Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Around Oak Meadows

I don't know what it is but the bees love it!
Around Oak Meadows

Our weekend trip to the Rio Grande Valley was one of those trips where everything just goes right. The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold. A light cloud cover when we were out on the boardwalks at the South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center, which if you have never been, I highly recommend.  We stopped at Edinburg to see their birding center and enjoyed it. We spent an afternoon at the National Butterfly Center in Mission and a morning at South Padre Island Nature Center. No photos yet as   JMM was the photographer and he hasn't taken the photos off his camera yet.  But it was a lovely trip. But as always, I love coming home!

Spring is here on the Texas Gulf Coast. My goldfinches have deserted me and just today we saw the very first swallows.  And the weeds are popping up in the yard and flower beds. But my daffodils are just beginning the send up the first green shoot. 

Quilting has been neglected while I commune with the birds and weeds. 

Cooking this week: Pork tenderloin, sweet potatoes, and spinach tomorrow. Pancakes and sausage yesterday.  Chicken tenders, Beans, and Cole Slaw on Thursday.  Friday is our monthly family lunch out and this time we are meeting at Landry's in Galveston where we will all eat fried shrimp and French fries and salad.  We always look at the menu but end up getting the wonderful fried Gulf shrimp and laugh at ourselves for being in such a rut. 

I am reading one of the most interesting historical fiction books that I have ever read. It is The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati. It is set in NYC in the 1880s. The author did a phenomenal job on the research and gets both the larger picture and the details perfect.  Good story too.  I am about half way through the 740 pages and don't want to put it down, but my eyes will fall out if I indulge too long!

We are supposed to get some rain tonight and tomorrow which will do wonders for the weeds in my yard and flower beds.....oh well, it will be nice for the daffodils too. 

That's all the news from OakMeadows where the cats eat Fancy Feast, and the people try to eat healthy but usually don't. 


Anonymous said...

From here, the white flower looks like Candytuft. You are funny. I too have eye issue when reading. Glad to read someone other than me tackles very long books. I thought I was demented.

Hattie said...

That shrimp is something I remember from a trip to Florida. I envy you the variety of birdlife you have there and hope to get down there some day, maybe talking my birdwatcher sister into coming along with me.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They call our Gulf shrimp "pink gold". And they really are yummy.

Rambling Woods said...

The Guilded Hour... Headed to Amazon..