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This, That, and Chat...

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We received a nice rainfall Wednesday! A much needed rainfall. It wasn't enough to even come close to breaking the drought...but, every little bit helps. I'm sure glad we got the hurricane shutter back up when we did. Something this week went right! lol The winds were quite strong, nearly hurricane force...lots of branches came out of the pecan tree. Now, we have another job of work. Won't take long tho. Thank goodness....did I say how humid it is out there right now?  My job of work list was shortened by one because...I didn't need to go out and water the patio plants in all the containers.  I just sat at the window, with the front room door open, and listened to the downpour, and enjoying the fresh, sweet, rain-drenched fragrance.  As I type this up, tho, the traces of any evidence of moisture is gone, and it's steamy.  I'll take it.  If only that would happen once a week, for about 3 months, maybe it would be sufficient.  The water shed [two reservoi

Toffee Pecan Cookie'll Ease My Mind...

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Bud and I have kept busy in the early morning hours for the last few days. Among several other odd jobs on our work list, last weekend,  since we can't find anyone that could do the work for us because of Covid-19 and contractors' back-log of jobs  themselves, we tore off the patio door hurricane shutter ourselves  we swept and scrubbed the concrete to free it of dirt, dust, blown-in grass and leaves from seasons before, and have since had it laying on the patio with all our wooden benches strewn haphazardly all over the place to make room for the gigantic shutter [8 feet by 12 feet]. It's not really heavy to work with; just awkward. Anyway, the reason we tore it off was to get some sealant to 'paint' along the bottom and along the foundation [it's a low patio door/shutter and if it rains heavily, it can flood in the house and on the carpet easily]. It's been 5 years since it's been sealed, and we figured it was time to do it again. So, once the s

Through the Lens, I Followed two LOVE Birds...

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...and as with all good things that come to an end, they rode off into the sunset. Happily Ever After!!! (courting) Royal Terns Port Aransas Saturday morning, April 25, 2020

Happiness...Craziness?

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Saturday morning at 6 a.m. the Port Aransas jetty [and others along the Texas Coast] reopened to fishermen for the first time in 6 weeks [since closure in March 2020 for the pandemic, covid_19]. I was done with my housework, laundry, early. So, I thought, it's been since March 2nd since I've been to Port A, I'm gonna go see what's new. Well, a lot of things...I counted eight houses newly built along the highway, the aplomado falcons have returned to the nesting box, and a few little things here and there. The morning was a balmy 80 degrees at 7:30 when I arrived. After birding my two hotspots in the village, I decided to see what the beach looked like...ahhhhhh, the roaring waves, the scent of salt water, terns galore on the sandy beach, life was a bit more normal. After watching two courting royal terns in the group of many [I followed them through the camera's lens and will share their photos in the next post], I watched the waves, and laughed silently at th

Amaryllis By Morning....

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Going to the mail box on the street, I noticed next to the garage door, my Easter Lilies have buds on the plants. So, I thought, the amaryllis will have buds too. I then, dropped off the mail on the work bench in the garage [we let them set there for a day before opening 'em]....went into the kitchen, washed my hands with anti-bacterial soap, and grabbed my cellphone. Out the back door I ran, heading to the flower box along the foundation...to my surprise the amaryllis were in full bloom!!! I just wish the blossoms would last longer.  These are my favorites.  In the group of plantings, I have all white, and red.  But, for some reason, they don't bloom as profusely as these variegated ones.  Maybe I planted the bulbs too deep or something.  Of course, I transplanted them.  They used to be in the front yard, but the neighborhood dogs used to get in them and trampled them.  I got a spur up my butt, and said enough is enough, and moved them into the fenced BACK yard.

We All Have Our Sarcastic Side....

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Months, probably years ago, the short conversation went like this: Erik:   "I'm surprised you don't have piped-in bird sounds and  the sound of waterfalls tumbling down a steep cliff, to surround us in a tropical atmosphere here!" Bud:   "Oh God!  Don't give her any ideas!!" Anni, sitting between Erik and Bud at the table....thinking to herself...."Hmmmm, wonder if that's possible?" Here is my bird sanctuary dining room [and it over-flows into the kitchen]: Then, just yesterday, I said to Bud: Anni: "Y'wonder just how I could pipe-in birdsong?  This room would not only be my sanctuary, it could pass as my meditating room also!" Bud: "You've been locked up with this coronavirus way too long!" Anni : : :holding my finger and thumb together chanting...."Ohhhhhmmmmmm": : : ...and that was the end of the conversation. Bud walked away into another room for a bit of san

More of My Sketches....

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They're all self explanatory. Raccoon Wizard of Oz characters [matted and framed and hanging in my movie themed bedroom] My dear Saint Nick Osprey...[also matted and framed hanging in my bird sanctuary ---the dining room]  Our dining room has three windows [one bay window] and the view through those windows are my multiple bird feeding stations of seed, peanuts, suet cakes and woodpecker blocks and three cut fruit holders... along with three hanging hummingbird feeders and a ground level bird bath with clay birds perched on the rims.  The interior walls are covered from mid wall to ceiling of my paintings, sketches, and framed photos I've taken over the years.

Take a Ride....

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I entered the Twilight Zone the other day! No, just some of the scenes from my stopping area, near the fishermen's wharf, to wait for the fog to lift!! I could hear the seagulls, but couldn't see them, nor the other waterfowl, until I was right up on them. Some flew off the shoreline and soon melded with the fog and became invisible too quickly as you can see when the gull took off and turned away to dissolve in the air. It was eerie. By the time I walked the entire shore to the causeway and back, my hair was saturated with mist... ...and this white morphed reddish egret was unseen and came out of nowhere, ghost like and silent! Almost a ghostly apparition!!  Spooky 'cause this area was deadly silent. Twosome. I'm sure they saw me before I saw them through the briny air... ...they both took off when I got closer, I could only capture one in flight... At packery channel and whitecap beach [several hotels line the shore], the scenes were diff