wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Take Your Home With You - 06/28/22 05:16 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Take Your Home With You
Every once in a while when we’re out on our walks, we come across something that we’ve never seen, and makes us stop and take notice. Look what was in the Kickerillo parking lot…

We waited a few minutes hoping the owner would show up but we had to leave. I was dying to see the interior or at least ask some questions about what their inspiration was.
I keep looking in the parking lot every morning when we walk out at Kickerillo just in case this traveling home shows up again!

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Smaller Than You’d Think - 06/21/22 02:35 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Smaller Than You’d Think
Nesting season is almost over…waiting for the last 2 chicks to leave the nest. After the last chick has fledged, each box is thoroughly cleaned with a very light solution of bleach and water. 
I thought I’d share a photo of two eggs that didn’t make it. The dime should give you an idea of just how small they are. 
The first time I saw them, I was amazed at just how small they were. I have no idea what I was thinking because if you think about how small a bluebird is, just how large could the egg … (24 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Welcome to the World - 06/14/22 04:32 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Welcome to the World
Nesting season is almost at an end. We have one more bluebird box with 2 hatchlings (out of 4 eggs).
We participate in the Nestwatch program and as such we monitor the boxes and record data to the site.  A few weeks ago when Larry opened the box, the eggs were beginning to hatch. 
The last time we saw anything like this was when we watched baby alligators hatch in FL.
Take a look and welcome this little guy to the world. He and his siblings fledged (left the box) just yesterday. 

  Life is good!!!
There are two ways to live: … (29 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…What a Trip - 06/07/22 05:50 PM
Wordless Wednesday…What a Trip
If you haven’t seen this month’s Ole Glory Coast to Coast June ActiveRain Challenge, you’re missing out on some inspiring photos of our flag flying proudly across the states. 
It made me think about something we saw in 2014 when we were taking our morning walk along Delray Beach. 
 These “boats” were dropped from a ship just offshore at the “3-mile limit.” From there they made their way to our beaches.
We often heard helicopters from our home off the Intracoastal as they searched for those who came ashore.

I will never forget that small metal flag at the back … (34 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Where’d Everybody Go? - 05/31/22 02:34 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Where’d Everybody Go?
The other day Larry and I saw this lone goose in the parking lot at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. We were not the only ones who were concerned for his/her safety.  Even though the speed limit is maybe 20 mph, we were all concerned that he/she might be hit. 

This is not the first time we’ve seen a lone goose. A few years ago, the Preserve had several geese that had to be relocated to a private individual’s acreage where geese were welcome. 
One was left behind even though the Preserve attendants tried to capture it and reunite it with its flock.  … (29 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…There Are No Words… - 05/24/22 03:17 PM
Wordless Wednesday…There Are No Words…

Our hearts are heavy in Texas. 

Memories saturate my heart and
 the story of you spills from my eyes. 
­­Grace Andren


wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Letting Animals Do the Talking For You - 05/17/22 05:20 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Letting Animals Do the Talking For You
The other day I found some old posts from July 2009 for a Nature & Marketing Contest. The idea was to use a photo of yours using nature to market your business. This was one of the photos.

It was one I had fun with because I had so many photos from my walks at Green Cay Wetlands in Florida. 
What do you think???

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…That’s a Lot of Water - 05/10/22 03:21 PM
Wordless Wednesday…That’s a Lot of Water
We were still living in Florida when Hurricane Harvey caused devastating floods in Houston and surrounding areas. I was glued to the Houston news apps watching it for days. 

Cypress Creek runs along Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve and I’d always wondered how high the waters reached. 
The red arrow shows how high the waters reached from
Hurricane Harvey.
Recently we met someone who volunteers at the Preserve and he showed us just how high the waters rose. 
I used an app to illustrate the rise in the water. 
Because of Houston’s clay soil, water does not easily drain. The many bayous are supposed … (25 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…May the 4th Be With You - 05/03/22 02:38 PM
Wordless Wednesday…May the 4th Be With You
Time for some mid-week fun... it's time to celebrate May the 4th be With You! Our family loves Star Wars, especially my brother. For his 60th birthday a few years ago, his daughters planned a special Star Wars birthday party for him.  The special guest? 
                      Darth Vader

While he was a bit shorter than the Darth I’m familiar with, his oxygen-enhanced breathing was very menacing. 
Here are a few of my favorite Star Wars quotes.

The ability to speak does … (35 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Tiny Homes - 04/26/22 03:37 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Tiny Homes
Tiny homes have always intrigued me. Not for me…I’m from Texas and need my space. However, I am always interested in how someone actually lives in them.

When we were in FL, I saw these tiny homes at Green Cay in Boynton Beach. While some were temporary only, they were their homes and provided them comfort, shelter, and safety. 

It’s not the size of your house that makes a home, it’s the size of your heart. Jane Lee Logan

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…It’s About the “In-Between” - 04/19/22 05:52 PM
Wordless Wednesday…It’s About the “In-Between”
The other morning on our walk, we saw some chalk art by the garden at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. 
While trying to make sure that I captured the “Start” and “Finish” of the chalk art, I didn’t even see the art that lay in-between. 

Look what I would have missed. 

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. 
Arthur Ashe
Life is a journey, it’s not where you end up but it’s how you got there. Unknown
Focus on the journey, not on arriving at a certain destination.
Chris Hadfield

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Turf War - 04/12/22 05:04 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Turf War
We’ve had a turf war going on in our yard and our neighbor’s. Not between us, but the mama bluebird and who she thinks is invading her territory. 
Bluebirds, cute they may be, are very territorial. We’ve had a cute log cabin box across the yard from the bluebird box and plenty of would-be renters. However, the bluebirds have nothing of it. 

They have dive-bombed our squirrels and mockingbirds as well. 
Lately, Mama Bird has been pecking at her reflection in our neighbor’s guest bathroom window and a few times at the window by Larry’s chair. 
Our neighbor ended up taping cardboard over … (34 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Gone Fishing - 04/05/22 02:39 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Gone Fishing
It must be nice to be able to stroll out your door and have breakfast waiting right there for you. Well…you do have to do a little work and have a net full of patience. 

Larry and I watched this guy the other morning as he stood at the water’s edge looking for his morning breakfast. 

By the way, I think this is an egret I have always had a hard time telling the difference between an egret and a heron.

He that can have patience can have what he will.  
Benjamin Franklin

The strongest of all warriors are these two — … (30 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…A Favorite ActiveRain Meetup and a Birthday Wish - 03/29/22 05:21 PM
Wordless Wednesday…A Favorite ActiveRain Meetup and a Birthday Wish
In 2015, I had an ActiveRain Meetup that still brings a big smile to my face when I think about it. 

Sharon Tara and I bonded through this wonderful community. We were both Home Stagers and so often our calls were about “what would you do?”
When I was in Home Goods shopping, I would call her and beg her to tell me to “get out of the store.” I love learning from her creativity. (Seriously, check out this link to one of her Halloween costume posts!)
So today…
 Happy Birthday to Sharon Tara!!!!

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…One Area-Two Uses - 03/22/22 05:43 PM
Wordless Wednesday…One Area-Two Uses
Houston’s soil is primarily made of clay, so when it rains, the water sits there. Our nickname is the Bayou City and these bayous or whatever you want to call them are needed to help move and drain the water from our heavy rains. 
We also have many retention and detention ponds that are essential to our flood control. 
This morning after a heavy thunderstorm passed through in the early morning hours, we headed to one of our favorite places to walk. It has a large detention pond that is often used for neighborhood soccer games. 

Here’s what it looked like … (31 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Empty Nesters - 03/15/22 05:08 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Empty Nesters
The bluebird chicks fledged from one of our boxes out at Kickerillo last weekend. Larry likes to remove it, thoroughly clean it and then replace it as soon as he can. 
There can be as many as 3 broods in one breeding season which can run through June or July. The pair that had nested in our box has already built a nest in our neighbor's bluebird box. 

Can you imagine if your sellers had left their home like this for their buyers???
Adolescence is perhaps nature’s way of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest.  Karen Savage and Patricia Adams

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Looking Back - 03/08/22 01:12 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Looking Back
This week, thanks to a hardware glitch on an extra drive I have on my laptop, I am patiently waiting for all of my photos to be restored. Thanks to Carbonite as well as Google Photos, I am not concerned. 
While waiting to make sure everything is where it is supposed to be, I was looking at some of my older photos from the beach in FL. 

As it is only 46 degrees today and overcast and damp, these photos caught my eye.
Someone once asked me why I took so many photos of the beach…isn’t it the same every day? 
They … (29 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday… Baby’s First Flight - 03/01/22 05:31 PM
Wordless Wednesday… Baby’s First Flight

Larry and I got to see the baby bluebirds fledge on Tuesday (just before our Zoom meeting.)

This can be a scary time for them if they remain on the ground for too long.  Hawks and stray cats come to mind! 
Normally the parents ;do a good job staying high in the trees watching over the chicks as they wander all over the place. 
However, mom went MIA last week. Daddy bluebird went on Birdmate.com and was able to find a possible step-mama bird. I have named her Julia Roberts (after the movie Stepmom). So far, she has not shown … (38 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…A Sigh of Relief - 02/22/22 05:15 PM
Wordless Wednesday…A Sigh of Relief
A few weeks ago I shared photos of our bluebird chicks in our box at home. I noted that we had 4 eggs at one of the boxes we monitor at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. 

We were concerned for those eggs because mama bluebird laid the first egg on our first freeze of the year. They typically lay one egg a day and do not begin to incubate the eggs until she has laid all she will lay.

Larry and I didn’t know if she would continue to lay the eggs or stop, and what would happen to the first … (30 comments)

wordless wednesday: Wordless Wednesday…Just a Year Ago - 02/15/22 02:51 PM
Wordless Wednesday…Just a Year Ago
It’s hard to believe that a year ago (2021) Houston and the rest of Texas experienced a winter storm the likes of which we rarely see. 
Some research showed that Harris County, the county we live in, suffered the brunt of the freeze. 
Yesterday and today, February 14 and 15 2022, we’ve had temperatures in the low 70’s. It’s hard to believe that in 2021, it began snowing late at night on the 14th. We were without power for two and one-half days but thankfully did not have any broken pipes. 





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