Sunday, December 28, 2008

Road to the Cross

Every time we take a trip up to see my mom in Bandera, we pass this HUGE cross on a hill. You can see how tiny the road leading up to this gigantic cross is. It kinda shows you the immense size! This is the same cross that my mom recently sent me a photo of.

This was taken at 65 mph with my zoom lens on my new camera. Woo hoo! =0)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

There's a New Ride in Town

There's a new attraction at ZDT's. This tall thing has been under construction this week. It's a pretty neat thing to be seen here in our small town.

The kids are excited and can't wait to try out this new ride!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Santa Was Here!!!

So this evening on my way home from work, I looked in my rearview mirror and what to my wandering eyes should appear???? St. Nick was right behind me!!! He was driving this Ford pick-up so nobody would "notice" him. I wonder what he's doing so far away from the North Pole at this time of year? Shouldn't he be back at home making sure everything's ready for Christmas? Afterall, there's only 14 more days!!!

This picture was taken in my rearview mirror (thus the backwards view), but I reminded Riley that EVERYTHING at the North Pole is backwards, so she's positive that this REALLY is Santa!

Merry Christmas and happy shopping, Santa!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Central Park Gazebo

A new gazebo was just finished in Central Park here in town... just in time for the Thursday nights Christmas Parade that was held downtown! I took this picture on Thursday afternoon while the sun was still out and shining beautifully over the town!

Friday, December 5, 2008

I Just Really Like Sunsets

Especially when they look like this...

and just moments later...

I just couldn't resist!

Join other Sky Watchers and see their views of the blanket above us!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I Love Old Buildings

Right downtown here in our small town we have some beautiful, old, historic buildings. I think this has to be one of the prettiest! Right now it serves as an attorney's office.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Tree Blurr

Last night after we decorated our Christmas tree, my son Cameron was snapping pictures. I guess he moved slightly as he took this shot of the tree but I liked the way the lights turned out. =0)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Palace Theatre

The old theatre in town is still used regularly. You'll notice on the billboard that it's FREE ADMISSION for the upcoming shows. Riley, Mr. Mike, and I actually went to see "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in this theatre earlier this year. It's a neat old place!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Front Yard Leaves

I walked around our front yard last week plucking brightly colored leaves from our trees. I'm loving the fall colors!! I wish they'd just stay there and not fall to the ground leaving our trees looking like skeletons and our yard seeming gray, dull, and dead!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

From My Kitchen Window...

Lately the outdoors are hazy and we have had some very overcast, gloomy skies.
We are in the midst of Fall.

Where did summer go? I miss it already!!!

Winter will be here before we know it....

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Bursting With Berries

Riley and I stumbled across this bush that was literally BURSTING with red berries.

She thought they looked pretty awesome. =0)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Another Masterpiece from God

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Picnic by the Starke Dam

Along the river banks you'll find many round, rock picnic tables
which you can sit and eat at...

...while enjoying the beautiful view of the dam.
It's beautiful right now with the fall leaves surrounding it.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Starke Golf Course

It was a very overcast day as Riley and I roamed through Starke Park, but we didn't care. It wasn't too cold out, and made for nice exploring weather even if the sun wasn't shining brightly.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Duck Calling

While visiting Starke Park on Saturday, Riley spotted a flock of ducks swimming downstream. She began 'quacking' at them, and suddenly they all turned and came towards us. She thought it was the neatest things that her "duck call" really worked!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Starke Stairs

As you head down towards the river at Starke Park...

...and then as you head back up.
I think they're neat stairs!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Drive through Starke Park...

I'm declaring it "Starke Park Week."

Lavonne, I figured you'd enjoy these even if nobody else would!
I thought of you when taking the series of pictures. =0)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Deck The Streets

It just really seems too EARLY to be decorating for Christmas. However, driving through the city streets it seems like everyone is already getting into the holiday spirit! There is a tiny part of me that's almost ready for it. The rest of me is dragging my feet and saying, "At least wait until Thanksgiving is over." Nevertheless, Christmas is just around the corner.

Are you ready for it?

Friday, November 21, 2008

SanAntonio Skyline

Yesterday evening on our way home from SanAntonio, this was the view of the skyline at sunset. The colors were amazing! (no touch-ups or tweaks here!)

My son Cameron held the camera out of the moving car to get these pictures for me! Good job, Cam.

Go check out other SkyWatcher's photos from today!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

You Might be a Bird-Lover...

If you have room for an entire migrating flock in your front yard...

I found this in the FRONT yard of a home in a really nice, fancy neighborhood today. All I could wonder was "What do the neighbors think?"

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Graves on a Hillside

This tree stands on a lonely hill in one of the cemetarys here in town. Notice the few graves at the trees base...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Sky Watch Friday

We had the most beautiful, clear skies today over our smalltown of Seguin, Texas. But this evening on my way home from work, the cold front was coming in from the north! It made for a beautiful sky and dramatic clouds as they crept in over the once clear skies. It was as if a blanket of clouds was being pulled right over top of us. The bright orange sunset only added to the beauty! Enjoy!

Is it just me, or does it look like a huge parana?!

Now go check out some of the other Sky Watcher's Friday posts!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

God's Color Pallet

This sure has been a pretty fall for us here in South Texas. I pass this little 'cove' every day on my way home from work, but today screeched to a halt, drove back, climbed out of my car, and snapped a shot. I was afraid this may be the peak color day and I'd have missed it!

I had photographed Riley and Cameron on this same path one Spring, but it's not nearly as pretty as it is today in the fall!

Compliments of my Mom

This cross stands high atop a hill on the way to Bandera, Texas. We pass by it every time we go to visit my mom. Well, she got to take a little tour up the hill right to the foot of the cross last week. I'm jealous, Mom!

Anyway, I loved this picture that she took, so asked if I could post it. Notice the people in the bottom left-hand corner. It's a HUGE CROSS!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Our Yard Has Color, Too!

Although our front yard looks pretty dead,
and is COVERED in dead leaves...

There are a few trees that are just beautiful.

This particular one in the back yard looked so pretty as the sun was setting and the sunlight was shining through the reds, oranges, and golds...

Cooper is loving the cooler weather and blends in rather nicely with the fall colors.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Gobble, Gobble

While out looking for our dog one day, I followed these five guys running down our little dirt road...
As I got closer to them, they hopped the fence and ran away into the woods... but not before I got this shot...

Run fellas, run! You don't have much longer!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I Liked The Lighting...

My son Cameron usually takes funny pictures... of such things as nostrils, eyeballs, his uvula (the dangly thing in the back of your throat). Often I find self portraits of him just making weird faces. He doesn't tell me he does it, just waits for me to FIND them. Ugggh! When downloading my photos off my camera, I find SOOOOOO many photos that I instantly DELETE. But occasionally, I find a keeper.

This is his latest that I just loved...

Friday, November 7, 2008

We've Been "Flocked"

We arrived at work this morning to find an entire flock of Pink Flamingos out on our front lawn. Now being that I work at a "WaterPark" manufacturing company, the pink flamingos really seemed to fit in rather nicely. But as you can see by the sign, we'd been "FLOCKED".

It seems that these pink critters popped in as a fundraising event - and the only way to get rid of them is to buy "Flocking Insurance" for $35 which insures that they will not come back. OR you could pay $25 to have them shipped on to another unsuspecting victim and have THEM "Flocked". We chose to share the love and send them on to my boss's parents' house. Won't they be surprised to find a front yard full of pink flamingos when they awake tomorrow morning?! =0) {{snicker}}

But we sure thought it was a cute concept. Although we did think about just keeping them and putting them in our planters along the building and in our big sign out by the road. The planters have NO FLOWERS in them whatsoever, and a few bright pink flamingos might add just the right touch! But we were good and passed the flock on....

Flock on!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Golden Leaves

Oh, you're gonna be sick of me, but I've got a FALL THEME going on here lately, don't I? Oh'll get over it! I love the colors and I'm gonna keep posting them while I can!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Autumn Roadsides

I don't know about you, but I am absolutely LOVING the fall colors along our roadsides right now. I know in another few weeks, we'll have nothing but bare trees, but for now, I'm loving it! This is the view just beyond my driveway. This is what I'm surrounded by at home right now. This is my "neck-o-the-woods!" Aren't they gorgeous?

And I know you Northerners know what REAL colors look like, but for South Texas, this is pretty. =0)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ten Pins

The guys and I went out bowling on Saturday night. We had a great time together!

Towards the end of our evening, they turned off the lights for "Lunar Bowling". The only lights on the lanes were those above the pins. It made for a great reflection on the glossy wood!

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Spot O' Tea

Riley attended her first real "Tea Party" this past weekend hosted by her friend Valerie. Some of the pictures turned out SOOOO good! I love this one's dreamy effect. Riley had a splendid time with scones, crumpets, and a spot o' tea in the company of friends and classmates.

To see the rest of the magical photos from her day,
check them out here on my other blog.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

First Signs Of Fall

Although the morning temperatures have definitely said loud and clear that FALL is in the air, the trees have taken a little longer to speak to us. Friday on my ride home from work, I noticed that the leaves on the trees out in our area are finally beginning to fade to fall colors. In South Texas, we don't get a lot of 'color' in the fall like in other parts of the country. But we do see a little bit. It won't be long now before the woods which surround our home will be nothing more than very bare, dead-looking trees. The winter months out here in the woods are so lifeless, dull and gloomy. We go from vibrant colors and lush 'woods' to gray... Simply put, just GRAY. The tree trunks look gray, the dead grass looks gray, the world out here - just seems gray. I guess that makes us appreciate the spring and summer months all the more. Thank God we live in Texas where we have 9 months of foliage and only 3 months without.