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2020 in Review... Part IV

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This time around, it's a little bit about island life...at sunrise, a snowy egret on the hunt for breakfast along the shore, the jagged edge along the Laguna Madre, a small furbaby enjoying the beach with its master, the curious sea gulls inspecting an empty chair [what?  no hand-outs?], the snow white sand dunes, egg shell case, to the way over the JFK Causeway Bridge from home to North Padre Island [note, this is NOT the tourist resort near Brownsville, Texas -South Padre Island...Corpus is just across the intercoastal channel to NORTH Padre Island.] We're approximately 150-175 driving miles from Brownsville. By the way, Padre Island-from north to south, the island barrier, is the longest barrier island in the WORLD!! Read about it here. ...and when I came upon this washed ashore, I thought it couldn't be more perfect for the year we've survived!! Not only Corona, but Corona Extra...all the phases of extreme outbreaks of the Novel Corona Virus after each long h

2020 in Review - Part III

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More photos collection throughout the year. Taken from our yard, AND along the walkways when out birding. Speaking of birding, I think, going through folders on the computer, I realize that I take more pictures of flowers than birds even!! Here are a few of many, many in my collection, beginning with a panoramic view of bluebonnets... Part I [Lensball photography] Part II [heart shapes in Nature]

2020 in Review - Part II

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These, found in a photo folder on the laptop, I've never shared before, but the images were recorded this year.  Thought I would take time today to show them off.  I'm always on the lookout for heart shapes when I am walking or working in the yard. They're all more or less self-explanatory, leaves, fungus and rock... PART I (lensball photos)

2020 in Review - Part I

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All the Christmas goodies are packed away for another year. The year ends with a pandemic of course, [I'm really tired of this!] and the new year will come in with... the pandemic. I have spent more time at home than I've cared to the last 9 months, and I'm itching for better days ahead. While indoors on a cold, damp, day these past few days, I was going thru my photo folders. I got the idea to share some of my favorite subjects of the year, 2020. This post is the art of lensball photography and six of my images taken over 2020... Gulf Sunrise Outhouse? Yep!! A Field of Bluebonnets Ebbing Surf "Morning Glory" Dune Grass

Blog Anniversary...

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On Christmas Day in 2006 I posted my first blog. It has been 14 years of blogging at Hootin' Anni's. It started off as Hootin' Anni's Chronicles, but the title was changed over the years to Hootin' Anni's Day Trippin', tho keeping the very same blogspot url of hootin--anni.blogspot.com Cheers! Merry Christmas And Happy New Year. May 2021 be filled with good health, happiness and a blessing to all.

You're A Mean One....

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While strolling through a park I had a very merry time.   I saw birds of a feather,  all grouped together and some near dried reed and olive brown slime! But, when I was done taking pictures and stuff,  I left the boardwalk and climbed up the bluff. As I turned the curve on the path to get there I was startled; a creature unexpected.  'Twas quite a scare!! He was dressed all in green, and with fingers of fur... I wasn't really at all that sure...  ...as he tossed his head to and fro!  "Was he nice or grinchy, I did not know!" Whispering quietly, I asked "Just how far from here is ol' Mount Crumpit?" I passed close by him and then I knew it was okay... ...for I heard the sweet whistle of a hummingbird trumpet. He said "Merry Christmas" and I was on my way!!!

...In the Lane, Snow is Glistenin'

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I am now on a quest for finding and getting for the next Christmas season, a small chair to have for those guests who drop by [Christmas from Heaven] from Christmases past. Like I saw at Ann's blog the other day. I really don't know where to begin looking, but I will find one, by hook or by crook. It's such an awesome, soul soothing idea. And we've all lost family members through the years, it's just a new concept for me that had blown me away. Check out Ann's post, read the poem that goes with the chair, and you'll understand my search. I hope Ann doesn't mind but I wanted to make sure I had a copy of the poetry, so I snatched it up and will save it here... Christmas in heaven what do they do? They come down to earth to spend it with you. So save them a seat just one empty chair You may not see them but they will be there Seriously, click on the link I provided to see her empty chair...it humbles me!! I'm sure it will do the same for

Late Start Today...

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As I wait for the fog to clear out before I go driving to any park to do my daily walking, I thought I'd do a post on the jigsaw puzzles we've completed in the last few weeks. Beginning with the Lady Out On the Town... Then, a country scene of horse and buggy... Next up was the most challenging of all for me and Bud. The old world map of the state of Texas. Wow. The three rivers' [Rio Grande on the west, Red River between us and Oklahoma, and the Sabine River on the Arkansas/Louisiana] borders were quite nasty being so typical of the flow and uneven banks!! And to top it off, this puzzle had all the all similar cuts of most puzzles, it also had some unique cuttings and extra long pieces. I learned a lot tho, of this state we live in now. So, it was a GOOD challenge... The last one we finished in a morning! It was only a 300 piece, and very easy to put together. Once it was done, I told Bud, "This is a keeper". I'm gonna glue it and get a frame for it