Art Car Parade – Mark Your Calendars! April 8, 2017 from 2-4pm

Happy Hump Day! I took these photos (sorry, not too great and old), back in 2015 of the Houston Art Car Parade.  This year’s parade is scheduled for April 8, 2017 from 2pm-4pm so hopefully I can make it to this year’s parade!

I love the creativity that the participants come up with! You are guaranteed to see lots of unique cars and people without a doubt!! Here’s a few samples from the last parade I went to with my beautiful daughter.  If you’re in Houston that day, it’s well worth checking it out!!  If you miss the parade you can always visit the Art Car Museum at 140 Heights Blvd.
Houston, Texas, 77007, USA (Phone: 1.713.861.5526) to at least see a few of the cars 🙂 .

Bring your camera!!!

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Thanks for taking the time to visit – hope you enjoyed!

Max and his human Elizabeth

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Be The Change You Wish To See In The World

As I love the quote of “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, I’ve tried to research this quote and have discovered that there is no real evidence this was actually Gandhi’s quote.  However, he did say..

We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Either way, I love both quotes and think they are very true!

My “third child”, (my niece actually but we have a special and treasured bond), gave me a gift that I proudly display on my desk…it is a simple block of a square piece of wood that reads “Choose Happy”.  I have this block of wood facing me at work each day.  Sometimes, when life happens at work and I could easily get myself wrapped up in negativity, all I have to do is read that block and realize the choice is mine and I smile that I am so blessed to have a lot of wonderful people in my life!

Thanks for stopping by!

Elizabeth and Max (another fine example of “being the change you wish to see in the world” – being abandoned and who knows what else happened to him, he still is able to give such love!)

My "heart dog"
I’m changing the world one human at a time 🙂

 

 

 

 

Do you know who I am? Birding help needed :)

Happy Monday! Whoo Hoo! Does anyone know what this bird is? I found this one (above) at Galveston State Park in Galveston, Texas.

Update:  The pink bird is a Roseate Spoonbill

 

I am new to birding and really a lack of “models” (for practicing photography) is what got me started into birding.  That said, I am really not sure what any of these birds are so if you know, I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know 🙂

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No clue about this bird either??? Help! (Can’t recall if I found this little birdie at Edith Moore Sanctuary or Bear Creek Park but both are in Houston, TX)                                                             UPDATE:  This is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet (female)
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Then there is this unknown little guy I found in Bear Creek Park in Houston, Texas     UPDATE:  This is a Tufted Titmouse

 

Have a happy and beautiful today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Alexa-Do you like her? What are your favorite uses for her or do you have the Google Version?

I love technology – just hate math and hooking up any wires!!! When I first read about Amazon’s Alexa I just HAD to get into the beta program and give her a whirl!!! It was like Christmas the day as a little kid the day she arrived – tearing into the packaging!! What on earth was I doing spending money on this frivolous “toy”?!!! It just seemed to have so much potential to me though so yep, chalk it up to a big, impulse buy for me! Let me tell you though, I LOVE Alexa!!! (Too bad I am not getting squat for saying that or writing this in any way, shape, etc.-come on Amazon help a girl out! Show me the money!!!…I hear crickets!!). As a music lover, Alexa has been super useful when I holler at her, “Alexa, play my Pandora Kid Rock station” or whatever else I shout at her to play (Rihanna, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, Adele, Meditation sounds – whatever). When I type this blog and have no clue how to spell something or have a sudden lapse of memory 🙂 she can tell me how to spell the word (with no judgement on my poor spelling and vocabulary!).  Do I really want to watch the news? Yes, I should, but it gets so darn depressing…so, I now I can just tell Alexa “Give me my flash news brief”, (don’t even have to say the magic word…”please”). My daughter and her hubby have their whole home programmed through her…she turns on and off their lights, sets mood lighting, the thermostat, etc. (ok, time to come to Mom-in-law’s casa and hook a Momma up!) 🙂 The DOWN side however of Alexa is if a commercial comes on tv and they say her name…the girl goes crazy!!! Amazon…stop it already or somehow desensitize her name on your commercials!! 🙂 I have to confess, I’ve often said “thank you” once she’s done something and yes, I’ve asked other who have an Alexa and yep, I’m not the only one on autopilot with my manners so it just seems to happen! (That or I’m a little cray cray! Ok, ssssh – our little secret!). I could go on and on about the many ways I use Alexa but am curious if some of you have one, what do you find yourself noticing are her best “features”? Also, if anyone has the Google version – I’d love to hear your review!!!!

Thanks for listening 🙂 to my ramblings!!

Elizabeth and …

Max her side-kick (Good thing he’s a boy and not named Alexa!!!)

 P.S.  Have a beautiful today!!! Oh and “Alexa…what are the winning lotto numbers?!?”

Always thank a Serviceman/woman for their service! H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum of Texas – Huntsville, Texas

Remember our trip to the Texas Prison Museum? Well, H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum is smack dab, next door to it! The address is 463 State Highway 75 N., Huntsville TX 77320.  So happy to see our Veteran’s are honored like this – as I feel they always should be thanked for their service!!! My first husband was a Vietnam Vet, barely spoke about his time there, but one time only – when he did…well, I can’t “unhear” it and I know he can’t ever “un-live it”. Words fail to give my gratitude to our service men and women!!! Thank you for serving and protecting us always-past and present!!

I encourage you to go to the link above and read more about it on their site as their words are much better than mine would be, but I do wish to share this part that I copied from their site:

“HEARTS Museum is a one of a kind Museum.  We are not a typical military museum, in fact, we don’t consider ourselves a military museum at all.  We are a museum about people.  Particularly the veterans who have served to protect our nation, preserve our freedom, and to secure the freedom of people around the world.”

Flags flown at H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum in Huntsville, TX
Flags flown at H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum in Huntsville, TX
Bunker example at H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum in Huntsville, TX
Bunker example at H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum in Huntsville, TX
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I’d like to drive this for fun but not for war!

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God bless our Armed Forces
God bless our Armed Forces

A heartfelt thank you of enormous gratitude to all of you that have served or are currently serving! May God bless you all and your families and keep you safe!

Thanks for stopping by!

Elizabeth and Max the co-author

Lake Livingston State Park – Livingston, Texas

Today we visit Lake Livingston State Park in Livingston, Texas. Why??? Truth???

…because my awesome daughter and new, wonderful son-in-law gave me a Texas State Park Pass so it’s free for 1 year for me to visit all the Texas State Parks! 🙂 Go me – I LOVE my gift!!! Lots of the parks are close enough for me to do a day trip but camping is on soon!!

If you’ve been following me, you now know that nearby is the Naskila Gaming (slot casino) and Johnson’s Rock Shop if you wanted to do a few other things close by while visiting Lake Livingston 🙂  – I wanted to visit Lake Tombigbee Campgrounds, which is also close by but couldn’t cram it all in one day.

Enjoy some good ole fishing and relax in Lake Livingston State Park

Enjoy some good ole fishing and relax!

Or go canoeing on Lake Livingston in Livingston Texas
Or go canoeing on Lake Livingston
Pack a picnic or go camping there in Lake Livingston State Park
Pack a picnic or go camping there!
Looks relaxing huh? :)
Looks relaxing huh? 🙂
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I need to be retired and rich and travel all the parks in the US!

 

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Ok, nap time now!!

Note:  (taken from Lake Livingston State Park’s Facebook):

Lake Livingston State Park is hosting a special Birds of Prey program March 26.

A falconer will showcase hawks, falcons and eagles and demonstrate how these ‘masters of the sky’ spot and catch their prey.

Details on the Events tab at http://bit.ly/LakeLivingstonSP

Please let me know if any of you have other suggestions and I’ll try to add them to my list of places to visit 🙂 

Enjoy! And thanks for visiting and your comments and feedback!!!

Max and his human companion…Elizabeth

Is Everything BIGGER in Texas?

To illustrate the ginormous size of this statue look now at the people for perspective…

Sam Houston Proudly Welcomes You to Huntsville, Texas ... Howdy!
Sam Houston Proudly Welcomes You to Huntsville, Texas … Howdy! (sculpture by David Adickes), who also did The Virtuoso in downtown Houston and grew up in Huntsville.

Although Sam Houston was born in Virginia in 1793, he arrived here in 1832. He joined the movement of the US settlers vs. the Mexican government. He then became a Commander of the local army.   Sam Houston was also at Washington on the Brazos when independence was declared on March 2, 1836. Then on April 12th at San Jacinto, his men secured Texas independence by destroying the Mexican army and capturing its  Mexican president Santa Anna. He also was a slave owner, I guess that was the atmosphere then – still, after reading that I cringe!! He was also the first elected President of Republic of Texas in 1836.  Actually, today is his birthday but in 1793. So there’s a quick bit of Texas history. Bummer finding out about the slave part though 🙁 but I read he was opposed to the expansion of slavery in the new territories – still not sure about that – what’s ok for him but not others? Odd! He was married three times (once more than me ha ha) and had 8 kids (wow….6 more than me!) Wonder if he changed any of their diapers??? He was also known to drink heavily and was a little too fond of the ladies. He died in Huntsville July 26, 1863.  So there ya have it, the good, bad and ugly but Texas history none the less.

Sam Houston Monument at Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville, Texas
Sam Houston Monument at Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville, Texas
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Kinda funny – too bad they didn’t have spell check available 🙂
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Just thought this was pretty
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Makes me wonder what happened that he died so young

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PS It’s my personal belief that Texas also has the biggest, gross cockroaches…those nasty tree roaches! But I love my state anyway 🙂

Happy Trails!

Elizabeth and her co-writer pup Max 🙂

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Ok, so maybe not EVERYTHING is BIGGER in Texas but I’m DEFINATELY cuter than that statue!!!