Here in Texas, we take our heat pretty serious. Even though Texans can fry an egg on the sidewalk, pop tar bubbles with toes, and get a tan in 10 minutes, that doesn’t mean folks in the Lone Star State don’t take heat seriously. Real serious. 100 degree weather with 70% humidity = frighteningly high heat indexes. When temps SOAR, who needs the most attention? Kids Elderly Hard-headed teens Pets CDC Warning Signs for Heat-Related Illnesses So those are the medical specifics . . . but what actual steps do folks who bake in six months of heat follow? No SKIMPING on water consumption! Room temperature is fine. My farm-boy daddy swore that when you […]
Southern Humor – Friday Funnies
Jeanne Robertson’s ‘The day I sent my husband to the grocery store!‘ If you need a laugh . . . and who doesn’t? Take seven minutes out of your schedule and watch this YouTube. Not only will you smile — you’ll laugh out loud. Whether you have a husband, a significant other, or a roommate, you will relate to Jeanne Robertson’s husband’s LITERAL translation of her grocery list. Being raised in Texas, which we consider part of the South, I can relate to Jeanne Robertson’s accent and sense of humor. You do need to wait for the punchline when dealing with Southern humor and certainly Southern women. We don’t get in a hurry to reach […]
Galivanting Texas-Style: Giddy-Up to Galveston, TX
Side-note: All links have been verified and are current. All hotels or entertainment options still show an active web presence. However, due to the Covid-19 interruption, back sure to double-check if there’s an activity or hotel that is on your bucket list. While Texas beaches may not often be mentioned in the top 5 beachfront areas across the nation, or boast the pounding Atlantic or even gentle lap of Pacific waves against our Gulf coast, Texans have long found a visit to Texas beaches well worth the trip. Galveston, is a mere thirty-six miles south of Houston (well, Pasadena, which is South Houston). Houston Hobby is the closer airport if you’re planning on flying to […]
Universal Truths from CHILDHOOD to ADULTHOOD to OLD AGE!
As I’ve aged, I learned several universal truths. I ran across a few of these in past emails and wanted to share the wisdom. Enjoy! Childhood wisdom . . . trial and error. Sometimes, the smartest in the room are the youngest. Families . . . are like fudge . . . Then there is adulting when you’d rather be relaxing on a beach with a drink & umbrella. And finally, with age comes WISDOM . . . or does it? Age is only ONE moment in time! From the youngest to the oldest, it’s often the simple pleasures that measure our success. Final thoughts . . . too important to be left out: Dog […]
Sunday Morning Construction
Why do those pesky ‘small’ fix-it or remodel jobs turn out to be so: And HOW, oh HOW do we, weekend DIYers, make them easier? 5 common sense DIY tips to balance the ‘home repair project’ scale. Read the directions Don’t be afraid to ask for help Proper tools YouTube Videos are your friend Take pictures As a serious do-it-all fixer, I’ve learned — through my share of mistakes — a few keys lessons that make installing . . . repairing . . . replacing . . . new construction a bit easier. 1) Read the directions. And I do mean ALL the directions. Don’t skip to what you think concerns you. Read them all. […]
HELLO MOMS!! A number of years ago, a FaceBook friend shared this questionnaire with me. Both of us — that would be the friend and myself — are blessed with now-grown children so this was a fun trip down memory lane. It was fascinating that so many of the answers readily came to mind. Pregnancy and childbirth leave indelible memory marks. Take the trip with me and answer the questions about your FIRST born. Actually, I’m not picky . . . if one of your other pregnancies is more memorable, think of that one. Feel Free to steal the questionnaire and repost. 1. Did I have an epidural? Yep, I asked for those drugs. 2. […]
If Women Ruled the World or Something
A recent article brought this blog to mind: ‘If women ruled the world. . .’ All right, all right, I’m not insinuating that women can’t drive. Far from it. I tool around in a full-sized van, 6600 pounds, thank you very much and I can park the puppy in a rat hole. Do remember, I’m from Texas and things are bigger here than in other parts of the world — rat holes included. But gals are normally handling a number of things while trying to park and I think it’s only fair we should get a bigger parking spot. If women ruled the world, there would be a little ‘bill’ equality. If women ruled the […]
Inspiration . . . what inspires you?
Do you need to fill up the well? Jolt that creative side of your muse? What are the things that make your soul sing with joy? What inspires you? Makes you smile when the world is dark and gloomy?For me . . . Family! My dad’s 80th birthday party — and my son getting a royal ribbing for being the red-haired grandson.My dad.Christmas is more fun in a cowboy hat. Vacations really inspire me.Dogs are family, too! Friends! Critique partners — The Flip-Flop Sisters Success! The first book cover.My daughter’s college ring. My son building his own super-sized, mega computer. Great Scenery! The Vitamin String Quartet. Great Music! What else? White chocolate, Macadamin Nut cookies. […]
Snow Day X 2
Ah, Beauty, your name is snow — especially when I won’t need to shovel because by tomorrow the temps will raise to 50s and all will be gone! But for now . . . Winter Wonderland in Texas. My son’s unscientific attempt to measure the snowfall. Okay, the ruler was a good idea, but perhaps next time he’ll choose one that the numbers are VISIBLE! Nonetheless, the pictures are eloquent to illustrate the amount of snowfall received in the Lone Star State.
Nightfall in the snow!8 o’clock at night and still the flakes are falling. I’m not sure this bush will ever be the same. Not sure what she’s digging for. Maybe, it’s all the times the squirrels were busy in her yard. She just wanted to try it out. Snow . . . snow . . . everywhere. 45 minutes out of the garage and already hubby’s car is turning white. This picture is for my daughter. The green van was her set of high school wheels. The old car looks pretty good under a drenching of white. Too wild . . . snow in Texas is a dusting, but this, 5inches and counting. Snow Day […]