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a cool oasis in the high desert


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Roundtop Texas…a weekend in pictures!

Zapp Hall…October 2015

Zapp Hall

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They call this time of year the dog days of summer.  I live on the Texas Gulf Coast where the temperatures in August are well over 100 and if it were any more humid it would be raining. But even on the most brutal of summer days relief can be found where the road meets the water…the salty sea breeze, crashing waves, the call of the seagulls, children and dogs playing in the surf, an aged couple walking hand in hand…and before you know it your enjoying a SeaScape.

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Merry Christmas from Texas…

Our place all lit up for the Christmas Eve festivities


Our Texas inspired photo booth…


from our family to yours…Merry Christmas Y’all!


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Recycled Christmas Tree Ornaments…

Over the years we have accumulated quite an assortment of ornaments.  Some are keepsakes and find their way onto the Christmas tree year after year.  Some have seen better days and have been relegated to the box of misfit ornaments.  That is, until I got the idea to give a few a new look for this years family Christmas decorations.

The old…


This years Christmas Party theme was Boots and Bling, All things Texas! I decided to decorate the tree on our pavilion with a bit of Texas flair.  I picked up 2 yards of red bandana fabric and 1 yard suede with a tooled leather look to recover the old ornaments.


I gathered the fabric up and tied it up with a bit of jute.


There you have it a whole new look..


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O’ Christmas Tree…Do you have a favorite ornament?


I love the Christmas Trees that all of the bloggers and businesses I follow are sharing.  I especially love the ones decorated with a monochromatic color pallet.  I love the ones that every inch of the tree is covered with decorations.  I love the whimsical trees. I love the ones covered with homemade ornaments. But I love our tree the most…

Our tree is a beautiful eclectic mix of travel ornaments, burlap ribbon, woodland animals, bird houses with a touch of glitter and crystal sparkles!  Here are a few of my favorites from Christmas’ past and our many travels...

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

DSC03561A beautiful mix of ornaments we’ve collected throughout our travels…DSC03562A touch of glass and glitter and a splash of color…DSC03565Softened by burlap garland and glittery branches…DSC03566The cutest collection of owls nestled in with the ornaments from Louisiana and Italy…DSC03567There is our ornament from San Francisco….DSC03568A special memory from my home town…Christmas Eve at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.DSC03569A collection of all things Texas

DSC03571Have you heard of the Terlingua Chili Cook Off?DSC03574 I spy an ornament from the Cayman Islands and a few handmade paper covered eggs…DSC03576Then there are the ornaments from our trips to Santa Fe and Taos, New MexicoDSC03581 DSC03582May you have Peace this Christmas SeasonDSC03585Even birds are welcome in our treeDSC03573May your Christmas be merry and bright…




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The Hunter and The Hunted…

While wandering through acres and acres of vendor booths this past weekend in Round Top…I spied this very unusual character…perfect for today’s “H” post!  Have you seen one of these guys in your neck of the woods?  I think maybe it’s a species only found in Texas.



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Travel Theme: Time

Sometimes time repeats itself….

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Check out Where’s My Backpack for more posts on Time Travel….

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Keep Austin Weird…





March 22, 2013 · 8:34 pm


Have you ever had a season in your life when your days are filled to overflowing so much so that it leaves you unable to string words together to create a complete thought that would make sense to anyone other than the person living inside your head…yes, I am Speechless!

That is where I have been and it seems I will be be stuck here for awhile longer.  So I offer up the voices of the flowers blooming in my yard because they seem to make the most sense to me.  At least until I can organize my thoughts and put them into words that will express myself in a way that will sound less like Sybil arguing amongst herselves…and more like me.

Life is great, blessed beyond belief, but busier than a squirrel collecting acorns for the winter…

This beauty is the Azalea…very common in the South.

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This is the camelia…wonderfully fragrant and sometimes difficult to grow.

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This is the Texas Redbud…a little shy at first but then she can be quite the showoff.

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This miniature double azalea reminds me a ballerina’s tutu…

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And this is a double amaryllis….stay tuned for her arrival. She always leaves me speechless!

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No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.  ~Proverb


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