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Día de los Muertos...

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Since the 1960s I have been observing the Day of the Dead. You see, I had a 'best friend' through high school that was of Mexican descent, and she taught me many things about this special time of celebrating and honoring those of family that have passed on...It's NOT Halloween as many think. [3 days from Oct 31st through November 2nd]   It is a loving tradition!! A way of respecting those that have left us behind. Tho traditionally it's a Mexican observance, lately, it has become part of many cultures throughout the world. Anyway, last year -2020- Mattel Toy Company came out with a Barbie Doll dressed in the customary costume. Our local news [and national] had segments on the doll. Barbie was beautiful! And perfect. I wanted one. I went to all the stores the next day and into the entire week afterward and all was "sold out". My last resort was online purchase...same thing: "Sold Out"!! Sunday, coming back from my morning walk [around 8

Good Day Sunshine!!

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The Power Of A Sunshine - By Dolston Morian With its blazing brilliance from the horizon it arose. It climbs through the heights of the glorious heavens It lights up the world with streams of golden ray It's the power of the sunshine.

Friday Funnies -FIVE...

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...and this one is a photo from my cellphone. Y'all know how I "love" * Walmart [what a rip-off store & this proves my point.] * yes, I'm being sarcastic!!!

Lilies of the Field...

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This area I walk often is part inlet water and chaparral...desert meets the bay! It was set aside as a nature park for the public; specifically for school-aged children with the learning center so that adolescents and pre-teens can have field trips and be taught about the diverse area of this state of Texas. You have sub-tropic, and low lying dry lands. Filled with wildlife. When I arrived and parked the car to begin my walk, I stopped at the playground/center first. There is a small lily pond. But, at that hour, the lilies were just beginning to open as you notice in the photo to the right. So, I snapped only one photo and moved on to the waterfall park section and then traversed the gravel trails up to the observation tower at the bay's inlet...seeing willets, stilts, egrets, herons, ducks, gulls, and one osprey. This tower is highly elevated [for us sea level dwellers] and there is always a cool breeze blowing through...shaded and a nice stopping place to enjoy the quiet

Look! Up in the Sky...

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The morning I walked along the Oso Bay Wetlands, I didn't see many birds which is always my first intentions. So, naturally, I go with photographing flowers [flora] and other wild critters [fauna] if found along the pathways. One time I looked up at the beautiful, deep blue, sky and noticed the cloud formations. They, to me, were incredibly beautiful. Wispy, and for the lack of a better word, fragile looking. As I continued walking I aimed my lens to the sky... Then, I saw it. High up, drifting along with the wind thermals like a migrant bird...a crocodile "out of the blue"...

A Walk on the Wild Side of Town...

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For the last three days, the humidity has dropped substantially! And the mornings have been much cooler. In fact, a nice gentle breeze early just after sunrise. Bud and I have taken advantage of it all on Tuesday and Wednesday. We have neglected the weeding for most of the summer because of the triple digit temps by 9 a.m....Of course, that makes for working outdoors way too hot; dangerously hot. And the weeds wait for no man. And with the Tropical Storm out there before it turned into a Cat 1 hurricane, Nicholas was generous enough to give us some rainfall, and making it easier to pull those nasty green things! It's done. Then, Thursday I took off early, stopped to fill the tank in my car and headed to Oso Bay. I didn't feel like driving a whole lot...I just wanted to get out and walk!! I took the back way into the bay area instead of the freeway, and as luck would have it, I hit EVERY BLESSED traffic light RED. And it was rush hour. What would normally take about

A Philosophical Question....

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From Nicholas, that turned into a hurricane and made landfall near Freeport, Texas just south of Houston, here in Corpus we only got wet. "He" stayed clear of our home. No flooding in our neck of the woods. I'm not sure about other parts of the city, or what happened on the islands with the extreme low-lying areas and the water/storm surge. I understand, by the local news coverage, power outages were minimal; we weren't affected. The winds were gusty at times. In fact, by mid afternoon, we actually saw patches of blue sky...but it soon disappeared and the clouds built up heavily again, but non-threatening. We fared pretty well, thank you.  My biggest concern is our son in Houston.  Am waiting to hear from him.   Now, since we freeze water in bottles for our coolers [ice is very hard to find in stores during the days BEFORE a storm...so we improvise and make our own.  In fact the larger iced bottles of water stay frozen much longer than bagged ice cubes!!] to ke

Nicholas

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As I type this up on Monday morning, the rain is falling in bands now and then, the winds are picking up, the temps are between sauna and bath-house warm. The Tropical Storm, Nicholas, is on its way to Corpus Christi. It's predicted to hit our city around Tuesday morning, early. Like in dark-o-thirty early! Which means, I won't be sleeping tonight! LOL There is a slight possibility of it being a hurricane instead of a T S, but I think it's unlikely. If I'm wrong, that'll be the first time. [:::snort:::] In any case, no doubt, the power will be out for a while [I don't understand why a hurricane prone area such as the Gulf Coast does NOT bury power lines instead of the poles that are always toppling over.] No matter my opinion at the time tho. If I disappear it's because I am conserving the laptop and phone energy for emergencies.

GBH - Short Video

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Turn up the sound of birds, while the heron walks silently through the cove.

Twenty Years Ago Today...

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September 11, 2001 A day Amercia was vilolated and we lost our innocence! A day that will always be engrained in our memory. A day to sit back and be thankful for our country. To be thankful for our Freedom. And remember those that lost their lives for their heroism! Remember those broken families that survived and live in the land of the Brave. For their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters gave all. I was at home on the computer and read where we were attacked. Not knowing the full impact, I went out and told Bud to turn on the TV "The Towers have been attacked". What enfolded that day was terror, sadness, and loss! GOD BLESS THE USA!!

The Fountain....Part II

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This fountain [previously mentioned in last post ] is part of the culture center and kiosk along the seawall. Palm trees line the walkway and flowering plants and grasses are strategically placed with benches and stone paths [sometimes brick here and there] and trellises that have climbing vines for shade. Along the entire seawall [about a mile long] there are also sculptures every few yards along the bayfront and the roofed miradors. I walked there purposely to just sit at the early morning hour and listen to the sounds of the flowing water and birdsong!

Down By the SEA -wall....

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Early, before I did anything around the house, I left for a short walk along the seawall! The temp reading on our atomic thermometer showed 75 degrees outdoors. Even tho, the humidity was present, and the dust from the Saharan Desert prevailed, I was stir crazy [cabin fever], and anxious to get outdoors. Armed with my cellphone camera only - I headed on the Expressway toward downtown and parked across from the Federal Courthouse on the shore of C C Bay. I had intentions of getting a photo or two of the fountain as I walked along the wall toward the WWII Aircraft Carrier, USS Lexington. Of course, you should know me by now, "a couple of photos" turned into a couple of dozen. Why not? As you can see in the following, the early morning sky was YELLOW...not from the sun, but mostly showing the dust storm in the air. One particular image I captured [of the shrimp boat] you can see, if you look closely, the blue sky at the top of the photo and the haze of the dust between t