Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Big Bend

As I mentioned in my last post, we traveled to Fort Davis TX in January, then we ventured on to Big Bend National Park. Many, many miles of the most intriguing mountains and desert. 





Hiking is a popular reason to travel to Big Bend...yup, that's me!



Not sure how we would build a wall here between Mexico and the U.S. along the Rio Grande. We took a hike up the mountain to get this view.

This formation was called "Donkey Ears", kind of appropriate. These are much larger than they appear in a photo. Note the perfectly clear blue sky. 



Sunsets are always beautiful in Texas with a few clouds, but the clouds were very unusual in this one, kind of reminded you of puffs of cotton.

The drive back to Fredericksburg took us six hours, so it's no easy trip. It does give you an appreciation for just how big Texas is, however.

Have a wonderful Wednesday. Our next adventure is a trip to Dallas, so I'll share some of our trip with you soon. 

Think of this the next time you have a cup of tea: (from the Seniorific News)
  One day my mother was out, and my dad was in charge of me. I was maybe 2 1/2 years old. Someone had given me a little tea set as a gift and it was one of my favorite toys.
  Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought him a little cup of "tea" which was just water.
  After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my mom came home. My dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was 'just the cutest thing'. Mom waited, and sure enough, here I came down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy; and she watched him drink it up.
  Then she said, as only a mother would know, "Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?"  😏

Linda Kay

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fort Davis, Texas

Fort Davis  is part of the National Parks in Texas. Some friends and us took the long five-hour drive west in January. 

From Wikipedia:  The Gatling gun is one of the best-known early rapid-fire spring loaded, hand cranked weapons and a forerunner of the modern machine gun.
 Soldiers' barracks as it might have appeared.
Supplies were delivered in wagons.
Rock formations in the mountains surrounding Fort Davis were fascinating.

Later the same day, we visited the McDonald Observatory in the mountains near Fort Davis. I've never been a science buff, but I did find the presentations fascinating, and the equipment is very interesting as well.
One of the domes, from atop the mountain.
 The telescope is inside the dome, and the dome turns on giant rails.
 Another station, another more modern telescope.
You may find it amusing, but I was always under the impression that the shape of the moon was determined by the sun shine, throwing a shadow of the earth onto the moon. One of our demonstrations indicated that it is only the position of the moon and the angle in relation to the sun, and the earth has nothing to do with the shape we see. Duh!

From Fort Davis, a tiny town near the actual fort, we ventured on to Big Bend. I'll share more of that in my next post this week.

From the Seniorific News -
A fellow was trying to show off in an Italian restaurant. He looks at the menu and says "I'll have the pa-ge-on-e." The waiter says, "I'm sorry. That says page one."

Have a blessed week!

Linda Kay

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Reflections for a Thursday

It's Wednesday, hump day, as I write this. First I have to share with you my little Easter bunny, Adelyn, just five months old.

Amazing things happen to those cacti in the spring, before they face the hot weather in Texas. Here are a couple of the beautiful blooms on these thorny plants.

 

I was reading the "Seniorific News" this morning, a publication for here in Fredericksburg. One of the articles relates to volunteering. Here are a few comments:

1. Do something you have always wanted to do, find a resource, and just do it!
2. Look for opportunities that meet your skills and interests.
3. Check into doing a short-term intensive volunteering experience, here or abroad.
4. Stay active and strong - volunteer; you can change your community and yourself.
5. Focus on self-development, maybe public speaking.
6. Check out the website Get Involved
7. Volunteer on the computer, using our technical skills.
8. Volunteer in a school as a mentor or coach.
9. Check out opportunities in your church.
10. Join in with friends and family, meet someone new.

They also had some ads for a laugh:
1. Free yorkshire terrior, 8 years old, hateful little yip, bites!
2. Free puppies: 1/2 cocker spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbor dog.
3. Free puppies: Mother is AKC registered German shepherd, father is Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound.
4. Cows, calves, Never Bred; also one gay bull.
5. Wedding dress, worn once by mistake, Call Stephanie.

I've missed y'all and am going to get back into posting, at least a couple of times a week.

Have a fabulous day, my friends!

Linda Kay

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Blessed Easter

All my blog friends.....

I've been missing in action for months! All is well in Fredericksburg TX, and I've missed checking in with all of you. I plan to get more into the action on my blog this spring and summer. We will be doing some traveling, first to my high school class reunion in June. All our plantings are doing well, with a few exceptions for those victims of frost. I'll post some pictures in the coming weeks of my hubby's master gardening achievements at the new place. God Bless, and have a beautiful Easter Day!
 Linda Kay
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