wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Who the Heck Are You? - 06/06/23 05:35 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Who the Heck Are You?
Many of you may know that Larry and I monitor several bluebird boxes at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve and our own home. 

Here are the 5 beautiful bluebird eggs as of May 22. 
Bluebird eggs take 16 to 20 days to hatch so we checked on the box on June 4. What doesn't belong in this picture??
We think it is a brown-headed cowbird egg. Long story short…mama Cowbird lays an egg in any available nest and then leaves to follow her food source. She does not return. The host mama bird incubates and feeds it. (See, it happens in the … (22 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…A Lite Remodel - 05/23/23 05:39 PM
Wordless Wednesday…A Lite Remodel
Larry did a lite remodel on one of our bluebird boxes out at Kickerillo.

Last month, we had 5 adorable bluebird chicks in the box. And just like that they disappeared overnight.

There were no feathers or indications of any kind of struggle around the box. We are guessing that a snake took them all. 
Since the mating season is winding down, we decided to leave the nest there to make it easier for mama bluebird to start another brood.
Before we could blink, she’d laid 5 beautiful blue eggs in the box. 
Unlike our bluebird box at home, the … (19 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…So Quickly - 05/16/23 05:54 PM
Wordless Wednesday…So Quickly
It wasn’t that long ago that I was rolling down a small hill with our grandson, Hugo. And it seems like a few years ago that Larry and I had lunch with him in the cafeteria of his elementary school. 
BLINK…and Hugo is graduating from high school and will become a Jayhawk (University of Kansas) in the fall. We are so excited for him…he is smart, kind, and very goal oriented! 

Congratulations, Hugo!  Soar high!!!
The age of innocence and childlike wonder is much too short. Unknown
Sometimes, You will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a … (20 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Graduation Texas Style - 05/09/23 02:44 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Graduation Texas Style
My sister-in-law’s niece graduated from the University of Texas last weekend. We are so proud of her. Logan is already working in Austin doing what she set out to do. 

Don’t you love the cowboy boots?

Instruction ends in the schoolroom, but
education ends only with life.
Frederick W. Robertson

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘INDIVIDUALITY’ is the key to success. 
Robert Orben

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…A New Career Path - 05/02/23 05:33 PM
Wordless Wednesday…A New Career Path
The world of waste management may have lost a potential employee however that’s good news for first responders!!!
Recently Raffe has decided that fighting fires was his new calling.  He no longer wants to be a garbageman.
As Raffe was suiting up because he got a call to put out a fire, his mom was talking to him.  He said…
Don’t interrupt me I have a call!
Give your children the space to play, create, and explore.

 Children learn as they play; most importantly, in play, children learn how to learn.
Fred Donaldson
Play is the highest form of research.
Albert Einstein
The … (21 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…For the Birds - 04/25/23 04:46 PM
Wordless Wednesday…For the Birds
Today, April 26, is Audubon Day so we are celebrating the birds!!! The day celebrates the birthday of John James Audubon! 
The birds in our backyard must know that we are celebrating this because we have had a very busy flight pattern over our bird feeders this week. 
The Orioles have been enjoying our buffet of cut oranges and grape jelly. 

We saw a Rose-breasted Grosbeak for the first time at our feeder. We also have our hummingbirds, blue jays, bluebirds, mockingbirds, Chickadees, and other assorted feathered friends. 

If you want to attract birds to your backyard all you need to do … (18 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Modern Hitchin’ Post? - 04/18/23 04:20 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Modern Hitchin’ Post?
On a recent morning walk at The Boardwalk at Towne Lake, Larry and I came across these….

We had an idea what they were but since we’re in Texas, I thought perhaps they might be the modern version of a Hitchin’ Post!!!
(They are the Minimalist bike parking solution that minimizes the traditional bike racks' larger footprint)

What do you think??

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…A Child’s View - 04/11/23 04:01 PM
Wordless Wednesday…A Child’s View
When the wee ones are over, they love to go upstairs and play in the loft area. I have no idea why but that’s what they do.

Wouldn’t you love to know what’s going through the heads of these precious little girls!?!

If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.
Tom Stoppard
Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child's eye - it is very beautiful.
Kailash Satyarthi
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
Fred … (19 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…They Have Arrived - 04/04/23 04:35 PM
Wordless Wednesday…They Have Arrived
Larry and I love this time of year because we become volunteer caretakers of the birds near us. 

We’ve had 3 bluebirds fledge into their new world just last week. 

This weekend we had the Carolina Chickadee babies hatch (they became our new tenants in the former Bluebird  house in our backyard) 

And yesterday, 4 Bluebird chicks hatched at Kickerillo Misher. (we keep hoping that the 5th egg will hatch) 
Sadly, the 3 cardinal eggs that were in a nest outside my office window disappeared when we checked on them Sunday. Because there was no damage to the nest and we couldn’t … (24 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…That Would Be OOPS… - 03/21/23 04:05 PM
Wordless Wednesday…That Would Be OOPS…
If you follow the brackets for March Madness then you know that there have been some upsets. There have been some wins, though…Texas’ win over Penn State, right Dorie Dillard Austin TX 
Larry and I had two #1 seeds at the beginning of the tournament so out of fairness, we had KU (Kansas University) and UH (the University of Houston) garden flags.
Sadly, someone lost in the second round. 
(I have to confess…I couldn’t bring myself to remove the KU flag. It’s hard to see a grown man cry. LOL)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Wanna Drag? - 03/07/23 05:24 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Wanna Drag?
A few years ago, there were several geese who came for a visit at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. They were loud.
It is my understanding that they were later caught and given to a local lady who agreed to give them a new home on her land outside the city.
One day they were all gone, except one. He remained. I’d read that geese mate for life so I wondered if something had happened to Mrs. Goose.
He has become a fixture at Kickerillo…often greeting walkers as they pass the public restrooms. When we arrive and wonder if he is still around, all … (16 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Just Smile!!! - 02/28/23 05:31 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Just Smile!!!
This is one of my favorite days for two reasons. First…it’s Share a Smile Day. 
Peace begins with a smile.
Mother Teresa

A smile is what I love to see when I look at someone and it’s what I love to share with others. 
It’s hard for someone even in the deepest of frown times not to smile when you show them yours. 
Use your smile to change the world but don’t let the world change your smile. Unknown
My second reason why this is one of my favorite days…
It’s the day I married the love of my life, my very best friend, and … (18 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…House Sitters - 02/21/23 02:01 PM
Wordless Wednesday…House Sitters
There are some house sitters at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve and they are making their presence known. 
These Egyptian Geese are doing what many other birds and animals do in the Spring…at least that’s why I think they’re here. 

These like hanging out on top of the public restroom, the signs, rooftops, or on the docks.
They do make their presence known with loud honks and noises that I’m sure Donald Duck never made. 
In fact, they’re so loud, I haven’t heard our Black Bellied Whistling Ducks or the lone goose we have in weeks. However, they don't seem to be as messy (if … (21 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…A Perfect Ending - 02/14/23 05:33 PM
Wordless Wednesday…A Perfect Ending
Valentine’s Day began with cloudy skies and drizzle.  As the day passed, the sun said Happy Valentine’s Day to us and gifted us with temperatures in the high 70s. 

What better way to end the day than beautiful clouds at sunset?

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
Gilbert K Chesterton
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. 
Maya Angelou
Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm but to add color to my sunset sky.
Rabindranath Tagore

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…They’re Back! - 02/07/23 04:35 PM
Wordless Wednesday…They’re Back!
On Valentine’s Day, 2021, we had snow, several days of freezing weather, and widespread power outages throughout the area. 
We also had 5 bluebird eggs in our bird box that were still in the incubation stage. Despite Larry’s efforts to keep the temperatures up in the box (he went out every 4 hours and placed hand warmers under the nest), none of the eggs hatched. 
Fast forward to this week and…nesting season has begun!!!
If you look closely the next time you’re out, you’ll see that many of the birds have donned their special dating attire!  The red on the male cardinal … (20 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…An Unexpected Delight - 01/31/23 02:16 PM
Wordless Wednesday…An Unexpected Delight
Larry and I love our walks. Besides being a great way to get some exercise in and to have daily social interaction, it’s also fun exploring the animal life around us. 

We’ve seen snakes, birds, armadillos, rabbits, raccoons, and coyotes but never a bear!


Coming upon these unexpected treasures, always brightens our day. 
Be open to the unexpected.  Keep your eyes and ears alert to what may pop up next. Make sure that your heart is prepared to always enjoy the moment. 


Be patient. The best things happen unexpectedly. 
The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected … (20 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Synchronized Swimming (quack quack) - 01/24/23 05:46 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Synchronized Swimming (quack quack)
We’ve been walking at Meyer Park on Sundays for a change of pace and if we time it right we’ll hear the church carillon.  During the holidays we were treated to Christmas carols. 
This past Sunday we stopped by a small pond near the path and caught this act…

Synchronized swimming featuring the Daisy Duck Troupe! 
Everything in nature invites us constantly
to be what we are.
Gretel Ehrlich.
All my life through, the new sights of Nature
made me rejoice like a child.
Marie Curie


wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Never Too Old - 01/17/23 04:28 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Never Too Old
Last Sunday Larry and I got to spend time with Mini-Me.  She is such a pleasure to be around. Mini-Me is thoughtful and sensitive but also does not mince words. 
She was trying to teach me how to pronounce the name she calls her great-grandmother in Spanish. Since she is part Hispanic, she knows how to count in Spanish and has learned phrases from her aunt. 

Even though I used to run a German language lab in college and thought I had a good ear for language, apparently I was a failure. 
I’m still trying, though. 
 You are never too old to … (19 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Throwing in the Hat - 01/10/23 05:13 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Throwing in the Hat
With a dismal record of 3 wins and 13 losses, the Texans have once again disappointed the city. 

 And, in a rare win on Sunday against the Colts, they also gave up their chance at the #1 Draft Pick…who could be Alabama’s quarterback,  Bryce Young.
The fire hydrant we saw this week just about sums it up. 

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Covering Up The Texas Way - 01/03/23 04:57 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Covering Up The Texas Way
Texans, especially those of us in South Texas are not accustomed to hard freezes but we do have them.  Just before Christmas, we had one of those but even colder…in the teens. 
The first thing everyone tells you is to protect your pipes!  So we bring out our foam faucet covers!  
But if you’re in Texas and those covers become hard to find…we improvise with a Whataburger cup!!!
If you’re not familiar with Whataburger, its tagline was always Whataburger’s Whataburger should be!
Only in Texas!





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