too hot for me, so I just have to sit back and look at your blog! The Golden Fronted Woodpecker, I was loving that little bit of yellow on the top of his beak! Never heard of him!!! But Texas has almost every bird here is! I have read that you have more birds than any state. Also I think you are a huge migratory state! The yellow kingbird...again, new to me! Almost more yellow than a goldfinch!

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    1. Ginny, there is one warbler that is nearly ALL yellow [about the size of a Golden Finch]...the male anyway. :-)

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  21. You have very cooperative birds in TX...how nice of them to be sitting on fences displaying their beautiful colors. Your morning's baking efforts look scrumptious
    My latest efforts in the baking department have been scones. I have a friend who is 1/2 British. We visited them in July. She had some of the best scones and perfectly shaped. I had made scones before but what a floury mess I made trying to shape them. She just mixes up ingredients, drops them into a 'real' scone pan with 8 wedged compartments. They came out pretty and delicious w/ no mess
    Hugs madi and mom

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    1. Oh boy, that sounds heavenly M&M

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  22. Nothing decorates a wooden fence like colorful birds! And look at you with your mouse-over caption thing! I can't even figure out how to put a copyright signature on my pictures! But I still don't have Photoshop on this computer...I will be getting it later. You'll see evidence of my lack of it on my Willy Nilly Friday 5 this week! :-) ANYWAY, I just had an eegees a week ago. My grandson's favorite is lemon and strawberry together. I am so sorry I enjoyed mine without you! It was just a plain lemon but oh was it good...sorry. Loved your post! So, what kind of UK bird was there???? Nope, I bet you are going to post it on Bird d'Pot next time! I will apologise in advance. I may have another video upcoming for that! Oh yes, and I remember HEB!

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    1. Thanks...I'll make sure I have my flash enabled!!! I left you a link on how to add text to an image...

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  23. Thanks for the recipe! That looks delicious and healthy. I can copy this to my Evernote Recipe notebook. Yay!

    I do find the quietness of this hurricane season very unusual. As was last year's! Hope it remains that way for all of us.

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    1. You're welcome Gail.

      In regards to the hurricane season....'if only we'd get some rainfall'!!!!

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  24. Oh! Meant to say that I am super impressed with that Golden-fronted Woodpecker and the Couch's Kingbird. Wow!

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    1. ...glad you liked 'em Gail.

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  25. I just have to tell you this silly thing about us at H.E.B. When I was young we drove to San Antonio to shop at H.E.B. on Saturday morning. My sister and I would go in the store to buy a country/western song book. Then we would go sit in the car and sing out hearts out without being able to carry a tune in a bucket. It seems the summers keep getting hotter and hotter here in Texas.

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    1. I think it's more the humidity and dewpoints that are making it feel so miserable outside. LOL on the H E B Saturdays!

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  26. I like your mouse over captions...how neat! Love the woodpecker on that old weathered fence! Hugs!

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    1. ...thanks, glad you enjoyed the post today.

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  27. Beautiful birdies perched on those good fences! These are wonderful shots!

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    1. Thanks....I'm happy to know you enjoyed the photos Debby.

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  28. Always fun to look at your posts Anni. Great photos and finishing off with a yummy recipe. I thank you for all and have a great weekend.

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  29. Love the fence sitters!

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  30. You have so many people following you, I hardly think my comments count, but the bird photos are wonderful and I love the crosses on the church! Just lovely!

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    1. ...thanks Terri....and YOUR visits and comments DO COUNT!!! I enjoy you stopping by when you can.

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  31. Hope you don't jinx your good luck so far during this hurricane season... I know that this week I commented to George how happy I was that we hadn't seen any squirrels recently.. WELL---that very day, a big fat squirrel visited us (our bird feeders)... ha

    Love your bird photos. I will have a Bird Post on Monday from our back yard... Today I did a post showing off more of our ROSES.

    That recipe looks yummy. We used to shop at the HEB when I lived in Clear Lake.. Great store!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. LOVE your roses Betsy. Thanks...glad to know you enjoyed the birds around here.

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  32. You must be using a fabulous zoom, Annie - your bird photos are so crisp. Love that little Kingbird. Come back to CO - not hot here...

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    1. ....but I know the Colorado mountains are near a frost....it's that time of year.

      Thanks Barb

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  33. Lovely varieties of birds on the fences♡♡♡ And I was fascinated by the 'mouse-over captained';How interesting!!! And beautiful sky with church view♪

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. ....thanks Miyako. And hugs to you sweet lady!

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  34. Lovely bird shots!

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  35. your header made me smile, and i really like the view of the church and sky.. our pavements are liquid here for sure and our cool deck is NOT cool this time of year...

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    1. ...thanks Sandra. I thought that church spire was so pretty that morning.

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  36. Hi Hootin’ Anni, You have an interesting blog here. Found it thanks to a comment you left elsewhere. In this post I especially liked your bird photos and the “mouse over” technique for getting the caption. As a fellow user of Blogger, I will not be telling you anything new to say that captions leave something to be desired as far as the way they are implemented on site. When I leave captions they do not appear when folks click on the image to get the larger view. So, I like this “mouse over” idea. I will Google it and see about adding it on my blog. Re your comments on the Texas heat… yes, I grew up down there. I do miss the friendly people and the BBQ, but not the heat. Lastly, thanks for the recipe! Wow, you covered a lot in this one post. Have a good day. John

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    1. ...thanks John. I'm very pleased to meet you.

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  37. Hello Anni!:) You get a lot of lovely colourful birds on your fences. That is a Woody I would love to see here. Love your selection of hot jokes, what a laugh! Guess it's not a laughing matter for those of you who suffer through these months though.
    Have a great weekend, thanks for the récipe!:)

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    1. ...those golden fronted woodpeckers are only found in Texas I think. Maybe a bit of the other arid states...of that, I'm not sure.

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  38. Your bird captures are always so brilliantly vivid in color. I love all of these! The recipe you shared sounds yummy. I'm going to save this for later try after I'm off this gosh awful dieting binge I am on. Hopefully I can relax things somewhat next month.*fingers crossed* Your HOW HOT IS IT insert was pretty good. Funny, though the past few evenings I have noticed a slight seasonal change. I felt a hint of autumn in the wind. I'm lovin' that! Visiting from #SWF. Hope you'll hop over to see my Weekend #photo contributions

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  39. Nice birds on the fence. My favorite is the cardinal.

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    1. ....I love the cardinal too! Thanks.

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  40. Such beautiful birds! I love their colors! And the sky is gorgeous - I like the perspective!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. ...thanks Mary...have a great weekend too.

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  41. Almond butter jelly bars sound great! This is my first visit to your blog. Your bird photos are spectacular. Just curious, why don't you like to be pinned to pintrest?

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    1. I just don't want my images shared.

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  42. Good Evening. Your bird photos are magnificent. Oh what a treat for my eyes.
    These almond butter bars sound so good. I have to limit myself to ONE of anything!!! lol I have a sweet tooth!
    I enjoy my visits with you and wish you a lovely weekend. Mildred

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    1. ...me too. Sweets are something I can't turn down.

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  43. Lovin' your birds..especially love the cardinal.
    Here in West Texas (at least where we live) we don't have that kind of groc. store.Lowes and United here.

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    1. I did not know that...I figured H E Bs were all over the state.

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  44. Beautiful birds on the fences.

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  45. Anni, stopping back to say thank you for sharing your pretty birds and post with Saturday's Critters. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. ...thanks for hosting Eileen.

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  46. Your photos of the birds are excellent :)
    Have a nice weekend :)

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  47. Hi Anni! Those are some colorful beautiful birds!
    Laughing over your Random #3!!!

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    1. ...thanks. Glad it put a smile on your day today.

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  48. Beautiful birds! I love the oriole and the cardinal. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  49. I feel for you in the heat, I grew up in Houston with no air conditioning. Now I am so spoiled upper 90's seems really hot. I wish I could turn my head around and look behind me like the cute woodpecker.

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    1. ....Houston at least gets some rains now and again...here it's so dry!!

      Thanks Hannah.

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  50. Your usual perfect captures of the birds. Beautiful!

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  51. I love your bird collage! Those almond butter jelly bars sound delicious, I'm copying this recipe. The "how hot" jokes are great. I noticed DJan comment about her temps on the west side of our fair state. Over here in the SE corner we have been having triple digits but finally cooling down to the 90s. But fortunately we don't have the humidity you have in Texas.

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    1. Yep....a lot of heat and a lot of humidity...makes for a lot of butt condensation!! lol

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  52. I love the way whee Woodpecker is looking back at you.

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    1. ...they are a flexible bird. LOL

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  53. Such gorgeous birds! Your jelly bars sound delish.

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    1. ...thanks Veronica for both.

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