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FRIENDS...

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As of tomorrow, July 1st, Google's Friends Connect [and Google Reader] will be history! Now the way things are these days, and with Blogger's style...I'm not taking any chances in losing my entire blog template and gadgets when they decide to 'shut things down'. Y'know? Many times in the past, things have been lost. Either by Blogger or by my own accord. I decided to make sure this wouldn't happen... TODAY IS THE BEST DAY TO BACK UP YOUR BLOGGER TEMPLATE in case tomorrow you wake up and your blog is not there! You will have your backup template handy to get started again--- HERE ARE THE STEPS. It's simple and will only take about 5 minutes! Follow the bright green arrows from my screenshots - of course this is after you log in to your Blogger account and open your admin interface [the blogs you've created are listed...click on the one you want to save --naturally, the first green arrow/step shows "Hootin' Anni" -- your blog t

...you were always on my mind-

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Bud and I watched an older made for TV movie from way back in the '70s this week.  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.  I read the book long ago when our kids were just toddlers and still in diapers....but even today, it's still just as poignant as it was back nearly 4 decades ago!!  The DVD was found at Walmart for $5.  I couldn't pass it up.  I remember to this day just how the movie ends, and still this time around, tears welled up to see her walking in the fields by her beloved, and ancient, mighty oak trees!  I found that you don't need to buy the DVD set, anyone can watch it for free on HULU.   Cicely Tyson starred as Miss Jane Pittman.  Of course, at the end of the movie, Bud and I had to discuss her a bit....wondering if she is still alive.   That she is...born in 1933.  So, I guess  that makes her  nearing or at the age of 80!!  She just made a movie, in post production according to IMBD --in 2013.  My goodness, more power to her!!  She always was one of

Port & Starboard!

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WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY ...and nature notes check out link on right-hand sidebar The sea gulls are obvious, and the black necked stilt is pretty much in 'plain sight'...but can you find the sandpiper? --- I'll let you in on a little secret. I did NOT see the sandpiper when I took the picture --- not until I uploaded to the computer to frame the photo. WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE check out the link on right-hand sidebar 1. Summertime is a season of reunions, weddings, and other family celebrations and gatherings...are any of the above on your calendar in the next two months? Nope. Used to be a lot of family reunions, but these days it's difficult for everyone to get together in one certain area...finances, travel, jobs, family vacations...they all 'get in the way' of planning. 2. June is National Iced Tea Month...are you an iced tea drinker? If so, how do you like yours (sweet, flavored, etc)? I always have a half gallon container of tea in the 'fridg

Summertime Shadows

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In my previous post, I mentioned a tidbit on how well the flowers in our yard are doing...and after planting my newest hibiscus in the flower garden, I had to snap a photo of it to share. In turn, I walked around the yard a moment or two and took more photos to show the colors and shadows early in the morning: Top to bottom/Left to right: Rose colored -Hibiscus  Lemony yellow [one of my favorites!] -Hibiscus My newest yellow with red center -Hibiscus Cormorant in a tree - City park One of two variegated leaf Hibiscus [hybrid and miniature in size] Salmon multi-petal -Hibiscus Mexican Bird of Paradise bush [love the fern-like leaf clusters!  This one was grown from a seed pod that I took when we left our yard in Tucson] Don Juan Climbing Rose Hot pink -Hibiscus during the sprinkler system watering ...and at night again...the ephyllium blossom. [2nd time in a little over a month it brought on blossoms!!!]

Misc. Thoughts, Rain...Legends & This and That...

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Another week has passed by right before my very eyes. Once again, it's time to fragment the happenings... I talked with my sister for some time, helping her with her email account. Problems with uploading images this time 'round!! She wanted to send me some bird photos; one from their property on the Western Slope, and one from a golf course when they were playing a round of golf. Now, it's no wonder why she took these two particular pictures....her favorite color is yellow!! Bud found a book on North American Birds at Walmart's bargain book table this week! And after showing you the two photos above taken by my sister in Colorado, I was interested in the Tanager since we don't see them this far south in USA. The Western Tanager is just what it says "Western". But the red marking on their heads?------"The red pigment in the face of the Western Tanager is rhodoxanthin, a pigment rare in birds. It is not manufactured by the bird, as are t

Wild and Wordless

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linking to Wild Bird Wednesday and Wordless

...a letter to my dad

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Hi Dad. It's your youngest, me, Anni! I just thought I'd drop you a line or two to let you know even after all these years since your passing, I still miss you. Your antics, your jokes, your smiles and your wonderful outlook on life was always something I looked forward to with our visits. You managed to keep us kids all in line and teaching us to enjoy the things we had and never once covet those who had more. Your strong will was our strength! Bud and I, as you probably know somehow, are now living in Texas. And I think oftentimes how you'd love to be with us and do the work in our yard. I just know you'd have the lawn manicured to perfection and the roses would be saucer sized. You had a knack for gardening. It rubbed off onto me, but I don't think I could hold a candle to your expertise. Oh ya, I know how you detested the humidity. It's strong right now, thick as pea soup you'd say. Trust me, it's like stepping into a sauna 'bout no

Fragmenting the week...

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It's Friday once again. And that means Fragmenting my week. Okay, here goes: 1] Okay, I'm gonna begin my post with a rant... This morning I just read that our Governor...Rick Perry...signed a bill to give the state residents/and school children the 'right to say' "Merry Christmas" in schools and/or allowing the staff/children/parents/students to display anything pertaining to religious freedoms, without the fear of repercussions from anyone else. Read the article here ... Now, I'm not one to condone OR condemn this necessary action. My point for sharing this story is for the fact that I feel SAD to know where this country is going on certain subjects and the politically correct stance we have been nearly 'forced' to take. To me, religious freedoms, such as this bill represents, shows me that the government has to waste their taxpayer's money and spend way too much time for a freedom that already exists!! What is wrong with this picture