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Wordy...

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In our local news , there is to be a new structure going up. The groundbreaking held Sunday, January 31st. ... claims it will be one of the tallest in the world. -It's gonna be the second largest  in the world.  The largest  in the world is in Madrid, Spain. It will be the largest in the western hemisphere. ...sitting on a foundation that's 38 feet octagon,  three feet deep with steel and concrete, has 24 piers that go 48 feet into the ground. So if it were to blow over, it would pull up about three acres of land with it.- Okay, so I need to get a few things off my chest. First, why? Is it to 'outdo' everyone? For prestige, for egos...what? And then, why in this gawd-awful area?  Will it be beautified with landscaping or just out in the field? Why this particular design? Being that the city is Corpus Christi [the body of Christ]...then, why not a crucifix instead of just the simple construction? The new, proposed structure is a cross. It's touted to bec

I Feel a Song Comin' On!!

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[captioned...mouse over] Climb every mountain... Search high and low... Follow every byway... Every path you know! Climb every mountain... Ford every stream... Follow every rainbow... 'Til you find your dream!

Free House!

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Imagine.... Someone tells you that this mansion from the early 1900s could be yours! FREE!!! -- Yes, you read correctly... free. Last week, after touring the 'new found' park in Refugio, Texas, upon our exiting on a different back street to the interstate, Bud and I spotted this house and thought "someone moved this from a plantation?". Well, I took the photo with my cellphone and then did some research online after returning home. I found this info: There is a bit of historical value to this home. The Shelton House This two-story Victorian mansion at 809 S. Alamo, was originally built by Ben Shelton who first started a business at Blanconia in Bee County. A little more than two years later he moved his stock of goods with 18 wagons to Refugio, and there set up as a general merchandiser in May, 1907. He owned two business buildings, farm lands, along with oil and gas interests. In 1907, Shelton built a "little bungalow" that was located to

I Can't Hold Back Any Longer...

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Happy Moments Prevail... The day was New Year's Eve...the night was filled with fireworks, the romance was there all along. As the fireworks lit up the sky in celebration, my grandson got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend of 2 1/2 years. She said YES!! Wedding plans are in full swing...but the two plan on waiting for college graduation, in 2018 for the vows. He is majoring in law, and she is working on a nursing degree.

Park Photos Galore!!

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In my last post I mentioned that Bud and I were planning on driving to a new area for birding. Now, I must mention that this park we never knew existed, but have driven, oftentimes, through the town on our way to Victoria or Houston, Texas without stopping. The park is Lions Park, the town is Refugio [locoally pronounced Ruh FEAR ee oh - Spanish translation to English, "Refuge"...but, the proper way to say it in Spanish is Ruh FOO ee oh]. A small bit of historical value of the small town, it was a battleground site during the Texas Revolution of Texas Independence which you can read more about HERE!! Okay, so on with the reason for driving there.  Lions Park.  From Corpus Christi, take the interstate highway 69, after crossing the Mission River, at the first traffic light, turn left heading toward the river.  The park entrance is just about two city blocks from the interstate.... Once the car was parked, and I got out to retrieve my camera and binoculars, I

Kits, Cats, Tales, and True....

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It's been a while since last I blogged. The term is busy. Most days it's been filled with wonderful weather that I just do not want to be indoors. Altho, after our outings, I tend to sit down in the sun streaked dining room, at the dining room table, and color while winding down from our birding adventures. [one shown I tried to make it like the old Dutch ' delft ' color shades] Today, clear skies tell me we're going to go to a birding hot spot [with reported 'excellent' birding opportunities on American Birding Association Texas' site] up north of Corpus about an hour from home. We plan to spend the entire morning there, walking along the river banks and the park. It will be a new area to explore. And the birds seen the last week or two include a lot of 'new' species I haven't had the chance to photograph. Wish me luck. A couple of days since I blogged, Bud and I have been trimming bushes/trees/plants in the yard!! There have

It's Monday...

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Y'all know, those who have followed me thru the years of blogging, I do love a good, close-score baseball game. But yesterday afternoon, I was on -the computer for some time following a link shared about Willie Nelson's accolade of The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize. What I'm saying is, the computer was on, and after I watched the nearly 2 hour special on PBS, I 'flipped' the channel and found CBS Sports to watch part of the playoff game of my 'home' team in NFL....the Denver Broncos. Granted, I do not care to watch anything televised any more because of the commercial time. But hey....the Broncos!! I ended up watching the entire game. Burned my entire mouth on a slice of homemade [and veggie only] deep dish pizza when Trussaint [the Steeler] fumbled the ball and it was recovered by my team!!....giving them an advantage to go ahead. Which they did...and won the game!! But even tho the Broncos now have home field advantage when they'll be p

Take a Hike!!!

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As in my previous post, shopping for coloring books, I failed to mention I didn't get very many steps in for my daily walking regime. That meant, I hopped back in the car and drove to Pollywog  Ponds to get my total step count up. I ended up short anyway...but only by less than a thousand. Instead of 10000 which is my goal, I fell short, 9285, once I returned to the car to head back home. I rarely include my steps around the house, but they'll have to be added this time. Anyway, at Pollywog Ponds I walked from the entrance gate clear back to the Nueces River. The afternoon sky couldn't make up its mind to remain partly cloudy or overcast. By the time I reached the river, the clouds grew and made the photography lacking much color. The birds were very short in supply as well. I think it was the late hour in the day; most were looking for somewhere to roost for the evening. In any case, here's what I saw for the time there:

Care to Color?

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GOOD FENCES I'm sure, unless you live under a rock, you've been seeing or reading about the newest craze for adults. Psychologically, they're supposed to be a healthy outlet of relieving stressors that interfere with the over-all health. I, on the other hand, think it's just something fun. Heck, I see crayons or colored pencils and like a force that draws me near...I doodle. I've always enjoyed the pastime. Coloring. So, for several months now, I've been wanting to get me one of those new 'popular' coloring books for adults ....I bought two yesterday [one of fairies and the other an eclectic 'calming' one filled with different types of images to color in]. I'm now in the debate mode of what to buy...."fine tipped felt tipped markers" or "colored pencils". I'm leaning toward the latter since there are probably more variety of colors...after my appointment with my heart surgeon [the one who performed the st

Title-ing

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Monday, again, it was cold. The chill factor was in the high 30s low 40s even tho the thermometer told us it was high 40s to low 50s for most of the day. The sky, again, was overcast. My house work was done, I had concocted a rigatoni and sausage soup for dinner in the slow cooker....I wasn't in the mood to read, nor being on the computer. Bored as I was, I popped me some popcorn to munch on, and, I took out my sketch pad and began another pencil work of a favorite bird [one of a whole slew of 'favorites']. This time an owl. I had saved this image on my smart phone's gallery in hopes of someday to open the image and draw it. I worked on it off and on during the day and finished it this morning... I had Silent Sentinel, The Fortress Guardian, and Command Post listed in my thoughts for giving this new sketch of mine a title. I finally picked one....

LOON-y Tunes

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From last week:   No cold weather...the sun was out, shining brightly. A wonderful, lovely, South Texas winter day. Of course, Bud and I went walking along the fresh water lakes between Portland and Corpus Christi. What made it all the more tranquil was for the fact, there was hardly a soul other than the two of us around. Quiet. The shoreline was nearly covered with Redheaded ducks at one area...the rock outcropping by the fishing pier was active with terns and sea gulls. The bay sparkled like diamonds. Naturally, I scanned the gentle rippling water after taking a few photos of the terns and ducks and....

A Walk in the Woods...

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Lately, Bud and I haven't been home much.  The weather has greatly improved and we...well...The two of us were anxious to get back outdoors, hiking the trails and doing some birding! We drove to Rockport-Fulton Texas one day, over the Copano Bay, and onto Goose Island State Park in hopes that the largest land bird, the whooping cranes, would be out in that area. Along the north bay shore, there were TWO spotted. At such a far distance, the photos aren't that good, but they'll have to suffice for my 2016 year records. With the two whooping cranes, there were a few Sandhill Cranes and one lone great blue heron in the field. Of course, where there are cattle grazing, you're bound to see a few vultures too. Black vultures soaring high above the cranes and cattle. Where the car was parked, on the shoulder of the park road, several grackles were scrounging the grasses between the road and the bay water. Great Blue Heron in the open field After taking several phot