November 2013

There are 5 blog entries for November 2013.

Is Winter Ever Going to Get Here

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 10:50am. 2,111 Views, 0 Comments.

Winter Coming – Really?

by Celia Hayes

Well, one brief brush with overnight temperatures in the thirties – we even let the 'H' part of the new HVAC system out for a romp for a couple of nights running – and everyone was convinced that winter in South Texas had well and truly arrived. We've gone off Daylight Savings Time, Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and there is just about a months worth of shopping days until Christmas – and still the afternoon highs are in the 80s? All I can think to do at this point is to ask if someone couldn't invite Al Gore to come to town to make a speech about global warming, for unseasonable blizzards, rain and cold temperatures invariably follow him as a cloud of dirt follows the Peanuts character of Pigpen.

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Gypsy Market Vendor

Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 6:26pm. 1,041 Views, 0 Comments.

The Moveable Market

by Celia Hayes

Where We Were This Weekend by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comDon Ruben Avocado Oil by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comMy daughter and I are moving a little deeper into the world of the gypsy entrepreneur market these days. I mean, I have been dabbling around the edges for good few years as an independent author, once I realized that there was more to be made – and a lot less ego-death involved – by taking a table at a craft fair, like the New Braunfels Christmas Market, or in Miss Ruby's Author Corral at Goliad's Christmas on the Square. But this – like strictly book events, like the West Texas Book and Music Festival in Abilene – involved only a table and a chair. I usually had to bring along some tablecloths, some informational flyers, postcards and my business card, and maybe something eye-catching to adorn the table.

You Have Been Warned by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comFor the Two Fisted Drinker by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comGoing

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Old Town Helotes

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 11:20am. 1,452 Views, 0 Comments.

Raising Heck in Helotes

by Celia Hayes

Old Town Helotes Water Tower by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWe ventured on a weekend outing to Helotes this last August for an art showing at a very pleasant little country venue, The Gardens in Old Town... which to our relief, turned out to be an indoors event. Frankly, mid-August in South Texas is just not one of those good times to be roaming around in the outdoors for very long. We prowled the art show, admired many of the paintings exhibited – a good few of which I would have bought for my own pleasure. I think that we were early enough in the day and the impromptu gallery was not so crowed that many of the artists had leisure and enthusiasm enough to talk to us as well. Ah, how well we know this routine; sitting by the table o' stuff, waiting to strike up a

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Sauerkraut

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 8:57am. 811 Views, 0 Comments.

Good Stuff Preserved – Sauerkraut

by Celia Hayes

Sauerfraut - The raw ingredients by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI swear, I had never really eaten sauerkraut in any form when I was growing up. Why Mom never had a go at making it herself is a bit of a mystery, since the basic ingredients are cheap and plentiful, the process pretty simple and the results quite tasty. Likely this was because our own ethnic background is English and Scots-Irish, and it's just not one of those things. Cabbage being a sturdy green vegetable and well-adapted to the frozen northern hemispheres, it's a mainstay in peasant cooking from Germany, through Eastern Europe and Russia – and even into Korea, where they make a high-octane variety spiced with garlic and hot red peppers known as kimchi. But the ordinary sauerkraut is the simplest to

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The Grandest Villa

Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 8:51am. 1,172 Views, 0 Comments.

Downtown San Antonio the Villa Finale in King Willaim

by Celia Hayes

The Garden Pavilion by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWe walked through the part of the Riverwalk which runs from the Blue Star Art Complex up through King William last weekend, marveling at all the lovely period houses lining quiet, tree-lined streets. Although right next door to each other and very nearly of the same vintage, King William and Southtown have completely different sensibilities. The old Southtown houses are smaller, closer together, and many of them are more given over to commercial and artistic enterprises. While King William neighborhood does have a number of smaller bungalows and cottages lining the streets, it is the mansions and extensive gardens which set it apart; and one of the most splendid (after the Steves

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