wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Where’s The Rest of the House? - 05/26/20 01:49 PM
Wordless Wednesday...Where’s The Rest of the House?
 
On one of our walks, Larry and I saw this structure. My first thought was...where’s the rest of the house?
 


This is a Chimney Swift Tower that is built to offer nesting structures or a resting place for chimney swifts who spend March through October in the eastern United States including Houston. They then migrate and winter in South America. 
 
I had never heard of a chimney swift until we saw them whizzing through the air. 
 
You can read more about chimney swifts here but in a nutshell…
 
“Swifts are so well adapted to life on the wing, they … (33 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Chillin’ Out - 05/19/20 07:14 PM
Wordless Wednesday...Chillin’ Out
 
If you ever need to get a fresh perspective on life...my suggestion...get out and view what Mother Nature has to offer. 
 
 
We’ve had temps in the 90s this week so everyone felt like chillin’ out...even this little guy. 
 
We enjoy all of the birds and squirrels in our back yard. We can hear the bluebird babies saying “feed me” in “bluebirdese” when their mom and dad approach the box with their daily choice of worms. 
 
We watch as the bluebird parents dive bomb the squirrels who are minding their own business. And minutes later baby squirrels are out running around and playing … (30 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Life and Nature Goes On - 05/12/20 03:07 PM
Wordless Wednesday...Life and Nature Goes On
 
We’re all so tired of the same old topic of discussion.  You know what that is. The month of May will be coming to an end soon and where has the time gone?
 
Well...it’s still moving on...Life...Mother Nature...Flowers are Blooming, babies being born. 
 
 
My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature. Claude Monet

If you’re feeling like your life is on hold...get out there and look at what Mother Nature is doing...she’s still doing her thing. 


Life continues, irrespective of whether we are there or not. Mahesh Bhatt
 
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wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Chanel? Calvin Klein? Or Betsey Johnson! - 04/28/20 03:42 PM
Wordless Wednesday...Chanel? Calvin Klein? Or Betsey Johnson!
 
Many of us had Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, clay, and trucks that you actually had to push when we grew up.  Today’s children have electronic cars that can be remotely operated and devices that are almost always on. 



The other day my niece sent me these photos of what mini-me has been doing while everyone is staying at home.  She had taken ribbons she found and remade many of Barbie’s dresses.  
 
While I love today’s technology, it is a hope of mine that creativity and imagination will not be lost in our youth today. 

Let’s encourage our children … (34 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...In Answer to Your Question Paul S. Henderson - 04/21/20 04:39 PM
Wordless Wednesday...In Answer to Your Question Paul S. Henderson
 
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS  asked this question yesterday in ActiveRain’s Q&A section…
 
“Did you ever think you would have to wear a mask or a bandanna when you go into a 7-Eleven?”
 
(See the arrow?...my retired policeman brother joked that the lady in the doorway is the owner and had a gun behind her back! LOL)

The other day I went to a liquor store for some dark beer for Larry’s beer bread.  I grabbed my mask just to play it safe. 

Earlier in the day, I’d shared my masked “me” with friends in Kansas … (31 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...A Quick House Flip - 04/14/20 06:17 PM
Wordless Wednesday...A Quick House Flip
 
Our tenants left one of our houses in late March.  We didn’t have much notice but had a general idea when they would be leaving. 
 
 
I wouldn’t even call how they left it “broom clean.” They left everything behind and poor Larry had to use a mask and gloves to clean it. Sadly, there was one egg that did not hatch.
 
We needed a quick turnaround because we were hoping to have new tenants quickly. Larry cleaned and scrubbed and the house was ready for new tenants by April 5th. 
 
And today, April 14th, the first of our new tenants … (35 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Construction On Hold - 04/07/20 04:19 PM
Wordless Wednesday...Construction On Hold
 
Larry and I did a very early morning walk yesterday in an effort to avoid any crowds. We also decided to go a little bit off our usual path (the paved path) and venture into a more wooded area. 
 
We came upon some construction by the Eagle Scouts that has been put on hold. 
 
 


I can’t wait to see what the Nature Playscape will be when they’re allowed to complete their project. The Eagle Scouts were the ones who erected the bluebird boxes that Larry and I have been monitoring as well as the benches we see along the paths. 


 I … (30 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Going, Going, Gone - 03/31/20 04:18 PM
Wordless Wednesday...Going, Going, Gone
 
It was bound to happen...the way of nature.  The eggs* in one of our bluebird boxes out at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve have hatched and they fledged this week. 
 
 
We’re thankful that even though we are in a Stay-at-Home Directive, we still have access to our parks, so we were able to check on the boxes. 
 
After the eggs hatch, mom and dad continue to feed them until they are ready to spread their wings and fly. And when they fledge, mom and dad are still with them.
 
But, don’t worry. They don’t just kick them out of the nests. Mom and dad … (35 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Keep Walking - 03/24/20 02:23 PM
Wordless Wednesday...Keep Walking
 
We were out checking on the birds yesterday and saw this…
 

 
It makes sense, though. The coronavirus can remain on surfaces for days. 
 
 
This was a signal of things to come because today, as was expected, Harris County, which includes Houston will go into Stay At Home mode. 
 
Thankfully, parks will remain open. The playground sets and basketball courts will stay closed. 

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius
 
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wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Bringing a Smile to Your Face - 03/17/20 04:23 PM
Wordless Wednesday...Bringing a Smile to Your Face
 
While officially Spring doesn’t arrive until March 20, we’re close enough.  

Larry and I are doing our best to stay in but we still take our morning walks in the Nature Preserve where I maintain a healthy social distance...especially from snakes who are beginning to slither around now that it is warmer. 
 
 
I thought you might like to see what has been going on in one of our bluebird boxes, endearingly known as Box #1.
 
We are so grateful to have the opportunity to observe this wonder of nature. 


No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.  Hal … (35 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Eggs-actly - 03/10/20 11:43 AM
Wordless Wednesday...Eggs-actly
 
Larry and I are so excited!  Months ago, Larry rehabbed 5 of the bluebird boxes out at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve where we typically walk. This was all done with the permission and blessing of the Park’s events administer.
 
We have been checking on them as part of a Nest Watch program.  The bluebirds almost immediately began checking out the boxes and then slowly we could see both the male and female bird bringing nesting material to the boxes!
 


And look at what the boxes have!!!  Three of the 5 boxes and one in our backyard have eggs. And one other nest has nesting … (35 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Clouds Keep You Looking Up! - 03/03/20 04:24 PM
Wordless Wednesday...Clouds Keep You Looking Up!
 
Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by clouds. On our long trips to the beach, I would stare out of the car window at the clouds. It was fun seeing what I could make out of their shapes. 
 
(That may be why I enjoyed administering Rorschach tests!)
 
 
Clouds may be just fluffs of water or ice in the air to some people, but for me...they’re anything I choose them to be.  
 
 


A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds … (25 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Who Needs Window Coverings? - 02/25/20 04:16 PM
Wordless Wednesday...Who Needs Window Coverings?
 


We are so lucky to have some amazing sunsets that visit us in our backyard. We don’t get them every evening but when they do, they can be amazing. 
 
Normally I race outside with my camera or phone to try to capture those few moments of sheer beauty. However the other night, all I had to do was look outside our window!
 
Who needs window coverings with a view like that!!??

Cherish sunsets, wild creatures, and wild places. Have a love affair with the wonder and beauty of the earth. Stewart Udall
 
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wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...The Joys of Childhood - 02/18/20 02:50 PM
Wordless Wednesday...The Joys of Childhood
 
While the focus at our home on Sunday was mini-me’s “Tea Party”, her brothers, Luke and Jake, were not left out!
When my neighbor found out that they would be over, he brought out the scooters. 
 
 
Luke and Jake could not run out of the house fast enough...even leaving their cell phones behind!
 



When I look back at that freedom of childhood, which is in a way infinite, and at all the joy and the intense happiness, now lost, I sometimes think that childhood is where the real meaning of life is located, and that we, adults, are its servants … (34 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Missing the Beach - 02/11/20 11:32 AM
Wordless Wednesday...Missing the Beach
 
Yesterday Myrl Jeffcoat shared with us that it was Clean Your Computer Day. I am in a constant state of deleting and reorganizing my photos, so every day is Clean Your Computer Day for me.
 
While going down memory lane, I came across this photo in my Favorite Places at Delray Beach. 
 


While I am very happy with where we are now, I have to admit that this photo made me sigh and miss the beach. 

I can’t complain about the weather but, here’s a comparison of the temps here now and in Delray Beach. 
 

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wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Wish Cyberville Had Smellability - 02/04/20 02:45 PM
Wordless Wednesday...Wish Cyberville Had Smellability
 
Last Sunday was Super Bowl Sunday and Larry and I had our own party. It’s the only way we were assured of being able to watch the game. 
 
Larry’s ribs in the smoker were so good I wish I could have texted, emailed, Instagrammed, or Facebooked how good the aroma of these pork ribs were. 


"The smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us....."
                                        Marcel Proust 
 



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wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday… 9 Courses - 01/28/20 03:59 PM
Wordless Wednesday… 9 Courses
 
Part of the family got together to celebrate Chinese New Year this past weekend and the food was excellent! We went to Chinatown in Houston which has grown tremendously.
 
 
The title-9 courses- refers to how many courses there were for dinner.
 Why 9?  From what I was told “9” is considered a lucky number in the Chinese culture.  It represents longevity. 
 
If you ever are invited to a 9-course dinner be sure to pace yourself because they bring the dishes out one at a time. 
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wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Kids Have Their Lightbulb Moments Too - 01/21/20 05:00 PM
Wordless Wednesday...Kids Have Their Lightbulb Moments Too
 
One of the joys of being around young children is that you never know what they’re going to say. And often what they say can leave you laughing or amazed. 
 
 
The other day I took my mini-me, JK, to lunch and as we were driving off, she said…
Aunt Kathy, did you know that you’re Chinese?
 
Normally I would have made some remark like I had no idea!
However, I could see the wheels in her head spinning and knew that she was in her thinking mode. 
 
JK is in that wonderful stage in her life when she’s discovering things … (29 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...Any Port in the Storm or Where’s the Beef? - 01/14/20 04:38 PM
Wordless Wednesday...Any Port in the Storm or Where’s the Beef?
 


Larry was heading outside to start the grill and look who was waiting for him!
 
We had been thinking our eyes were playing tricks on us because every once in awhile our eyes would catch something darting under the grill. 
 
Not sure if he wanted shelter or was just waiting on the marinated beef flank steak that Larry was about to grill. 
 
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wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday...1 Second Everyday. - 01/07/20 06:13 PM
Wordless Wednesday...1 Second Everyday. 
 
My young cousin’s husband introduced me to this fun app a few years ago and I thought I’d share it with you.  It’s fun and truly takes only a second or two each day. 
 
It’s called 1 Second Everyday.  All you have to do is take a short video every day and upload it to the app. At the end of the year (or whatever timeframe you choose) all you have to do is create your video. 
 
 
 
                                     
(This is a 7 … (33 comments)

 
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