Courthouses, History, Celebrity, and Texas Charm

Texas has some cool architecture. Many of these beautiful courthouses were built by the German and Czech immigrants that came for the Land grants given by the Republic of Texas to attract new citizenry for the newly formed Country between 1836-1856.

This is the courthouse in Glen Rose, Texas. There is a rumor that John Wilkes Booth escaped from Washington, DC after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. He was secreted to Texas by confederate sympathizers and became John St. Helen and lived in Glen Rose right behind this courthouse, and in near by Granbury, TX. On his death bed John St. Helen confessed to being Booth, and gave his confessor directions to the hiding place of the weapon he used to kill Lincoln.

The odd connection I have with John Wilkes Booth is through my ex-husband whose grandmother was one of Booth’s nieces. So technically, my oldest son is loosely related to the Assassin through his great grandmother.

This is the Courthouse in the happening burg of Granbury, TX. Granbury was where the widow of Davey Crockett ended up. The Republic of Texas awarded Elizabeth Patton Crockett and her son Robert Crockett a substantial land grant for Crockett’s participation in the battle at the Alamo. It’s one of the towns still left with Confederate statues for the founder of Granbury a Confederate Brigadier General Hiram Granbury.

This is a part of Texas that is so beautiful. Rolling hills, cedar and oak, vineyards, cattle, and of course these little towns that hold history and charm that is uniquely Texas.

Atlantic in January two years running

Last year my boss and I came to Florida to visit clients, and we had to take a stroll on the beach.

This was South Florida near Boynton Beach.

This month, I’m getting to hang out in January in Florida closer to the Georgia line.

I like the beach, the sound of the waves, and the overall feel of the water. I’m just not a big “sand” person.

This place is pretty Cool. Amelia Island has been under 8 different flags since the 1600’s. There was a British fort here during the Revolutionary War. U.S. Grant stayed in one of the hotels while campaigning for President. There is more Pre-Civil War architecture here than any other spot in the southern United States. It’s completely charming.

We had a fancy dinner party for clients, and having the ocean to ourselves was pretty cool.

The more I see of Florida, the better I like it. Cool state.

Christmas–y

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.