Category Archives: Life in Texas


I understand the science behind the optical phenomenon of reflection and refraction of light through water droplets resulting in a rainbow.  Nevertheless, rainbows are a magical experience.

Did you know…A primary rainbow arc shows red on the outer part and violet on the inner.  On a double rainbow, the second arc has its colors reversed.  I know the second rainbow is barely visible, but I think I was lucky to see it at all.

double rainbow

According to Genesis, after Noah saved the animals from the Great Flood, a rainbow appeared. As the flood had killed all other living beings, the rainbow came to symbolize God’s promise that he would never send another flood to destroy all of the earth and that never again would all living things be killed in the waters of a flood.

As much as I believe in the existence of rainbows, I also believe the Biblical story of the great flood to be true and accurate.

1 Comment

Filed under Faith, Life in Texas, Nature

Color on a Cloudy Day…

Texas Red Bud


…slow down and appreciate the beauty that is part of your life.

1 Comment

Filed under Life in Texas, Nature, photograhy


Even in the dead of winter there is the promise of spring…and here in Southeast Texas old man winter is losing his grasp as spring overtakes the race…we are now in the season of Sprinter.



Filed under Life in Texas, Nature

Houston is Iced Over…

Living in Houston, Texas usually affords us a very mild winter…The average high temperature for January is 62 and the low is 43.  We can expect to see temperatures that range from in the 30’s – 40’s  for about 3 weeks in early January.  Hard freezes are uncommon.  The coldest temperature recorded in Houston was 5 degrees on January 18, 1930.

photo 2 (6)

So here we sit on January 7, 2014, with a low temperature of 24.  The pipes and plants have been wrapped and the pets are bundled into their cute doggie sweaters.   We are eating homemade chicken soup and sipping hot tea with honey all the while we are using up our propane at a record rate.

Stay warm!

1 Comment

Filed under Life in Texas, photograhy


Whenever I hear the word sweet I almost immediately think of something moist and rich and chocolatey.   The word sweet also conjures up visions of old-fashioned soda fountains, my favorite gelato shoppe or the local bakery cases filled with buttercream iced cupcakes, fluffy lemon meringue pies and  flakey coconut cakes.

There are other things that are sweet...rosey cheeked children when they are sleeping, adorable puppies and cute baby ducks.  There are flowers that have a sweet fragrance; jasmine, gardenia and roses. There are sweet friends and sweet shoes and really sweet cars…

Sometimes, the sweetest thing is something totally unexpected.  Something done for you by a complete stranger for no other reason than to create a special moment just for you.  There is no repayment required or expected…except for a smile and a nod of recognition for that which was done…

And so we were treated to just such a sweet unexpected surprise on Friday evening when a gathering of friends met for dinner at a Thai restaurant off the beaten path, Merlion…We were treated to the freshest ingredients available, the sweetest server within 50miles and the attention to detail that makes people feel special.  Image

Our table was dressed in the finest the season had to offer…there were fresh-cut hydrangea, sunflowers and wonderfully fragrant rose petals sprinkled down the center of the table.  As we were admiring the floral arrangement we noticed that our table was the only one that had received the special attention.  As the evening progressed we discovered that our sweet server was the co-owner and she had heard that we were celebrating a girls night out and had taken the time to dress our table…

By no means does the food take a back seat to the decor…on the contrary, this is the best Thai food this side of Thailand.  The ingredients are fresh and seasonal…the seafood is purchased from the local fisherman and the noodles are made daily. The dishes were a sexy combination of sweet and spicy…Merlion has most definitely made it on to my list of date night restaurants.

photo (80)

Leave a comment

Filed under 2013 Photo Journal, All Things Foodie, My Local Recommendations, Snapshots of Life

Keep Austin Weird… “No Kill”

Austin is one of the top “No Kill” cities in the United States…


This is their idea of taxidermy…Don’t kill it…crochet it!



Filed under Life in Texas, Travel

Keep Austin Weird…Streamlined Shopping




Leave a comment

Filed under 2013 Photo Journal, Life in Texas, Travel, Vintage Americana