Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Finally, after a walk from the house to the library, we circled around and stopped by the house of friends who have just moved here from California recently. They just got this new little puppy and we wanted to meet her. Her name is Gracie and they got her from the animal shelter. That is also where we got Smokey, our cat. They have a very clean facility and the animals are well cared for I think. I will try to make a visit there soon for a photo if possible.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Also spotted on our walk was this cool woodpecker. I normally don't take my camera with me when we go walking but I'm glad I did this time. I was busy looking for the cardinal I heard but Mark spotted this little guy. He looks a little different from the woodpecker we normally spot in our back yard. I enjoyed watching him busily check out different trees.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
We made time to go for a walk today since it was actually really nice outside. Mild, in the low 60s, and partly cloudy. This was in a yard we pass on our route. I think it's very festive and it's nice to see them. Makes me smile.
We saw lots of great things on our walk so I may be posting more of what we saw the next couple of days. Hope you all have a great week.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Tet is the Vietnamese word for Lunar New Year, which will be on Thursday, February 7, this year. The day and date changes each year according to the lunar calendar. Most people just call this holiday Chinese New Year. Today my sister and I drove about 3 hours to get to the shops in Houston, which is due east of Seguin. It's the only place where we can find things such as the special yellow flower, Mai, that you see in between the golden mums. These flowers are considered good luck flowers, especially if they are in bloom as the new year rolls in. We stocked up on tons of cookies, candies and decorations. We also had some great Viet. food while we shopped. And of course I had my favorite drink, frozen mocha pearl tea. Mmmm...
I'm pretty tired now with all the driving but it was worth it. The festive atmosphere of the shops was what we needed to get us in the right frame of mind for Tet. Throngs of people pushed carts through the doors of the Hong Kong Market on Bellaire and we were thrilled really to be among this craziness. It gave us a chance to recall memories of all the celebrations our parents took us to when we were younger. In the Raleigh (NC) area where we grew up, there was always big Tet celebrations where the Vietnamese community would come together to eat, sing, perform traditional skits and dances, pass out gifts to the kids (usually the red envelopes filled with lucky money) and celebrate together. It was nice to think about those times again with Lan. Last year I also posted about Tet on February 18.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Lately all we've had is drizzly, cold days. Today's no different. It's been so gloomy and wet, I have not really been out and about. Just to work and then home. This is on Kingsbury just before you get to the Water Park Experts company on the left and Texas Lutheran University on the right. I do like that old Chevy truck in front of me.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I don't know when exactly the trees were chopped down but we went to take papers to recycling and saw many trees were gone from this nearby facility that the school is using for administrative offices or something like that. It used to be very nice to walk by the trees but perhaps they were sick and needed to be taken out. I'm hoping that was the case. Otherwise, I don't know why you chopped down any trees. You can see my feet in the shot, just wanted to show you how big the trunk was next to my size 7 feet. :)
I also shot other photos of the trunks. I liked them so much for some reason so I took several shots. You can check them out and let me know your favorite if you wish. Have a great Thursday. By the way, we just got back from the Spurs/Lakers game and I'm pushing to get this posted in time for it to count as Wednesday! :) Spurs won. Yah!
1 Close up in color
2 Wide shot in black and white
3 Close up in black and white
4 Side view close up in black and white
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
My friend gave me a ride back to work after we dropped off my car for a state inspection. As we drove by these workers, we were impressed by the sheer size of that drill! Being the great friend she is, she immediately offered to do another drive by so I could snap a shot. My husband is just as nice. I think they are psychic or they are beginning to see things and think, "photo blog..." :)
This drill shot reminds me that Mark and I once hired someone to help us dig some holes for the deck in the back of the house. After digging over 25 holes 20+ inches deep for our fence, we were ready to have some help with the rocky ground. Though our guy's drill was smaller than this in the photo, he assured us it could take it b/c it's tough and sturdy. Well, we felt really bad b/c it broke. That's how rocky some areas can be around here. In the end, we finished digging the rest of the holes. I'll have to find a picture of that project.
Monday, January 21, 2008
This past Saturday night, we attended the Banquet and we had quite a treat. Instead of the dinner theatre format typically used in the past, there was dinner and music this year. The choir was FABULOUS.
This is only a portion of the Huston-Tillotson University Concert Choir and we were blown away by how wonderful the kids were. We imagine that had the entire choir made the trip from Austin, they would have blown the roof off the coliseum (per Mark and I agree). The "choir is comprised of voice and instrumental music majors as well as students who sing fo rthe sheer love of performing the standard choral concert repertoire at a very high level," as stated in the program.
This talented group has performed for President George Bush at the opening of the Texas State Museum, at Lady Bird Johnson's funeral and for President Jimmy Carter. They will travel to St. Thomas US Virgin Islands this February! Since they are located in Austin, we hope to have an opportunity to go up there to hear them again some time this year.
Thank you everyone for your funny comments about the squirrels. I really enjoyed reading them and got plenty of chuckles in as well. Remember if you have any requests to see about-town shots of Seguin, just let me know.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Last week was very cold, rainy or overcast...dark. This weekend? Beautiful. This morning we woke to bright blue, clear skies and we're all taking advantage of the sun. Spotted these two little squirrels coming out together for breakfast. We have dozens and dozens of squirrels around here. Sometimes they are cute and sometimes I find them pesky b/c they take over things, knocking over our insulators, tearing around the yard, hissing at me and sometimes Smokey. They don't always like to share the yard. :)
I want to thank J.C. of Subang Jaya, Jim of Terrell and Southern Heart of Memphis for honoring me with a You Make My Day Award! It is such a great surprise and adds to my happiness about continuing to keep up with the blog again. :)
The award rules say: "Give the award to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times."
I have learned so much about blogging, photography and the kindness and sensitivity that still exists in people and this makes me very happy. Through the daily photo blogs, I not only get to revisit places I have been but also places I have yet to see and know. I also make new friends along the way. My ten picks follows, though many other destinations also come to mind!
Please visit them and see for yourself how beautiful their photos and writings are -- I think you will enjoy the daily photo community.
Jilly of Menton
Abe of Brookville
Keropok Man of Singapore
Edwin S. of Kuala Lumpur
Nathalie of Avignon
Joy of Norwich
Dot of Georgia
Annie of Little Rock
Lynette of Portland
Mitch of Minneapolis
Jenny of Sharon
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thank you everyone for sending your well wishes regarding my cedar fever. I am all better now thanks to the doctor's visit and the rain that washed down much of the pollin floating around.
Last week when Mark and I were out, he pointed out these peach blossoms. Pretty, but with a cold snap, they may not make it to spring. That happens when you have flip flop weather. It's beautiful and sunny so some things might start budding and then you get hit with below freezing weather and the new growth doesn't always survive.
Right now it is about 35F but with the wind chill, it feels like 29F. Pretty cold for around here. We're going to get Chinese food tonight. Some soup sounds good to ward off the damp cold.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
This little tree is in the same garden as the scallions from last week. I loved the look of it despite the tinge of sadness in the drying fruit. I believe those are persimmons (which I love). I couldn't get closer as I don't know the garden owner.
The little tree makes me think of Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. Which makes me want to make this persimmon tree my honorary Lunar New Year tree. February 7 will be the first day of the new year for many Asian communities, families and individuals. We will be celebrating the year of the rat (or mouse, if you prefer). If you are Vietnamese, you call Lunar New Year, Tet.
There is typically not a lot of Tet festivities going on in Seguin -- not in public anyway. But Mark and I usually do the house up in preparation. For now, I would like to point you to a few other Daily Photo Blogs I enjoy visiting -- Subang Jaya, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. These, in particular, are in Asian countries so you can get a glimpse of what other people do to prepare for New Year's Day. Me? I must start cleaning house!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
What does a honey pot have to do with my lack of posting? Well, the cedar pollin has been out in full force and I had done well in avoiding "cedar fever" but then it hit me hard Sunday and I was simply too out of it to post. This morning, my head pressure was much better but I was so tired, I just sat at the kitchen table and I barely break my gazing at the honey pot. I really like the bee. We have a little collection of these little pots. Now, if only our sweet little bees will produce some honey for US this coming year! :)
Anyway, cedar fever is a big thing around here. I had never heard of it before moving here but the pollin can really make people's lives quite miserable. Itchy eyes, scratchy throats, cough, slight fever, a head that is so full of pressure that even sleep doesn't provide relief. Sound fun?
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Today is Mark's birthday...happy birthday honey! I love finding cool wrapping paper for people I adore though what you see is actually not wrapping paper. These are pages from discarded atlases that I have saved. I love wrapping special presents with them. And now that we are all exploring more of the world through these photo blogs, I thought it was appropriate to post this. Another reason the paper makes me happy? It reminds me of all my DP buddies!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Our sky's been just gorgeous lately and the weather has been very beautiful. I thought I would post this now since next week is suppose to bring in a cold front that will hopefully bring some much needed rain to ease our drought conditions.
Yesterday, my new friend Dan from McKinney (TX) tagged me! McKinney is about 4.5 hours north of Seguin and I have not been there yet but if I go, I will of course look for Dan!
I've never been tagged on the blog before so here we go. This game of tag goes like this, When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions we seem to fall into four categories: 1) quite serious about them, 2) flippant about them, 3) pressured to do them, or 4) do not do them. So, the purpose of this game of tag is to let us know which category you are in. I will give mine, then tag 3 other sites to do the same thing.
Hmm...as with most things, when you are in a position where you have to select just one "thing," you realize things are never as clear cut as you hoped. But if I have to choose, I would say I am in the 2nd category. I try not to set unrealistic goals, or resolutions. And I think I set goals at different times of the year. Why wait until January 1? That said, I did decide in November that I would work on things that I enjoy but have pushed aside b/c of work and just taking care of things around the house. That means more knitting, reading, leisure cooking and beading. And if possible, I'm going to try sewing b/c I have been thinking and reading about it for about a year now. I think I'm ready.
Okay, so now I'm going to tag some friends. Please be sure to check out Annie of Little Rock (AR), Web OJ of Kuwait and Edwin S of Kuala Lumpur. You can learn so much about other places near and far with just three clicks. There are some amazing pictures and comments on other daily photo blogs so I hope you will have fun!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
On Ireland Drive, there is a wonderful garden that has something growing throughout the year. Mark and I always enjoy seeing what's there whenever we drive by and we like the way the garden plots are contained in neat rectangles. Right now, there are some scallions growing. I love scallions. I have seen a few other gardens around town as well. We hope to start a little one ourselves this year.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Thank you Keith!
That's a Turkish Gecko in case anyone's interested. Also called the Mediterranean Gecko, they started out in the USA as stowaways on cargo ships who brought them to port in Mobile Alabama and other cities around 1830, and have spread northward and across the south ever since. Eventually they will rule the world, one moth at a time.
It has been a little busy lately so I was looking through my photos to see if there was anything I haven't shared yet when I saw this guy. I had totally forgotten that I had snapped him and meant to share him. This is the bathroom window, looking out to the back deck where the light was on. He was no doubt trying to catch dinner as little bugs were hanging out by the light. Plus he kind of went along with the theme of my last post.
Monday, January 07, 2008
This sign alone is one thing. But if you pair it with the yellow sign on the other side of the road, it takes on another dimension. :)
Click on the picture for a bigger shot so you can see the yellow sign.
Updated January 8:
Sorry, it pointed to my Flickr and if you don't have an account or are not logged in, you do not get the option to view "All Sizes." Try to click on this link for the big picture. If it's still not big enough, use the resizing button that will appear on the image if you roll your mouse over it. Hope it works for you. Let me know if it does not.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Today it got up to 78F degrees. It was a beautiful day though I did turn on the ceiling fans due to the warmth inside the house. :)
Our bees are doing well. They have been out and about, gathering up as much pollen as they can find, which is not much right now since there aren't many blooms to be had. We do have a couple of plants with little flowers and a rosemary bush still flowering also so they are gathering from there. I'm sure they're enjoying this more than the cold we have had lately.
Just a note, there is an opening about 1 inch in the bottom box but it is on the right side so you can't see it in this shot. Just wanted you to know the bees can get in and out just fine.
Friday, January 04, 2008
This is River Drive along the Guadalupe River in Starcke Park. On the left is the golf course. On the other side of the river, there are some very pretty houses with big yards and paths down to the river. There's one for sale I think so I'll try and snap some pics that aren't intrusive.
After each flood (esp. since the big one in 1998, it seems we have flooding issues every other year almost), more of the road was eroded and for a long period of time, this drive was closed for safety reasons. I believe it was last year, maybe year and a half ago, that the city had the funds to rebuild the banks so that it was safe for vehicles to once again cruise along there. I'm really glad b/c it's quite beautiful.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Today I had plans to post my last shot of our visit to Starcke Park but I just had to do this one instead. I was saying goodbye to Mark this morning as he left for SA at about 7:10am and I loved the sky I saw! I also visited Mitch in Minneapolis and was happily surprised by his post today so be sure to check his site. :)
Earlier this week, PaB asked if the name Seguin was of French derivation. Our city’s name was originally Walnut Springs but was later changed to Seguin in honor of Juan N. Seguin, who had been a colonel in the Texas Calvary at San Jacinto .
The family name did indeed originate in France, where an ancestor left Paris in 1654 and sailed to the New World. You can read more about the city’s namesake by visiting our Convention & Visitors Bureau page.
Way back on September 12, 2006, I posted about our Juan Seguin statue down on the square. There was an anonymous request to see a shot of Juan Seguin’s burial site and I have been there a few times but I still don’t have a photograph which I feel does justice to it so when I do get one, I will post it.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Before the postings for the new year, I mentioned we had go to Starcke Park and I took several pictures I wanted to show you. Here's another one. The golf course is very nice, sprinkled with mature pecan trees. Right now the trees are bare and the grass is brown but that's to be expected, though there is still a beauty to it in my opinion. This part of the course runs along the Guadalupe River (where my back is as I shoot this picture). I'll go back when things are in bloom; it's quite pretty. You can rent carts, bring your own or walk it, as this gentleman is doing here. It's good exercise. When my husband worked with the City of Seguin, he had to oversee the course at one point and so he took up golfing. I went with him and we walked it once and had a great, relaxing time. I enjoyed it much more than anticipated but we haven't the time for it these days. It really eats into your day to do 18 holes, or even 9.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
This is my favorite post from 2007. I like it because a bluebonnet is so unique to Texas and I just love seeing them bloom each year I’ve lived here. Before I moved here, I never realized how beautiful a blue flower could be. Now the bluebonnet stops me every time I see it, whether it is a single bloom as it is here or in a field among thousands.
For our January 2008 Theme Day, there are 118 other city bloggers participating so be sure to take a little trip around the world!
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