Houston Transtar – Greater Houston Transportation and Emergency Management Center

(PHOTO CREDITS:  All photos were generously provided courtesy of Houston Transtar and are property of Houston Transtar)

While I knew Houston Transtar existed and my Dad had taken their tour years ago, I knew almost nothing about what they do there.  I reached out to Ms. Dinah Massie, Public Information Officer who couldn’t have been any nicer, knowledgeable and (just saying), has great fashion sense too . We met May 16, 2017 for my tour. 

Houston Transtar’s Transportation Control Room

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Memorial Park in Pasadena, Texas – A Perfect Gem!

What a little treasure of a park!! The 49 acre, Memorial Park in Pasadena, Texas was just beautiful and I was shocked to only see a grand total of 9 people there!!! If I lived closer I would be there a LOT!!!


500 W Jackson Ave, Pasadena, TX 77506

This proud Mama was my welcome to the park.  Her babies were adorable!!!

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Ann’s Fine Gifts & Clocks (Men: Get Your Lady’s Gift, Free Gift Wrapping And Cards – Bam! Shopping Done – All In One Swoop!!)

I’ve shopped at Ann’s Fine Gifts & Clocks, Inc. for YEARS now!! It’s my “go to shop” for the challenging people in my life that are hard to buy for!

Ann’s always has new treasures to discover with each visit!
I love the way the items are displayed too!

Birthday’s and Christmas time are my favorite times to shop at Ann’s Fine Gifts & Clock Shop as you can ALWAYS find something truly unique!!


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The Fred Hartman Bridge – “Presidential Award” Winner!

I have a confession….I LOVE bridges! Hearing about the Fred Hartman Bridge from traffic reports, etc. and never having seen it..why not take a few snaps since I was already close by?! 

The bridge connects La Porte to Baytown, Texas

Cost…over $100 million to construct in the mid ’90’s – Opening day was September 27, 1995 and George W. Bush was there.  

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Sylvan Beach Park in La Porte, Texas

Sylvan Beach Park in La Porte, Texas was a pleasant surprise …sort of…

Having had some other things to do in La Porte, Texas, I decided to check out Sylvan Beach for the first time.  Well, good news/bad news…of course I just “happened” to go when they were getting ready for a huge firework show and event with Clay Walker singing, etc. so the beach was closed! However, good news is that I was allowed to hurry and snap a few quick photos as a favor and will likely return soon 🙂 ! It seemed nice, quite and pretty.  Just not sure if that was due to it being closed or not…stay tuned on that part 🙂 

What a clean and pretty little beach – it’s located at 636 N Bayshore Dr., La Porte, TX 77571
Hours:  Mon-Sun: 7:00am to 10:00pm
Ruddy Turnstone – The oldest recorded Ruddy Turnstone was a male, and at least 16 years, 11 months old, when he was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in New Jersey in 2012. He had been banded in Delaware in 2001 (Source:  AllAboutBirds.org)

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Bridgeland’s Farmers Market – 2nd Sunday Of Each Month (Rain or Shine!) 10% Discount Offers Inside! :)

Photo Above:  Balakrishna, Vemuru, Sushma, Murali and Ramadu with Gage Lydahl of Atkinson Farms

I had no idea there was a Farmer’s Market near me until I received an email from Ms. Leah Stapleton of the SPR Agency telling me about it.  Why not check it out 🙂 .  I try not to shop/buy while getting posts ready, but I confess to leaving with 2 buckets of yummy tomatoes from Atkinson Farms 🙂 – yum!

Tim and Mary King – The Royalty of BBQ Sauce at King of the Pit Bar-B-Que Sauce


Matthew Brantley of BZ Honey

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Mission Village Market – “Empowering Global Change” (Spring, Texas)

I was hot and thirsty beyond belief one day and walked into Mission Village Market…this is where the story begins….

Phil and Amber Noblit – Founders of Mission Village Market

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Fun Bird Finds in Houston, Texas

I decided to go hunting…for birds…with my camera 🙂

The bluejay (above) wasn’t in the best place for a quick snap but I hadn’t captured a shot of one before so here it is 🙂 .

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

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City of La Porte 125th Anniversary Car & Air Show

Above Photo:  Miss Sylvan Beach 2017, Savannah Stein

May 13th was the City of La Porte’s 125th Anniversary Car and Air Show so off I went to see what it was all about 🙂 the vintage planes and cars were a blast to see!

Do I know much about cars or airplanes? Nope…but they sure were pretty! Enjoy! Somewhat of a trip down memory lane with some of the cars 🙂 

Ian, Angie, Major, Marshall and Landon all came out for the show! Look at the tiny truck!!


Most of these cars were like this…polished and impeccable!


All I can tell you is it’s a Nova and sleek!

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Houston Press BrewFest 2017 – Cheers!

Everyone was ready to get their beer on at the Houston Press BrewFest 2017!

(Left to Right) Katelyn Upton, Kathryn Bonestead and Heidi Bonilla
By 3:30pm – only 30 minutes into the event – it was already getting packed!

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