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April 22, 2014

The Smell of Chili

I Love the Smell of Chili in the Morning ...

For much of the 19th century and into the early Twentieth, this was a popular San Antonio thing – various of the public squares, notably Military Plaza and Market Square were the domain of the Chili Queens who established the custom ...

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Feb. 24, 2014

Comfort Food – Part 2

Comfort Food – Part 2

It seems, we were having winter during the week, and something like spring on the weekends. It was warm enough to get out and do a little yard work and consider all those wonderful garden plans ... before the relatively icy cold drove us indoors again ...

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Feb. 12, 2014

The Guadalupe River Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Guadalupe River

This story traces the Guadalupe River from its headwaters all the way down to the Gulf, highlighting some of the things you see and can do along the way. For more on Texas rivers, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/

 

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Feb. 10, 2014

Front Porch Finale

Leaping into Spring Projects

by Celia Hayes

In between those days of bone-chilling cold, my daughter and I finished up the raised flower-bed part of the entryway to the house this week. The stump of the photinia is buried deep in garden soil, home-brewed compost, with a layer of weed ...

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Jan. 30, 2014

Front Porch

The Shape of the Porch to Come

by Celia Hayes

All righty, then – last week to Lowe’s for two bags of mortar mix and an inexpensive bricklayer’s trowel, so that we could complete two segments of the porch project. For reasons known only to the original developer, the basic ...

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Jan. 15, 2014

Grocery Coupons and Saving Money

Eye on the Bottom Line

by Celia Hayes

An eye on the bottom line of the receipts at the grocery store, of course. I've been through a good few years of this, after being well-trained by my mother and grandmothers. All of them were disposed to pinch pennies until ...

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Jan. 9, 2014

2014 In With the New

Out With The Old, In With the New

by Celia Hayes

The New Year, that is. Bye-bye to 2013, hello to 2014; this an exception to the saying about preferring a known evil to the one you know nothing of, but then it's not like we have a choice ...

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Dec. 12, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS and Christmas Cookies Too

Once More, Decking the Halls with Feeling

by Celia Hayes

With one thing and another, my daughter and I haven't really felt all Christmassy the last couple of years. Well, we went though the motions, but without much enthusiasm; the wholly sudden and unexpected death of my father the ...

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Nov. 21, 2013

Is Winter Ever Going to Get Here

Winter Coming – Really?

by Celia Hayes

Well, one brief brush with overnight temperatures in the thirties – we even let the 'H' part of the new HVAC system out for a romp for a couple of nights running – and everyone was convinced that winter in South Texas had ...

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Nov. 5, 2013

Old Town Helotes

Raising Heck in Helotes

by Celia Hayes

We ventured on a weekend outing to Helotes this last August for an art showing at a very pleasant little country venue, The Gardens in Old Town... which to our relief, turned out to be an indoors event. Frankly, mid-August in South Texas ...

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