There are 7 blog entries for June 2013.
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 8:58am. 3,389 Views, 0 Comments.
The Steves Homestead
by Celia Hayes
Well, strictly speaking, the Steves Homestead isn't what you'd really think of on hearing it called a homestead. It's more of a splendidly ornate, Second Empire French mansion, with a slightly in-curved mansard roof topped with a spiky crown of iron lace. It's one of the jewels of the historic King William district ... which was San Antonio's very first luxury suburban neighborhood. The tallest and most identifiable building in King William is the very industrial Pioneer Flour Mills – which in turn had been founded by one the mid-19th century mercantile kings of San Antonio, C.H. Guenther. Guenther was one of those German immigrants who established so much of San Antonio's industry and business – and Edward…
Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 2:59pm. 1,868 Views, 0 Comments.
Texas Tax Free Weekend
Sales Tax Holiday
Aug. 9 - 11, 2013
The recent passage of Senate Bill 485 (83rd Regular Legislative Session, 2013) changes the dates of the this year’s annual Sales Tax Holiday to Aug. 9-11, a week earlier than previously scheduled. The change in law became effective immediately. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.
Subject to the criteria explained below, all sales of qualifying items made during the holiday period qualify for the exemption, including items sold online, or by telephone or mail. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the…
Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 10:10am. 4,415 Views, 0 Comments.
The Spanish Governor's Palace
by Celia Hayes
The single-story adobe ramble on the corner of Military Plaza (or that which is left, with Town Hall plunked down in the middle of it) is the oldest existing domestic structure in San Antonio, It dates from the 1700s; that period when Texas was a far-flung outpost of Spain, and the entire town was a huddle of similar houses around the margins of Military and Main Plazas. So – the Spanish part of the description is justified. It definitely wasn't a palace by any stretch of the imagination. But it was a vast improvement, living-situation-wise over a windowless, dirt-floored jacale-hut made by planting upright timbers in a trench and plastering them inside and out with mud, so on that basis it certainly…
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 9:40pm. 1,366 Views, 0 Comments.
Beanz! A Garden UpdateCall Team Randy Watson of Mission Realty at 210-319-4960 for all your San Antonio Home Buying needs!
by Celia Hayes
I have to say that the occasional rain shower over the last week or so has been very, very, very welcome, and so have the cool fronts. Anything which delays the full frontal blast of wicked summer heat by a week or so is a good thing in my book. But it has been a good month in the garden; what a difference a mere four or five weeks have made.
This year, I bit the bullet – the only plant starts that I bought were tomatoes. They went into a pair of Earth Boxes, and six home-made hanging planters. So far, lots of big green tomatoes, but nothing edible yet. For just about all the other plants this year, I…
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 7:48am. 3,311 Views, 0 Comments.
The Many-Splendored Suburban Garden
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by Celia Hayes
Given a nice big lot, spectacular situation, mature trees, an architect-designed mansion, and massive infusions of money, it's practically a no-brainer that there will be a beautiful garden, or even a merely adequate or maybe just a functional one adorning it all. What is really a challenge for a hard-core gardener is to create a lovely garden on a tiny lot, in a fairly ordinary suburb of small and relatively plain houses ... and on a budget. Sounds impossible, but it has been done by at least three homeowners in my very own neighborhood of Spring Creek Forrest. One of the very loveliest gardens, alas, has…
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 8:33am. 1,544 Views, 0 Comments.
Why is James Cryin?
Cuz He Just Got Dunked On
Spurs Rout Heat 113 - 77 in Game 3 of NBA Finals, take series lead. The Miami Heat kept saying it didn't matter, that LeBron James affects the game in different ways. They were wrong James was struggling again to impose his will. The odds of the Spurs winning the fifth title they so desire turned in their favor yet again.
Froggy Fresh - Dunked On lyrics
Out on the court for a game of two on two,
Me and Mike vs. James and his boy, Big Blue.
We headed off to Kevin's house right after school
'Cause he got that new Lifetime basketball hoop.
We game ready, we came ready to play
We came ready to win and bring the trophy home that day
Big Blue said – you ain't bringing home that W
"How you gon score
Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 1:14pm. 2,904 Views, 0 Comments.
The Steel Rails of Yore
by Celia Hayes
I have to admit that I have been driving past the Texas Transportation Museum ever since I moved to this city (ulp) nearly twenty years ago and discovered that Wetmore Road was an especially speedy means of getting from my home in the north-east quadrant to the area around the airport. I was just not sufficiently motivated to stop in and check it out – which since it is only open on Friday and weekends, and I was usually driving past during the week ... well, I had no particular reason to visit until this weekend. I am currently scribbling the first draft of another historical novel set in Texas, this one in 1876-78, and with a large portion of it set in San Antonio. Those years were significant, for a…