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They whisper and chant a lovely tune...

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...with a hidden sweet scent of Springtime!! Post shadow - wildflowers in Spring Shadows Packery Channel Audubon Birding Area Mustang Island - Texas CONNECTING TO: _ _ _ SUNDAY'S SUMMARY I just finished reading "Mr. Timothy" by Louis Bayard. Pretty darned good. I enjoyed it immensely. It's about a man...a grown man now, from the days of reading about him in my youth---Tiny Tim. Tim Cratchit. Ghostly, surreal and superstitious fiction in a way...yet filled with an exhilarating adventure of a man finding his way; making friends, helping others [especially an orphaned girl he finds in the streets of London] during the Christmas season. Well written, eloquent writing and language so descriptive I was struck into a time and era of long ago [even to the point where I could taste the tea he consumed with his landlady], living his life in words; into a realm of mystery, action and suspense. I think it's a book wor

I'm a bit crabby today...can't help myself---

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...but then, when the sun flashes its brilliant shine, my crabbiness is gone in a 'flash'...... CONNECTING TO: _ _ _ WEEKEND FUNNIES ... speaking of crabby: We started to "bud" in our blouses at 9 or 10 years old only to find that anything that came in contact with those tender, blooming buds hurt so bad it brought us to tears. So came the ridiculously uncomfortable training bra contraption that the boys in school would snap until we had calluses on our backs. Next, we get our periods in our early to mid-teens (or sooner). Along with those budding boobs, we bloated, we cramped, we got the hormone crankies, had to wear little mattresses between our legs or insert tubular, packed cotton rods in places we didn't even know we had. Our next little rite of passage (premarital or not) was having sex for the first time which was about as much fun as having a ramrod push your uterus through your nostrils (IF he did it right and didn'

"Hot" town, summer in the city....

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I'm happy to announce that my birding blog made it to several sites' listings as potential outstanding birding blogs on the 'net.   One was/is BIRDING TOP 1000 [at the beginning, my blog stats started out #1082, now as I type this, my photo blog stands at #648!! - all thanks to visitors like you!]  I appreciate it. We've experienced a couple of heat advisories this past week....stay indoors if possible. On my Wednesday Hodgepodge post I mentioned the extreme fire hazards that the state of Colorado is experiencing. I did call my sister, and they're doing okay, but on the Western Slope of Colorado, they are breathing the smoke from the fires in.......UTAH!! And she said they too are having 100+ in temps. That is unbelievable...high in the mountainous areas, that hot. Whoa. Anyway, Irene sent me a couple of images through the email of Bud's home town...Colorado Springs [I read also that Garden of the Gods was closed and the Air Force Academy is in danger of f

I'm American and Proud of it!!

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If tomorrow all the things were gone, I'd worked for all my life. And I had to start again, with just my children and my wife. I'd thank my lucky stars, to be livin' here today. 'Cause the flag still stands for freedom, and they can't take that away. And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I wont forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today. 'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA. From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee. Across the plains of Texas, From sea to shining sea. From Detroit down to Houston, and New York to L.A. Well there's pride in every American heart, and its time we stand and say. That I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I wont forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up, next to you and

The Shell Game...

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CONNECTING TO: _ _ _ HODGEPODGE 1. What do the words 'freedom' and 'liberty' mean to you? Does your mind go more in the direction of not being persecuted or discriminated against or does it head in the direction of doing what you please? Per your question, I'm gonna cover a current event that comes to mind...freedom is definitely NOT doing what you please...for example, this Sandusky case....he took liberties with others and did what he pleased ....doesn't make it a freedom or a right. For me, a freedom is a privilege. Respect the privilege and you will in turn be respected by others. [no matter if by country, and our country's leaders, fellow peers, family and friends] If that sounds a bit arrogant, I'm sure to stand up and defend my freedom as an arrogant American!!!! [come back to my blog tomorrow and see what I mean!!!] 2. Nathan's sponsors a hot dog eating contest every 4th of July

Lucky Cat...

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I don't have many, but I do like 'em. This one is my newest. Bud found it at World Market when we were in there looking for imported wines. It's a roly-poly one; porcelain...touch it and the whole kitty wobbles. Sweet!!!! They're Japanese figurines that are supposed to be 'lucky' cats. The Legend of the Maneki Neko goes: " In the 17th century, there was a rundown and poverty-stricken temple in Tokyo. The temple's priest was very poor, but he shared what little food he had with his pet cat, Tama. One day, a wealthy and important man was caught in a storm while hunting and he took refuge under a big tree near the temple. While he waited for the storm to pass, the man noticed a cat beckoning him to come inside the temple gate. This was so startling that he left the shelter of the tree to have a closer look at this unusual cat. At that moment, the tree was struck by lighting. As a result, the wealthy man became friends with the poor priest, an

A Blossom Fell...

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Butterfly bush blossoms - one lone blossom falling to the ground as I clicked the shutter. Blucher Park, downtown Corpus Christi. CONNECTING TO: MONDAY MORSELS Tropical Storm Debby, if you haven't heard, is out there in the Gulf. At first, after it left the Yucatan Peninsula, it was predicted to go more westerly to finally hit the Texas Gulf Coast...in fact, a direct 'hit' onto Corpus Christi - by that time a full-fledged hurricane. All the time I was watching it way back when it was just a 1% chance of becoming a tropical storm, I had predicted 'touchdown' on the Florida Panhandle. Then, yesterday, the path changed; heading into Louisiana/Mobile Alabama area....this morning, the direction has changed. It will remain a tropical storm and quickly become a depression ---on the Florida Panhandle!!! Mark this one up on me. Sorry Floridians. :o)

Good day....sunshine!!!

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These photos of morning shadows are all taken in and beyond the Malaquite Visitor's Center through the Park's entry gates some 30 miles from Corpus Christi, Texas...on Padre Island National Seashore's Federal Park System... The longest Stretch of Undeveloped Barrier Island in The World , Rich in natural and cultural history with 70 miles of protected coastline, including a coastal prairie, a dynamic dune system, wind tidal flats teeming with life. A sanctuary and nesting grounds for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle. [within the gated park the government environmental agencies team with the scientists to have their own on the grounds facilities to incubate turtle eggs and release the endangered species each year] A haven for 380 species of birds, a rich cultural history including the 1554 Spanish shipwrecks; and the Laguna Madre, one of the few hyper-saline lagoon environments left in the world. At the center, the state highway ends and beyond that, further int

HOT in pursuit?

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Okie dokie....for the last two posts I've created a bit of suspense with mention of the reptilian creature.  Did you follow my lead?  Did you try and guess what kind it was?  Let me explain what we were doing and where we were at the time of our encounter.  I can't even recall what day of the week it was now, I'm thinking since the images are titled June 15th...well, that was the day. LOL What with all I've been doing with my genealogy research, I do know it was close to a couple of weeks ago.  It was hot and steamy, and we leave early to drive to the island in hopes of seeing a new bird here and there.  We stopped at Paradise Pond in Port Aransas on Mustang Island and walked around on the raised board walk and observation decks only to find nothing worth mentioning.  The town of Port Aransas has drained the pond while they work at getting rid of a very invasive tree...a non-native Brazilian Pepper Tree, and replacing them with tree saplings.  But, with the lack of a

Genealogy takes hours...days!!

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MONDAY MORSELS [on Thursday this week] This will begin as a little tale of two names I'm searching for, and will probably turn into a long drawn-out saga of this week past ... I'm back. Well, actually, I didn't go anywhere. It's just that I needed to concentrate on one thing for the week when it came to being online. You see, I found a site that listed Colorado marriages with groom, wife, dates and who performed the ceremony along with where the marriage took place...county and city/town. The site had photocopies of ALL records from 1859 to 1939!!! Now, considering...that's a LOT of people and records. Thing is, as I found by trial and error, the way to view them was to click on the forward arrow only. Oh yes, they were alphabetical and all, but there was no way I could type in a record number and advance. I tried everything humanly possible, yet...I couldn't go any further than one at a time!!!!   Between the listings, they had them in sectio