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Seasonal Decor...

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I mentioned earlier, back in August, when the stores usually put out the Halloween decorations, I bought some witches to add to my collection from Tuesday Morning . Then, a couple weeks later, I and Bud went into Home Goods...I had visited there a couple times before...then, they put out a LOT more afterward. I went, as you can see, hog wild with more witches for my collection. There were a couple other women there with the two of us, picking out all kinds of goodies; one woman said to me as I passed her by with my cart holding two witches in the basket..." I'm sure glad someone else likes Halloween as much as I do! " She had three witches and a turquoise pumpkin and a ceramic witch house [I looked at that ceramic one, and put it back up on the shelf - $89.00?!!  I don't think so!!  Not for a house, a witch maybe...lol] in her basket thus far.  One  in particular I fancied 'cause it was nearly 4 feet tall... Others I bought so far for the 'new year' d

Painting....

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Bud and I have been on a shopping spree for Halloween! A few times already I have bought some new to add to my collection. Actually, through the recent years, I spend more money on Halloween than any other day of the year. Yesterday, both of us went to a 'new' store we hadn't been into...it's out of the way for us, for one reason. Word of mouth told us to check this place out. We found a tiny displaying of Witches, Gargoyles, skulls, black cats, pumpkins, etc. But really nothing much I don't already have. This store had more Christmas than anything. I did, however, find a Forest Witch. They're good witches. And this one is quite pretty if I say so myself  [I took photos when I got home...they're on my phone yet...will send them to my email for Blogger in a day or two]. Then, Bud picked out two gnomes and another elf for my Christmas collection that I started last year. I am just about ready to begin October....my favorite "season"!

LIghtbox Slideshow Fix for New Interface

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With this new Blogger interface, I noticed while visiting other blogs and my own when I went in to check comments via my cellphone, that the lightbox slideshow feature didn't work. On ANY browser. Nor do the images size post correctly to my point of view. So, I went into blogger admin for Hootin' Anni and opened THEME from the left sidebar. After it opened, I clicked on customize and got the dropdown menu. From that point, I clicked on mobile settings and from the radio buttons, I opted for DESKTOP view on mobile phones and SAVED. I then went out to several blogs and my own to take a test run. Once again, the lightbox slide show works perfectly both on desktop AND my phone. I don't know if anyone else has this issue, but I thought I'd share the steps to fix it if you need it. I also learned to tweak the image size to fill out and show crisp and clear text, etc. But, that is a whole 'nother blog tip that involves knowing html coding. In the meantime, if yo

I'm Done With This!!

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Finally, after beginning in March with the stay at home mandate, I finished the pansy afghan on Wednesday. I was more than happy to tie the last square knot and say..."I'm done!" The pattern I followed said to weave in the loose ends of the yarn, but I never do. I tie them. For one purpose; weaving them does no good when the work is run through the washing machine. They come loose! And the weaving process has to be done again. Over and over [each time it's washed]. So I do the square knot and trim off the excess the 1st time around...never any loose ends to deal with in the future!

A Very Angry Sea...

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Last Sunday morning, when Tropical Storm Beta was out in the Gulf, threatening us along the Texas coast, I drove to the Packery Channel [one of the few places that wasn't closed to the public]. Y'wanna try saying this fast three times: "Wanna see what I saw of the sea?" Here are some photos. Of course, I didn't go all the way to the end. In fact NO ONE did! But, I had my zoom lens ready for some action [and also one when a deafening stillness was noticed]. I was standing MANY yards away; out of harm's way. But, I must tell you, I did get drenched heavily once. The surf came in along the jetty boulders and hit the corner of one and sprayed up with great force, soaking me. LOL I thought these girls were either brave or showed some stupidity. When they got up close to me far away from the wrath, the one on the right offered [without my coaxing] to take a photo of me hanging on. The blinding sun was in my eyes. But, the gesture was appreciated... Ke

Throwback Thursday

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I'm joining Martha today and a Throwback Thursday with a another tidbit of our lives here in Texas. Well, some of the family this time. Mostly Bud's side. In fact a lot of Bud's history. I have, in our main hallway, three walls I like to call our Nostalgia Walls. Family heirlooms & keepsakes and portraits. This week, it's Navy, Retirement, Grandparents, and a little snippet of my mother. So, here goes:  The above photo is dated 1940. It's a calender of his grandparents' store in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is where Bud had his first job...a stocker and sacker....but, many years later than this year on the calender by several years. Next, on another wall is all about NAVY. Bud was stationed on three ships during his long stint as a seaman. His MO was an I C man...radio communications mostly. The three ships were the J D Blackwood, Tabberer, and the U S S O'Hare. [the O'Hare airport in downtown Chicago was named after Commander O

Can't Help Myself...Gutter Mind at Work!!! [aka: If you have a gutter mind too, don't be drinking while opening this!]

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photo courtesy of receiving in an email. I don't have copyright infringement intentions what-so-ever.

A True Hybrid of Prettiness....

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Tropical Storm update: We here in Corpus Christi received only winds and rain. Along the coast quite a bit of flooding and dune erosion. The "eye" of the storm came on land near Port O'Connor, Texas [about 100 miles north, northeast of us]. There will be flooding advisories out for two days. Sunday, I drove out to the Gulf and witnessed some rough surf. Took pictures and will show them later this week.  Now, on with the show.  This found below was pre-scheduled in case of power outages during the storm threat...   We bought this plant nearly 16 years ago, and it doesn't bloom until late summer and all during the Fall. I love it. The blossoms are small in comparison to the 'regular' hibiscus, but the variegated leaves of christmas red, white and green just dazzles the eye. I would love to have more of this, but I've looked often at other nurseries in town, and can never find any more!

Long Overdue!

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I began this sketch with pencil, then turned to oil based pastel.  It has been propped up on my small easel in the house for over a year's time! I outlined the bird many many moons ago! And, there it sat. The other day, while in the library [where my easel is], I looked at it and thought "Why not start working on it again? There's nothing else to do right now!" Well, then it cooled down somewhat with a front moving in, and I neglected it again. Tuesday, it was overcast and threatened rain tho none was predicted, and I didn't want to be caught in any storm, so I stayed home. And I brought out my pastels and began to catch up. I even finished it...long overdue!!      Note, weather-wise, the Southern Coastal Bend of Texas will be on storm watch again this coming week.  Out of the blue, so to speak, a tropical wave has been building up along the Eastern Old Mexico coast and the pattern shows many ways this storm could move...but, right now, it's heading in

Generic Things...This and That

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NOTE: Three...count 'em THREE tropical storms developed Friday. Wilfred in the Atlantic, Alpha made landfall in Portugal of all countries, and BETA could make landfall as Cat One in or near Corpus Christi! But, it may go a whole different direction...it's a bit unsettled as I type this up.   Flooding is sure to happen with many inches of rain (predicted 6-21 inches). So, I may not be online at all for days. I do have a few posts pre-scheduled long before these storms showed up. To begin, since I don't do emails other than family ...it just takes up too much of my time and I don't want to be on the phone or computer all day...this is for Ginny [or anyone else interested]: Amazon is not the only site that has jigsaw puzzles. I wanted to tell you that there are other businesses online that have them. Here, most are unique to those found anywhere else. Lately, tho, with this pandemic, several puzzles are "out of stock"...but you can still visit the site a

The Park Thru the Lensball...

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I mentioned previously that I walked in a small park outside Banquete, Texas the other day. It was small enough to have to walk around the paved trail/park road twice to get at least a 3 mile walk. My first go 'round I used only the camera lens as I walked among the oak trees. Then, as I finished the first lap, I stopped and grabbed my lensball that I carry with me in the car at all times. Really nothing more to be said, but take a gander, and enjoy a bit of a different perspective...