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Does she, or doesn't she?

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I've been debating; trying to figure out which image[s] to use for my Watery and Outdoor Wednesday post. Should I post the image I have from underneath Bob Hall Pier on the North Padre Island, or should I share the Cooper's Hawk cleaning itself after it chowed down with its prey? There is a place that we love going to see all the birds in and around Port Aransas [as you know by now]. I am thinking that I'll put up the pier for Watery Wednesday and then make another post of the hawk in a small puddle over on Mustang Island with my Camera Critters post on Saturday. On a side note, this past Sunday morning, early, our resident neighborhood Swainson's hawk reappeared in his favorite tree once again...he was busy eating something!!! What's funny...but, really not funny...just an observation more or less; the same tree is used profusely by the black birds; the grackles. Tons of them at one time perch there and sing, squawk, fly in and fly out...continually all day l

Leap Day

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Today's post, being that today comes around only every four years [except for years that are divisible by 100] ---my post will be fun facts and all kinds of sorted stuff: FACT: The Earth takes a complete revolution around the sun in 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes, and 16 seconds. To compensate for the difference, an end-of-century year is not a leap year unless it is also exactly divisible by 400. This means that the years 1600 and 2000 were leap years, as will be 2400 and 2800, but the years 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not, nor will be 2100, 2200 and 2300. FACT: The concepts of the leap year and leap day are distinct from the leap second, which results from changes in the Earth's rotational speed. FUN: For some, today is Sadie Hawkins' Day. The celebration, in other areas, is observed on the original date that Al Capp first had it appear in his strip in November of 1937 . For further reading on Li'l Abner and Dogpatch Sadie Hawkin's Day -- read here FUN FACT

Voodoo Woman? Nah!!

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I know I've not shown my voodoo doll that I purchased and had 'blessed' while vacationing in New Orleans over the past Thanksgiving holiday. Mainly because voodoo is supposedly a bad religion to most. Yes, there is bad voodoo...evil voodoo. But, if you've ever researched on the subject, there IS ALSO GOOD VOODOO. Of course, it's originally 'based on' the religious beliefs of the West Africans. But for me, it's more of a superstition or a good luck charm. While there visiting, one of my main goals, after reading about the voodoo priestess who did good voodoo in the early French city of New Orleans, in the late 1700s and early 1800s...and how her clientele built up because of her good reputation and what good deeds she did throughout her life, I was inclined to get me a voodoo doll. I too, before I read so much, thought it was more or less all evil, conjuring in my mind the plain clothed primitive faceless doll with pins stuck in for curses... and

Early Moning Dew...

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...on vinca vine [top photo] and rose petal [bottom photo] Front Yard [I just realized there is a typo in the Blog Post Title...geez. I can't change it 'cause the Google Reader Link wouldn't work then...it should be "Early Morning Dew". Oh well. Chalk this up to being a Monday, okay?] CONNECTING TO: - - - Sunrise on Whitecap Beach CONNECTING TO: - - - MONDAY MORSELS So, I'm thinking antique kitchen and other long-ago gadgets here, today. I wonder, just how many of us of the late 40's early 50s generation-born still have [or remember] some of the oldies but goodies that our mom's used? Sure we have a lot of convenient little goodies now-a-days that work wonders in saving time - my favorite is still, hands down, but not considered a gadget per sé --it's got to be the best time saver ever---the dishwasher. LOL But, do y'all remember mom having her own meat grinder? Or a specialized spoon with wires within the

spring...in February

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In our back yard, along the wooden privacy fence there is a raised flower garden...mostly tropical plants. This image is of the shadows cast from our Tombstone Rose bush on a few of the Bird of Paradise plant leaves...I love the BoP leaf that reminds me of canvas...or sail cloth...how the sun's light is filtering through. Then, recently there is so much "haiku" being shared on several shadow shot sundays' posts, I thought I'd give it a go and then state my thoughts on the idea of what some call Haiku [don't misunderstand me...I enjoy reading the works of others very much, and I've written these a few times as you can see by the link on my sidebar!!!]. But to refer any work to being Haiku - it's really a misnomer. A misconception of having 17 syllables [in all actuality it's called morae or 'on' and in all honesty, NOT the same concept!!] and is derived from 'kiru' meaning "cutting". And usually drawn from nature

Pawty-ing pooped - - -

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Well the two travelers have returned to their Texas domicile and I might add that after all the Fat Tuesday celebratin' along Bourbon Street in Nawlins --these two furlines have been pooped out for the past few days!!! They have more than likely spent a few too many hours at the cat house and I can hear 'em whisperin' to each other..."Did we really do that?" And..."Those costumes we wore, were they for real"? And...."Oh my achin' head!!!" Well, it serves 'em right is all I can say. They've been hung-over fur too long...I think I'll go and bang some pots and pans. That's what I used to do to my humanoid children when they'd come home in the wee hours of the morning and I had to get up and rouse them outta bed to get their work done-------- Just look at these two! Don't they look pathetic? Sir Winston of Poo Mama Tahoe of Stink [her gotcha day is February 28th --we adopted her in Tucson AZ in 2002] C

Shades of Pink in Season...

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Busy week for me...not too much time on the computer. Bah!!! Each day this week, we have had a dense fog warning early in the mornings Temperatures were soaring during the mid-week. A high on Wednesday was 84 degrees - Fahrenheit!! But, there is a cold front moving in [cold for this time of year, and this area anyway]. It will be a nice relief after such a sultry day experienced. At 5:30 this morning...it's raining heavily and the wind is howling outside my window. You can tell the weather is warming up...there is a need for the ceiling fans to be a'runnin' again---full throttle Also weather related...even tho Bud takes Winston out on the work bench and gives him a good brushing of his long Persain coat --he's shedding...he's MOLTING his winter gear and readying for Spring and warm temps---which brings us to waking up to HAIR BALLS on the carpet!!! And on that note...I'll stop with fragments and move on..... CONNECTING TO: - - - One of f

Gr8 BALLS O' FIRE

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I'm kinda grasping at straws here for images to fit the lyrics; making a futile attempt.... You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain Too much love drives a man insane You broke my will But what a thrill Goodness gracious great balls of fire! I laughed at love cause I thought it was funny But you came along and moo00oved me honey I've changed my mind This love is fine Goodness gracious great balls of fire! Kiss me baby Wooooo-o-o-o it feels good Hold me baby You gotta let me love you like a lover should You're fine, so kind I'm gonna tell this world that you're mine mine mine mine I chew my nails and I twiddle my thumbs I'm gettin' nervous, honey, but it sure is fun C'mon baby, you drive me crazy Goodness gracious great balls of fire! (piano solo) Woo-o-o-o-o kiss me baby Oooo-o-o-o-o feels good You gotta let me love you like a lover should You're fine, so kind I'm gonna tell this world that you're mine mine mine mine

At the Marina...

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CONNECTING TO: - - - HODGEPODGE 1. February 22nd is National Be Humble Day...what makes you proud? What keeps you humble? I think I can answer this quite simply...one word for both pride and humble ---FAMILY. 2. Where is the catch-all (aka dumping ground) in your house? I don't have a 'catch-all' except for a 'junk drawer'. And when I want something out of the drawer, I usually have to dump its entirety out on the counter to find it. 3. Do you make it a point to visit State/National Parks when you travel or even in your own hometown? What's your favorite? Oh I've been to a few in my lifetime, and I'm sure I'll leave some out from memory but, here goes nuttin'...for instance, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone [loved it long ago when it was 'pristine' --now with highways and overpasses it has become too 'citified'], Grand Tetons, Pawnee Grasslands, Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park, Sand Dunes, Bent's Fort, Black C