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Texas Boasts More Jobs Than Last Year

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 9:23am. 980 Views, 2 Comments.

Texas Boasts More Jobs Than Last Year

COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – All Texas industries and the state's government sector had more jobs in February 2013 than in February 2012.

According to the Real Estate Center's latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy, the state's construction industry ranked first in job creation, followed by mining and logging, leisure and hospitality, other services, professional and business services and trade.

The state's economy was robust, gaining 355,600 nonagricultural jobs from February 2012 to February 2013, an annual growth rate of 3.3 percent compared with 1.5 percent for the United States. The state's private sector added 336,800 jobs, an annual growth rate of 3.8 percent compared with 1.9 percent for

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IH35 Road Trip Part 1

Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 11:55am. 1,455 Views, 0 Comments.

IH-35 Road Trip Part 1

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by Celia Hayes

Road goes ever on and on ... Texas Roadside by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comHaving a book event last Saturday in Belton – a very pleasant and prosperous town overtaken and reduced to mere suburb status by the mighty municipalities of Fort Worth on one side and Dallas on the other. Not having more than a day available to spend on this excursion, and depending on the takings from sales of books at it for any extraneous adventures, we did not take any scenic and exciting backcountry routes to and from. Instead, we took the simple and uncomplicated road – IH-35, at a consistent 60 to 70 MPH, except for twenty minutes on the return journey, stuck in Austin traffic at a slow crawl. How they can manage a

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Making Homemade Broth

Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 9:04am. 1,490 Views, 0 Comments.

Lentil and Brown Rice Compost Broth

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The Start of the Home Made Broth by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThis was one of these things that I read so long ago that I don't remember when, or who, save that it was an interview with a rather clever and creative chef being interviewed, and just about that time I had despaired of finding any broth – canned or as a bouillon cube – at the commissary or local supermarket which wasn't expensive, unbearably salty, or both. Now HEB, Sprouts, and Trader Joe's all offer a nice variety of flavored and low sodium broths and I have used them for some splendid soups, especially when nothing sits very well on on a fractious stomach except chicken broth with a smidgeon of rice or fideos in it ... but nothing beats home-made broth made

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Mobile Food Trucks of San Antonio

Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 10:22am. 1,722 Views, 0 Comments.

Eating on the Go

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by Celia Hayes

Cowboy Snack Shack by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWell, there is fast food, and then there is fast food – fast food that comes to the customer. When I was stationed in Korea such a convenience was called the 'chogi' truck, or as the local national employees called it 'roooch-coachie'. It came around mid-morning to the building where I worked, dispensing hot sandwiches, snacks, candy bars, ice cream and bags of salted or sugared snack foods. But the chogi truck is to a food truck today as a Model T is to a Jeep Cherokee. They're gasoline-powered motor vehicles, and they dispense food to the hungry ... but the 21st century food truck tends to be a specialty gourmet kitchen on wheels. Certainly in a large and

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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary...

Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 10:26am. 1,171 Views, 0 Comments.

How does the garden grow?

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By Celia Hayes

Paprika and Peppers are Thriving! by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comMary, Mary, Quite Contrary ...How does the garden grow? At this point, it's hard to say anything definite; for much of February I have been sidelined with the current flu, possibly in combination with a whopping reaction to all the pollen in the air for the last few weeks. All the plans for the garden were on hold until this weekend ... filling up the big raised bed with another humongous bag of good potting soil, constructing the first of several smaller raised beds, getting a dozen or so tomato starts planted in either home-made topsy planters or in the existing Earth Boxes, and planting the onion starts and the various beans. All of that ... and

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Ongoing Garden Plans

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 2:53pm. 927 Views, 0 Comments.

Ongoing Garden Plans – and a Lament

 by Celia Hayes

Hanging Garden Frame by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWell, we'll need a bag or two more of potting soil to properly fill up the big raised bed that I wrote about a couple of week ago, so there'll be a delay in planting it. There'll also be a delay in constructing the two narrower raised beds, which will be placed against the fence, with a bit of latticing attached, so that that plants which wish to climb – like beans, peas and cucumbers – can go to town. The big bed will be planted with zucchini and summer squash, which are supposed to produce by the ton, but which last year got attacked by some nasty kind of crud/parasite which attacked their stems and killed the plants themselves almost overnight.

The patent topsy-turvy tomato planters, which

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South Texas Garden Plans

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 10:51am. 1,502 Views, 0 Comments.

Plans for the Garden – Spring 2013

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by Celia Hayes

Winter Cayenne Peppers by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWhen just about everything in the garden was done producing for the year and the weather began to cool off, my daughter and I put up the folding gazebo-greenhouse which one of our San Antonio neighbors decided was surplus to needs. Into it went all the surviving plants, and the delicate things, like the patchouli plant, the pepper vine, an earth-box full of salad greens and lettuce, and another with three tomato plants which had self-seeded from last year's crop. In advance of the first cold snap, we zipped up the window openings and doorway, and aside from unzipping the door long enough to water everything once a week, we pretty much ignored it. All the plants inside thrived on this regimen, and

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Libraries

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 2:19pm. 789 Views, 0 Comments.

Libraries

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 by Celia Hayes


Marquee by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comKnowing how important historic 'firsts' are to civic life and the partisans of hometown institutions, I expect that any day there will be a showdown between Lockhart and Galveston over which town has the oldest continuously operating public library in Texas. A routine googlectomy turns up the competing claims of the Rosenburg Library in Galveston (1871) and the Dr. Eugene Clarke Library in Lockhart (1899), despite the 30 years difference. Perhaps the Rosenburg Library was sidelined in the aftermath of the great hurricane which struck in 1900, and that is why the 'continuously operating' caveat is in play.

Fredericksburg by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIn any case, San Antonio's public library system was late to the game, with the oldest library branch only opening

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New and Improved

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 8:59am. 863 Views, 0 Comments.

Ft Sam and Brook Army Medical Center Complex

by Celia Hayes

Having been in pretty good health over the last two or three years, it has been that long since I had to make an appointment to see a doctor – which since I am a military retiree, usually meant a long trek into the wilds of Brooke Army Medical Center, or BAMC – or as I liked to call it 'the world's largest red-brick Skinner box'. I was better acquainted with the grounds around it though; during a time when I worked in an office nearby. During my lunch hour, I used to walk across the street, flash my retiree ID at the gate, and walk briskly around the footpath which circuited the grounds – skirting the parking lot at the top of the hill, around the back of the tall brick structure, down to

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Mac and Cheese

Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 9:22am. 1,343 Views, 0 Comments.

Comfort Food – Mac & Cheese

by Celia Hayes

When my younger brother and sister and I were in elementary school, my father was a grad-student in hot pursuit of a doctorate in zoology, and my mother was – in the tradition of the time – a full-time stay-at-home mom. This was in the late 1950s to early 60s, and it was the commonly accepted practice. As there were three of us (later to be four) it was really the only practical option – and one of the reasons that it worked was that Mom was a fair to middling cook, very much into the traditional D-I-Y household arts (including sewing childrens' clothes and decorating our home with cast-off and inexpensive furniture. I would hasten to add that it was usually quality stuff; ages later, when Mom and Dad were

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