Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 at 11:59am. 1,944 Views, 0 Comments.
When Cotton Was King
by Celia Hayes
Amazingly 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…
Statement by Texas Governor Perry Regarding Election of Senator Cornyn as Minority Whip for 113th Congress
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 12:55pm. 1,433 Views, 0 Comments.
Statement by Gov. Perry Regarding Election of Sen. Cornyn as Minority Whip for 113th Congress
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
"Those of us who've known Sen. Cornyn throughout his career understand why his colleagues would choose him for this critical position. Over the years, Sen. Cornyn has established himself as a strong, conservative voice in Washington, but more importantly, as an example of honor and integrity in public service. Now he has the opportunity to bring his solid Texas values to the leadership table and work to lead our federal government away from its failed policies of debt, high spending and disregard for the Constitutional limit of federal power. This should prove to be a big win for Congress,…
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 at 8:32am. 1,090 Views, 0 Comments.
I VOTED, Have You?
Today is Tuesday, November 6th, 2012. It is Election Day in the United States. Please get out and vote. The lines in my precinct were not that long. Only about 15 people standing in line.
If you live in Bexar County, to find out where to vote, go to the Bexar County Voter Website. If you live in other counties in Texas you can visit the Texas Secretary of State's Voter website or visit your county website.
Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 3:33pm. 1,939 Views, 1 Comments.
Halloween for Dogs
by Celia Hayes
Since our household does not contain any small children, we normally make an effort to dress up the dogs in costumes instead. Cats are normally reluctant to cooperate in this kind of amusement, although I do wish that we could get some of the black cats to pose fetchingly with pumpkins, cauldrons, brooms and witch's pointy hats. This would so take care of decorating the front porch for tricker-treating. A couple of years ago we did borrow the grandson of our next-door neighbor when he wanted to dress up like the Prince of Persia and our neighbor confessed herself quite unequal to that particular challenge. We fitted him out in a tunic and sword-belt and turban, and I roughed out a sword and dagger from thin plywood,…
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 1:10pm. 985 Views, 0 Comments.
Hurricane Sandy has been downgraded to a severe storm that still is impacting parts of the Northeast U.S. with wind, rain, and flooding.
Our thoughts and best wishes are with all of you that experienced Hurricane Sandy's brutal force and are still experiencing the after effects of the hurricane. We hope for swift relief, speedy recovery and rebuilding efforts for all who have been impacted. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected.
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 11:56am. 950 Views, 0 Comments.
Nondelinquent Borrowers Soon to Be Eligible for Short Sales
Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have issued new rules, which will take effect Nov. 1, that will allow short sales for underwater borrowers who have never missed a mortgage payment. Previously, Fannie and Freddie allowed only home owners who had missed payments to qualify for a short sale.
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 9:51am. 1,612 Views, 0 Comments.
by Celia Hayes
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The son of our neighbor whom my daughter encouraged to enlist in the military graduated last Friday from basic training. And because my daughter is close to Sylvester's family, we both went down to Lackland for the graduation parade. There is certainly a great deal more pomp and circumstance laid on for these things now. When I finished basic, early in the spring of 1977, they did nothing much more than hand us our orders and travel vouchers, and tell us to pack our duffle bags and clear out of the training squadron dorm ... which we were quite happy to do, let me tell you. I've never since been able to endure the sight of concrete block walls and industrial linoleum with out the miserable…
Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 9:42am. 1,137 Views, 0 Comments.
Road Trip: Fredericksburg by Bulverde, Sisterdale and Luckenbach
by Celia Hayes
Some time ago, my daughter and I discovered the back road route from our North-East San Antonio home, to Boerne; basically, going up 281 to Route 46 and then west to Boerne. This last weekend, we went a step farther, by going north up Bulverde Road and bypassing the horrendous 1604-281 nexus entirely. Really, as they get closer and closer to completing the interchange, traffic just gets worse and worse. And once we got to Boerne, we decided to take Ranch Road 1376, or the Sisterdale Road north to the Pedernales Valley – this turned out to be a fantastic way to get to Fredericksburg; scenic, little traffic and just about as rapidly as by the highway ... except for…
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at 10:54am. 1,164 Views, 0 Comments.
Winterizing Our San Antonio Backyard GardenFor all your San Antonio Real Estate needs, contact Team Randy Watson of Mission Realty at 210-319-4960
by Celia Hayes
So, now that it is cooling off a bit, and maybe the seasonal trees are about to start thinking about the possibility of perhaps changing color sometime soon, it's time to sort out the garden for winter. A few of the hanging tomato plants still had a few slowly-ripening tomatoes on them, but the rest were pretty well done for the year. So this last week before the rain kicked in, we pulled them up, and tossed them into the mulch pile, and moved the hanging frame around to hang facing the kitchen window. Oddly enough, the eggplant, okra and various Bell and jalapeno pepper plands are
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 9:05am. 1,479 Views, 0 Comments.
Guten Tag, Y’All - This is Texas!
by Celia Hayes
When I first came to Texas, at the express request of the US Air Force some (mumble) seventeen (mumble) years ago I thought I knew all there was to know about the place: the Alamo of course, and the Riverwalk, too. I knew that Houston had a Grand Opera, that Lubbock was a flat as a pancake griddle with some Monopoly houses set on it, I had read Edna Ferber's Giant, and I knew about cattle drives and the King Ranch, and that Texas was called the buckle of the Bible Belt ... I knew pretty much what any well-read traveler could pick up through the medium of pop culture and the base library.
What I did not know, until well after I got here and began to look around – was how very much more there was.…