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.

Phones in Churches . . .

Several of you have probably seen this one, but it sums up the attitude I love about being a-born-and-bred Texan, so I hope you enjoy the read. A man in Topeka, Kansas decided to write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco and started working east from there. Going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and making notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall and was intrigued with a sign, which read “Calls: $10,000 a minute.” Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that this golden phone was, in fact, a direct line to […]

Survivng Texas Heat . . .

CAN YOU SAY SWELTERING? HERE IN TEXAS WE CAN! WHAT DO WE DO WHEN TEMPERATURES SOAR OVER 100 FOR TWENTY STRAIGHT DAYS? CALL EVERY FRIEND — AND SLIGHT FRIEND THAT WE KNOW THEN OFFER BEER AND BAR-B-QUE UNTIL SOME ONE’S WILLING TO TOTE THE NOTE TO PUT GAS IN THE BOAT AND HEAD FOR THE LAKE. Oh, and boat size doesn’t matter — as long as it runs under its own power (no rowing allowed) then the boat is fine for a day on the lake. Of course, it is way better if the person we’ve swindled into toting us to the lake happens to own a ski boat because to survive Texas sun, large […]

Traveling Tips

Yep, I’ve been back from vacation for a day or two, and should have posted sooner, but the bottom line is that when I come home from vacation, another vacation is needed to rest up from the one I’ve just taken. However, here are a few traveling tips that hit while on vacation: 1st —Trust a truck stop for a decent meal. There is a side-note to this one. Look for a truck stop where trucks are ACTUALLY stopped. If there are semis in the parking lot then you’re safe for a good meal. No parked 18-wheelers and you needed to keep trucking right on down the road. 2nd —Carry a spare set of keys. […]

Redneck Tree Swing

Note the chic nylon suspension ropes and the Tiki torch for ambiance! Gotta love this decorating style. Town doesn’t matter. State doesn’t matter. Region of country doesn’t matter. Just pick any backwater Hicksville then drive oh, about 30 miles any direction, turn onto a gravel road follow until it turns into a dirt road, through the muddy bottoms, round the curve and there you’ll have it. Or have this, I mean. Every family has the relative who would or who has displayed something totally ridiculous in their front yard. I’m not referring to a pink flamingo (unless they put a whole flock in their yard.) No, this is a serious infraction (known in the country […]

The Pond

On April 21st, 1836, the most decisive battle in Texas history was fought. No, not the Battle of the Alamo, (the Alamo fell on March 6th, 1836). Nope, this was the Battle of San Jacinto, in which Sam Houston and his Texas forces defeated Santa Anna and his Mexican troops in just 18 minutes. They attacked during siesta time and forever turned the tide of Texas history. So much for naptime catching up to you! Okay, I know that today is not the 21st of April – I’m a little late. But this date and its importance recently came to light. Last Monday, the 21st, my daughter who is at Texas A & M went […]

Electricity

It’s a heck of a thing to do without — electricity, that is. We want to flip a switch, touch a button, or twist a knob and have the world at our fingertips. However, occasionally mother natures decides our egos are a bit to large and crashes trees into transformers. What happens? A very large pop, and then darkness. Well, at least, it’s darkness if it’s late at night. From my profile, folks can see I’m a Texas gal and during the springtime here in the Lone Star State, the weather likes to rock and roll a bit. Last night was another rendition of an obnoxiously loud Rolling Stones concert. As luck (or mother nature) […]

Texas Trivia

Betcha didn’t know . . . 1) Texas is popularly known as The Lone Star State. 2) The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island. 3) The Austin state capitol building is made from 15,000 carloads of Texas pink granite. 4) The armadillo is the official state mammal – only in Texas would we name a ‘critter’ a state mammal. 5) The first word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was ‘Houston’. 6) More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States – okay, this explains a lot. No wonder I don’t understand many of my fellow Texans. We’re all batty! […]