Sunday, August 26th, 2012 at 11:30am. 1,306 Views, 0 Comments.
Now My Dream Texas Garden
by Celia Hayes
In my last post I outlined what I would like to have as my dream Texas dream retirement home; a lot about the houses and some generalities about the landscape. I'd like a slightly rolling property, oriented towards the west, and studded with a handful of oak trees and a bit of a wildflower meadow at a slight distance. I didn't put in much about the garden around it ... just that there would be one. Being that I would like this dream home in the Hill Country someplace, I'd have to take care of the tender plants during those cold winter snaps when it gets down to or below freezing. Plants that scrape through a cold snap in San Antonio would not do as well during the winter in the Hills ... so I would have…
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 1:22pm. 1,200 Views, 0 Comments.
Gov. Perry Attends Grand Opening of Caterpillar Manufacturing FacilityTEF investment has helped create more than 200 jobs Thursday, August 23, 2012 • Victoria, Texas • Press Release
Gov. Rick Perry toured Caterpillar Inc.'s new hydraulic excavator manufacturing plant, which has been expanded thanks to a $1.175 million investment from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in 2010. Caterpillar has already created 225 new jobs and will generate $200 million in capital investment with the new facility, and plans to continue hiring in Victoria.
"Caterpillar is no stranger to the way we do business here in Texas, and they've made it clear, through commitment after commitment, they like what they see," Gov. Perry said. "We happily return that…
Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at 3:09pm. 1,096 Views, 0 Comments.
The Way of the Okra
Although I have only one huge okra plant, and a couple of others which have produced intermittently and spasmodically, individual okes (is that the singular of okra, like meese should be the singular of moose?) my garden just doesn't seem to produced sufficient of them in a short period of time to make a decent batch of okra pickles on any given day. At least, not enough to be worth firing up the canning kettle. It's really not worth heating up the kitchen in my San Antonio home unless there are at least three quarts or six pints in contention ... and my okra plants just aren't that prolific. So I cheated – I went and bought two pounds of okra at the Indian market (cunningly disguised as a gas station on the corner of 410 and…
Saturday, August 18th, 2012 at 2:21pm. 1,495 Views, 1 Comments.
My Dream House
by Celia Hayes
I have about decided what I should like to live in, as my Texas dream house. Alas, it is not the house that I currently live in, which is a comfortable, small and relatively undistinguished tract house in a pleasant neighborhood full of other homes filled with variations on the same generic theme of brick and siding and vaguely neo-classical trimmings. Lots of tall windows, fan-lights, and fireplaces; shoot a brick at supersonic speed across those parts of San Antonio built up in the last thirty years and you'd hit two or three or four dozen pretty much like it.
No, what I would like in the way of the retirement property is pretty much what my parents got for themselves, when all of us had flown the parental…
Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 5:31pm. 1,074 Views, 0 Comments.
Gov. Perry: Sales Tax Holiday Gives Texas Families the Opportunity to Gear Up for the School Year
Thursday, August 16, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release'
Gov. Rick Perry encouraged Texas families to get started on their back-to-school shopping during the state's sales tax holiday this weekend, which exempts school supplies, clothing, shoes and backpacks priced at less than $100 from state and local sales taxes. This year's tax-free weekend runs from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 17, until midnight on Sunday, August 19.
"As summer turns to fall and Texas children get ready to head back into the classroom, the state's sales tax holiday provides a great opportunity for families to get the supplies they need to help their children succeed in…
Sunday, August 5th, 2012 at 11:14am. 1,475 Views, 0 Comments.
SATXBlog Crossword Puzzle 10-"Waiting room distractions"Print and Solve the Crossword Puzzle #10. We also have a daily interactive crosswords puzzle, too!
"Waiting room distractions" by Myles Mellor and Sally York
6. Tacky chic
15. Sea position
16. Hawaiian tuber
20. Increase, with "up"
21. Poetic palindrome
22. WWII battle site
26. Mandela's org.
27. Stimulant ingredients
29. Kuwaiti, e.g.
31. Land of leprechauns
37. Indonesian roamer
39. Australian runner
45. Cow fuel
46. Some beans
50. Some bays
51. Family dog, for short
55. Cooling-off periods?
59. Bit in a horse's mouth
66. Algonquian Indian
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at 9:25am. 1,111 Views, 0 Comments.
Civil War Anniversary in Comfort August 10-11, 2012
by Celia Hayes
I've written before about the Comfort Civil War monument – a stone obelisk under the oak trees at what would have been the edge of town in 1866. It is a monument to those Union Loyalists from Comfort and the surrounding communities, who were killed in a vicious firefight with Confederate partisans, or executed as captives afterwards, near a branch of the Nueces River a hundred and fifty years ago this year. There were nearly sixty of them – men from Comfort, Sisterdale, Fredericksburg, Cherry Spring and a dozen other little towns and hamlets scattered through the Hill Country. They were abolitionists and for the Union; they would not take a loyalty oath to the Confederacy, much…
Sunday, July 29th, 2012 at 2:17pm. 1,536 Views, 0 Comments.
Fine Figs Grow Well in San Antonio
by Celia Hayes
For the last month we have been having a harvest season. Not of our own garden bounty, although the tomato plants produce generously enough that we can have fresh tomatoes in a salad every other night or so; rather, we have been harvesting figs. They are ripe just now in our San Antonio neighborhood, where two of our neighbors have bearing fig trees and have given us permission to pick.
The trouble with bearing fruit trees is that very soon, the owners of it get sick and tired of the output, so cheerfully welcome anyone who will come and take some of it away. I know this: I have been there, in Utah, where my rented house had fifteen bearing apricot trees in the back yard. Eventually couldn't even…
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 2:24pm. 1,475 Views, 2 Comments.
Paint Your Own Clay Pottery
by Celia Hayes
In our never-ending search for interesting things to write about in, and around San Antonio, serendipity took a hand last week. We were actually heading for WingStop in Embassy Oaks for our monthly Red Hat gathering, but we were early. With some time to kill, we wandered into the nearby Clay Casa, a paint-it-yourself pottery studio – just to see what was on hand. I understand that the popularity of this as a hobby has never really gone out of style; in Victorian times it was called china painting, and was considered a suitable hobby for genteel young ladies, the kind of thing taught in finishing schools. From there, the urge to ornament pottery and china segued into the hands of professional artists and…
Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 3:44pm. 1,156 Views, 0 Comments.
In Case You Missed It: Business Facilities Magazine Names Texas Best Business Climate in the Nation; U.S. Chamber of Commerce Names Texas a Leader in Job Creation
Monday, July 23, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
Office of the Governor Rick Perry
Texas' strong jobs climate and economic pillars continue to receive national recognition, most recently from Business Facilities magazine, which has ranked Texas's business climate best in the nation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-National Chamber Foundation, whose Enterprising States study named Texas a leader in job growth and one of the states most likely to grow.
"These rankings echo what employers from across the country and around the world have long known - that Texas' strong…