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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood...

As I'm typing this up, it's a quiet afternoon My laundry chore is done for the week, I made Rice Krispie treats and they're cooling off in the 'fridge so I can cut them into squares later on. I'm waiting to watch a TV show that I've always enjoyed laughing along with [even tho Charlie Sheen is in need of mental help] Three and a Half Men before starting dinner of stuffed peppers, baked potatoes and probably a fruit salad of some kind. I recently finished reading the 2nd McLain book...The Paris Wife. It was an 'extraordinary book'...I read it quickly; her writing style can keep the pages turning!!! Altho it was good from the beginning, it just didn't hold a candle to Circling the Sun!!! And, yes D J...I will order the real memoir of Beryl Markham from Amazon when I remember to get out while online. After reading Circling the Sun, the Markham memoir is definitely on my summer reading list. I did begin reading a whole 'nother kind of novel tho..."Dictator"...about Cicero of ancient Rome. For now anyway.

We've been in a typical drought pattern for here and June...we are nearly 7 inches behind 'normal precipitation'. And the reservoirs are drying up making water restrictions now in place.  Hoping for some significant rainfall which began late last night into the wee hours of the morning..

I haven't been out and about much...sticking close to home in the heat of the day.  So, for this blog I am gonna rely on some older photos taken around town...maybe some are 30 miles from home, but I'd consider that to be close enough to being in the 'neighborhood' of Corpus Christi....



This is actually near Rockport Texas...the area is a birding haven during migration. It's Linda Castro Sanctuary



Bay waters...nearby, ironically called South Bay Park.  On the teeny tiny island in the foreground, there is a spotted sandpiper.


Man-made water lily pond at Oso Bay Wetlands, and a light post walking along Packery Channel [the channel allows small water craft to enter the Gulf of Mexico]



Indian Point Park, along the pedestrian trail....Paradise Pond in Port Aransas, Oso Bay Creek and in the Spring -along the Interstate highway, a field of Texas State Flower, the Blue Bonnets

The Quiet Beach at Padre Island National Seashore Federal Park and the more noisy beach at Port Aransas...Magee Beach where terns and gulls usually congregate as one.


...welcome to my neighborhood.

24 comments :

  1. I feel as if I have been sitting down with you for a nice little chat and I enjoyed your every word. It's dry here at the ranch, too. Drier than I have ever seen it and after the last two springs down here - it is a shock to me to see it this way. Last year the plentiful rains had this place so abloom with wildflowers it looked landscaped! It's amazing how different the weather can be from year to year.

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    1. Now, it's flooding our area. Go figure.

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  2. Old or new, your photos are always wonderful

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  3. oddly enough, from all the beautiful photos today, my favorite is the light post. it speaks to me.. love it. I have seen all the 3 and a half men shows many times each. I was sad when they stopped running the reruns of the reruns. sometimes I would burst out laughing all by myself... I do that with Last man Standing. I don't like any of the new situation comedy's, I find myself going back to the familar

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    1. I tried to get the sunlight through the light globe, but it didn't work well.

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  4. I just picked up Circling the Sun from several books I ordered from the library and will tackle it soon. I had forgotten who suggested it, so now I'm remembering! Your pictures are as always very lovely. :-)

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    1. Hope you like it as much as I did! I got West Into the Night yesterday. Can't wait to begin. But this book...Dictator...is pretty good right now.

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  5. Even "old" photos are very interesting and nice to see. Have you read Agenda 21: Into the Shadows by Glen Beck with Harriet Parke? I just finished it and wondered if you had a reaction to it.

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    1. No. I haven't read Agenda 21. I've read several of his works tho, and enjoyed them.

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  6. Your neighborhood is so pretty! I enjoyed all the pics.

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    1. Glad you came along with me Mari.

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  7. You make me want to go to Padre Island, We've been having lots of good showers the last few days and they are much appreciated.

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    1. It flooded here 2 days...today it's still raining, but a gentle rain.

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  8. These pictures are lovely. If I have seen them beforehand I likely have not,I can't remember it anyway, so they are new to me.

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    1. I don't think I shared them before...just 'old' photos that I grabbed out of my folders.

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  9. Oh my goodness wonderful isn't even a good enough word for the beauty of your photos today. Stunning, pulls me right in, as does that owl in your header photo. What a sweet face.

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  10. I saw the weather channel and was sure you were getting besieged with rain... looked like flooding perhaps...
    Thanks for the pics...cooling off here in the NE after a bit of a blister of hot weather..

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    1. Yep we had some heavy flooding a couple days...but, tho still raining this morning...it's now just a mist compared to the last day or so.

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  11. We're just starting a drought. I noticed yesterday that our grass is a bit crunchy. My husband said we have not had any appreciable rain in over two months! That was when the tornadoes went through south of us, and my daughter's basement was flooded! 2 feet of water! Eeeek!

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    1. We had rain water coming into the house at the patio door. Now, trying to dry out the carpet.

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  12. Lovely shots! I enjoy reading so much! But I am going to have to take a blog break soon and also cut down on my reading so I can get a daily habit started of working on my book! I'll never get it written if I don't! :-)

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