Monday, August 31, 2015

Our Big Catch

Fishing from Boat
John works a topwater lure in the area where we saw a fish feeding.
I'd like to tell you that John caught a big fish at the spot we named the Redfish Hole, but he didn't. If fishing was only about catching, then we would have given up a long time ago. Our big catch of the day was being together and enjoying the beautiful scenery. I don't think it could have a more gorgeous day!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Colorado River Sunset

Sunset on the Colorado River
I find that sitting outside, watching the sun go down is one of the finest ways to end the day. Even so, I don't do it often enough. There's real benefit in taking time out of our busy lives to stop and enjoy the moment. That thing you're doing can probably wait 30 minutes or so. Wishing you all a beautiful sunset.

Stop and consider the wondrous works of God. ~ Job 37:14 (ESV)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Outside My Window

Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Mr. Ruby-throated hummingbird with his brilliant red gorget has staked a claim at our feeders. In this photo he is preparing to take off after a hummer just out of view who is daring to enter his territory. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beach Baby

Remembering Rose's first experience at the beach--June 2015.

Rose at the Beach
I don't know what this stuff is, but I like the way it feels on my feet.
Robyn and Rose at Matagorda Beach
It's so pretty, Mama. I think I like the beach.
Rose at Matagorda Beach
I changed my mind. I do NOT like the beach. It's loud and scary here. Why is the water moving?
Rose at Matagorda Beach
I know you say it's okay, but I'm not sure.
Rose at Matagorda Beach
Hold me, Mama!
Rose at Matagorda Beach
Let's get out of here. I'm leaving.
Rose at Matagorda Beach
Okay, I'll give it one more try.
Rose at Matagorda Beach
Hey, you know what? This IS really fun! I never want to leave.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Zinnia Meadow

Zinnia Meadow
I loved this planting of zinnias at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. Zinnias are one of my happy flowers.

Monday, August 24, 2015

English Muffin Bread

English Muffin Bread
I think almost everyone loves to eat homemade bread, but not everyone enjoys the effort it takes to make it. Well, if that describes you, then may I introduce you to *English Muffin Bread

In less than two hours (including stirring, rising and baking), you can be taking two loaves of delicious, yeasty bread out of your oven. 

This no-knead bread is similar to English muffins in texture--light and chewy with holes for soaking up whatever you spread on it. It's great toasted, of course, but also makes a fantastic French toast. 

I only just discovered English Muffin Bread, but it is already a family favorite in our home.

*The recipe I use is from Cook's Country. It's free, but requires registration on their site.

Edited on 1/7/16: Only current recipes on Cook's Country can be viewed with free registration. I believe you must now pay a subscription fee to see this recipe on their site. I found the same recipe posted here, with slightly different wording.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Butterfly by the River

Butterfly by the River
These white butterflies (Great Southern White, I think) are numerous in Matagorda right now. This one kept flying into the shots I was taking of the river, so I zoomed in from where I was standing and took its picture. Later I applied a filter to jazz up the overall color of the photo, which was mostly gray before.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

My Be Still Place

Our Trailer
There is a place on the banks of the Colorado River that I love to go to. It's a tiny place, but that's the beauty of it. Housekeeping takes so little time. Meals are simple affairs, but tastier because of it.

Milkweed in the Garden
A small garden out front welcomes butterflies and hummingbirds and fulfills my need to grow things. It's just the right size to keep weed free with minimal effort.

Colorado River
Which leaves more time in the day to enjoy the view and contemplate the majesty of the one who has blessed me so richly.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”  ~Psalm 46:10 (ESV) 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fishermen in Silhouette

Wade Fishing at Matagorda Beach
I don't think these fishermen caught any trout either. And they certainly didn't catch a shark.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Let's Go Fishing

We'll fish from the beach in Matagorda. The surf is calm which usually brings the trout close to shore to feed. I've heard reports that people are catching their limit of five trout in an hour. This should be good.

John fishing at Matagorda Beach
No bites that first hour, but finally some action. Whatever is on the line is big and putting up a good fight. All we need is one good sized trout for a meal.

John catches a shark
What is that? Is it what I think it is?

Shark on the Line
Yep, it's a shark, hooked in the side. Hey, be still shark. I want to take your picture.

John catches a shark
Remove the hook carefully and let's put him back.

John and the shark
And take one last picture.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Myles and Geep

Myles and Geep
Grandson Myles came for a visit last month right before he turned 10 months. Don't you just love those rosy cheeks and little round belly? He's a squeezable sort of baby that everyone wants to get their hands on. His easy-going personality and occasional high pitched squeals remind me of his daddy. Such a cutie!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Tawny Emperor Butterflies

Tawny Emperor Butterflies
Tawny Emperor butterflies (and flies too) gather on a feeding station at the National Butterfly Center in Mission Texas. They are attracted by the sweet banana brew that is brushed into grooves on an old tree limb. I think it would be fun to try this in our butterfly garden at home.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Purple Water Lily

Purple Water Lily
Purple water lilies at the National Butterfly Center, Mission, Texas. The colors in this photo make me happy!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Granddaughter Rose

Granddaughter Rose on a recent visit to our house (age 18 months). This sweet girl is a bundle of energy and full of pizzazz. She loves me, but Geep is her favorite. That's okay. He's my favorite, too!
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