Cactus

“Some people are like thorns. But you have to let them be thorns, because thorns can’t turn into petals. The trick is not letting them prick you; never let a thorn prick you”
-C. Joy Bell

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VOODOO DOUGHNUTS

“Between the optimist and the pessimist,

the difference is droll.

The optimist sees the doughnut;

the pessimist the hole!”

– Oscar Wilde

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“I’m not sure who invented sending flowers when times are tough. Doughnuts are far more practical”

Outdoor Pet

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This little fella and his friend have been hanging out my the front door of my house for a few weeks. I love having them– I hope they are eating all of the bugs!!

I always wondered what they did during the day because I usually saw them at night…

I spy with my little eye!

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Houston Sun Set

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I got to celebrate Anna’s birthday in Downtown Houston at her favorite restaurant and the sun set was amazing.

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The colors were breathtaking and my uncle shared the history of a lot of the buildings that we were seeing. It is such a great change from the sunless days that we have been having in Austin. I will be the first to say that I need sun, especially in the Summer.

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Bastrop & Buescher State Parks

The city of Bastrop is located about 30 miles North of Austin. With the parks proximity to Austin, I got to visit as a child. Bastrop and Buescher state parks are 10 miles apart and they share in very similar attributes. They both have beautiful tall trees, winding trails and stunning hill country views.

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In the fall of 2011 a wildfire took over Bastrop. The fire devastated the city, burning down more than 1,500 homes, and caused hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage. The amount of damage is more than any other fire in Texas history.

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View from the over look-some live trees and some dead

Until recently I had not gone to visit the parks after the fires. I don’t want to emit feelings that I didn’t enjoy getting to visit the two parks, but what really took over was broken heartedness.

The parks are still very sad and very bare. I know it takes a long time to grow HUGE trees again, but it really did make me sad for the loss all over again.

We enjoyed our time there and it was beautiful but I just can’t wait until wonderful, tall, trees shade the hiking trails again.

 

 

I wanted to share where I got some of my stats/facts:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/09/texas-wildfire-in-bastrop-county-the-worst-ever-in-state.html

http://www.insurancecouncil.org/news/2011/Dec082011.pdf

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/with-bastrop-fire-95-percent-contained-recovery-is/nRfb7/

Louie

I get to dog sit Louie often & when I do I take him everywhere with me because he is the most gentle dog. This week he is learning to use his new dog door!

My friends call him potato or Chewy–he’s the cutest.