Nothing says Christmas like snow.  Just ask Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye!

Being on the Gulf Coast, we don’t get the whole 4 season thing the rest of the country gets.  We have two, Hot and a little warm and rainy.  Houston is green 10 months out of the year.  Shoot, we were still mowing last Monday. How can you get into the Christmas season with the smell of fresh mown grass?

Every now and again we get some winter precipitation.  On Friday  I woke up at 3 am, and was shocked to see snow!  It was a little chilly earlier in the day, mid 40’s and a little cloudy, but no one thought it would really snow!

It was quiet, and still.  It was fluffy and white.  It made me so happy. 

It didn’t last, but we had some fun.

After the snow, I was ready to buckle down and get into some Christmas decorating and baking.  I even went to a cookie exchange. 
We’ve had an interesting year here in Houston.

Beautiful day in the bee yard

The sun was mellow, but the heat was inescapable. 

The girls were really busy bring in the golden rod nectar and pollen.

Then I got a special treat.

I got to see a book from 1901 on bee keeping.  It is so cool!

It is so beautifully written, and the photos and illustrations are magnificent.  

What a great treat to hold this piece of history in my hands.

Our first few frames of honey were plucked up this weekend.  So we will be getting sticky putting that goodness into jars.

Have a great week!

The Houston Live Stock Show BBQ cook off.

Lights, noise, and the air scented with beef BBQ.  Brisket and ribs.  

Some chicken and sausage….lots of hats and Sass!

Bands playing on a massive stage.

220 competitors.  1 Grand Champion that I never heard of.

All the booths are by invitation only.  

You have to have one of these to get in.

Once you are in, it’s more bands, more booze, free BBQ, and lots of fun.

I played Cowboys and Indians getting ready for the show…..but I ended up looking like Stevie Ray Vaughan sans guitar, and soul patch.

It’s still fun to dress up and go out to see something fun.

Big Boy Bees

The drones came out today.  These are some big dudes.

I want to find a way to add an arrow to point to the two gents strolling out for their evening constitutional.  The sound they make when they take off is amazing.

All the hives were really calm today when we went to inspect, and very busy.   It’s fascinating seeing them come in with their pollen sacs full of bright orange pollen.  The golden rod is out in force, and the bees are taking it all in.

What the Dirth?

I haven’t mentioned Bee keeping for a while. We are new to bee keeping and are learning quite a bit. 

June was rainy and limited forage, so we gave them feed. July looked great until we got 3 weeks of 100+ degrees, and things went backwards. 

Our master bee keeper call these long dry spells a “Dirth”. 

So we took off our top boxes, started feed once again, and this weekend we were really pleased to see our population increasing. 

We even found our new queen, and made sure she had her tiara. 

She is the most elusive gal. It took quite an effort to get an audience. 

See the white dot we painted on her?  We will be better able to find her next time. 

I’m thinking we should call her HRH Elinore, the Elusive. 

A curtsy would be appropriate, but not compulsory. 

3 day quote challenge day 2


Thanks Elizabeth from Tea and Paper for inviting me to participate in the 3 day quote challenge.

I had to think long and hard about this one.  Maybe I’m just a little nostalgic of the days of self sufficiency.  Maybe I’m struggling with if I’m “enabling” someone I love not to do their best.

Anyhow.  Cheers to CS Lewis, his views, his stories, his ability.
I’d like to nominate Lucy from All the Right Choices to join the fun.

Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: day one

thanks Elizabeth from for your invitation!  It is an honor and I hope to live up to a smidgen of your talent.  

The “challenge”. Post a photo each day for 5 consecutive days and attach a story to the photo.  It can be fiction or non-fiction.  Elizabeth’s photos are outstanding.  She studies the art, and is a credit to it.  I’m humbled to get to sharpen myself, and apprentice along. Please, if you haven’t visited her blog…you should, she is an amazing talent.

the moon in the magnolias

Dusk in the south is sticky….humidity high and Mosquitos out everywhere.  The whir and buzz of their blood thirsty wings can’t stop me from looking at the moon.  

The same orb that influences the tides, pulls us body and soul.

The same moon that reflects the the light gives me hope that the sun will come up again. 

There will be a new dawn.

Peace my friends.

Thanks for letting me participate. 

Sticky Butt Panties?

Photo credit:  Good House Keeping (Not the underwear)

The annual underwear shopping trip.  I’m not a big shopper, but the stuff does wear out and has to be replaced.  A girl needs good foundation garments, for sure.

I arrive at the shop I like, greeted by smiling associates ready to help me spend my money.

My shopping style is a bit “hit and run”.  I know what I want.  I get to the store.  I confirm my size, cause it changes.  This time it was smaller, and that’s ok.  Now it’s off to the choices.  

I’m standing by the display of panties, and the associate says to me ” oh, you like the “sticky butt” panties?  What size?  I will get the colors you want.  Don’t forget if you buy 3 you get two free.”

She smiled at the look on my face.  “Yea, management doesn’t like it when I call them ‘sticky butt’.”

I had to play along “well it’s a perfect description, they do ‘stick’!”

I picked out my colors, and she asked me another question.  “Have you tried the ‘tummy tuck sticky butts’?”

So I walked out with ‘skinny back bras’, ‘sticky butt’ panties, a pair of ‘tummy tuck sticky butt’ panties to try, and some wild polka dot PJ’s.

It took all of 30 minutes, including the fitting.  

My funny sales associate remarked on how quickly I made my purchases.  I’m just not one to linger and look.  I know that many folks find shopping fun and relaxing, I’m just not one of them.

Now I’m set for the next year for my girl things, with a little giggle knowing that I’m wearing my “sticky butt” panties, and “skinny back” bra.

Gratitude and Friendship


My blog is about cultivating gratitude. Gratitude can be found in little daily doses, but those little doses add up to great contentment.

When I am by myself
I reflect on the blessings in my life.

I am so humbled by the goodness I’ve been show.

Today I am grateful for so much. My friends who challenge me to be better. Who can argue with me, and still love me. The mutual respect is a rock in the foundation of our friendship.

I leave you with a quote from My Emerson. Yes, he’s mine. I claim him as my favorite.😄

“I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with roughest courage. When they are real, they are not glass threads or frost-work, but the solidest thing we know.”

Excerpt From: Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson.” iBooks.
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