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Fall Festivities…Farmers Market…The Great Pumpkin Heist

The arrival of pumpkins should naturally coincide with cooler temperatures.  Right? Well here in coastal Texas the arrival of pumpkins usually means we can expect at least 6 more weeks of record high temperatures…..but record high temperatures could not deter this NOLAgirl from her annual trek to the farmers market for the great pumpkin heist.

Farmers Market

Of course you can buy your pumpkins and gourds from your local grocer or big box store especially if your only going to buy one or two.  But there is something magical about the visual appeal of these multi colored, lumpy bumpy not quite round orbs that makes it impossible for me to limit my purchase…

Cinderella Pumpkins

My husband and I are regular patrons of local farmers markets…we shop local every chance we get. Most of the markets we stumble on during our travels have an average of two to three dozen vendors.  The vendors are selling everything from free range chicken eggs, beautiful cut flowers, homemade sweets and of course a variety of locally grown fruits and veggies.  Occasionally, there will be a local grass fed meat supplier. And my personal favorite local honey and goat cheese…But this trip is all about the pumpkins!

Pumpkins galore

Of course there must be some restraint…either based on the available budget or the available space for transportation…No matter which…both were completely exhausted. Here’s to another year and a very successful GREAT PUMPKIN HEIST!!!


Are you wondering what I’m going to do with all of the pumpkins from my trip to the farmers market.….stick around!!!

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Super Hero’s Have Heart…

You can be someone’s Super Hero. It doesn’t take special powers, lightening speed or x-ray vision. All it takes is heart!

Super HerosWishing you a Super Hero weekend!



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Let Freedom Ring…

Happy 4th of July…

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My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!
My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.
Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.
Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.

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Yard Art…

We recently purchased the two acres of property next to our home.  Our plans for this additional land is to create a beautiful green space with walking paths and sitting areas.  The property was so heavily overgrown that it was nearly impossible to see more than a few feet in either direction of the path that my husband cut through the woods.

This will be a life long project but the first step in the process was to clear the under brush and the trash trees.  Once the clearing was completed, it allowed me the opportunity to wander through the property and take in the beauty of nature.  I like to think of my discoveries as Yard Art.

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…This is the trunk on an almost petrified tree…This will become a focal point in a sitting area that I have planned for the center of the property.

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…This is the bark on a 300 year old live oak…He could be older but he’s not saying.

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…These tree roots grabbed my attention because they were the only ones like them.

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…Spider webs fascinate me but are typically very hard to photograph…


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People Watching…

People watching in Jackson, Wyoming…


Hostessing at the Wort Hotel, Silver Dollar Restaurant…


Window shopping at Jolly Jumbucks…

???????????????????????????????Chocolate persuasions at Coco Love…


Persephone baking up artisan breads, sweet pastries and signature layer cakes…

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Walking in The Woods…

Today, I took a walk in the woods next to our house.

photo 3 (8)After a few minutes I could no longer see the road or our house.  I was surrounded by overgrown underbrush, trees and brier patches…

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I was totally focused on watching where I was walking so I wouldn’t step in a rabbit hole, trip on a fallen tree or walk into a Pyracantha branch.

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The silence was broken by a soft scurry through the fallen leaves...

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the next thing I heard was a guttural sound and the loud flapping of wings…predator or prey.

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I was quickly reminded that walking in the woods is like visiting someone else’s home.


Walk softly and leave things better than you found them…

This post was inspired by The List: 101 Things to Blog About

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Snow Angels…

Snow Angels…I think of them often in the winter…maybe it’s because I have grown up in the south and it rarely snows.  I can tell you that I thought making a snow angel was a fairly simple thing…wait for the now…lay down in the snow…move your arms and legs around…Voila…Snow Angel!  Recently, I had the opportunity to make my very first snow angel…I was as excited as a kid…I fell back into the snow laughing, I made the required snow angel movements…then the moment came…I needed to get up without disturbing my perfect snow angel…reality set in…


Snow Angel perfection will take practice and less snow

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