Monday, April 30, 2012

Patriot's Lantern

I really didn't think I would get all 14 blocks made this month with all the fun stuff we have been doing lately, but I did.  Just finished the last one tonight.  Good thing.  I was all out of time.


Crazy crooked.  But I am okay with that.  I love the way it is coming together.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Wiener Races 2012

We spent the day today in Buda, Texas at the 15th annual Wiener Dog Races.


We got there a little early to get a good seat.


The stands were not full yet, but by the end of the day you could not get a seat.


It was funny watching the owners at the finish line with their squeaky toys encouraging their doxies to run.


Our first race was a lot of fun.  No squeaky toy, just Trevor calling "T-Rex!"  Click the arrow to play video.



After his second place finish we wandered the fair to see the sights.


It would not be a fair with out a row of these guys.


After lunch, T-Rex was ready for round two.  Trevor and Regan gave him some last minute advice.


Trevor headed down the track with the other owners.



Another 2nd place finish and on to round 3.  Again, click the arrow to view video.


No video for this heat, just stills.








The little guy didn't win, but he sure ran hard.  Honestly, I think he really enjoys the racing.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Getting Bigger

5 days old and all seems well.  Caught them napping and not begging for food.  So cute.


Look how fuzzy they are!  And their wings are so tiny.


They will probably only be in the nest for another 10 or 12 days.  I'm sure they will be much bigger and have more feathers the next time I take their picture.

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Birds have Hatched

Busy week.  I had a lot of blocks to complete for my Dear Jane.  One more to go and I will meet my monthly goal.  That has kept me busy.

Our baby birds have hatched.  Very difficult to get pictures of them with mom and the location of the nest.  Can you see the little beak?


Here are two that are close to the opening of the nest.


These guys are hungry.


And I finally got a shot of mom through the window.


These photos were taken on the 22nd which I believe is the day they hatched.  I'll get some updated pictures this weekend and see how much they have grown and how many of the 5 survived.

Check out my Dear Jane progress!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Passionflower and Other Beauties

I had never seen one in the wild.  I can't say I have ever seen one in person.  Passionflower.  I found one by accident this weekend while looking for goats (that's a whole other story) near my house.

Passionflower
Do you know the history of this odd looking flower?  I love this story.

The Spanish used this flower to explain to the Native Americans they encountered the story of the Crucifixion of Jesus.  The parts of the flower were used as symbols.

  • The Passionflower leaf is spear shaped - the Centurion's spear used to pierce Christ's side
  • 3 Stigmas - three nails or the Holy Trinity
  • The flower has 5 stamen - the five wounds of Christ
  • 10 petals and sepals -Ten apostles (sans Judas the betrayer and Peter, who denied Christ)
  • The ring of 72 filaments -Christ's crown of thorns
  • The purple color of the Passionflower - Christ as King
  • Passionflower is a vine - God will support his children, they only need to hold on
  • Vine tendrils - the lashes received by Christ
After reading this, I went back to get more photos to illustrate the parts of the flower.  Unfortunately, the flower only lasts one day and there were no new blooms.  I went ahead a made a graphic showing the parts of the flower from my original photo.


Here is a picture I was able to get of the leaves that look like spear heads.


I also read that I can cut an 8" piece of this plant, stick it in the ground, water it, and it might grow.  I may try this.  How cool would that be if it worked?

While trying to get more pictures of the flower, I noticed these others that I couldn't help but shoot.

Coreopsis
Shameboy
Butterfly Pea in deep shade
And here is a future butterfly.


I guess you never know what you will find when you aren't looking.  

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Day at the Pond

I would love to tell you about a large pond near my house where we spent several hours of weekend.


I love this tree and its shadow on the water.


We brought the kayaks and took turns touring the area.  Trevor and T-Rex had an especially good time.  Here is how it went.

T-Rex loved the kayak ride
Then he jumped out and swam to shore
He shook himself off
Plunged back in.
Headed back to Trevor.

Where Trevor plucked him out of the water
This was a back and forth thing until we could keep T-Rex distracted long enough for Trevor to paddle well away from shore.  Meanwhile, there was some fishing going on.  EJ and Breck cast from the truck.


Jayne opted to hike around to another side.


I took a turn in the kayak.  It felt really good to be back in the water.


Here are a few more pictures I took.

Dead bushes that had grown up while the pond was dry during last year's drought.
One of several small coves.
Crane searching for minnows
Sunlight sparkles on the shallow shore.
Soft grass 
Dragonflies hanging on in a strong breeze.
At the end of the day, EJ and Jayne gathered more dewberries to take home.


Off course I needed to snap a picture of more spring wild flowers.

Winecup and White Clover
I didn't get photos of the horseshoe games with the guys, and Regan and me enjoying some reading in the sun, but you get the idea; we all had a great time.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Wild Blackberry Cobbler

I had a great weekend with friends and family.  We did so much, it's hard to decide where to begin.  How about food?
CORRECTION:  THE BLACKBERRIES ARE ACTUALLY DEWBERRIES.  SIMILAR, BUT BLACKBERRIES GROW UPRIGHT, DEWBERRIES ARE MORE TRAILING.  DEWBERRIES ARE ALSO SWEETER.
Jayne picked several pounds of blackberries by the pond (more about the pond tomorrow).


There are still plenty of red berries not yet ripe for picking next week.


They were perfect.  So juicy with amazing color.


We washed and rinsed them and put the berries into a large casserole dish.


I then tossed in a couple tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/2 Cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of rice flour (gluten free), and a pinch of salt.


I skipped the usual oatmeal topping (I didn't have any in the pantry and didn't want to drive back to town), so I mixed a stick of butter with 1/2 Cup brown sugar, 1/4 Cup rice flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp of nutmeg and of ginger, and poured it over the berries.


After 30 minutes in the oven at 375 degrees, the berries burst open and the juices got thick and bubbly.


Are you seeing this?


So good.  It was dessert after grilling some fish (tilapia, salmon, and a bass Breck caught at the pond), chicken, veggies (onion, zucchini, squash, red and yellow peppers, okra, and corn on the cob), and pineapple on the fire pit.

Jayne and Regan took on beverage duty and made some fancy margaritas with Corona beer.


I didn't have one, but they sure were cute.  More tomorrow about our trip to the pond.