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...update

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I have finished, and am waiting on another person who is helping me acquire a couple of photos of a gravestone; one who works at a library and is the head genealogist there, in order for me to say "I'm done" with the research.  I have been working on a few here and there, making the files I've saved into pdf files; getting the images, charts, records all aligned with text.  When I receive the photos, I can then get them all added to a CD.  In all instances this was a whirlwind project.  Bud and my genealogy book, I finally had published, took me a good 25 years to complete.  This one for my brother in law will be a total of about 3-4 months' research.  So, it won't be as near detailed and in depth as ours.  And for my sister's lineage, I will just make copies of what I have for myself from my first genealogy work. I'm sitting here listening to the Weather Channel and watching the videos on the hurricane Isaac that made landfall late last night along

Honolulu...The Zoo Side Trip...

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CONNECTING TO: _ _ _ HODGEPODGE Joyce has these questions for us this week: 1. Aloha! On August 21, 1959 Hawaii officially became a US state. Have you ever been? Upon arrival would you prefer an orchid or a hibiscus to tuck behind your ear? Actually, when we arrived at the Honolulu airport we had both kinds of leis placed around our necks!!! Orchids and Hibiscus. Not behind the ears tho. 2. Since we're talking tropical...what's your favorite food or beverage made with pineapple? Just plain simple - fresh pineapple. If I can't have the fresh fruit [just skinned] --- I like sliced pineapple in its own juice and placed on a saucer with grated Velveeta Cheese sprinkled on top. It's delicious!!! 3. Do you believe in soul mates? Explain. If I didn't, I think I've been in the wrong place in my life for the past 40+ years!!!!! As the two of us have grown together, what I consider the factor about now is t

...favorite things

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Flower from our yard, this past Spring... Dianthus aka Sweet William _ _ _ Tina's Picstory Challenge this week is *my favorite color* I have two that are equally favorites... purple and green shown in this photos taken along a birding refuge trail park flower: salvia [annual] CONNECTING TO:

Fiery red...mellow yellow & not so mellow morsels

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Caesalpinia pulcherrima (ses-al-PIN-ee-uh) (pul-KAIR-ih-muh) or Red Bird of Paradise or Mexican Bird of Paradise No matter its name, it's a beauty!!! Their lacy tropical and ferny leaves are heavily accented by rich and colorful flowers. I love the daintiness of the leaves and the spiral spiking stamens. The color goes from a rich, deep, fiery red to a beautiful, lemony yellow. The bush itself can be trimmed and shaped to promote thick, healthy bushes and still never fail to bloom. We had them in our yard in Tucson, and when we were getting ready to lock up the house there that we sold, I took the liberty of picking off a seed pod from one of the plants and then, that very next Spring in Texas, I planted the seed along the foundation of the house we bought here. The first year, it sprouted but didn't bloom. Then...by next Spring it was shooting up...and bloomed. But very little. This year, finally it's done pretty well, and produced some nice

Shadow and fishin'---

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my butterfly ring pink and lavender topaz accented by small diamonds CONNECTING TO: _ _ _ SUNDAY'S SUMMARY Very, very little has happened in my week prior to today. Slowly, I'm working on the oiling of the woodwork. Just partially done. Rubbing in the oil makes for a bunch of sore muscles in the arms. LOL So, I do just a little bit at a time. On completing my research [I think] -I've begun composing genealogy pages into PDF files. That too is just partially done. Three mornings Bud and I went birding. One day, nothing new. The 2nd time we sat under one of the gazebo/watchtowers along the boardwalk in Hans Suter Refuge park and watched for several minutes a great blue heron feed on a 'catch of the day'. This one, he could've told his neighbors that the big one did NOT get away!! After watching him, and we started walking back to circle around to the other side of the bay's shoreline, I almost walked right past a beautiful baby barn swal

Oh...please. Just CAN it!!

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I feel an explanation is in order here....Is there something in this world you'd like to CAN? As in arrest? Stop? Suppress? Shut-up.... permanently? No, I'm not talking about the rap music and the vibrating cars going through the 'hood because the rap music is way too loud!!! I'm talking about one particular insect. I honestly learned something this week...what I thought it was and what it really is!! None the less....I really dislike their 'music'!! This particular BUG just drives me up the wall. Always has, even since childhood, and the hatred has grown over the years. During the summer, they become quite active. And their "winging it" makes me want to pull my hair out. In fact this last month, the days we've gone birding...while walking through the heavily wooded areas in some parks, like the girl in Poltergeist.... "They're-re-re-re Ba-a-a-a-a-ck!!" By the time we've walked the distance we walk and the photos

There's highs....and then there's lows --

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1]  On a high note:   This past weekend, my birding blog, I'd Rather B Birdin, was highlighted online at the site, Animals Blog.org!! Wow. That made my day. This below, is a screen shot--- click here to read about other animal blogs listed 2] On a low note:   This most recent shooting is a bit too close to 'home'. It happened near the campus of Texas A&M in College Station ---my son, Erik, is a college professor. Of course, I know that these outbreaks ending in tragedy can happen ANYwhere, it's just scary for me knowing how close it all is to family. ARTICLE in full . 3] OPINION: Another thing, reports and doctors and family members of those who have done the shooting tell us through the media, that, ---"they're ill". What the heck does that mean? Unstable? On meds? Insane? What? I also know that by working at a psychiatric co-op for the mental disorders and stuff like marriage counseling, addictions, etc. etc., befor

it's always been about a CAT 2 me---

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What's new pussycat ? Wo-ah, Wo-ah, What's new pussycat ? Wo-ah, Wo-ah, wo oh... Pussycat, Pussycat You're delicious And if my wishes Can all come true I'll soon be kissing your sweet little pussycat lips ! Pussycat, Pussycat I love you Yes, I do ! You and your pussycat lips ! You and your pussycat eyes ! You and your pussycat nose ! Song recorded best by Tom Jones Writers: Burt Bacharach and Hal David What's New Pussycat Photos by Anni of Winston, cleaning himself [and cropped sections of other photos of Winnie the Poo!] CONNECTING TO: _ _ _ Its' been a few weeks since I've done a bit of 'trash talk'. Today, I am thinking it's time to do another... A woman who went to China's Changsha Central Hospital complaining of itching in the left side of her head was told by doctors that the source of irritation was a spider that had been living inside her ear canal for five days. Doctors reportedly used a saline solutio

By the sea...by the sea...

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[photos: with mouseover captions] CONNECTING TO: - - - HODGEPODGE Joyce has these questions for us this week--- 1. I included this quote (attributed to William H. Danforth) in my blog post yesterday... "The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb it's routine." When was the last time you 'disturbed your routine' and how'd you do it? I try to do it often, just getting up at a different hour will throw things off and get adrenaline pumping sometimes. 2. What's your favorite fried food indulgence? Just one? Five Guys French Fries!!! And now that I think of them...those luscious, greasy, bestest ever french fries....I'm gonna have to go there. 3. Did you have an allowance as a kid? What did you do with it? Do you give your own kids an allowance? Yes, I did. Usually spent it on clothes after I saved enough. And no I don't give my own kids an allowance...did, but they're both grown adults!!! They should be

unbearbeitete bilder

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Tina's Picstory challenge for us this week is: "unbearbeitete bilder" Which translates [according to Google Translate] - "unprocessed images". Now I'm being honest here, I'm not sure what she means by this, and I'm hoping that she means images that are not touched up...and right out of the camera --- How I wish it were Spring again. These images below you'd see in our front yard in full bloom. But only in Spring and late Fall...right now, with the parched land, and those dictating us to conserve watering....my roses are looking mighty poorly about now. So, I see these in my archive photo folder and just dream of cooler times again soon--- ---they ARE 'unprocessed images' except for my watermark. :o) The name of the patented rose is SIMPLICITY....I like 'em very much 'cause they're quite like a wild rose with single petaled blossoms and very light in fragrance. CONNECTING TO:

Can U Guess?

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Take a look, before reading my post, can you figure out who this is? [all in jest] 'Tis a sad day to report that this beautiful gal is all washed up!! After over 5 decades of giving us pleasure and entertainment and friendship over the years, her eyes haunted us amongst the refuse found on Whitecap Beach this week along the Texas Coast!!! B. Millicent Roberts, from Willows, Wisconsin was born to Ms. Ruth H in 1959.  The beloved one came to a broken end; her perfect model-like beauty was dragged and tortured, she finally succumbed and vanquished in the turmoil of currents. With her allure, and our attraction to the celebrity of her long time standing in cultural America, she blossomed with a popular following; dedicated were we that we all dreamed of having an hour-glass figure and milk and honey complexion just like she retained and possessed over the years. At the beginning of her career, she became a teen-aged model. And throughout her ambitious and lustrous life, she h