SATXBlog | San Antonio Real Estate and South Texas Blog

South Texas Garden Plans

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 at 10:51am. 1,402 Views, 0 Comments.

Plans for the Garden – Spring 2013

mission-transparant-small_62

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

Read Full Post »

Libraries

Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 2:19pm. 748 Views, 0 Comments.

Libraries

mission-transparant-small_62

 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

Read Full Post »

New and Improved

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 8:59am. 817 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

Read Full Post »

Mac and Cheese

Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 9:22am. 1,288 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

Read Full Post »

Alamo Drafthouse

Sunday, January 6th, 2013 at 9:38am. 801 Views, 0 Comments.

The Drafthouse and the Hobbit

by Celia Hayes

You know, there are some ideas which are so logical, simple in concept and satisfactory in execution that you wonder why it hasn't been done decades ago. I speak of the Alamo Drafthouse, and the whole notion of going to a movie, and having dinner and drinks in the theatre while watching the movie. Yes, you've always been able to get candy, drinks, popcorn and nachos and dip, and take them into the theater with you. Back in the day when we were overseas and the movie show time at the AAFES theater was the exact same time that the NCO and O-Clubs served dinner, we would openly carry bags of hamburgers and fries into the theater with us. And there may still exist a movie house in Landstuhl, Germany – the

Read Full Post »

In the Frame

Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 9:28am. 1,195 Views, 0 Comments.


Picture Framing on the Cheap!

 by Celia Hayes

Smoke House Framed Gift by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIn last week's post I mentioned the gifts that I was intending to give to three people who – because I am in business with, sporadically employed by, or just really, really fond of them – rate something a little more permanent than a jar of pickled pineapple spears and some fig jam. Of course fruitcake is permanent – but it's not something you can hang on a wall. Among the items that my daughter and I bid on when we went to an estate auction in Fredericksburg this summer was an envelope of prints. They were by two local artists, of Texas subjects, were printed on high-quality paper and rather pleasing to look at, if not particularly valuable. I had the notion to frame three of them properly and present

Read Full Post »

Texas Neighorly Christmas Goodies

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at 9:44am. 1,184 Views, 0 Comments.

Christmas Goodies Neighborhood Style

by Celia Hayes

 

Henry the Cat, Unamused by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comI know, I am trying as hard as I can to get into the Christmas mood – an uphill fight, since I have been sidelined most days by the Cold From Hell. This is the cold that I developed after Thanksgiving, which sends me coughing persistently as if I am about to hack up a large piece of lung. It saps about three-quarters of my energy, and an equal portion of my interest in life, the universe and everything ... including Christmas. The good thing is that I got just about all of my Christmas shopping done, thanks to the internet and a nicely-timed and generous payment for some work accomplished ... so, on to gifts intended for two good friends. At the estate auction in Fredericksburg this summer,

Read Full Post »

Authentic Foods from Spain

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 1:17pm. 1,583 Views, 0 Comments.

More Flavors of Spain

by Celia Hayes

What's for Dinner? By Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comMy mother just sent us a basket of gourmet foods from Spain as a Christmas present for us again, since last year's basket from La Tienda was such a big hit. We loved living in Spain, loved the food, adored grazing from the little plates – the tapas – invitingly set out at bars, loved the fact that a 'bar' in Spain was usually not just a seamy joint serving spirituous liquors to an assortment of skeevey low-lives. A bar in Spain was much more likely to be a kind of café, coffee shop and neighborhood club-house, the place housing the pay phones, ATMs, video game machines, and clean bathrooms ... and oh, yes – serving snacks and alcoholic drinks of every possible description. It also mildly freaked out many Americans

Read Full Post »

Texas Gifts

Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 12:09pm. 2,897 Views, 0 Comments.

The Gifts of Texas Are Upon You

by Celia Hayes

Sister Creek Vineyards Award Shelf by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comIt is that time of year again, isn't it? It's that happy season when custom commands that gifts large and small, yet always carefully and tastefully chosen, are bestowed upon spouses, children, families, kinfolk, co-workers, neighbors and sometimes even relative strangers. It doesn't matter much that it's Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa; custom commands that suitable gifts be exchanged at this time of the year – and in fact, the relative health of our national economy often depends upon lively retail sales during the last fiscal quarter of the year. Coincidentally, I most always have good sales of the printed editions of my books during this time, although that may just happen because I bestir myself to

Read Full Post »

Texas King Cotton

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 at 11:59am. 2,120 Views, 0 Comments.

When Cotton Was King

by Celia Hayes

Comal Cotton Gin Chimney by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comAmazingly enough, cotton once was king in this part of Texas, even though one thinks more of cattle ranches rather than large-scale cotton production. By the mid 1700s, the Spanish missions established at the headwaters of the San Antonio River produced several thousand pounds of cotton fiber annually, which was spun and woven into cloth for local consumption. The climate was just right to grow cotton, all through the Rio Grande Valley and other more or less temperate regions. Once the threat of Indian raids diminished after the Civil War, and railways opened up access to distant markets, cotton agriculture thrived all across Texas – mostly on a share-cropped basis, where a landowner contracted with an otherwise

Read Full Post »