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A void in the catosphere - Moo the Closet Cat

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 11:37pm. 1,459 Views, 0 Comments.

Created Monday, 25 April 2011 14:39

Moo the Closet Cat

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When my younger sister's parakeet, known as Bird - my sister did not have much of an imagination when it came to naming her pets - was accidentally killed, my father immediately took Pip to the pet store to find a replacement parakeet. My sister, sniffling slightly, returned from the pet store, having selected from their parakeet stock the plainest, gawkiest, motley-ist parakeet in the lot. He was so ugly and awkward, my sister explained, that no one would ever pick him out and take it home, and so she felt sorry for him. She named him BT, which stood for

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Drought worsens: Edwards Aquifer drops below 660 ft. San Antonio enters into Stage One Water Restrictions

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 11:37pm. 1,576 Views, 0 Comments.

Created Thursday, 21 April 2011 21:45

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) Reports: Stage One Water Restrictions? No problem.

By Juan Soulas

As you've likely heard by now, Stage One watering rules are in effect. While some may consider drought restrictions to be a bad thing, you – our loyal subscribers – know it simply means making a few adjustments to your watering schedule.

The advice in this newsletter is designed to help you maintain a landscape that weathers dry conditions and restrictions, so there's no need to despair.

During Stage One restrictions:

  • Watering your lawn with an irrigation system or hose-end sprinkler is allowed once a week on your assigned day, before 10 a.m. or after 8 p.m. (No drastic change here since our watering

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The Black Swan Inn and the Battle of Salado

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 11:36pm. 1,750 Views, 0 Comments.

Created Thursday, 21 April 2011 01:32

The Black Swan Inn and the Battle of Salado

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Only When It Rains By Julia HaydenSo, this was a place that we found by accident, on our last weekend walk, doing another leg of the Salado Creek Greenway- the portion from Tobin Park south, following the line of the nearly-dry creek south from 410, past the Oakwell stables, through a light forest of oak trees, interspersed here and there with pecan trees. There are - as in some of the other legs of the Salad Greenway - a very few places where one can actually see buildings or rooftops through the trees, but those places are rare. If it wasn't for the hum of traffic, now and again, or an airplane flying over from the airport, you could think you were…

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Texas Wildfires - A Firefighter's Perspective

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 11:36pm. 2,284 Views, 0 Comments.

Created Thursday, 21 April 2011 00:30

Texas Wildfires - A Firefighter's Perspective

By Stephanie Teskers

In the past week alone over 1 million Texas acres have been burned by wildfires. The Lone Star State is experiencing a record drought, and 98% of Texas is currently under a burn ban. Not only are thousands of residents statewide threatened with the loss of their homes, but the wildfires have put an incredible demand on firefighters. I interviewed Fire Chief Charles Young of Salado in Bell County about how fire departments have been impacted and how prepared they are for this emergency situation. What I learned got me thinking about starting a crusade on behalf of Texas firefighters.

Chief Young said that we're subject to fires in any given

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Texas' economy continued to outperform the U.S. economy

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 11:36pm. 1,236 Views, 0 Comments.

Created Wednesday, 20 April 2011 13:29

Monthly Review of Texas Economy

RECON Real Estate Center Online News Texas A&M University COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) April 19, 2011

by Ali Anari and Mark G. Dotzour

Texas' economy continued to outperform the U.S. economy, gaining 237,900 jobs from March 2010 to March 2011, an annual growth rate of 2.3 percent. Over the same period, U.S. nonfarm employment rose 1 percent. The state's private sector also exceeded U.S. figures, posting an annual employment growth rate of 2.7 percent compared with 1.6 percent for the U.S. private sector from March 2010 to March 2011.

From March 2010 to March 2011, Texas gained 237,900 jobs, an annual growth rate of 2.3 percent. Over the same

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Walking for Autism Awareness in San Antonio, Texas

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 11:36pm. 1,494 Views, 1 Comments.

Created Tuesday, 19 April 2011 15:32

Walking for Autism Awareness

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Dog and Boy By Juila HaydenWe try to get out and about on weekends, since I seem to spend a great deal of time during the working week, chained to a hot computer, working on an editing job, or my next book, or composing entries for various blogs. Sometimes it's an event related to my books, but mostly it's something interesting going on, somewhere in San Antonio - or within an easy commute.

Cheer Squat By Julia HaydenLast Saturday, it was the seventh annual Walk for Autism, which my daughter had gotten involved with, through a high school friend, whose' son is autistic. We're in the habit of walking anyway, what with the dog and all - and so, why not get

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Razzle-dazzle the Red Hat Ladies in San Antonio with a homemade bottled Easter egg basket gift.

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 11:35pm. 1,643 Views, 0 Comments.

Created Tuesday, 19 April 2011 14:46

Bottled Easter Basket

by Julia Hayden Click photos to enlarge

Raw Materiels By Julia HaydenHaving as we do a monthly Red Hat Ladies in San Antonio event where we are expected to razzle-dazzle the other members with our skill and creativity when it comes to doing a token gift, my daughter and I have gotten very, very good at creating something out of nothing . . . well, almost nothing. Last month, though - we did get a little carried away with the Texas-themed basket, so we vowed this month to keep it simple and fairly inexpensive.

Filled Bottles By  julia HaydenThe theme of the gift this month is Easter . . . and my daughter thought up a new and interesting variation on an Easter basket. Last month at the New Braunfels Saturday farmer's market, she sampled pickled

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Joggers, bikes and dogs along the Salado Greenway, San Antonio's park and greenways.

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 11:35pm. 1,566 Views, 0 Comments.

Created Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:55

Along the Salado Greenway

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Faux Bois Bench Julia HaydenSo when we first went walking with the dog along the Salado Greenway from Hardberger Park a couple of weeks ago - that was about the first time that the very existence of the Salado Greenway percolated into our awareness. A neighbor had told us of the paved and graded trail from McAllister Park, and we had noticed the new trail-head when we took the dog to the dog park there. And looking down into the creek-bed from Nacogdoches road, as we crossed over Salado Creek . . . we had also noticed the boardwalk that ran the whole length of the creek, as far as could

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Poteet Strawberry Festival

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 11:35pm. 702 Views, 0 Comments.

Created Thursday, 07 April 2011 15:10

Sweet Poteet

Miles Of Smiles In Texas USMC Booth Strawberry Jam Smiles and Strawberries By Julia Hayden

Food Fair At Poteet By Julia HaydenSo, my daughter and I went down to the Poteet Strawberry festival this last weekend; we've been to it before, at least twice - but it now seems to have grown, and grown on steroids. Wow - we didn't recall having to wait in a line of cars for about a mile outside of Poteet to get up to one of the parking lots. There weren't near as many vendors, lining the walkways of the festival grounds . . . and there certainly weren't as many outside the grounds in previous years. Across the street from the festival grounds was am unbroken row of street-food vendors, everything from aqua fresca, to tacos, to gorditas, to fruit drinks in hollowed out pineapples, freshly cut slabs of watermelon, fruit cups,

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The San Jacinto reenactment is April 16, 2011. This is the 175th anniversary of the war for Texas independence..

Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 11:34pm. 1,427 Views, 0 Comments.

Created Thursday, 07 April 2011 13:55

Annals of 1836: The Runaway Scrape

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The 175 anniversary of the war for Texas independence is being observed this year, I've been to commemorative events at the Alamo, and at Presidio La Bahia . With the price of a gallon of gas already reaching towards $3.50, I'll probably have to give a miss on the drive from my San Antonio hometo Houston to the reenactment event there on the weekend of April 16th. The war was fast, furious and relatively brief; barely six months from the start of open hostilities at the ‘Come-and-Take-it Fight" in a watermelon field outside of Gonzales, to the shattering of the Mexican forces under the command of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, in a grassy meadow by Buffalo Bayou, in 18 minutes…

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