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...there is a WAR here in Texas!

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...MAN o' WAR that is. Some would see these and consider that they are jellyfish, which in fact, they're not. They are actually several sea animals in one. And after walking through this 'invasion' on our beaches the other day about two weeks ago, I had to see what is causing this heavy influx of them washing ashore. They have absolutely no self-propulsion using the 'bladder' like pouch as a 'sail' to drift on the oceans' currents. Their sting is very painful, and beware, even after their death their tendrils still hold and can release its venom. Don't step on them, don't touch them. But, to much chagrin, I found nothing about the Coastal areas of Texas and the huge amount of these Man o' War coming inland. But I did find a news clip of some Floridian telecast that their shores are being invaded [or were invaded] by the same creatures and no one knew the reason for such a huge amount showing up on the beaches. Its long tentacle

A holiday greeting to your house...from ours---

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I'll be on a blogging hiatus. Will return in about a week's time. There will be all the dismantling of the holiday decorations and cleaning the house [we'll be getting our carpeting shampooed also while this is going on and moving furniture, etc.], then putting everything back to normal again for another year until next Thanksgiving rolls around. Hope your holiday season is filled with joy and happiness, love and laughter!! MERRY CHRISTMAS !! AFTER tomorrow, I will begin my 6th year of blogging in this venue. Hootin' Anni came into existence on Dec. 25, 2006.

Sweet Mutti ---

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This past week, I received a package from Denmark! Dear, sweet, Mutti had shipped a gift to me for Christmas. In a card she wrote: " Please accept this gift as a token of our long lasting friendship. Wishing you and Bud and your entire family a very, very happy Christmas and a blessed New Year. " Mutti? The snowglobes light up my night and your friendship fills my heart!! Thank you [TAK!]. " du er den bedste!! Jeg elsker dig min ven!! " I've received some beautiful Christmas cards from online friends...this means the whole world to me. Literally...from around the world. I have them all sitting near me, on my desk!! Thank you all. I had mentioned I found a couple of new seashells that I don't have in my collection of 'finds'. And yes, they're still not cleaned up enough to bring indoors... "French Fighting Conch" Auger Below, I have several of these kinds... Angel Wings and Sundials Sand Dollars In t

Just....BELIEVE!!!

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I'm going to have only the video I composed and published at youtube today along with the lyrics posted here...BELIEVE by J0SH GR0BAN, and photos from my past Christmas posts over the years.... Children, sleeping. Snow is softly falling. Dreams are calling, Like bells in the distance. We were dreamers, Not so long ago. But one by one, we All had to grow up. When it seems the magic slipped away... We find it all again on Christmas Day. Believe in what your heart is saying, Hear the melody that's playing. There's no time to waste, There so much to celebrate. Believe in what you feel inside, And give your dreams the wings to fly. You have everything you need, if you just believe. Trains move quickly To their journey's end. Destinations... Are where we begin again. Ships go sailing, Far across the sea. Trusting starlight, To get where they need to be. When it seems that we have lost our way... We find ourselves again on Christmas Day. Believe in what your heart is saying,

a death mask, Hard Rock & architecture---

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The past Sunday I posted the shadows on the exterior wall of the Cathedral. Louisiana (French: La Louisiane; by 1879, La Louisiane française) or French Louisiana was an administrative district of New France. Under French control from 1682–1763 and 1800–03, the area was named in honor of Louis XIV- - - Jackson Square, Cathedral, Museums...oh my. Again, this is one of my favorite areas in and around old town, French Quarter, New Orleans. There is so much history in this section of the city. Most all dating back to the 1700s. The history of the river, the piracy, I think of the term "mark twain" [which makes me think of Samuel Clemens, tho "his" area is way up farther north in Hannibal, Missouri - still I associate the river with him], riverboats, Cajuns, Creoles, French, Spanish...all so rich in heritage. Of course, the French influence is very strong. And, I love the architecture. For instance the cathedral. The two identical buildings to the right and l

- HODGEPODGE -

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1. Are you cooking Christmas dinner? How many will be 'round your table this year? What are we having? Well, ya....I'm cooking...but only for two this year. And who knows what I'll cook. Maybe our belated Thanksgiving dinner...tho much less...and really nothing a 'big deal'. While typing this response, I'm thinking maybe a hot turkey, open-faced, sandwich with gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberries and cole slaw. What I'd really like to do this year is see the opening movie on Christmas Day..."War Horse". Only time will tell. 2. What is one must-have Christmas cookie in your house? Not really much on Christmas Cookies as a necessity for the season, tho I've baked 'em a lot over the years when the kids were home....my favorite would be gingerbread cookies...as in gingerbread boys [with raisins for buttons, eyes and nose]. 3. Santa likes a glass of milk with his cookies. Do you? What kind of milk is on tap at your house-skim?

Ruby Reds & Contrasts

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Ruby Tuesday this week is something I've been wanting to 'show off' for some time. I've mentioned before in a previous post several days ago that I found the most adorable soft sculpture snowlady and couldn't resist bringing her home with me. I believe it was either Marshall's or T J Max where I found her. She stands about 10 inches and is free standing. The body is white of course, and she's draped in a woolen red 'floor length' coat. Black mittens. Black pom pom buttons, a tie down hat of the same red wool and a black, rhinestone adorned, velvet, bow, and red/black feather boa scarf. Along with all this, her matching purse is of a snowman face - all identical to her outfit only with a man's top hat on its head.... ...then, for Tina's Picstory , her challenge this week is 'contrasts'. For me, contrasts can be a whole slew of things of oppositional values such as smooth/rough - dark/light -the color wheel contrasting