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Once again I drove to Calallen, Texas.  I only saw one doe at the park as it crossed the park road in front of me before I got to the parking lot.  In fact, I didn't see much wildlife at all on this particular morning.  Doves and grackles and mockingbirds, yes...those are a given in Texas it seems.  But, I concentrated on other parts of the park's scenery including the sunrise of course. So here are some photos of the morning walk. Look closely, in the 2nd image in series below [the pond] you may notice a bird on the tree remnant in the water...its silhouette...[a green heron]. The park itself is a large plot of land with many diverse landscapes. Hilly in sections, flat at other areas. Grassy in some areas, yet heavily wooded in more. A river runs through it, two ponds, two observation decks, a park road, trails, and more.  After my walk around the road, giving me 6000 steps, I got back in the car and left.  It was too early for Hobby Lobby in the small town to be ope

I Know! It's a DragonBird!

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  You may recall a couple weeks ago I posted about walking the beach and finding a couple pieces of driftwood that I possibly could carve birds from them?  Well, I did work on both pieces, but the first one, I trashed.  I just didn't like the way it turned out.  [there are many other fishes pieces in the sea...lol].  But the other one, I really liked the piece just by itself.  When I began working on it, I had a vision of it turning into a Gothic bird.  Then, the more I worked on it, the more it became a winged dragon. I made another trip to the same area in search of two other flatter pieces that will carve out as wings! Erik, Bud and I think 'dragon' more than bird.  My sister is very diplomatic, she says:  "It could be either"!  And Irene, she said it looks like a mummified piece of wood.  LOL   I thought of painting it black with white detailing to make it appear Gothic, like a Raven.  Then, the thought crossed my mind to paint it shades of green for a drag

Here and There...

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We spent a day out in the back yard, pulling weeds.  Enough growth in the last few weeks to fill the very large trash receptacle for curbside pickup!  It's just been too hot to be outdoors working in the yard, so it's really been neglected.  One day this week, in the morning, it was a bit overcast, so we took advantage to not have the hot sun scorching us, and got a lot done.  Even a bit of bush trimming.  But, not even close to done.   Wednesday, Bud wanted to go to Barnes and Noble, I wanted to buy an Amazon Gift Card for a good friend, so we both took off and got some shopping done.  I wanted to get some plaster of paris at Hobby Lobby, and Bud also wanted to go to Best Buy for a video he'd seen online, in hopes it was in stock.  While he was in both stores, I waited outdoors in the shade of the palm tree and enjoyed the coolness of the sea breeze... Of course, Best Buy isn't in the same strip mall, so off we drove to the next stop. While Bud was in there for his

On Being Blond...aka Blond Lives Matter!

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Of course I have blond roots...in other words I was once blond before turning gray. But, I figured, "what the heck" if it weren't for blonds some of us would have no humor in our lives!! So let me tell you and I'll be the first one to admit it.... Blond Lives Matter!!!! Duh! A blond gets a new cell phone from her husband. The next day she goes to Wal-mart and her phone rings, so she answers it. It was her husband. He says, "How's the new cell phone?" She replied, "Great...but how did you know I was at Wal-mart?" - - - ...moji I tried, from a suggestion in my comments, the bitmoji. I found no hair style to fit me, but I had fun with my Home Team Logo [Denver Broncos] and a kitty! Kinda PURRfect for me... - - - A Robbery Gone Bad... - - - August Heat... - - - Last one... A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope an

A Senior Buffet...

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Grab a drink, sit down and digest some good old fashioned humor off your filled plate...   THE RETIREMENT HOME A man was out walking one day and went by a retirement home. As he passed the front lawn, he saw nine old ladies basking in the sun in lounge chairs. When he looked closer he realized that they were all stark naked. He went to the door and rang the bell. When the director answered the door, the man asked if he realized there were nine naked old ladies lying in the sun on the front lawn. The director said, “Yes” and went on to explain that the old ladies were all retired prostitutes living at the retirement home, and they were having a yard sale.   RETIREMENT, A WIFE’S VIEW A frustrated wife told me the other day her definition of retirement: “Twice as much husband on half as much pay.” I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE TIME WHEN Decisions were made by going “eeny-meeny-miney-mo.” “Race issues” meant arguing about who ran the fastest. Money issues were

A New Baby in Town....

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I went back to Calallen, Texas and drove to the park in hopes of seeing a newborn fawn from the last time I was there spying the pregnant doe with her buck. There wasn't a deer to be seen the whole time I was there. I didn't stick around very long 'cause the hot sun was doing a number on my sweat glands! I did, however, stop and climbed the hawk watch tower because it was before 9 a.m. when they are now blocking it off to no more than the eight people [for the virus pandemic] that do the annual hawk watch for the next three months. Anyway, when I was up there, I can see the watering hole for the wildlife [it's two small ponds with a drip system that runs year 'round]. And while I was there I did see a baby critter!! One of the few javelina families was there, munching on the grass, rooting in the surrounding mud,  and drinking from the ponds. One youngster was very young...still wobbly on its feet, and when the sun hit its pelt just right, it still had a

Afghan Update...

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In the News for Friday, August 21st, around 8 a.m. in the morning a barge that was in the Port Ship Channel supposedly dredged and hit a propane gas line causing a massive explosion and tremendous amount of black smoke and huge ball of fire [nearly 150 feet high] jutting into the sky. As of this typing up my post, the smoke and flames and cause was of no human hazardous fallout. That remains to be seen, what with the way media cover up stories some times. I never throw caution to the wind these days. Here are three photos I found online depicting the recent explosion [time frame shortly after occurrence] - - - several severely burned & still 4 crew members missing. images courtesy of KIII-tv - - - I finished the pansies! 88 of them....440 square knots tied, enumerable stitches totaled [I guess I could add the stitches for one pansy [from the pattern instructions] and multiply that by 88 to get total stitches, but lazy]. I had to lay them individually out on the

August Means a Witch Hunt!

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Usually, on August 1st of each year for the past nearly two decades, I've taken a special jaunt to the store, Tuesday Morning, here in town. That is the day they have their shelves loaded with the new shipment of witches. Well, this year, the year of the pandemic, to my disappointment, August 1st came and went. No witches displayed! And, the internet news told me that Tuesday Morning has filed bankruptcy and closing most all their stores nation-wide. I opened the website and there I read the list of store closures...Corpus Christi was not listed as closing. I waited another week, and called the local store. Yes, their witches came in. I bought four!! Masked and stepping up to the shielded cash register, the clerk told me for some reason their Halloween orders came in on the 2nd week of August instead of the normal end of July shipment. I don't care. I got my witches for 2020! Next year there may not be a Tuesday Morning here - the closest other Tuesday Morning is in

Name Change in Store?

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This flower has lived through the politically correctness of this country so far. Or at least the bronze name tag hasn't been changed. Yet!!! Confederate Rose [I believe it's of the mallow plant family] Botanical Gardens Corpus Christi, Texas

It Was the Best of Times...it was the BEST of Times

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In my youth, each summer when it was getting close to Labor Day and soon, back to school for the young ones, my family [paternal side] would always hold a family reunion in the park. And there were a lot of those that attended each year as you can see by all the cars in the background...a very large family. I've often wondered since becoming an adult, if they really knew what caused all those kids! From grandparents, to the youngest sibling or cousin. The food was always something to behold set up on many many picnic tables. Fried Chicken, Hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, breads and corn bread, lemonade, beer, root beer, fruit salads, pies, cakes...all topped off with a huge gathering at the end of the day with someone at the crank, making home-made ice cream.   My dad would always hide one "Dad's Root Beer" for me when the ice cream was made, and always made me a root beer float as he knew I really liked them.  But, while someone was manning the ice cre

Feeling Crabby...

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Does this image of our bougainvillea I took from our front yard remind you of anything? When I visited with Ann the other day and she shared some Facebook Funnies [How do you get in touch with a crab?  Call it on its shell phone.] , it made me think of the photo in my archives that I never shared. Thought I'd get it posted... I see a crab!!! Do you?

More of My Sketching...

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This week's been a bit too quiet already and it's only Tuesday. The heat is on...index numbers beyond the century mark, and not showing any signs of letting up. I will survive, but not liking it much staying home. Guess it could be worse. In other words, I have not much to blog about these days, so more of my pencil sketches? Here are four.... Northern Gannet Blue Jay Roseate Spoonbill Black Bellied Whistling Duck

After Sunrise, On the Beach...

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It's been a while since I have gone 'beaning' along the shores of the Gulf. And since where I walked on this particular day, a week after Hurricane Hanna, I thought perhaps it'd be a good day to hunt for seeds that drift on the water, and end up on the shore! I like finding the 'beans'... the heart shaped one and the 'hamburger seeds'. I didn't find but walnuts and a couple of black seeds, and two round seed pods, I just left them there for someone else that collects them for crafting and/or jewelry [see the heart bean necklace I made HERE ]. I ended up tallying my 10000 steps easily since I didn't stop much to take photos nor was I carrying my heavy zoom camera.  Walking was light weight.  Oh, but to be different, I did take along my glass globe in my deep pocket.  Even tho, I only had my cellphone with me, I did take a couple of photos, at two different areas, through the globe.  It's been a while since I've done that...