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Travel Theme: Walls…Day Tripping on Street Art

On a day trip to the Houston Museum of Fine Art I took a detour…and stumbled upon these walls..the area where I snapped these photographs is referred to as Midtown.

In Houston and the surrounding areas we are plagued by vandals who use graffiti and tagging to “mark their territory”…This is different…This is Street Art!  Feel free to weigh in on my wall art!

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Alisa says; “So the writing is on the wall; what’s your interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in the travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Walls
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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Don’t be a fly on the wall – join in the fun! Looking forward to your post.”

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January Photo a Day 2013: Something You Saw

Still trying to catch up…

Day 20. Something you saw: Go about your day with eyes wide open and take a photo of something you saw.

Last Saturday evening while attending the 80th Birthday Party of my Husband’s Uncle I saw this view of the Uptown Houston Skyline…Nice!

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21. What you do: Do you go to school? Train elephants at the circus? Write at home? Play mum to your kids? Act as CEO to a big business? Paint in your spare time? Dance when no one is looking? Take a photo of what you do {something that makes you ‘you’} and share it.
22. Corner: It could be a sharp corner of a building, a corner of an artwork, a corner of your home or something else. Corners are everywhere. Shoot one.
23. Electric: This could be a simple photo of your toaster {but get creative} or something else electric.
24. Stripes: Look for stripes in your everyday. They could be in the zebra crossing on the road, or in your outfit or somewhere else.
25. Landscape: Step back and take a photo of a landscape near you. Or even take a little trip just for the photo. Would be nice to explore your town for a beautiful photo.
26. Together: There are many definitions for together. One is: In or into a single group, mass, or place. Take a photo of together, whichever definition you’d like to use.
27. Sun: Whether the sun is out in full force, or hiding behind the clouds today – take a photo of it. Or you could get creative and take a photo of sunlight or some other interpretation.
28. Through: Take a photo of looking through something – through the window, through the gate, through the trees… whatever you please.
29. Grow: People do it, plants do it too… get creative and take a photo of something that grows.
30. Down: Is it looking down or something that makes you feel down? Interpret it however you like.
31. Yourself: Take a photo of yourself. Or something that represents you.

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January Photo a Day 2013: Water

Day 11. Water: Perhaps it’s the beach, a river, water in a glass, the bath {keep it PG!} or even the rain.

Friday found us heading out on a road trip…We woke to a beautiful clear cool morning.  We packed the truck, loaded the dogs and headed out…Our day was filled with visions of water in many forms…we saw clouds, mist, rain, swollen rivers, fog and downpours!

Leaving Houston, Texas we crossed over the ship channel bridge and the San Jacinto River.

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About half way through the State of Louisiana we crossed the Atchafalaya River Basin. We were starting to catch up with the weather front that had dumped more than 9″ of rain in the area.

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Once arriving in Baton Rouge, Louisiana we headed East on I-12…We caught the front.

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On any given day this would be a creek bed with a trickle of water…One creek overflowed and met up with the next creek for miles and miles.  The water was swift and menacing.

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We had a break in the rain on Saturday but on Sunday it was back with a vengeance as we headed back West…

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Water, water every where!

What do the prompts mean?

There are no rules when playing along with photo a day, you can be creative as you like! Interpret the prompt as you please. For those that need a little help, some more suggested details about each prompt are below.

12. Surprise: I love when I stumble across coins when I’m walking. It’s a lovely surprise. That would be a lucky photo for me. Can you think of a way to capture surprise?
13. Circle: Look as you go about today for things shaped in circles. Is it the tyres on a bus? A big sign? Or something else?
14. Something yellow: Find something yellow in your travels today and take a photo.

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A-Z Archive: D! Challenge…Decisions

A-Z Archive: D! Challenge…Decisions

A-Z Archive: D! Challenge...Decisions

 These are traffic signs in the Houston Medical Center…if you make the wrong decision you could end up in one the many hospitals in the Houston Medical Center.

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Signs of Spring Break…

There is a pecking order of sorts when it comes to the arrival of Spring in South Texas. You can tell it’s spring break by the appearance of the Texas Bluebonnets and the smell of Livestock.

The first sign that spring is about to arrive are the trail riders. While the temperatures are still dipping into the 30′s and Spring seems as though it will never arrive, the trail riders are saddled up and headed to Houston.  Some will travel hundreds of miles by wagon or horseback to take part in a Houston tradition. 

The second sign that announces the arrival of Spring is Mardi Gras.  Galveston began celebrating Mardi Gras in 1867.  The festivities were resumed in 1985.  This is the 100th celebration of the Galveston Mardi Gras.

 The third sign that announces spring is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo BBQ Cookoff.  The HLS&R hosts a 3 day World Class BBQ cook off event.  This is the official kickoff for the Rodeo. 

Followed by the beginning of the HLS&R which runs for 3 weeks. 

But the clearest sign that it is Spring Break in Texas is the mass exodus of family’s, college kids and church groups.  With cars, trucks, vans and mini-coopers loaded down with suitcases, duffel bags, ice chests and a weeks worth of snack foods.    Where are the headed you ask?  They are headed to the hills, the Colorado Hills!   

Just when the temperature in South Texas starts to climb and the Texas Bluebonnets start to blanket the roadside.  We Texans head West in search of a snow-covered hill and a pair of rented skis and a day pass.  When we point our vehicles west our eyes are locked on the horizon in search of the first signs of snow and the distant mountain peaks. 

The following week is spent getting our ski legs under us and our courage up to take on the steepest slopes with the rest of our Texas neighbors that have taken over the Colorado Ski resorts.  Before we know it the week is over and our vehicles are loaded up and we are headed back to Texas just in time to see the fields covered in Bluebonnets, Indian Paint Brushes and Buttercups. 

It’s Spring Break!

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a.n.t.i.c.i.p.a.t.i.o.n…..of things hoped for but unseen

 Frozen Fountain and Palm Trees…whats next…S.N.O.W.?

Will it or won’t it…S.N.O.W. …@ my house?!

 While the rest of the country is trying to dig out from Snowmegeddon, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of what will amount to a few snow flurries and maybe an inch of accumulated snow. 

If it happens…I mean the snow…it will be the third year in a row that Houston has been lightly dusted by the white stuff.

What is it about the possibility of snow that causes an entire city to become giddy…

The weather man is almost beside himself…SNOWWATCH2011!!! 

I have been watching the animated weather map on my iPhone.  Although I can see the wintry mix approaching on the screen I am beginning to doubt the predictions.  Even though the weather people have said that the snow will not arrive until well into the night I am expecting it to be falling from the sky each time I look out the window. 

 

#1 Why am I looking for the snow at 2pm when I have been clearly told it will be 2am?

#2 Why am I doubting that it will happen when I can actually see it on the radar screen? 

#3  Why did I buy groceries like I am going to be snowed in like so many others across the country?

It’s the…. a.n.t.i.c.i.p.a.t.i.o.n. of what is to come. 

How different would life be if we anticipated every single day with such excitement?  If  every time we looked out the window we were expecting something as beautiful and serene as falling snow.  What would it be like to catch ourselves smiling for no apparent reason?  What if we welcomed each day with a heart filled with joy and laughter?  What would it life be like? 

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

photos taken from Facebook postings and abc13 Houston weather pics submitted by viewers 

 

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White Christmases in Houston…Surprisingly Yes!


It snowed in Houston on Christmas Eve 2004 and in December in 2009.  This is a combination of pictures from those snow days!  So contrary to the country song…Surprisingly enough, it does snow in Houston. 

To my Texas friends, Wishing you a surprisingly snowy Christmas!

The Galveston Seawall!

A beach in Galveston, Texas Christmas Day 2004!

December 2009!

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skydive…

Today…I did NOT skydive!  However, I did stop in at  Skydive Spaceland to watch my friend take her first jump.  I say 1st jump with relative assurance that she will jump again. She was celebrating her 50th Birthday, she seemed very relaxed for someone who was going to be jumping out of a perfectly good airplane!

Here is what I gathered from my visit to Skydive.  I learned you must be at least 18yrs of age, a Texas State Law, for entering into a contractual agreement. It will cost you just under $200 to jump on the weekends.   You will receive a 1/2 hour of instruction before heading up in either a Twin Otter or Cessna Caravan.  Your first jump will be a Tandem jump.  You are assigned an instructor who is there to help you suit up, calm your nerves and answer any questions that you might have.   The staff at Skydive Spaceland appeared to be very friendly and genuinely interested in getting to know their tandem jump partner. 

Skydive Spaceland sits on 134 acres located just 30 minutes south of Houston, Texas.  It is a state of the art facility that was built from the ground up specifically for skydiving.  The facility is open 7 days a week, Reservations are not required but they are highly recommended.  You should plan on spending at least 1/2 a day if you are jumping.  There is an observation area where friends and family can hang out making jokes about jumping out of perfectly good airplanes and whether or not the life insurance policy is current as well as watching you and all of the other jumpers make their landings. 

While I was waiting for the plane to go up and the jumpers to make their anticipated appearance from 14,000 feet I busied myself with snapping a few pics of the place. 

Here is the phone number of Skydive Spaceland if you are looking to jump out of one of those perfectly good airplanes.

I am fairly certain you will need one of these! 

There are rules…

You have choices when it comes to the music that accompanies your personal video…according to the expert in charge…Click, Click, Boom is a popular choice.  However, I would rather have  Boomin by TobyMac, but it’s not on the list!

And, apparently people should not walk their dog in the drop zone!

I am thinking that there are two kinds of people who are willing to jump…there is the person who is fearless and throws caution to the wind and maybe even feels they don’t have anything to lose, SO they skydive.  Then there is the person who has faith…faith in their ability as an experienced jumper or the ultimate FAITH in God’s perfect plan for their life whatever that might include.  On second thought there may be a third type of person who jumps…the person who has incredible FAITH in GOD’s plan, SO they throw caution to the wind and trust the experts and…SKYDIVE!

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to be warm and fed…

I am sitting in my living room surrounded by what is my life.  My family, our dogs, a collection of things.  I am very blessed and do not have need of anything.  I have a new roof over my head, food in the pantry, and a well stocked refrigerator.  I have a blanket on the bed to cover up with if I should get cold and a pillow to lay my head on when I am tired and ready to go to sleep.  Should I have a need, a real need, I can get in my car and drive wherever it is I need to go. 

However, that is not the case for more than 40,000 individuals living in the Houston Metro area who have experienced homelessness this past year, up 20% from 2009.  Families now make up 21% of the homeless in the Houston area.  People are hurting and are in great need of the very basic necessities to make it through another day or week.  Unfortunately there will always be this need and I realize we cannot help everyone.  But each of us can help someone. 

There are community centers, churches and civic organizations that are always trying to reach out to those in need.  Usually when we here there is a need we instantly think that we have to give money to help out.  Yes, money is always the biggest need for organizations who are trying to take care of the needy.  However, that is not the only way you can get involved and make an impact in someone’s life.  We all have something we can give.  We can donate gently used clothing to those in need.  We can pick up an extra $5 or $10 of non-perishable food the next time we are in the grocery store and drop it off to the local food pantry.    We can also donate our time.  It takes a lot of man hours to collect, organize and distribute the items to the needy.  

If we all do a little it will add up to volumes.  The one life you touch will end up being one of many.  And you my friend will be receive a blessing beyond measure in the eyes of the One. 

Matthew 25:40 Jesus said…” whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me.”

So my friend if you know what it is to be warm and fed…go and pay it forward…and help someONE to be warm and fed…

I would love to hear how you have helped out those in need in your communtiy and how that experience has impacted your own life.

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