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Foggy Morning Breakdown....

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Be FORWARNED ... LOTS OF DISTURBING PHOTOS FOR SOME, FOLLOWS    It was quite an odd morning for me. Eerie and a bit upsetting when I got out of the car to walk on the beach. Let me back up a bit... I had a clear drive...being that I could see the road, but overcast sky! LOL But, when I arrived on the beach, the fog was coming in off the water. Okay...pushing forward to opening the car door. I was hit by the odor of rotting flesh!  My Covid mask came in handy for a whole new use!! Where I parked, the sand was clean. I started walking. Then, the scene unfolded to wildlife disaster! Dead fish everywhere I stepped. They all perished with the cold water from the weather change the week before. That morning, Tuesday, the Gulf water, was still a chilling 53°. That's too cold for many. I walked and eventually the city crews arrived and started a clean-up effort. I left the area and went to another section along the beach by another access road. Still, the same scene.  I ende

TipToe thru Tulips...

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I finally got around to completing this oil pastel slash sketch. I began the week of the arctic blast, before the drastic temperature drop and electric outage, and I tellya, my hands got so cold my fingers ached and I couldn't hold on to the pastel sticks and concentrate on sketching. Even when the power came back on three days later, I was out of the mood to begin again. But Wednesday morning, before sunrise, I got it out on the table before Bud got up and finished it. I titled it TipToe Thru Tulips. Nice and Spring-like.

"The Sky is Falling!!!"

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Last week at this time, we were 60° colder. Instead of the high of 78° like Tuesday afternoon, it was a balmy 18°!! I've been going out each morning to soak up the rays. Just about everything that remained in the ground during the arctic snap has turned brown and along the pond banks, kinda brackish, but still, I think it's pretty, as you can see the fallen tree in the pond with water reflections and leaves that changed color almost overnight.  Very little green can be found anywhere this year.  But the sky has been glorious; the clouds beautiful.  By the way, did you know that the most common of clouds [Cumulus]...on the average, weighs 1.1 million pounds.  Read about it here .  And you may ask, why don't they fall to the ground weighing  in at 5 tons?  Why?  'Cause the air BENEATH the clouds is heavier. ...and I listen to the birdsong of the beautiful Red Winged Blackbirds.  I'm slowly getting the yellow headed backbird images resized and will share them on m

On the Road Again!

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Yep, early Sunday morning I had my chores done for the day before sun-up. On purpose. I wanted to get out of the house and on the road to the islands once again. The city/county had all the residents that live on the island stranded. All roads leading into the city of Corpus [the causeway, the harbor bridge, and interstate 37] closed down. But, mild temps Saturday and then Sunday morning upon awakening, the highways were once again open. I couldn't wait. Not necessarily to go birding, just more or less to get out of the house!! My first stop along the island highway was to check the nest platform of the rare aplomado falcons . I pulled off the road onto the shoulder; saw one of the falcons preening on the perch. As I zoomed for a closer look, it seemed to have brand new, fresh, nesting material in the covered "cage". Once I got home, I expanded the images taken, and the female was INSIDE, laying on the new nest. Obviously the male was preening. If I remember

Dumplings Anyone?

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Since we have had electricity for cooking, I've been craving comfort foods. I needed something that gave me a bit of happiness after this past week.  Even watching all these state-wide news briefings by our governor and electric big wigs, I remained dismayed at the whole world.  So.... One of Bud's favorite meals...I  made beef stew. Tho it's not really all that appealing to me, I do enjoy a good hot bowl of soup anytime of the year. And I pleased my man so it was all worth the effort. And kept my brain occupied without interruptions.  But before then, I made MY comfort food. And, naturally it's much more fatty and less healthy than stew, but oh such a treat. It's been YEARS since I've made it; from scratch, even tho most of my grocery supply has dwindled. And, yes, a favorite steamed veggie for me is brussel sprouts. So, two goodies in one meal. Yum.   A Very large Kettle is needed for stove-top recipe...   Stew chicken wings [I use 4] until the meat f

Ice Storm...Rolling Blackout Update:

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Well, I don't think it's over quite yet ...we have another icy front moving in today. Tho, after 2 1/2 days of no power and indoor temps in the 40 degree range during the DAY and lower at night, we have survived it all so far. I must say we lost all our frozen foods, and stuff in refrigerator. But, food isn't essential at that time, surviving the cold was priority. We've been eating from canned goods and heating them up by candlelight of all things if necessary. It's been an eye opening experience. And Ms. G...I found out that the generators in the neighborhood ...their engines froze and they all were in the same 'boat' as we were. It was an amazing experience. We spent most of our waking hours, reading in bed with piles of clothes and blankets. Now that the worst is over [I hope], it has to be comical. But....this is the back stabbing issue for me: I now hear that this was not necessary?!!! Shutting off most of the grids throughout the state an

Who Opened the Freezer Door?!!!

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As I type this post, I'm using my laptop...battery operated. Well, the ice storm and below freezing temps arrived! We had no power and no heat for nearly the whole day yesterday with temps hovering from 10-17 degrees F. I had on so many layers I was afraid to trip and fall as I wouldn't have been able to get up. The streets were covered with a layer of ice, the wind chill was in the single digits or in some cases below zero! Texas was declared an emergency state and the power companies have resorted to controlled grids [meaning only certain areas have power and then only for an hour or so before it goes off again!  We were 'shut down' about 5:30 once again last night after about 2 hours' relief with heat, and as of 6 a.m., still no power!] I did go outside in the yard to survey the freeze damages on my plants and bushes that are planted in the ground [Bud and I brought in the potted plants several days ago].  I was out in the deep freeze for only a short tim

Double Exposure Site & Tutorial....

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In my comments, Sandra asked for more info on how to do a double exposed photo.  First off she mentioned what program I used.  The only program [software] I have other than the Windows Paint which I never use, is one I installed with my disk... Paintshop Pro .  This I use for resizing my photos to have them small enough to load on my blog quickly and yet large enough to view details.  I also make my own photo frames, watermarks,  and my own blog headers, etc. etc.  with this installed program.   [by the way, each Windows 10 update, I have to reinstall it!  I hate that...Windows ALWAYS takes it off my computer upon updating!!!]  Just another glitch with Microsoft.  Makes life interesting, I guess. Okay then, moving on... Chose a photo from your phone, computer, laptop, or any device of yours [don't steal from anything online because of copyright issues unless given permission is my advice]. Go out to the website that generates free double exposures. I'll use radio buttons to

Exposing Myself...well, Pictures!!

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Dreary weekend so far. Yesterday morning, Saturday, I stayed home and got a lot of small chores done around the house. Like changing sheets, doing laundry, making a large pot of spaghetti sauce [hopefully it'll reheat and be leftovers for a couple of days], cleaning both bathrooms and changing out the towels in kitchen and baths. Then, I played on the computer for my allotted hour's time sitting in one place. I played with some of my photos and went out online and did a few "double exposures" with their filter. Did one of each...one in black and white, and the other with the color images. Some, I thought, looked better as black and white. This is blue bonnets last spring and an egret with the "canopy" stance they do when hunting for a meal. A shrimp boat silhouette and a Gulf sunrise superimposed A white tailed stag infused into park landscaping along the river bank Top of palm -with a bird- against a bay sunrise Daughter, Irene, and butterfly