Yellowstone: Day 2


“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

Click here to read the previous post, the second of this series.

(And sorry about the timeliness. It’s been in my draft folder for over a year. The months kind of get away from me anymore.)


Early bird gets the worm, they say. Catching the American Dipper was high priority on our last day in Yellowstone NP.

To heck with birds; these Texas kids desperately wanted to see some snow.

Bright cloudless mornings are best for photography and for spotting little gray birds that blend into rocks and rapids; they also good for snow. Judging from the window frame, it looked to be a decent day for both.

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First Field Trip, Spider Coffee and Bug Poop Tea

Morning Spiderweb

There are two times of year in Houston the Gulf Coast when the weather is just perfect. Late September through October is one of them, with late February through April being the other.

Somehow for us, fall may be a bit better because we just came off of the scorching (and this year, dry) days of summer when the time to get out can’t come soon enough. Throw an at-home. on-line school into the mix for several weeks straight, and there you go. Gotta get out.

Venus hides among peachy cloud wisps.
Perfect sunrise!

The spiderwebs greet me daily every morning, some right in the face. This spider species for which I don’t know the name (we call them ‘crab’ spiders) have a knack for building huge webs right in the middle of a walkway. These spiders are so small, you don’t see them until they are literally on your nose.

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Coastal Therapy, School’s In Session!

Hi There!

We made it. Five full weeks of school and finally everyone is with the program, getting up at a decent hour, eating breakfast, getting dressed, combing bedheads…you know. The usual day.

Two weeks ago, a Monday holiday got traded for a Friday one with Dad taking the day off too — and we went to the museum. It was a great first day off, sure, and that post is forthcoming. But you know what? Nothing beats the coast on a beautiful autumn day. Fresh back just a few hours ago, I couldn’t wait to share photos so I can stare at my blog post all day tomorrow.

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Butternut Squash, September Captured


“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.” ~ Samuel Butler

Speaking of fruits, the squash, for me anyway, screams autumn! And not in just a jack-o-lantern of way. A perpetual squash-something-or-rather can be plucked from our fridge here through January.  They’re cheap to buy, easy to grow, [most] can be stored right on the countertop or in a cool basement or garage, and their flesh adds vital winter nutrients and texture to just about any cooked dish.  My absolute favorite squash recipe is Curried Butternut Squash Soup.  I like to keep some on hand for those comfort moments where others might lean on a Starbucks latte.  It just feels like a warm hug in a mug…without all the nasty stuff or a long wait in the line.

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Syringe Feeding Joy and A Sleepless Night


“I cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good that I can do.” ~ Jana Stanfield

There was a knock on the door.

Our neighbor found a hummingbird with what appeared to be a broken wing, flying on the ground in tight circles, unable to right itself at all. Healthy otherwise, it was completely vulnerable to the world and to our neighbor’s cats.

The kids brought the rattle-y shoe box inside and began working out what to do next. Protected from harm, this patient was now thirsty.

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