Saturday, April 30, 2011
I loved my Easter Holiday. We attended the Easter Sunrise Service at church. Butterfly decorations were used in the Sanctuary and live butterflies were released during the service. The weather was beautiful and so was the ceremony.
Roses adorned the cross.
The rest of my weekend was spent at my childhood home. My sisters and I took 2 tours around the property that day. Both were lazy, slow drives and I was able to take lots of pictures.
We checked on the progress of a camp house my nieces and nephews were building.
We checked on the cows to make sure all of them were where they were supposed to be, and not in the neighbor's pasture.
This butterfly loved my sister.
We startled a deer in the woods and she stood very still, allowing me to take her picture.We also saw a raccoon, 3 armadillos, a hawk, and a very long, fast snake.
This was such a nice way to enjoy our time together.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Here are some of the "girls" and their calves. Waiting. As you can see, there isn't much grass because of the drought. It looks pretty and green under the trees but the green is mostly weeds (or cactus like in the pictures in the last post). They are waiting for some extra feed. They respond to any vehicle that comes by. I'm sorry, but I was just riding around taking pictures. My brother-in-law came later to feed them. The cows are still in good shape but they will require extra hay and range cubes through the summer...since there is little grass.
A few years ago, the farmers and ranchers had a hard time getting enough hay. The hay is usually baled in the Spring and Summer and saved for the Winter. But in the extreme drought, not much hay was produced. And with little pasture, what hay that was saved had to be used in the summer. Some hay had to be brought in from other states. Looks like we will be in that situation again. At least our area hasn't had the huge wildfires that burn for days. But that is a worry in the next few months.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A great part of Texas is burning and all of Texas is in a drought, but there are several things you can always count on. Mesquite trees and Prickly Pear Cactus, which you can see in these pictures. Did you know that cattle and humans can eat mesquite beans? And, that you can eat the cactus leaves and the "pears" that form after these blooms?
Friday, April 22, 2011
Perhaps it was the idea of the 92 degree temperature forcast for today, or just because I was sweating during the large amount of cooking I did this morning. But, the first thing that came to mind when I thought about the theme for today's WHITE photo challenge was: snow.
We actually have had two or three good snow days in the last 2 years here in my part of Texas. That is unheard of!
Friday, April 15, 2011
I have 4 pets and I really enjoy them. I'll have to figure out how to photograph my two fish. Last week, I featured my cat Anderson and all of his sleeping positions. He came up with a new one this week and he was very lucky that I hadn't cleaned off that table yet. He looks very comfortable here and why shouldn't he be? He has fruit, books, a bottle of water, and if you look right by his tail-a movie that just came in the mail.
But I don't want to neglect featuring my little dog, Amos. He took a walk out in the grass, can you tell?
And after a dip out in the tank, he cleverly rolled in all the dry, powdered clay and turned his face to the wind to dry off. He looks very satisfied with himself.
Friday, April 8, 2011
He is Anderson. You know how they say cats have 9 lives? He does. Here they are:
1. sleeping on the living room couch
2. sleeping in the office chair
3. sleeping in a basket on the porch
4. sleeping on the sunroom couch
5. sleeping on the sunroom floor
6. yawning to try to wake up
8. eating again
9. eating some more
He wants to stay out all night (yes he is fixed!). I think he has more lives that I don't know about....
Thanks to our host, Rebecca
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
It is time to make art bras again! This is really fun. They will be photographed to make a calendar for fundraising and also will be autioned off at the big event in October. All the money goes to the cancer resource center in a nearby county. Here are my entries this year.
This is my "Jungle Trophies" entry. Did you notice the play on words? I hope it isn't too subtle. That's as suggestive as I want to get....
There are a lot of Art bras on the internet and you might enjoy looking some up. Quite entertaining!
Monday, April 4, 2011
A year and a half after enlarging our tank, and restocking it with catfish, we can start harvesting the fish. I caught 2 nice sized ones last week. Within an hour, I caught them, Mike cleaned them, and then I cooked and served them. I'd call that pretty fresh-wouldn't you?
Friday, April 1, 2011
This week's photo challenge was "shoes". I happened to remember this little red number....from about 50 years ago. You call that "vintage" right? It it a single shoe, a survivor if you will....
Visit Rebecca again to see more interesting pictures.