Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Guadalupe Regional Medical Center

Seguin Hospital Expansion

You know something? I don't think the recession has fully hit Seguin the way it has in other areas of the US. If you look around our little town, you will see a LOT of construction activities, including this project. It's an expansion to our tiny, tiny hospital. I'm very glad to see that it's very modern looking with plenty of windows. The original structure is one story and quite dated. Good for us for modernizing!

We're suppose to get Caterpiller in here but I'm still waiting to see construction. Meanwhile, I have already posted about the GVEC office going up and there's school construction as well. The only thing not moving is the housing market. There are plenty of very nice homes in Seguin that would have flown off the market in about a week if you were shopping three years ago. Now we have some great houses that have had signs in the front yard for a long, long time. Rough time to try and sell. We're very happy sitting tight with our little old house. :)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sky Watch

Along IH35

I love sunsets. We saw this one on the way home from Dallas the other evening. It's not technically Seguin but it's what I want to share this week. Sorry for the lack of posts. It was pretty busy in Dallas and then we hit the ground running when we got back to Seguin.

Work certainly is interesting and I continue to learn a lot every single day. These days I am working very hard to try and be a better person. I try to be positive and it's not hard most of the time. I am so happy these days and so thankful of all I have that it makes me want to make other people happy or better or anything positive. Even if it's simply a smile or sharing a joke or stopping by for a hug or editing their work for them. And it sounds like a cliche but you know what? It actually ends up making ME feel good to make someone else's day a little better. Anyway, I don't know why I'm all sappy today. I love our new high activity level at work but I do miss my old team and the quiet spells we used to enjoy in our old corner office...listening to music, laughing with friends, working in our little training world...I think those days are gone forever for us.

Be sure to check out other Sky Watch photos this week! There is always a ton of gorgeous skies to check out from other bloggers.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tomato Plants

Tomato & blooms

It was 87 degrees today. And the allergens were killing me and Mark. Blah. And the Spurs lost to the Rockets by one point. And we went to a Spurs Fan Event but no autographed winnings this year. Oh well. And my head is hurting.

On to better news and a brighter look on things more important...we got tomatoes on the plants!!! Mark pointed out four of them. I love the way they smell right now. When you get close, you can smell the fragrant plants and it's wonderful. Gives me a nice feeling.

Busy week for us with travel here and there. So if you don't see a post for a day or two, that's why. Take care and I hope you all have a great week.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Get well soon, Manu.

Manu at the line

We need your energy and your wild, wild games! We lost to the Celtics last night. And Texas just lost to the Dukies. :(

Got pretty warm today again. I was helping Mark out in the yard a bit and I went to check on the bees in the backyard. There were a number of them hanging out at the entrance though I did see many carrying in pollen. I told Mark they were doing something and he came to check them out. He pointed out to me how they were checking out every bee coming and going. And they were pushing out the bees that didn't belong to the hive...ROBBER BEES! Shame on them. Mark says that the bees have the queen's scent and if they don't, then the hive's bees know it and kick them out. That is so cool to me! They sure a interesting and smart little creatures.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Friday

Cool shoes!

Tonight the Spurs play the Celtics -- GO SPURS!!! First quarter looked pretty good except the last play. Not good. I saw these shoes at the last game we went to this month...cool! I liked them a lot.

I'm so glad today is Friday. It's been another exhausting week but a good one. Yesterday I had some friends do a work intervention...no emailing or working late into the night. LOL. But how am I suppose to get through emails if I don't do that, especially since during the day I spend most of my time in meetings. Hmm. Well, last night I met my best friend in San Antonio and we had the best time catching up after months of not seeing each other! We ate at Pei Wei at Huebner (not impressed though I did like the edamame) and then a great cup of coffee at the Grind, which is in the same shopping center. That Huebner area is crazy! After driving into SA traffic around 6:30p, I am reminded of why I really like living in a small town. No doubt our traffic jams are WAY BETTER than SA's. I miss living there, but not the traffic. :)

Bee update:
It's warm (upper 80s) this week so they are really active. Mark says the bees in the country are doing well. I'm going to have to think of names for our backyard bees and our country bees. :) Oh, maybe I'll call them City Bees (since we live near downtown Seguin) and Country Bees. Ok, so Country Bees are great and Mark saw the first drones. I call them the Queen's Mates. She has lots of them, which is fantastic since that will help our hives grow.

The City Bees are also doing great. As a matter of fact, the other day after work, I went outside to check on Mark as he worked on his shed project and I saw that the bees were very active. They were flying everywhere and all over the hive. Mark reminded me that they were on their "first flight" and I thought it was really neat! Our little baby bees were everywhere. There were so cute...I don't know how to explain it but you notice they are flying differently but you don't know what is it. Well, I didn't. But Mark did. Good thing I got myself a real beekeeper to teach me these things.

Here's a different Bee First: this week, a sweet little bee landed on my arm as we stood on the deck. I remained calm with Mark's coaching and i watched as she wiggled her little body, especially her rear end. And I just kept thinking she's going to sting me. But then she flew off. And Mark said she left me a present...she POOPED on my arm!!!! It was hilarious. I didn't even know bees did that. It wasn't bad but I won't go into details here. If you really want to know, ask me if you see me out and about. LOL. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Guadalupe Valley Electric Coop (GVEC)

GVEC Windtricity

GVEC is building a new office and it looks great! I can't wait to check it out when they open to the public. What I like is that it's not just another metal building...this one looks nice and that's what we need more of in Seguin. PLUS it seems to be pretty "green." It made me happy to see wind and solar energy set up there and they also had what looked like rainwater collection tanks. I'll investigate more when construction is complete. I love the blades here. Looks cool!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I love breakfast. Anytime.

Short stack & sausage @ IHOP

It's ten o'clock and I'm hungry. And I would love to have this plate in front of me right now. I love breakfast anytime of the day!!! I shot this at our local Int'l. House of Pancakes (IHOP) a few weeks ago. Yum. The Spurs just won. I'm still working on work emails. Well, I took this break to post. And I'm hungry. Oh, I think I wrote that already, right. LOL. Sorry!

I like work. I wish I had more time for everything. I love our training projects. I love meeting and getting to know new people. I love that there are a lot of fun and wonderful people at work. I love that I laugh so hard on so many days that it doesn't even "feel" like work sometimes. I'm a lucky girl.

Okay, back to work. I'm excited about tomorrow. Mark and I made a breakfast date before work. Nice!

One last note. Mark started working his workshop out back. That means he's tearing down the old shed and taking down one of the trees blocking that space. I wish I could be home to help him because it sounds like quite an adventure! What with the ladder falling over, Mark straddling beams like a gymnast and then the "oh, I just hurled myself to the ground once the wood gave way..." WHAAAAT???? He really had me rolling with his stories at lunch time. That man is hilarious.

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Tom & His Hens

A tom and his hens

Today I saw turkeys just outside the plant -- it was so neat because I've never seen any out in the "wild" before! I was told that the male turkey is called a tom and the females are hens. Learn something new everyday. I liked those names. So in the first picture they are wandering quite peacefully out in the field across from the mill. Occasionally, the tom would puff up; guess it's mating season, perhaps. Anyone know about turkey calendars?

It's amazing he didn't get killed.

Of course I feel compelled to pull over for photos. I mean really...I'm almost forty and this is the first time I've seen this so no telling how long it'd be before I see turkeys out and about like this. So, I'm amazed and I think it's neat to see this but then I also start to worry about what a nuisance the tom is making of himself. He was attacking every vehicle that passed by slowly enough for him to peck. He was going for the tires. It was getting to be quite a traffic distraction, especially since it was a little after five o'clock and people were leaving the plant. On the one hand, you don't want to hit and kill the bird so you slow down. But on the other hand, if you slow down or stop, he attacks your tires and then you don't know if you should move for fear of killing the crazy bird.

And then he saw me....

Of course, I think it's hilarious until he spots me and moves in to attack. Those turkeys are NOT pretty up close. LOL, almost as appealing as a goose chasing you down (had that happen before in NC). Anyway, he wasn't a cooperative subject and he was staring me down pretty good so I decided it was a good time to leave. That was a great way to end the day. My friend called to make sure I had seen and photographed the birds and we had a great laugh over it all. I think every work day should end on an interesting note such as this.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

HD Nails

Shopping for nails

Another shot from our Home Depot trip last weekend. I call this the wall of nails. You need a nail? They got it. Well, almost. Mark had one particular nail size, coating and head (not sure if that's the officially recognized name for the top of the nail but I think that's what I heard) that he needed for the bee boxes but HD did NOT have it!!! Wow. All that selection, which is pretty cool, but not the one we need. Mark made do. It's cheaper than ordering it from the special beekeeping catalog.

Saturday morning and I'm enjoying the cold weather for the last day I think. Mark's at a meeting and I'm listening to my La China music selections as I catch up on all my blogs, Flickr, FB and email. I haven't even looked at work since I left work yesterday! I may have thought about it and talked about it, but I did NOT open up email. It's my attempt to not become an extreme workaholic. I hope you all have a great weekend. I need to go outside and take a look at the tomato plants. And it looks like the dang squirrels dug up the rosemary pot on the deck. Grrr...would someone come by and help me get rid of some of them?!?! They drive me crazy digging up everything. :(

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sky Watch Friday

March09 Brush Fire 014

One day a couple of weekends ago, we were on our way to HEB to buy groceries and Mark saw some smoke off in the distant sky and asked if I wanted to go check it out. Of course I said yes. As we got closer to the source, the smoke cloud got bigger and bigger. Finally, we saw what was happening and so we stopped a good distance away so we wouldn't be in anyone's way or in danger and then we watched. It was scary but also pretty fascinating. The firefighters who were on the scene put out the flames finally but not before the fire pushed past into some new areas on the right of the picture. Eventually, the police blocked the roads so people wouldn't keep driving too close. The flames were really high! The swirling smoke was pretty neat looking also.

We are still in a drought BUT this week we actually got over an inch of rain!! Hooray!! It's suppose to rain tomorrow as well, which would be fantastic. AND it's only in the 40s so I am loving it. I love cold weather for many reasons, one of which is that I get to wear a jacket and my favorite black hat so my head stays dry and warm. Next week we are back up in the upper 70s. :(

To see other great sky shots, be sure to check out Sky Watch.

OH....and I almost forgot to say this: Today is my favorite day/date -- Friday the 13th! :) Good day for me typically.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Home Depot

Home Depot Garden Center

Hi everyone, I'm back from Irving. It was a really productive trip but pretty jam-packed so I didn't have a chance to post. Here's a shot of some of the beautiful flowers currently available at our local Home Depot. I loved looking at them! It is so wonderful to begin seeing the flowers coming out everywhere. AND that means food for bees! :) As a matter of fact, as I was snapping shots of the flowers, I noticed plenty of bees gathering pollen so that made me happy.

About ten or so years ago, Mark and I started working on our old house and we did a lot of work ourselves. We lost count of the number of trips we made to Home Depot...in New Braunfels! That's about 20 miutes from here so imagine how happy we were when we heard that we were getting our own HD! What's funny, though, is that we had finished most of our work by the time the store opened. :) Still, it's great to have them in town as we still have plenty of things to pick up from time to time.


Saturday, March 07, 2009

Garden & Yard Work


Today we spent the morning outside since it was a warm day and we have lots to catch up on out there. First we went got three tomato plants to start the garden but I'm sure we'll be putting in more than that soon. The first three plants are residing in the tub again. It's a great garden container still! Then we cleared out the old shed of all the STUFF we have in there so that Mark can demo it, take down the tree in front of it and then start his new workshop. But clearing it out was long overdue and we're both glad we did it. Also worked on one of the flower beds but not the bamboo, despite it being the subject of my photo. I just thought it looked pretty. :) I'm tired. So, thought I'd post an entry and then I must continue to pack and prep for my trip to Dallas next week. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

I crown thee...

Excuse me!

On a lighter note, have you been to Burger King lately? We had not been in a very, very long time and while we were on the road recently, we needed a quick bite so we gave BK a go. So....when did these cute little nuggets come along? I just thought it was cute and it made me smile. Crown-shape nuggets. Cool.

This evening Mark and I had dinner with a coworker friend who is in town from Dallas -- we had such a great time! And you know what? I was disconnected from cellphone, computer and TV and it was nice! I love technology, of course, but sometimes it IS nice to have a break. Even if the break was only three hours. :)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Wedding Day

Mom & Dad's wedding day
Sorry, been busy with work and life. But I'm nostalgic again and thinking of my parents so here's another photo from Vietnam. It is from my parents' wedding day. My mom is sort of in the center of the photo with the white flowers in her hair. The procession is marching over to where my dad was I believe. :) I LOVE looking at their wedding pictures. Everyone was so elegant. I'll see if I can find one of them both after the ceremony. You can visit La China if you want to see a shot of them in their early 20s.

When I look at them back then, it's like they are strangers. Like you're looking into an entirely different time and world. For example, when we came over here to the States, they were in their late 30s. And they had seven kids to care for in a foreign country. Can you imagine what that must have been like for them? I couldn't until I was much older and I have tried to let them know how much I admire what they did and how well we all ended up considering my dad was the only one who spoke English.

What would I have done? Would I have been brave (or crazy) enough to leave my country? Would I have been able to feed nine mouths and clothe us all? Would I have been able to make family vacation happen every summer on a meter-reader salary (and I'm talking driving us all from NC to CA or NC to Canada!)?

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Donkeys in the Bush

They both made me laugh.

While Mark was checking on the bees, I was doing my thing -- wandering around taking pictures of him and things around us. I heard sounds behind us and I turned and saw this! It was so funny...do you see both of them?? They just stood there. And I stood there. And we just stared at each other. And then I laughed because it was just weird but funny to have these two donkeys staring at me. They were pretty cute. And what was cuter still was when the girls called them over and they obeyed. Like pets come when you call them (well, most of the time).