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Let it snow!------

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We're back home! It was an amazing, fast paced road trip, but we saw a lot of things we missed and wanted to see this time around. Holiday Traffic was a mess for the weekend, and I will write all about it in due time. We ended up in Houston, Baton Rouge, and then...down to New Orleans. So fun!!! Drove over 600 miles to buy an authentic, blessed by a voodoo priestess...voodoo doll. Talk about eccentric. LOLOL [nah, that wasn't the prime reason...but it WAS in the back of my mind all along after reading the book about Marie Laveaux]. Anyway, Bud and I are glad to be home...our kitties are following us around like 'lost pups'. It's cold here this morning...nearing the freezing mark [about 37 degrees], but after the long hot summer, I'll not complain. First thing this morning, the two of us got out our tree and decorated it. So many 'firsts' this year: no cooking, no turkey for Thanksgiving, no decorating the tree during the Cowboys football game

Can't wait to get back...on the road again!!!

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Yesterday, cardiologist/electrophysiologist appointment went well! They told me everything sounds good...exercise...and "see you next year"!! When I returned home, I spent most of the entire computer time finishing what I started before I left...tweaking and redesigning my Holiday Blog Template and Header. This is the result. Hope it works on all browsers. LOL Today, I'll be doing last minute packing and getting ready to leave. We're gonna pick up Erik to join us since he has the week off from teaching. So, the weekend will be with partial family anyway!! To all American visitors over the weekend...have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving. To all-------enjoy the rest of the week, and be happy. See you either Monday of Tuesday of next week!!! I'm sure there'll be a load of pictures to share.

Raindrops - "Holiday Window Shopping"---

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Last Tuesday Afternoon, the rain came: macro ANGEL FACE Rose in our Rose garden & Bee! MONDAY MORSELS Lately, the past few years, I just can't get over the eclectic, ingenious styles of NUTCRACKERS. They've come a long way from the traditional Tin Soldiers to be sure. The photo on the bottom right is of Wizard of Oz characters...[left to right the scarecrow, the tin man, Dorothy, and the cowardly lion; a set of nutcrackers]. Everything is so tempting. Good thing my wallet is bare. Walk this way...inside Macy's --- up the escalator to the third floor to "Christmas Town".... This commercial, tho only 1/2 minute long, of the Hallmark recordable books; a soldier, a father, a long way from home. It brought tears to my eyes. Have the speaker volume up... Have a cat? Crochet? Want to make something special for you furbaby then, for the holidays? I found this new crochet pattern -- Cat Paws Christmas Stocking . Oh, an

Quiet Week

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The drought continues [but we did get some significant amount of rainfall on Tuesday; not enough to break the 18 inches deficit tho. This week, there has even been a 'drought' of activities around here. What's new? "Nuttin' Honey"!! PARKING LOT SHADOWS: SUNDAY'S SUMMARY This past week, it's been rather quiet around here. So, this summary is just more or less a 'chat'.... Actually, on Tuesday, it was really nice to just sit and watch the rain come down and listen to the thunder clapping in the distance. Nothing much happening. Which is good. Just the usual, meals, laundry; stuff like that. We did go to the beach one day this week. Suffice it to say, the first part of this week was muggy and downright uncomfortably hot for November. But then, the rain and a cold front moved in for a couple of days...that was nice. Making a list of things to do before Thanksgiving. Golly, seems that that holiday is coming up on us, aro

Sign of the Times....

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Spoonbill [Roseate Spoonbill] taken several months ago [before drought] at Indian Point Park between Corpus Christi and Portland, Texas Camera Critter Linked to -Saturday 9 : How Long Thought I'd play along with this meme to be different--- 1. Have you ever discovered a betrayal? If so, did you ask, “How long has THIS been going on”? Let's just say I've felt betrayed a few times, but I let it just fall off my shoulders. I'm sure I've betrayed others so, turn around is fair play. Y'know? 2. What is the longest line you've ever stood in? Would you do it again? Actually, in 2008...the campaign speech from Barack Obama ---in line from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.--that's when the doors opened. Would I do it again?---Depends. 3. Someone has hung a sign around your neck, and you have to wear it all day long. What does it say? In all reality, with Congress these days, I've been tempted to make a sign for myself. And it would say: I'

It's beginng to look a lot like Christmas -aka Window Shopping---

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As I mentioned this past Sunday in my summary, Bud and I went window shopping around town. I thought I would share some holiday spirit a bit early and show you some Texas Pride from one store [each image has mouseover caption]...I believe this was Kohl's here in town--- Black Friday is coming soon...and earlier than Friday. Some stores'll be opened on late Thanksgiving Day? Hmmmmmm. What's wrong with this picture? Seems sad. Boycott comes to mind. Stay home with family and enjoy the company. Or if you're traveling ---well--- travel. If you decide you must shop...then, I feel sorry for you. Heck, to me, as much as I don't like the Dallas Cowboys, I'd much rather be home watching a lousy football game than be out on a day of thanks spending money and fighting crowds. And, in fact, I have NEVER shopped but one time on the Friday after Thanksgiving...and I vowed to never do it again. Madhouse on the streets and in stores. Not worth the stress. Do

Ducks and Song...

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THE DUCK SONG Lyrics and recording by Bryant Oden YOU TUBE VIDEO LINK photos of ducks taken at various times...mostly around Lakeside Park here in town and around the reserve in Aransas Pass Texas. The 'footprints in the sand' are actually sea gull ---but, it was a good place to put it; I figured... A duck walked up to a lemonade stand and he said to the man running the stand Hey. got any grapes? The man said no we just sell lemonade. It’s cold and its fresh and it’s all home made. Can I sell you glass? The duck said “I’ll pass”. Then he waddled away. Till the very next day. When the duck walked up to the lemonade stand And he said to the man that was running the stand Hey. You got any grapes? The man said no, like I said yesterday, we just sell lemonade okay? Why not give it a try? The duck said Goodbye. Then he waddled away. He waddled away. He waddled away Till the very next day. When the duck walked up to the lemonade stand And he said to the man t

Emerald Eyes... I wish....

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EMERALD EYES -yacht's name notice the satellite dish to the far left - I guess that's called the bow of the boat--for TV I'm sure. A yacht with a TV...must be one difficult life to have such a luxury when out to sea, huh? LOL Oh, and on the stern [to the right in the photo, a small wind generator?] Whoa. But, I LOVE the emerald green sails!!! [photo taken at the marina downtown] - - - SPEAKING OF EMERALDS - Emerald City Just read the news of Wizard of Oz Munchkin's death...he was 93. The article I read HERE tells of how his father sold him to European "Traveling Show" because of his dwarf size....how sad. - - - WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE 1. What song reminds you of a specific time in your life and what is it about that song that makes you remember? I answered the phone...it was a phone call from my youngest older brother. He told me that our dad passed away. I drove to my dad's house to find my brother there pacing the floor. To make a l

What carries in the Gulf Stream...

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Last week's topic for Tina's Picstory was "indoor" ...theme for this week "you can show *heart*"! I've posted about these sea beans before [ link ], as I've posted this photo before also. It's one that Bud found while we were combing the beach one day. It's the most 'perfect' form of heart that we've found as of yet. They're quite popular to collect, and seldom found on the beaches except for Spring months. Most often you see them into jewelry and women's belts... " The Seaheart supposedly inspired Columbus to find new land in the west. The Gulf Stream carried sea-hearts to northern European beaches, where they were commonly made into snuff boxes by polishing, cutting them in half, and attaching little hinges. In the Azores, the sea-heart is called Fava de Colom (Columbus bean). The seaheart is often referred to as a Lucky Bean. Ed Perry states "In general, seeds have long been worn as good luck charms. Es

Garden flowers & American Nonsense

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more flowers from our yard this past week: [mouseover captions] MONDAY MORSELS I'm sorry 'bout this, but after reading it...tho, at times I honestly think the world has gone "mad", this article just 'bloggled' my mind!!! Here goes: Lawyer Complained that Catholic University is Too Catholic Nov 10, 2011 Can a Catholic university that's so Catholic that it's actually called Catholic University of America, be too Catholic? That's what law professor John Banzhaf thought and he's filing a human rights complaint against the school: A lawyer has filed a human-rights complaint against Catholic University, on the grounds that the prevalence of Catholic imagery there violates the rights of Muslim students. Catholic University admits students of all faiths, but attorney John Banzhaf says there is almost nowhere on campus where Muslims can "pray without having to stare up and be looked down upon by a cross of Jesus." After fur

Yard Shadows & Sunday Summary

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The yard photos I took just this week while out doing some gardening work...finally, flowers are coming back to 'life' and the lawn is getting green again; after such a dry summer!! All images have mouse over captions--- SUNDAY'S SUMMARY Oh boy, I finished the Voodoo Queen by R. Tallant. Excellent. I highly recommend reading it if you like historical fiction. And if you noticed on my sidebar's 'Book I'm Into', I began reading this week, Of Bees and Mist. Now, this genre isn't something I normally find of interest. But, I must say, this has captured my fancy so far. I've read about 20 chapters, and I'm finding myself not wanting to put it down; trying to find out just what is going to happen next. It's about ghosts, apparitions, family secrets, a 16 year old girl marrying into another suspicious-acting family...very good. One more thing...the hardback dust jacket is something quite unusual also, it has hidden objects in th

?ORDER? in the court.....

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"I always pick a window seat!"......... WEEKEND FUNNIES These that follow below are actually court recordings during trials - Q uestions are by lawyers of course; A nswers by witnesses on the stand: Q: What is your date of birth? A: July fifteenth. Q: What year? A: Every year. Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact? A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks. Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people? A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people. Q: All your responses must be oral, OK? What school did you go to? A: Oral. ...my favorite of all time is next... Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse? A: No. Q: Did you check for blood pressure? A: No. Q: Did you check for breathing? A: No. Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy? A: No. Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor? A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar. Q: But could the patient have sti

Texas Style...

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So many times I've wanted to share some TEXAS Spirit with y'all!! You see, there is a state-wide, 'home operated' grocery chain that originated in Kerville, Texas. The chain store is called H E B [we lovingly call it HEEBS around here in our home. LOL] The H stands for Howard...the E is his middle initial and the B stands for Butts. And his family is in the top of Fortune 500. I must say, I have never EVER had such a great experience shopping for groceries as I do in their facilities. I really don't know just how many are in Corpus alone, but I do know that just about every few miles or so, no matter the direction you're driving/walking...there is a neighborhood H E B store. We have two super centers...and I wish for one closer to our home. LOL Anyway, to get back to what I started out talking about is each month the owners publish a magazine [free] for seasonal, coupons, stories, letters, health issues, etc. etc. etc. The recipes are what I've wa

Happy 236th Birthday!!!!

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"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!" ~Eleanore Roosevelt "Yes, I know the Marine Corps is part of the United States Navy....the MEN part!!!" "OOrah"!!! Before the song loads...a bit of Marine Corps Cadence--- You can keep your Army khaki, You can keep your Navy blue. I have the world's best fighting man, To introduce to you. His uniform is different, The best you've ever seen. The German's called him "Devil Dog," His real name is "Marine" He was born on Parris Island, The place where God forgot. The sand is eighteen inches deep, The sun is blazing hot. He gets up every morning, Before the rising sun. He'll run a hundred miles and more, Before the day is done. And when he gets to heaven, St. Peter he will tell, Another