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Washington on the Brazos - Part I

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With the recent past 'talks' of all the states rallying to petition to secede from the United States, we became interested in learning more of the history of the Republic of Texas. Now, just my opinion, but I think only one state in the union could actually succeed in becoming its own country once again, and that is Texas. Texas is a rich state, and about the only one in all 50 states that has been keeping their state's budget in the black...no deficits in other words. Of course, we realize that becoming an independent Republic again would be, to say the least, not too smart -with the world's economy- just think, the import tax alone would be exorbitant for the newly formed Republic of Texas as a country in the 21st century; a country of Texas?  Possible but improbable, right? Okay...'nough politicking!! Anyway, we three wanted to drive up and see the historical area in the Hill Country of Texas...to see where Texas became a Republic. An independent country...

Thar's gold in them thar hills!!!

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We are back home in Corpus Christi from a three day trip into the Texas Hill Country. Beautiful area of the state, it sure is!!! Autumn Foliage --so gold-- was near its peak....and the pine. And, we saw a lot of good stuff....mostly historical of course. But oh so neat. I'll tell'ya all about it when I get my stuff done.... As soon as I catch up with laundry, photos and getting the house decorated for the Christmas Season, I'll be back to blogging. In the meantime, if you haven't seen my little 'frosty' the gnome-man I made prior to Thanksgiving, check out the post below this!!! Hope y'all had a great week and are looking forward to a good one yet to come!!!

...a corn cob pipe, a button nose & 2 eyes made out of coal...

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While I was doing little bits and pieces of work around the house the past week, preparing for Thanksgiving, I dubbed around in the garage on the work bench. In between cleaning house, baking pumpkin pies, preparing the garage for another car to be parked in there during the holiday, I began the last of the gnomes I've been wanting to make. Of course there is a Santa Gnome that I finished a couple of weeks ago....but, with Santa and the season, there should be along with him the other story told through lyrics....FROSTY THE SNOWMAN. So, I painted the larger wooden ball and the smaller one all a creamy white. Then, while the paint was still wet, I sprinkled on 'snowflakes' with white glitter. After the paint and glitter dried, I glued his head on.... ...waiting for that to dry, I began making his hat and decorating it with chain stitch brim, a bit of 'frosty' snow, a red pompom and tied a yarn bow around the peak of the hat with a couple of meta

"Alligators in the Sewer"....

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first off, titling this post, I thought of Drew Barrymore years ago [when she was just a child actress], in the movie E.T. - "Alligators in the Sewer", a line from the movie that we quote often, is used. And, y'wanna know why? Well, I'll tellya.... When we go birding, we don't just see birds!!! ....... These two photos are taken over on Mustang Island at a local birding refuge. It's now the height of migrating season, and in and around town, along the islands and on the bays, and in the fresh water lakes, we're seeing a huge amount of many different species of ducks taking a bit of respite on their flight farther south later in the next few weeks. We've seen scaups [which I will show on my birding blog when I return to blogging from the holiday break], widgeons, mottled, mallards, redheads, and many many more. As you can see by these pictures, the lakes and bays are crowded. But, take a closer look at the 2nd photo...in the foreground, you can

Quote for the day....

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"Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason." ~Mark Twain My pencil sketch of Mark Twain posted many moons ago.

Step right up...find him & he's yours!!

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Okay, if you were raising your children in the early 1970s like I was, you may have heard, or even purchased the book, WHERE'S WALDO? I guess they're still being published and it's my understanding that now they've been banned in some countries?!!!! Well, there were absolutely NO lewd scenes in the one book our kids had!! I know for a fact, 'cause we used to read the book and search for Waldo 3 - 4 times a week until Erik and Irene had it memorized by page. I don't know what happened to the book in all these years, but sometimes I wish we still had it...as I love hidden objects in pictures!! Anyway, this IS supposed to be a 'wordless' Wednesday post, but it just didn't turn out that way. Again. Picture this...Bud and I are at Lakeview Park on the outskirts of the town headed toward the beach roads, and we stopped at the lake. We always walk around the lake in hunt for some bird that may have stopped over for a day or two on its way to somew

Only Time©

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The tempest; this juncture in time Touches of Autumn fill the air Leaves tossed skyward, downward, coated with rime Icy wind; tosslin' my hair. Dry, wheat colored grasses sway Birds overhead, at the horizon, soar Trees dance to the tempo 'n' play My bones chilling to the core. Espying a green sprout; kept hidden Underneath the brown, red, orange and gold "Don't touch my blades of jade; it's forbidden Dear man, Jack Frost, with your gales so cold". Some forfeit their right, give up so to speak Departure 'n' free will, 'tis yet another season Dwindle and fade, but ne'er too weak... Decay and wither; compromise 'n' reason. An encore forthcoming nears Autumn winds subside, the offspring; seeds of time Melted snowfall, awash of promise; rebirth reappears Restored, recovered; returning to their prime!! Only Time - Poem composed by Hootin' Anni All Ri

Shadows of a downtown park area...

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Among the Live Oak, Mesquite, Pine trees and Willows, there is an area shadowed and cool in the heat of the summer, quiet and tranquil in the winter...a nice place year 'round.  Oftentimes, when we do a little birding, we end up at a great place to see bird activities throughout the year. It's a favorite close-by section of town that I've posted about a few times previously. And it's right in the middle of  downtown. Up on the bluff is where you may find me.  You may see me at the park that has the name of Blucher Park. It is on the list of the Coastal Birding areas of this part of Texas. The land was donated by the Blucher family that settled in Corpus Christi in the 1800s. Felix Anton von Blucher was an immigrant from Germany. According to the online biography [previous link], he contributed much in what would be the birth of our city --surveyor, city councilman, city charterman [he instigated the dredging of the water outlet which would become eventually the

A bit of this and that....

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In Port Aransas Texas there is a Marine Science Institute along the south jetty of the huge ship channel where all the native and foreign ships 'slip' through on their way to the Corpus Christi Harbor and Port of Call. The MSI also has for anyone wanting to visit [they hold tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays]...an area set aside for learning. The 3.5 acres shares a wonderful array of learning about the land surrounding South Texas and the sea life and the sea birds...the environment. The area is called Wetlands Education Center. And on Wednesday of this week, Bud and I drove to Port A [commonly called by the locals], to go birding at our usual spots...Paradise Pond, The Leona Turnbill Nature Preserve and the new section that will eventually tie up with the older section of Charlie's Pasture. All in all, several miles of walking if you go to all places. We arrived and first stopped at Paradise Pond [which in the past has been emptied of water to rid the area of an invasiv