October 2014

There are 4 blog entries for October 2014.

The Texas State Capital Building

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 9:09pm. 10,507 Views, 0 Comments.

The People's House and Senate

by Celia Hayes

Texas State Capital Building by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comSo – after a two-hour long stint in the Texas Author's Association booth at the Texas Book Festival this last weekend, my daughter and I decided that we should explore the grounds of the state capitol building, which reared up at the top of the hill just outside the tent where the booth was. No kidding – the tent was at the intersection of North Congress and 11th, just in front of the gate to the grounds ... which looked cool, green and inviting, after two hours in the hubble-bubble of commerce.

Tejano Monument by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWe put the two tubs of books in the car, and walked back from the public parking structure on San Jacinto, past the state archives and the statue-topped obelisk monument to Hood's brigade ... that unit which

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What to do With Gumbo

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 9:00pm. 4,259 Views, 0 Comments.

Tales of Gumbo

by Celia Hayes

Gumbo - All Ready by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI may be defeated in my ambitions this year to have bounteous crops of tomatoes and zucchini squash ... but by way of comfort, the peppers of various sorts and the okra plants are multiplying and producing like champs. The encouraging thing about the okra plants is that I have been able to grow a fair number of plants from seeds left in the pods that I let go last year ... and that the darned things do grow like weeks. However, the okra pods of the variety that I have propagated do have to be harvested before they get to be about three inches long; otherwise they are tough and woody to the point of inedibility. (But still good for gleaning seeds for the next crop.) I would actually consider planting a good-sized patch

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Different Kind of Farming

Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 9:18am. 3,917 Views, 0 Comments.

Another Kind of Farmer's Market

by Celia Hayes
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Okra, Pepper and Radish Still Life by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comAs much as I try to wedge in useful vegetable crops into various parts of my tiny suburban back yard, there is just not enough cultivatable space to grow enough that our needs for seasonal vegetables can be satisfied from it, day in, day out, year in and year out. Oh, certainly, we have gotten good things from the garden – especially potatoes this year. Sing ye the glories of home-grown potatoes, so tender, so luxuriously velvety that we didn't know whether to eat them, or slather them onto our hands like skin cream. I got one good squash, a fair number of okra pots, and all the fresh herbs I could use – 'Twas ever thus; herbs in plenty – other edibles, not so much.

Mushrooms by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThere

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Autumn Cometh

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 8:37am. 2,074 Views, 0 Comments.

Autumn Cometh

by Celia Hayes

A Good Find by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWe have already had one cool snap, and a couple of rounds of rain, all of which herald the end of summer in South Texas, and the advent of what I believe to be the fairest and most pleasant season. Spring has it's moments of attraction, to be sure, but there is always the threat of the soon-to-be boiling-hot summer hanging over it, as the days draw out. Autumn has no other threat than perhaps a couple of days below freezing, and every two decades a promise of snow. We had our ration of show a couple of winters ago, so it will be a good line time before we get it again.

Man Stuff at Market Days by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comGetting back to the joys of autumn, though – the main one is that one may fully enjoy hours spent in the open air without running the risk of

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