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Friday, September 16, 2016

More of Texas....

Last I wrote we were heading to Ft Worth after getting our lab work done.  We have our "route" planned ahead with stops at Trader Joe's, Barnes and Noble, Office Depot...  making sure we are close to the In 'N Out for lunch.
We're not vegetarians but seldom eat beef...  
But a couple times a year I like this big ole Double/Double with everything on it...  and a pile of crispy fries.   I even get a Coca Cola...  another rare item for me.  
And I enjoy every morsel of it!

Our doctor appointment is next week so we won't make flight plans to Mexico until we're done with everything here.  Our daughter here has a vacation home that she rents through Air B&B.  It needed some repairs and Bill worked on it between weekend renters.  It's looking good.

Since our family doctor is located in Granbury we are almost certain to be in Texas at least a few weeks each year.  Bill uses the workshop that our son-in-law has in his garage, but we carry around a fair amount of tools and the like wherever we go.  A couple days ago we bought a Rubbermaid storage shed at Lowe's....
It's not big (around 4' X 6')...  you can see the floor that Bill is building.  Bill set up a work area behind our motorhome and the shed will sit between some trees just across from us.  We have been leaving our motorhome here when we are abroad, so it will be nice to have a place for things like lawn chairs, garbage can, tools and the like when we're gone.  It's great that our kids welcome us and all our stuff!

We see a lot of deer...  8 or 10 at a time....  several bucks, a lot of does, and even quite a few young that still have faint "fawn" markings.  The hummingbirds are still at the feeders every day, but so far I haven't seen any roadrunners.  This year seems to be a big year for jackrabbits...
This doesn't really show how big he is, but he's big!  And his ears are huge.  His hind legs can stretch out and he can run like ... well, like a jackrabbit.  I often see one just a few yards from our rig, and when I'm driving see a pair alongside the driveway.  I know there are coyotes around so would guess these guys are always on alert.

I'd been seeing a flock of birds in the field just beyond our rig.  I had to use the binoculars to ID them...
I think the Lark Sparrow is one of the more attractive ones in the sparrow family.
This guy was perched at the top of the oak tree about 30' from our motorhome, but he kept ducking in and out of the branches and I couldn't get a photo of him until he finally settled in the tree top.  

Bill introduced me to Green Chilies thirty some years ago and they are a staple in our household.   Both of his daughters are avid chile lovers and buy boxes of Hatch green chilies to roast each year.
As it happened, the daughter in Pennsylvania was moving to Louisiana, and brought her chile roaster to her sister here in Texas.  (figure that one out...  yes, our kids also love to travel).  Anyway,  the girls roasted boxes of chilies recently, and yesterday I peeled and "de-seeded" a few bags they'd frozen.  Just looking at this picture makes my mouth water...  I believe I'll make green chile quesadillas for lunch today...  

There has been a butterfly migration here...  hundreds of them fluttering in the air, all heading in the same direction.  I don't know the species...  they are fairly small, maybe the size of a quarter...  not particularly colorful.  I think the wave is about over now, but it's been interesting watching them wing their way.

We'll be migrating soon ourselves.   Probably by the next blog we'll have plans underway....  and by October be on our way.  But....

That's All For Today!




11 comments:

  1. Wonderful blog from the food to the animals. I'm afraid the hummers will be gone before I get there but maybe I'll get to see spring migration start before I leave. And I love the western hummers that will migrate down from the mountains and spend a few days with me, as well as the breeding species that I'll see all next summer. Looking forward to hearing about your Mexico travels.

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  2. My bird book has not surfaced since the move. I am surrounded by sparrows now, and I must see if I should be looking for a lark sparrow.

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  3. Can't wait to go to In 'N Out. Yummmmmmy!
    We saw giant jackrabbits in San Angelo one year. They looked the size of a small dog.
    I haven't seen our hummingbirds for several days :(

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  5. It has been a few years since we went to an In 'N Out just might get there again this year in our travels. ice to have a secure place to store your motorhome.

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  6. I'm going to look up about roasting chiles. I've never done it. that looks like a large jack rabbit. When we were young, we visited the Puget Sound islands, the San Juans I think it was and they were overcome in rabbits. They were everywhere.

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  7. I remember the jackrabbits from my three years in Texas, they are tough animals:)

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