Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Still trying...

...to capture a decent pic of our ultra-shy Kingfishers.  Managed to get this one through the office window one day.  I liked the daisy-chain of weed growth stringing behind her like left-over party decorations.

Bringing the winter coats out of storage

Gem and Zim are preparing for whatever winter may come by packing on a few extra pounds and putting on their winter woolies. 
I love Zim's winter coat as he turns into a bright (and soft) copper penny.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Millet melee

Now that the weather is turning cooler here, the blackbirds are swarming the feeders, and the home-grown millet along the pond is staging a feathered frenzy.

More fall colors in Texas

A little orange...

Mix in some red and yellow...
Of course some browns (and a bit more yellow)...

And add a dash of...blue?!  Sure, why not!?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Busy, busy, busy

Goldfinches and warblers at the feeders.
I like the little guy clinging to the wood block under the feeder.
Looks like he's taking a header off the feeder now.
All aflutter.

One of the reasons I love living in Texas...

...is we still get wildflowers blooming in November.  (My apologies to the folks in the far north, buried under snows already - I'm definitely rubbing it in.  We DID get a hard frost yesterday, though.)
Blue mealy sage growing in the ditch along our road.  (I took this with my old camera so it's probably not as clear as it could have been, but I tend to drive with my old camera along for the ride and the abuse of rolling around in the car and being tossed into the glove box.)
Lantana blooming one more round near the front door.
Pineleaf vervain at the back door of the barn.
And bitterweed throughout the yard.
This one made me think of Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hears a Who"

Saturday, November 27, 2010

One more post

of roadside scenery in Texas.  Some greenery to blend with the fall colors.

Thanks to all of my Friends and Followers!  I love that you take the time to stop by and see what I see and read what I write and comment to let me know you've visited.  You are wonderful finds via this web technology.  Electronics and innovation bring hearts together.  Who would've thunk it? 

Oh, to be a dog...

They have quite the life here at Run*A*Round.  And running is not always their main objective.

Some days it's just Nap*A*Round Ranch.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Octopus's Garden

Stopping along the road to snap photos of the adjacent oaks, I noticed this little multi-armed tree and its accompanying color guard.  Someone sawed off the appendages to control the growth along their fenceline, but it still made an interesting subject.

Oaks losing at strip poker

Some oak limbs are able to be admired as many of their leaves have been lost.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A blustery Thanksgiving Day...

This is our weather forecast for today.

Mostly Cloudy
72° / 29°

This morning I'm still in shorts, t-shirt and bare feet.  On November 25th!!!  By evening, I'll be in sweats, stoking up a fire in the free-standing fireplace and craving a pot of chili.  From sweatin' weather to sweater weather in one fell swoop...

Yesterday as I ran errands, I had to run the car A/C to keep from overheating (it was 80 something).    Gotta love Texas weather... Gotta stock up on Theraflu... :)

The cold front is moving in.
It is a blustery day.

I am thankful to be at home today!  :)

Beauty all A*Round

All I have to do is look out my window and I get to see such beauty.  Here's Gem munching along the pond's edge one afternoon.
I am gladsome.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving dinner, Texas style?!

At a hole-in-the-wall Tex Mex place 'around the corner' from us...
They come with cranberry salsa. 

Now I love turkey, dressing and cranberries.  And I really like tamales too.  But there are some traditions I'm not willing to mess with, so even though I was tempted, I did not take them up on their offer.  Maybe next year...

To clarify, these are tamales MADE of turkey and dressing, served with cranberry salsa.  Not an "either/or" choice.  :)  Not sure 2 great things make 1 good thing...

Can you stand it?!

I just LOVE these full fall trees.  This one's on the road towards town.  Imagine if I went anywhere besides the grocery store and the feed store how many photos I'd be posting of glorious trees!  You're getting off easy!  :)

Shades of the Godfather; the Sequel

Some of you might remember Shades of the Godfather.  Well, Baron decided it was time for the sequel. 

This one's bovine instead of equine, and from the bullet holes in the skull, it was the cow that Neighbor to the North said was probably going to have to be put down.

And obviously also the source of the bones and hide that have been littering our landscape recently...

Country dogs at their finest...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Another glorious tree

This one's ours.  A lovely post oak that graces our side yard near the garage/shed.  You can see it's still hanging on to its leaves, even though the wind has been doing its best to rip them free.  Some of the other oaks are giving in, but this one's hanging tough...for now.

My place of worship

Living in the Bible Belt, I had to get used to folks being very forthright in promoting their faith.  Although raised as a very church-going Catholic by a devout mother, the Midwesterners I grew up with were much more introverted about their worship and kept their faith seemingly private, whereas the Southern Baptists and other faiths here in Texas often prosthelytize, making it their mission to have others join their faith and congregations.  I respect and admire the courage they have to spread The Word, and I certainly see the merits of worshipping within a church's walls and community.  I very much enjoyed the structure of religion growing up, and the rites and passages were beautiful and memorable.
However, at this point in my life, I consider myself a very faithful person, just not a religious one.  These are my pews.  When we had our deck redone recently and after it had been stained/water-sealed, I remarked to Husband that the benches had the same color as the pews in the Catholic church I attended growing up. 
It is here that I enjoy God's blessings most as I am surrounded by love and beauty and grace at nature's pulpit.  And I thank God most fervently for all of these gifts.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Our colors

The tree line along our front hay pasture is showing its stuff.
Even though it's subtle, fall color in Texas is beautiful too.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A little healthy competition?

We have to drive a ways to get to a Home Depot or Lowes.  In one of these destination towns, there's a smaller McCoy's lumber business that found itself very crowded by a Home Depot that built behind it.  Their sign always makes me laugh.  Guess it's like the old full service gas stations vs. the self service ones...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Splitting wood

Saw this tree along a back country road one day.

Friday, November 19, 2010

I believe in angels...

I believe in spirits, in souls that watch over us.  People who we've loved and who have loved us that continue to send guidance and love after they've passed on. 

Yesterday I spent the afternoon sealing the rock patio (see previous post).  I was achy and sore by the time I finished, but glad to have it done.  The dogs and I went to the barn, fed the horses and cat, and I came back to the house to refill the bird baths.  As I was doing so, I was running through my "thank yous".  You know,

"Thank you, God, for this lovely day."
"Thank you, God, for this beautiful place."
"Thank you for our wonderful 'kids'."
"Thank you for allowing me to be home to enjoy it."
"Thank you for the ability to do the work that I did today."
"Thank you for the birds that kept me company as I did it."  Etc. Etc.

We have an outdoor sink off the side deck so I had taken one pitcherful of water to the bird baths and was returning to get another when I stopped just short of the deck as I saw this on the stepping stone:
The water droplets from the pitcher I had carried had formed a perfect little heart on the stone.  I had almost stepped right on it as I was making my way back up for second pitcherful. 
I ran and got my camera before it dried so I could share it with you.  It made my heart smile... 
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