this week: This Week...Appreciating Nature. - 07/12/19 03:59 PM
 
This Week...Appreciating Nature.
 
Despite temperatures close to and sometimes over 100 degrees this week, we have spent a lot of time bonding with Mother Nature. And, we are the better for it. 
 


One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. William Shakespeare

Larry has been busy trying to keep the bluebird babies cool in our 95++ degree weather. Right now it’s 95 and feels like 101. More on that next week. 
 


Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. Frank Lloyd Wright

Our morning walks here and when we were in Florida have allowed us to observe and be a … (28 comments)

this week: This Week...Heat, Fireworks, and S’Mores - 07/05/19 04:02 PM
 
This Week...Heat, Fireworks, and S’Mores
 
Holidays are always welcomed but when they fall during the week, it throws my body clock out of whack.  If Thursday was a holiday, then how can it be Saturday already. It seems like today should be Tuesday. 
 
 
I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. Thomas Jefferson

We had the family over on Wednesday night since others had plans for July 4th. Besides the traditional hot dogs and potato salad (yes Barbara Todaro, it is the one time of year that I indulge in a hot … (25 comments)

this week: This Week...Lots of Rain - 06/28/19 05:39 PM
This Week...Lots of Rain
Our morning walks were limited this week because of the rain we’ve had. And, it looks like we’re in for more. 
 
 
Patriotism is supporting your country all of the time, and your government when it deserves it.    Mark Twain
 
 
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the rain will leave us in time to celebrate our Nation’s Independence.
 
 
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. Ronald Reagan
 
 
This Sunday I have a rainbow tea … (25 comments)

this week: This Week...Long Day’s Journey Into Night… - 06/21/19 01:06 PM
 
...Otherwise Known as the Summer Solstice
Actually yesterday, Friday, June 21, was the official summer solstice...the longest day of the year. And, as if we needed an official marking of the day...the beginning of summer.
 
 
 
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.      James Dent

Houston has had heat advisories for the last two days. This afternoon...Friday...it is 92 degrees out but feels as if it is 103.
 
 
The moon is at her full, and riding high, Floods the calm fields with light. The airs that hover in … (22 comments)

this week: This Week...Fathers - 06/14/19 03:18 PM
This Week...Fathers
 
To all of the fathers, step-fathers, and father-influencers, I wish you a Happy Father’s Day.
 
 
This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments - and you get the tears at the end, too. Harlan Coben
 
 
 
 
 
It always seems to me that fathers get short shrift when it comes to that one day set aside to honor them. Mothers are taken out for a special meal, they are handed roses or some other flower when they walk into a restaurant and are smothered with well-deserved love from her whole family. … (30 comments)

this week: This Week...The Admiration Continues - 06/07/19 06:40 PM
This Week...The Admiration Continues
 
Thursday, June 6, was a busy day for me so I ended up watching the 75th Anniversary of D-Day on C-Span and reading more stories from survivors.
 
Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
 
 
 
If you get a chance, I hope you’ll read Ray Lambert’s story of his D-Day experience.
 
 
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Winston Churchill
 
Today we seem to toss around the words brave and hero as if they … (23 comments)

this week: This Week...Snakes, Summer, and School’s Out! - 05/31/19 05:50 PM
This Week...Snakes, Summer, and School’s Out!
 
After posting a photo of what we saw on a recent walk at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, I have a few friends and family members who have declined our invitations to join us on our morning walks.
 
 
Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me, those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. Henry James
 
 
It’s easy to see why!  I love being out in nature but I have to draw the line at snakes. It may have resulted from the time my Brownie troop when camping and we saw 6 snakes that weekend. Think about … (25 comments)

this week: This Week...Humidity Kicks In - 05/24/19 05:41 PM
This Week...Humidity Kicks In
 
You can’t say I didn’t know...afterall I was born here. Not only that but living in Florida for 30+ years I was also used to hot and humid days.
 
 
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. John Ruskin
 
 
This past week Larry and I must have picked the most humid day we’ve had to go to our local nursery. It felt as if we were in a sauna. At one point, when Larry was deciding on which vine … (26 comments)

this week: This Week...Saying Goodbye to An Innocent Age - 05/17/19 05:14 PM
This Week...Saying Goodbye to An Innocent Age
 
The three actors who passed away recently ...Doris Day, Tim Conway, and Peggy Lipton...all reminded me of a more innocent time.  
 
 
I've never met an animal I didn't like, and I can't say the same thing about people. Doris Day
 
 
I have a feeling that most people under a certain age would laugh at listening to the dialogue between Doris Day and Rock Hudson. No four letter words, only innuendos.
 
 
I've never really taken anything very seriously. I enjoy life because I enjoy making other people enjoy it. Tim Conway
 
 
Tim Conway was part of that very … (46 comments)

this week: This Week...Thank You to My Mother and the Many Mother-Influencers in My Life - 05/10/19 05:09 PM
This Week...Thank You to My Mother and the Many Mother-Influencers in My Life
 
To all of the mothers and mother-influencers out there...I thank you for all of the sacrifices and love that you have showered on us.
 
 
I have been so lucky to have had not just my mother in my life but a strong grandmother, many aunts, and other women who I like to call mother-influencers.
 
Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws. Barbara Kingsolver
 
 
I learned and was influenced by each of them. My mother taught me to find a gift for someone that they want but wouldn’t … (23 comments)

this week: This Week...May the Fourth Be With You. - 05/03/19 05:24 PM
This Week...May the Fourth Be With You
 
Yes, I love all things Star Wars. And today is May the Fourth.  It is a pun on May the Force Be With You, said often by Obi-Wan Kenobi. And an interesting note that I read said that in a way Margaret Thatcher may have “launched” the May Fourth holiday.
 
 
Your focus determines your reality.  Qui-Gon Jinn
 
 
Like many good stories that stand the test of time, they leave us with lessons to be learned, thoughts to ponder, and an opportunity to look inward.
 
 
If you define yourself by the power to take life, the desire … (19 comments)

this week: This Week...Friends Old and New - 04/26/19 04:40 PM
This Week...Friends Old and New
 
Moving back to Houston has given me the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. One I’ve known for about 40 years and some for only a short while.
 
 
True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing. Baltasar Gracian
 
 
 
It’s a funny thing about friends...we all need them whether we’d like to admit it or not.
 
 
When the world … (26 comments)

this week: This Week...Resurrection, Freedom, and Family Time. - 04/19/19 04:26 PM
This Week...Resurrection, Freedom, and Family Time.
 
Many will be spending time with their family and friends this weekend with observances celebrating resurrection, rebirth, and freedom. It is a time when families will come together over lots of carefully prepared dishes and an abundance of desserts.
 
 
Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion. Dalai Lama
 
 
My family celebrates Easter so on Sunday I’ll have about 24 (or more) over. There are wee ones in the family so eggs will be hunted.
 
 
Easter is meant to … (22 comments)

this week: This Week...The Masters - 04/12/19 06:05 PM
This Week...The Masters

My only experience with golf was a semester at the University of Houston. At best I was awful. However, as in all sports, there are lessons to be learned.
 
 
Focus on remedies, not faults. Jack Nicklaus
 
 
Since my one and only experience in college, I have set foot only twice on a golf course...once to drive a golf cart for a charity tournament and to have a moonlight yoga class.
 
 
 
The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done. Arnold Palmer
 
 
 
I had hoped to show fields of bluebonnets this week … (19 comments)

this week: This Week...Next Up...Champions - 04/05/19 04:14 PM
This Week...Next Up...Champions
 
March Madness is winding down and after today the Final Four will be down to two. Will it be Auburn, Virginia, Texas Tech or Michigan State who will emerge as champion?

 
 
I have learned that champions aren't just born; champions can be made when they embrace and commit to life-changing positive habits. Lewis Howes

My bracket bit the dust long ago. Even an architect like John Henry would not be able to shore this one up. KU and UH lost so Larry and I have no skin in the game.
 


You can see and you can listen, but you have to … (33 comments)

this week: This Week...Birthday Wishes to Sharon Tara and Marco Giancola - 03/29/19 03:46 PM
This Week...Birthday Wishes to Sharon Tara and Marco Giancola
 
It must be in the stars because both of these people, Sharon Tara and Marco Giancola , are two of the most creative people I know!!!
 
 
I’ve had the honor of meeting both of them and they are exactly who you see when you read their posts.
 
 
A few years ago (2015) I got to finally meet Sharon when she paid a surprise visit to her mother who was wintering in Florida. Ashley, her beautiful daughter, was the one who made it all happen. It was as if we’d known each other for years!!!!
 
Age … (29 comments)

this week: This Week...Spring Is Here!!! - 03/22/19 05:54 PM
This Week...Spring is Here!!!
 
Spring arrived this week but there are some around the country who are still waiting for its arrival.
 
 
As is typical of a Houston spring day, we started out in long pants and jackets and by the afternoon we were in flip flops and shorts.

In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours
Mark Twain
 
 
 
Our week began with a fire at the Deer Park plant which is almost 50 miles southeast of us.  The fire was contained then new fires erupted. I shared this Wednesday but here is another look at … (30 comments)

this week: This Week...Remembering the Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parades - 03/15/19 03:57 PM
This Week...Remembering the Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parades
 
Larry and I rarely missed the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Delray Beach, however, attending the one in downtown Houston would mean a whole different parade mentality.
 
 
 
The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination. George Bernard Shaw
 
Delray Beach has a population of roughly 68,000+ and the Houston metro area has a population of somewhere around 6 million people. Couple that with basketball championship conferences being played and we will have to enjoy the parades from the past.
 
 
 
A good friend is like a four-leaf clover, hard to find and lucky … (20 comments)

this week: This Week...Celebrate Life! - 03/08/19 07:05 PM
This Week...Celebrate Life
 
Our weather this week has gone from a night of freezing temperatures at night earlier in the week to 81 degrees this afternoon (Friday.) Life is like the weather...forever changing and always unpredictable.
 
 
                
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. Omar Khayyam
 
 
On the plus side, it’s been fun wearing some of my cold weather clothes such as my UGGS and my down vest. On the downside, I’ve missed wearing my flip flops.
 
 
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present … (28 comments)

this week: This Week...Celebrating Texas Independence - 03/01/19 02:50 PM
This Week...Celebrating Texas Independence
 
As they say, you can take the girl out of Texas but you can’t take Texas out of the girl. And that would be true. On March 2, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. You cannot grow up here and know of Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, The Alamo, and the Battle of San Jacinto.
 

 
You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas. Davy Crockett
 
 
When I first moved from Houston, I almost bit the head off of someone who declared that I was no longer a Texan but a Floridian.
 
 
Texans are proud … (31 comments)

 
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