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Whazzz-up?

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There is a HERO in every "walk" of life!! A calf, Hero, with no back hooves gets 'a lift' from veterinary surgery. Read more... Our local theater, Harbor Playhouse, opens their annual Christmas Musical this weekend...From the 1843 story by Dickens...A CHRISTMAS CAROL. We've attended this several times, and it never fails to completely entertain us!!! The amateur actors do a fantastic job under their directors. The music, the singing, the stage direction, the scenery...all very well done. For the last 23 years, the world renowned cattle ranch, rich in Texas history, will hold their annual Cowboy Breakfast on Saturday, the 23rd of November [it's always held on the Saturday BEFORE Thanksgiving]. It's a good way to visit and see a partial area of the historic ranch and enjoy a breakfast of coffee, juice, eggs, sausage, beans, and tortillas in an outdoor, ranch-hand, atmosphere!!! We've attended several times, and depending

They Call Me Mellow Yellow....

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WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY & NATURE NOTES:   Tho it seems like Winter is just 'round the corner for everyone in the northern parts of the states....it's still summer-like here. Ya, we've had a couple of 'cold snaps' weather-wise [lows in the high 40s], but it has warmed up quite a bit. Sunday past, in fact, it was close to 90 degrees.  I'll take the HOT any ol' time instead of icy roads, snowy landscape, shoveling...getting the snow blower out, driving with maniacs that don't have the sense to slow down on snow packed roads...you name it. Admittedly the snowy landscapes of my 'home state', Colorado, are gorgeous, I called Colorado home for over 40 years, but now it's time to enjoy some sub-tropical winters!!!  Wildflowers are still blooming in the fields and parks wherever we roam. Some flowers, hibiscus, lantana, bird of paradise, and that funny named plant [ Ixora ] ...of which I can never remember are blooming in the back yard...along

This week...

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1] I read this headline on the news station's online section and thought..."Whoa!!! A man is about to give birth?"--- Woman Accused of Running Over Man Soon to Give Birth But, then, of course, I knew that was impossible, but the way it was constructed, it sure read oddly!!! After opening it...my curiosity got the better of me...it continued to become more clear: "The woman accused of fatally running over her common law husband is about to give birth to the man's child. On Thursday, she asked a judge to remove her GPS ankle monitor until she delivers...." Well now, that idea/plea is: Isn't it just kick-you-in-the-crotch, spit-on-your-neck fantastic? There comes to mind "if you do the crime, you do the time" or something to that effect. I know the innocence of the unborn child should be a factor,...the law is made for alleged criminals. 2] Hurricane season for 2013 is about to come to an end. This has been the 7th quietest

A Sad Tail [tale]...

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NATURE NOTES & WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY [links found on sidebar] I have a gut feeling that this ended sadly! About a week ago, while we were at Oso Bay Observation Deck, along the feeder ditch, Bud and I spotted a Black Bellied Whistling Duck on a mud flat next to some cat tail reed. Now we both knew/know that this breed of duck is known to nest on the water; sometimes in tree cavities. This particular one we spotted seemed to be 'nesting'. My question was: "Do these ducks nest and have hatchlings this late in the season?" When I got home, I had to do some research as my bird guides tell me very little on the time of year they nest. I found this information from the TEXAS A&M Agriculture Extension Site "Breeding extends from late March to October and occasionally November." So, I guess what we witnessed was a possible nesting female. That very same day, Bud and I saw a Harris Hawk silently soaring overhead and then disappear beyond the freeway a c

Colors of the wind...

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...five of my favorite colors: MOUSE OVER CAPTIONS on each photo!! Green symbolizes: life, nature, fertility, well being Green is the color of nature, fertility, life. Grass green is the most restful color. Green symbolizes self-respect and well being. Green is the color of balance. It also means learning, growth and harmony. Green is a safe color, if you don't know what color to use anywhere use green. Green is favored by well balanced people. Green symbolizes the master healer and the life force. It often symbolizes money. It was believed green was healing for the eyes. Yellow is creative from a mental aspect, the color of new ideas, helping us to find new ways of doing things. It is the practical thinker, not the dreamer. Yellow is the best color to create enthusiasm for life and can awaken greater confidence and optimism. The color yellow loves a challenge, particularly a mental challenge. Within the meaning of colors, yellow is the great communicator and loves to talk.

Nostalgia Lane...

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WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY & NATURE NOTES links to join found on my sidebar [photos will be enlarged if you click on any of them] For a couple of weeks now, I've been wondering if we here in South Texas were going to even see a Fall Migration. Guess I was jumping the gun so to speak before this past weekend!! Finally, the ducks are arriving. And we were dazzled by quite a display on Mustang Island Sunday morning, early!! The Redheads [ducks] were coming into the large pond at Aransas Birding Center [Leonabelle Turnbill Center to locals] by the hundreds! - - - - - - Behind the dried cattail/reed in the image above there is a very large 'fresh water' pond. By that I mean it's actually run off from the town's waste water treatment plant. There is a ship channel that goes into Port of Corpus Christi to the right, a couple of large salt flat pastures that has been turned into birding sanctuaries that surrounds this pond...for a couple of miles circling the area

Morning at Rose Hill....

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Let me get this off my chest first....I detest Internet Explorer. I just spent hours in safe mode on my computer trying to get a system restore from yesterday's Microsoft update so Internet Explorer browser would be up to date. Thing is, I haven't done it in way over a year...'cause I NEVER use it only to check my blog on IE now and then. Last night, about 9:30 the update was still installing. We had finished watching a DVD movie, and I was truly ready for bed. So I left the updating and installing to run....this morning, because of a call of nature, I checked the computer and the tower was working/blinking. But, the monitor was shut off. That was the first clue something was amiss. After a long 4 hours getting to a system restore point through safe mode prompt on computer boot-up...finally, I was able to get the admin log in window to load, and got in!!! And my strongest fear was loss of all my bird photos!!!!! Got the update/installation taken off and we'r

Dia de los Muerto -aka Day of the Dead

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RANDOM 5 on Friday link to meme found on my sidebar 1]   I mentioned perusing the vendors' tents a couple weeks ago with the festival here in town. Well, one 'booth' had a couple of hand made -CLAY- Day of the Dead dolls....[called Catrinas]. Living in the Southwest for a couple of decades,  within a few hours' drive to get across the border...{Tucson AZ, and now Texas}  I have been fascinated by the paper machĂ© dolls from the import stores and souvenir shops that are imported. I never bought any before. Yet, after seeing the clay Catrina doll up close, I was amazed at the work entailed and considered buying one of her dolls---'til she quoted the price tag. $125 for a 10" doll. Nope, nope...not gonna do it. Okay. I continued my way around the other sellers' areas, and the doll was a constant thought in the back of my mind throughout the day. No, I didn't go back to buy it...but, I did go online to do a search for these cultural/folklore dol