Friday, July 30, 2010

Super Cool Weathervane

Cool weathervane

I am so tired but I wanted to share this shot with you before I call it an early night. The heat really drains me I guess. I love weathervanes and this one rocks because I am a Taurus and so, how can I NOT love this? :-)

I hope you all have a really wonderful weekend ahead! We have an awesome birthday party for a special nephew tomorrow. Maybe you'll get to see a picture.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Stormy Tuesday

Court St. & Kingsbury

This evening certainly got exciting as we were finishing up dinner - the winds picked up quite suddenly and then the skies opened up and dumped a ton of wonderful rain on us! Yay - no lawn watering for another long spell. :-)

We went out and about after our workout and caught some beautiful skies. We love to sky watch, especially when you have awesome colors and cloud formations such as these.

Sunset from Hwy 46 at TLU

Monday, July 26, 2010

Thank you, love!

Hearts for my honey

Today was a difficult day and I want to say thank you to my wonderful love for being there for me; for hugging me and holding me; for reassuring me; for making me laugh; for watching How the West Was Won with me; for making dinner with me; but mainly for just knowing when I need his strength.

These wonderful heart tokens were a gift to Mark when I had to do some traveling a few weeks ago. If you haven't been to the Gift & Gourmet shop on Austin Street, then you need to head over there! They are also online and on Facebook if you're interested. It's one of my favorite locally owned gift shops in town.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Summer Bloom

Wild sunflower

It's been blazing hot lately but nothing like last year, that's for sure. In our garden, we still have several sunflowers left to enjoy though they are fading. I'm still amazed at many different blooms we have seen this year and it's still kicking. On our drive to Lost Pines (Bastrop) this weekend, we saw many fields of sunflowers (the smaller variety) and other very small yellow flowers (not sure what they are). It was lovely!

I hope you all have a really WONDERFUL week ahead!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Happy anniversary, honey!

One of my faves

Nine years ago today, Mark made me the happiest person in the whole universe. After a long courtship, we married and life just gets better and better every single day. I don't know what either of us did to deserve this much happiness. All I know is this - we are truly blessed. Okay, now I need to go get a tissue.

9 yrs ago

Monday, July 19, 2010

Gorgeous Blooms in the Summer Heat

Lovely blooms at TLU

I have great news to share with you! Mark's book got a great review in Southwestern Historical Quarterly and I am SO PROUD of him! I read it and my chest felt like it was going to simply burst, I was so happy for him. Congratulations, honey!

What does that have to do with these pictures? :-D well...all weekend he tried a source where we could access the quarterly (typically an institutional subscription rather than an individual subscription) and read the review. Unfortunately, our public library didn't renew their subscription so we trekked over to Texas Lutheran University but they were CLOSED since it was a summer weekend! Rats! BUT...the trip was not wasted. I spotted these lovelies right outside the library. They are, by far, he largest Hibiscus blooms I have seen and I loved the color! Gorgeous splash of vibrant life in the sweltering summer heat. I loved it. Hope you all have a GREAT week!

Biggest Hibiscus I've ever seen!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Dad in Action

Dad in the fields

Yesterday, in honor of World Cup, I had intended to post a picture of my dad and his soccer team from when he played back in Viet Nam. Unfortunately, I could not find that picture (boooo!) BUT I did find this one. And I wanted to share it since my mind was on Viet Nam after reading the story in our paper about our local historian, who also served during the Viet Nam War. That's my dad in the center. He worked with US forces during his time and through his friendships, we were able to find a sponsor and move to the US in '75. We were very lucky to make it here all in one piece and altogether.

This picture makes me think of the story my mom and dad told Mark a couple of visits ago when we saw them. Apparently, while my dad was out in the field at one point, my mom took ME out there so he could see me. WHOA. Out in the field. During war. With bullets flying. What was amazing to me was that I had not known that all these years and Mark was the one who told me about it.

And no, this post has nothing to do with Seguin besides me and our local historian's story. But I just had to share it. :-)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Walking Stick

Walking stick

A couple of weeks ago, before I started traveling, I accompanied Mark out to one of new bee yards, affectionately called Pizza Yard. I love going out to the country around here because you just never know what you're going to see. This year, there's an abundance of flowers AND bugs, insects, and creatures bigger. :-)

I loved this walking stick! I had not seen one in so long and I don't recall seeing one this big before. I believe he was perhaps 4-5 inches. I saw a smaller one in a different part of the yard but it was too hard to get a great shot because it was on the move. Anyway, wouldn't you know it, Mark went to another bee yard without me on a later date and he saw one that had to be about 9 or 10 inches! WOW, that would have been so neat to see and photograph. From what I saw on his phone, it looked a little menancing or at least freakish. I'll see if Mark will send it and I will share.

Walking stick

I want to say hi to a couple of ladies who have stopped by the house within the past several weeks to discuss our bees and honey (I didn't ask you so I didn't want to put your names on here but you know who you are!). They are fans of the blog and told me how much they enjoy looking at it, which made me feel so bad I have not been able to post as often as I'd like. THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading the blog, for your kind comments and for introducing yourselves to me either at the house or at an event or virtually. I love those encounters and they encourage and inspire me to keep blogging. Hope you have a fabulous Sunday and upcoming week!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Sky Watch Welcome

Awesome storm rolling in

I shot this awesome sky earlier this week as a front came through our area. We've been enjoying some much needed rain while I've been gone. Sure will green things up again. :-)

Check out the other great
Sky Watchers for some awesome photographs. Have a great weekend and a wonderful July 4th everyone!