September 2011

There are 13 blog entries for September 2011.

Homemade Cheese Waxing

Thursday, September 29th, 2011 at 6:25pm. 2,831 Views, 0 Comments.

Waxing the Cheese

San Antonio Real Estate - Mission Realty - Randy Watson 210-744-4514by Celia Hayes

Waxing the Cheese by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThat is something which sounds vaguely like something which only ought to be done by consenting adults, in private and behind closed doors, but  . . .  well, it's really rather prosaic, in the process of making cheese. It's the final thing done, before stashing the wheel of cheese in the lower shelf of the refrigerator to age for the required number of months. Well, to all but the parmesan; that variety ages, dries and hardens bare and un-waxed for a year, before getting a slathering of olive oil. It will be another ten months before we can even sample it and know if it is any good, but it already is looking dry and waxy, rather like the less expensive supermarket parmesans.

This months' cheese-making expeditions

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Rural in the City

Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at 10:27pm. 4,249 Views, 0 Comments.

Rural In the City-Voelker Dairy Farm

by Celia Hayes

San Antonio Real Estate - Mission Realty - Randy Watson 210-744-4514

Small Barn in need of Renovation by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWithin living memory, much of modern, built-up and suburban San Antonio was confined to well within the 410 Loop. I have friends not very much older than myself who can recall Nacodoches Road as a two-lane country road, doddling off into farmlands in the upland north of town, and those friends of my parents' age remember that the airport was away the heck and gone in the middle of nowhere, and Broadway at 410 was a dirt road. Here and there remain small islands and patches of rural activity: stone and frame houses of an earlier age, surrounded with crumbling outbuildings which once were barns and stables, marooned on a little patch of land while the tide of suburbia has all but engulfed all…

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2011 Christopher Columbus Day Celebration and Festival

Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at 7:51pm. 10,212 Views, 0 Comments.

Christopher Columbus Day Celebration and Festival 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011, San Antonio, Texas


Written by Randy Watson

Who: The Christopher Columbus Italian Society of San Antonio, Texas What: Christopher Columbus Day Celebration When: Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 11am - 5 pm Where: Columbus Hall at San Antonio's "Little Italy" 201 Piazza Italia San Antonio, TX 78207 Phone: 210-223-8284

Ciao a tutti! Parla come mangi ... "Hello everyone! Speak how you eat."

Italian FlagItalian food is simple, natural, and just plain good. Come see what real Italian food is all about. Speaking Italian and eating Italian is the thing to do at the annual Christopher Columbus Day celebration; Sunday, October 9th, 2011 from

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Columbus Day Celebration In San Antonio 2010

Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at 7:40pm. 2,759 Views, 1 Comments.

Created Sunday, 10 October 2010 14:03

Columbus Day Celebration at Christopher Columbus Italian Society

Genuine Italian Spaghetti and Meatball feast Sunday, October 10, 2010, 11-5

Hello everyone! It's Columbus Day weekend! Columbus Day is Monday, October 11, 2010. It is a Federal Holiday, so mail won't be delivered, US Government offices across America will be closed. Most bank doors won't be open. But, most Americans across the nation will be hard at work.

However, on Sunday, October 10, 2010 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, the Christopher Columbus Italian Society will be proudly hosting a celebration of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America in 1492. Head on over to the Italian Hall in San Antonio for a genuine Italian spaghetti and meatball feast

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09-2011 Texas Production and Consumption Indicators

Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at 4:59pm. 1,835 Views, 0 Comments.

Texas Production and Consumption Indicators

From the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts: Susan Combs

The cigarette packages taxed number was previously based on cigarette tax collections. The cigarette packages taxed number is now based on the number of cigarette tax stamps sold. All historical cigarette package taxed numbers have been revised to reflect this new method.

Crude oil and natural gas figures are net taxable values. Gasoline gallons include gasohol. Auto sale values are calculated from motor vehicle taxes collected on new and used vehicle sales. All figures are not seasonally adjusted, except for industrial production, leading indicators and employment/unemployment. Figures are based on the most recent available data. Annual

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Texas Job Creation Outpaces

Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 2:56pm. 1,928 Views, 0 Comments.

RECON Real Estate Center Online News September 23, 2011

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COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – Texas continues to outperform the United States in job creation according to the Real Estate Center's latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy.

The state gained 271,400 nonfarm jobs from August 2010 to August 2011, an annual growth rate of 2.6 percent compared with 1 percent for the United States. Texas jobs created during that period accounted for 21.1 percent of nonfarm jobs created in the nation.

The state's private sector grew by 284,200 jobs (3.3 percent) compared with 1.6 percent for the U.S. private sector.

Texas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased

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San Antonio Park Greenway

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at 10:10am. 3,732 Views, 0 Comments.

Return to the San Antonio Park's Greenway

by Celia Hayes

Walkway to Tobin Park by Celia Hayes www.satxproprty.comOver last winter and spring, we were in the habit of taking our dogs with us and hiking stretches of the Salado Way – sometimes the portion between the old Voelcker Farm and Huebner Road – or along various lengths between McAllister Park south to where it peters out after crossing Rittiman Road near the north-east corner of Fort Sam. Some day, when all the segments are one long continuous stretch, from the North Side all the way down to the Mission Park on the South side, it will be a fantastic adventure to walk or bike the whole thing. Until that day comes, we'll just have to pick and choose.

Very Little Water by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThe last time we did this – in May, I think – we went from the McAllister Park trailhead, all the

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St Helenas Festival on the Hill

Sunday, September 18th, 2011 at 11:01am. 4,436 Views, 0 Comments.

Festival on the Hill

San Antonio Real Estate Mission Realty Randy Watson 210-744-4514

by Celia Hayes

St Helenas Cross at Sunset by Celia Hayes www.satpxoprery.comOne of the things that drew me to the house that I eventually bought when I was first house-hunting in San Antonio in the early 1990s was that although it was the smallest, square-foot-wise of all the houses that I looked at  . . .  and it backed on a wide green belt that ran between Nacogdoches and O'Connor Roads. My backyard might be only a little wider than the house frontage, and about twelve feet wide – but beyond the fence was the green belt, which made it seem all the larger. Over and beyond the back fence was a good few acres of green and rising ground, crowned by St. Helena's  . . .  one of those cubist modern shaped, in pale buff brick, which looks vaguely like a ship.

Spelunking for the Mango Paleta by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comOver time, the Stahl end of

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Lifting the Tomato Growing Curse

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 4:06pm. 4,070 Views, 0 Comments.

Reviving the Garden – Lifting the Tomato-growing Curse

By Celia Hayes

Come Hither Butterflies and Hummingbirds by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comFive Count em Sept12 by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI think, by any measurement, that the enduring tomato-growing curse laid upon my poor innocent back-yard has been lifted. Never mind that we did everything wrong in planting three Topsy-turvy planters: we planted them two a planter with barely-alive generic tomato plants from off the severely-marked-down, one-day-from-being-pitched-into-the-dumpster shelf at Walmart, which we stuffed in the wrong way, forgot to add fertilizer to the plants until we had already filled the container with potting soil (which was the cheap stuff anyway) and didn't have enough of it to fill all three nearly to the top as directed. And they were leggy and top-heavy plants: we should have kept much of

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FOUND little black dog in San Antonio

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 11:33am. 5,934 Views, 2 Comments.

A Little Shadow, Who Goes In & Out With Me

FOUND DOG - Stahl Road, San Antonio

by Celia Hayes

Sigh – it’s happened again. My daughter, the Queen of All Yard Sales, went out prospecting this morning to the San Antonio neighborhood on the opposite side of Stahl Road, and returned with a very cute stuffed bear (practically new!) who sat in his own (cheap but cute!) upholstered armchair, which was for sale for the OMG-have-to-have-it price of a whole $3!

Little Lost Dog - by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comAnd there was another item, accompanying her, upon this expeditionary trip into another neighborhood: something live, black-furred, wiggly and friendly. A small and relatively well-kept dog, about twenty pounds at a guess, somewhat gray about the muzzle – which the Queen of All Yard Sales found,

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